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UN nuclear agency completes first tour of besieged nuclear power plant, will establish ‘continued presence’

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The United Nations nuclear company accomplished its first tour of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Energy Plant in southern Ukraine on Thursday and can keep on the Russian-occupied facility amid close by preventing. 

“There may be much more to do – my staff is staying on,” Worldwide Atomic Power Company Director Common Rafael Grossi mentioned in a video after touring “key elements” of the nuclear plant. “Most significantly, we’re establishing a continued presence by the IAEA right here.” 

The 14-person staff’s journey to the plant was delayed by a number of hours on Thursday amid fierce preventing within the space. 

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Western leaders pressed the Kremlin for weeks to permit worldwide consultants to examine the plant, which was taken over by Russian forces on the outset of the invasion however continues to be operated by a Ukrainian workers. 

The plant sits on the entrance line in southern Ukraine and has been hit by a barrage of shelling in current weeks, damaging energy traces and different elements of the ability. 

One of many plant’s two reactors needed to be shut down quickly on Thursday morning earlier than the IAEA arrived, Ukrainian state nuclear operator Energoatom mentioned. 

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Ukraine has accused Russia of turning the plant right into a army base, whereas the Kremlin has accused Kyiv of recklessly attacking the plant. 

Thursday’s go to marks the primary time the UN nuclear company has crossed the entrance traces into an energetic warfare zone since its inception 65 years in the past. 

Fox Information’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report. 

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