IAEA warns of ‘increasing’ military activity near front-line Ukraine nuclear plant

ENERGODAR, Ukraine – The head of the UN atomic watchdog said Wednesday he was working on a security plan for the Moscow-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant and warned of increased military activity around it.

During a rare visit to Europe’s largest nuclear plant currently controlled by Russian forces, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, said he was working to find a compromise that would suit Moscow and for both Kyiv.

“The idea is to agree on certain principles, certain commitments, including not attacking the plant,” Grossi told AFP during a press tour organized by Moscow.

But he also warned of “escalating” military activity around the nuclear plant and hoped Russia and Ukraine would agree on safety principles.

“The idea is to agree on certain principles, certain commitments, including not attacking the plant,” he said.

Kyiv and Moscow have accused each other of shelling the plant, raising fears of a disaster.

The United Nations has called for a demilitarized zone around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant.

Grossi said his team had previously focused on “the possibility of establishing a well-defined zone around the plant.”

“The concept is changing now,” he said.

“We are focusing on the defense itself… rather than on territorial aspects that cause certain problems.”

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