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Situation at Europe's biggest nuclear plant volatile, says atomic watchdog

All precautionary principles have been violated in some way or another, and the situation cannot be allowed to continue, says International Atomic Energy Agency chief on Tuesday.

Chefen for Det Internationale Atomenergiagentur (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, beskriver situationen som omskiftelig og skrøbelig. | Photo: Spencer Platt/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA

The state of affairs at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, is worrisome, says International Atomic Energy Agency Head Rafael Grossi, describing the situation as ”volatile”, reports news agency dpa.

“Every principle of nuclear safety has been violated. What is at stake is extremely serious and extremely grave and dangerous,” the watchdog’s chief is cited as saying at a press conference at UN headquarters in New York City, according to news agency AFP.

The power plant, located in the Ukrainian region of the same name, has been under Russian control since March.

When the conference began Monday, Grossi stated that the situation is becoming increasingly dangerous every day.

According to the IAEA head, it is of pressing concern for the agency to inspect the nuclear plant. Doing so has thus far been difficult, Grossi explains.

The agency requires permission from both Kyiv, Moscow, and the UN to carry out the inspection, being that the site is a war zone. Thus far, Ukraine has denied access, saying allowing as much would serve as a legitimization of Russia’s occupation.

”Going there is a very complex thing because it requires the understanding and cooperation of a number of actors. I’m trying to put a mission back together to go there as soon as I can,” Grossi tells AFP.

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