In Ukraine, engineers at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant have ordered an emergency shutdown of a nuclear reactor amid reports of intense artillery fire near the site. Just one of the plant’s six nuclear reactors is now operating. Ukraine’s state-owned energy company says shelling also damaged a power supply, forcing one of the plant’s reactors to rely on a diesel backup to prevent a catastrophic release of radiation. Both Russia and Ukraine blamed each other for the latest fighting around the plant, which Russia has occupied since March. The violence delayed the arrival of a team of U.N. inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency, who have just arrived at the Zaporizhzhia power plant. IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi spoke to reporters in Kyiv just before joining the convoy of inspectors.
Rafael Grossi: “My mission is a technical mission. It’s a mission that seeks to prevent a nuclear accident and to preserve this important, the largest, the biggest nuclear power plant in Europe, in the whole of Europe, not only in Ukraine.”