A UN official said Tuesday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has renewed its request to visit the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) in Ukraine, which is under Russian control and has been the target of recent shelling.
UN political chief Rosemary DiCarlo announced that IAEA chief Rafael Grossi has requested to send IAEA inspectors to the plant. The inspection is expected to happen within a few days if negotiations with Russia and Ukraine succeed.
“Preparations for the mission are proceeding and the IAEA is in active consultations with all parties regarding its efforts to send such a mission as soon as possible,” DiCarlo said at a UN Security Council Meeting.
“We welcome Ukraine and Russia’s recent statements indicating support for the IAEA’s aim to send a mission to the plant, which would be the IAEA’s first to that site since the start of the war,” DiCarlo added.
Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, said Tuesday that he expects the IAEA mission to happen in the “very near future.” Russia has previously said it agreed to an IAEA inspection of the ZNPP back in June and accused the UN of blocking the mission, a claim the UN has denied.
Nebenzya said that the situation at the ZNPP has deteriorated due to frequent Ukrainian shelling. “The armed forces of Ukraine continue basically every day to shell the territory of the nuclear power plant and the town of Enerhodar and this creates a real risk of a radiation accident,” he said.
Ukraine has accused Russia of being behind the shelling of the ZNPP, but Moscow has little to gain from attacking a nuclear power plant that its forces control. The UN has asked for Russia to demilitarize the plant, but Moscow has rejected the call, saying it would leave the ZNPP more vulnerable to Ukrainian attacks.
Ukraine also said it welcomed the IAEA’s plans to inspect the plant. “Further arrangements are to be made based on the security conditions and require communication of detailed route plans and other logistical aspects as soon as possible,” said Ukraine’s UN Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya.
The IAEA mission is expected to travel to the ZNPP through Ukrainian-controlled territory. DiCarlo said that the UN has the security capability in Ukraine “to support any IAEA mission to the plant from Kyiv, provided Ukraine and Russia agree.”
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So what is the antiwar bent here? Its all Ukraine’s fault…Russia gets a free pass?
Sometimes it’s just news. Or did you read something we didn’t catch?
Well, it is on Antiwar.com, they dont’ show the baseball scores, so there is usually something related to fighting wars not war in their articles.
Any time a war comes along some people you thought were anti-war will turn out to be pro-THAT-war.
It’s disappointing, but it’s just a fact of life. I guess most people have this or that trigger that will turn them from hippy-dippy-doo peaceniks into raging jingoists (haven’t found my trigger of that type since becoming anti-war, but maybe it exists).
I was kind of surprised that revanchist Russian imperialism would be such a trigger for so many people in this particular place/time, but different strokes for different folks, I guess.
So you are, in effect, one of these people who aren’t antiwar because you have chosen a side?
Putting a question mark at the end of a sentence with two false statements in it doesn’t make it a question.
What are the two false statements? And why are you afraid to answer? You criticized Russia so you are taking a point of view. How about there need to be peace negotiations, and then shut up after that?
The two false statements are that I’m not antiwar and that I’ve chosen a side.
I don’t care which side “wins” the war. I’m against the war, and opposed to all the parties driving it, including but not limited to the US, Ukrainian, EU and NATO member state regimes.
I understand what you are saying Tom, but how are you implying this relates to this particular article?
I was replying to your comment on “antiwar bent.”
I also don’t understand when I view this artcile on my mobile I see the comments sections but it seems hidden on desktop
That’s odd. What browser and OS do you use? I’ll let our web guys know and see if they can figure out the problem.
Edge Windows 10
I’m an idiot. There is a big CLICK TO DISCUSS THIS ARTICLE that I didn’t notice.
I can’t speak for others, but allowing the IAEA to inspect the facility could be useful. It would be nice to get a neutral assessment of the damage, the implications, and clarification about who’s shelling Russia’s reactor.
So is the question your way of stating an opinion? Are you against the war, or do you think that Ukraine gets a free pass, (Plus billions in US taxes)?
I don’t think Urkaine gets a free pass, and I don’t think it should get any taxes, certainly not from the US. My question was a scincer question, based on my understanding that this article appeared to be a pro-russian stance, not a pro-peace stance.
I get what you are saying. But I think we are continuously barraged with US propaganda which makes the war appear to be a completely one sided act of villainy. If we are ever to get to a point of negotiations for peace, you can’t dehumanize one side and think the other saints. But that has been the narrative and Americans buy it hook, line and sinker. If you don’t support the war, you support Putin.
Russia had asked the IAEA to come to the facility.
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