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UN inspectors near Ukrainian nuclear plant on mission to avert an accident (Wrapup)
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team reached the city 55 km (34 miles) away from the plant, where they were likely to spend the night before arriving at the facility on Thursday.
"If we are able to establish a permanent presence, or a continued presence, then it's going to be prolonged. But this first segment is going to take a few days," its chief, Rafael Grossi, told reporters in Zaporizh*. "It's a mission that seeks to prevent a nuclear accident," he said.
Russia has said it has no intention of withdrawing its forces for now.

Asked about a demilitarised zone, IAEA's Grossi said this was a political matter for the countries engaged in the conflict.

Russia had said it welcomed the IAEA's stated intention to set up a permanent mission at the plant.

But Yevgeny Balitsky, head of the Russian-installed administration in the area, told the Interfax news agency the IAEA inspectors ["'They are supposed to look at the plant's operation in one day' ... the plan is for the delegation to enter the territory controlled by Russia through Vasilyevka near the contact line and immediately go to Ener*odar, and it is supposed to leave by the evening of the same day, before dark"].

by Cat on Thu Sep 1st, 2022 at 12:09:49 AM EST
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