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U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Chief Visits Zaporizhzhia in Hopes of Curbing Nuclear Disaster Risk

HeadlineMar 29, 2023

Russia says it has begun drills with its Yars intercontinental ballistic missile system, in a show of military might. Meanwhile, Ukraine has received a first shipment of Leopard and Challenger armored tanks from Germany and Britain amid intense fighting in the country’s east.

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, is visiting the site of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia today. President Volodymyr Zelensky told Rossi the safety at the nuclear power station cannot be guaranteed as long as it remains under Russian occupation in what he called Moscow’s “radiation blackmail.” Grossi said Tuesday talks to stem the risks of a nuclear disaster are ongoing.

Rafael Grossi: “It might be possible to establish some form of protection, perhaps not emphasizing so much the idea of a zone, but on the protection itself, what people should do or shouldn’t do to protect, instead of having a territorial concept.”

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