The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, met on Tuesday afternoon, in Kyiv, with the members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission, which is to move to the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, which is under the control of Russian troops.
“We want the IAEA mission led by Director General Rafael Grossi to succeed in reaching the security corridors at the plant and do everything possible to avoid a nuclear catastrophe,” said Volodymyr Zelenski, quoted by Le Monde daily.
Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of a series of attacks in the area of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, which is under the control of Russian troops.
The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, said that the delegation he leads will visit the Zaporozhye Power Plant from Wednesday to Saturday, to check the installations and measure the level of radiation, according to the ANSA agency.
On the other hand, the European Commission announced that it will donate 5.5 million tablets of potassium iodide to Ukraine, amid fears that the fighting in the area of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, occupied by Russia, could lead to a nuclear catastrophe.
The commission said it had received a request from the Ukrainian government for potassium iodide tablets “as a preventive safety measure” to increase the level of protection around the nuclear power plant, according to The Guardian.
The tablets would be used “in limited scenarios to avoid inhaled or swallowed radioactive iodine being absorbed by the thyroid,” the commission said.
The EU is “preventively” delivering potassium iodide tablets to Ukraine to provide protection to the population “in case of exposure to high levels of radiation,” crisis management commissioner Janez Lenarčič said in a statement.
He added: “No nuclear power plant should ever be used as a theater of war. It is unacceptable that the lives of civilians are put at risk.”
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