The IAEA’s Director General has stated that a portion of the mission to the Russia-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine will remain there “until Sunday or Monday.”

Rafael Grossi, who is leading an inspection of the frequently shelled plant, told reporters: “There is a group that is going to be there [at the plant] until Sunday or Monday, continuing with the assessment.”

The exact number of people expected at the facility was not made clear.

The fifth reactor at the plant was shut down due to shelling early on Thursday, yet was once again operational by Friday, after the head of Ukraine’s state nuclear company stating that Ukrainian authorities were making “all efforts” to turn it back on.


Petro Kotin, the checkpoint’s commander, told Reuters that Ukraine’s top priority was to demilitarise the plant and the area around it, which has seen increased shelling in recent weeks, in order to prevent a nuclear accident.

“If this mission helps to do that, then it will be successful,” he added.

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