The IAEA mission, which is already on Ukrainian soil, has met with President Volodímir Zelenski. The team of experts will travel to the Zaporizhia plant in the next few hours to verify the safety of its facilities.
“We trust your experts, we would like to have not only reviews of the plant, because reviews are something tactical, but also strategic decisions: the nuclear plant is on Ukrainian territory and is Ukrainian property,” the president said during the meeting in kyiv.
For his part, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, greets the mission that will go to the plant where there is still an exchange of fire between Russia and Ukraine, according to different sources.
“We hope that this mission will be carried out as agreed. We repeat it once again: we are interested in this mission and have been waiting for it for a long time,” Peskov said in a statement to Russian media.
The possibility of a scenario similar to that of Chernobyl worries the European Union (EU), which has donated more than 5 million potassium iodide pills to Ukraine. Although it is not the only help that Brussels wants to provide.
“This game being played over the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is a very dangerous thing. The situation on the ground is still very bad. Ukraine needs our support, and we will continue to provide this support both with military capabilities and also with the initiative to put A high-level training mission for the Ukrainian Army is underway”, said the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, from the Czech Republic.
The IAEA inspectors will not only assess the damage to the plant, but also the condition of the Ukrainian personnel, who have been under close surveillance by the Russian military for months.