A UN team at a nuclear power plant in Ukraine amid attacks

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspection team arrives at Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine. The team members reached there on Thursday afternoon. A team of UN experts went there amid shelling and

The IAEA had been trying to get to Zaporizhia for months. The team finally left last Monday. Gunfire was heard in the town of Enerhodar an hour before the UN inspection team arrived there.

Earlier on Thursday morning, Reuters reported that shelling near the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant was disrupting the UN expert team’s visit. Due to this, they could not go there on time. The head of the visiting expert team said that they want to assess the damage to the power plant.

Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of trying to derail a visit by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) through shelling. The nuclear power plant is currently occupied by Russian forces. Ukrainian engineers are working there under their control.

Russia has been in possession of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant since March. Russia and Ukraine have been blaming each other for shelling around it. In this situation, it is feared that a radiation accident like Chernobyl may occur.

Ukrainian nuclear company Energotom said the IAEA delegation was about 20 kilometers away from the plant’s check point on Thursday morning. They will enter the plant safely if the situation is normal.

Earlier, Energotom said the plant’s two main reactors were shut down due to shelling by Russian troops. On the other hand, Moscow claims that they thwarted the Ukrainian forces’ attempt to take control of the center.

Yevgeny Balitskyi, the governor of the Russian-controlled Zaporizhia district, said shelling by Ukrainian forces in the town of Enerhoda left three people dead and at least five others wounded.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow had done everything to ensure the safe operation of the power plant. Apart from this, it has also been ensured that the IAEA delegation can visit the center unhindered. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed Moscow’s interest in assisting the IAEA delegation.

Earlier, Energotom said the plant’s two main reactors were shut down due to shelling by Russian troops. On the other hand, Moscow claims that they thwarted the Ukrainian forces’ attempt to take control of the center.

Yevgeny Balitskyi, the governor of the Russian-controlled Zaporizhia district, said shelling by Ukrainian forces in the town of Enerhoda left three people dead and at least five others wounded.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow had done everything to ensure the safe operation of the power plant. Apart from this, it has also been ensured that the IAEA delegation can visit the center unhindered. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed Moscow’s interest in assisting the IAEA delegation.