According to Russia, it wants to facilitate the visit of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the recently bombed Zaporizhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine, which is occupied by its own troops. “From our side, we are ready to provide as much support as possible to resolve organizational issues,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said today. At the same time, Moscow accused the United Nations of allegedly canceling an inspection trip that had already been planned, thus causing a new escalation.
Air defense must be strengthened
The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in the city of Enerhodar was shot several times over the past weekend and some were damaged. However, critical infrastructure must remain intact. Russia and Ukraine blame each other. Claims cannot be independently verified.
Russia now wants to strengthen air defenses around the occupied nuclear plant. Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant is working normally, damaged power connections have been repaired.
To the knowledge of the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), no radioactive radiation escaped during hostilities around the Ukrainian nuclear power plant. “There is no evidence that radioactive substances could have been released in Ukraine,” the Federal Office told newspapers from the Funke media group. According to the BfS, all available radiological readings were “in the normal range”.