Russia must ensure IAEA inspectors have safe and unfettered access to Ukraine’s Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, a US official said on Monday, adding that the “safest” option was a “controlled” shutdown of the reactors. Satellite images released by Maxar show that the roof of a building near the reactors has been pierced by projectiles.
“We continue to believe that the containment and closure of the Zaporozhye nuclear reactors is the safest and least risky option,” John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator for the National Security Council at the White House, told an AFP news conference. Done by Agepres.
The U.S. is asking Moscow to accept the creation of a “demilitarized zone” around the plant, where the International Atomic Energy Agency’s mission is expected soon, the U.S. official reiterated.
Raffaele Grossi, director general of the IAEA, is leading a mission of at least ten people to inspect the plant, which is occupied by the Russian military on the front lines.
Croci has been campaigning for months to be able to visit the site, warning of the “real risk of a nuclear catastrophe”.
The Zaporozhye plant, home to six of Ukraine’s 15 reactors, was taken over by Russian troops in early March after the February 24 invasion.
Kiev and Moscow accuse each other of endangering the vicinity of the nuclear complex by bombing it on the banks of the Dnieper.
Traces of the Zaporozhye bombings are seen from satellite
Satellite imagery company Maxar posted on its Twitter account on Monday some satellite images showing traces of fighting near the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.
One of these images shows two holes in the roof of a building near the reactors.
Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of bombing the Zaporozhye plant, which is controlled by Russian forces.
(Text updated and supplemented with images published by Maxar.)
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