IAEA’s Grossi says experts will stay at Ukrainian NPP

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The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, visited Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant on Thursday, saying experts would maintain their presence at the facility.

Grossi, who visited the plant for several hours, also said he would remain concerned until the situation in Zaporizhia stabilizes. Both Russia and Ukraine say they fear a possible radiological catastrophe as a result of the bombings that both parties accuse each other of.

“We are not going to go anywhere. The IAEA is there now, it is in the plant and it is not going to move, it is going to stay there,” Grossi told reporters. “We’re going to have a continued presence there at the plant with some of my experts.”

Those experts, he said, will provide what he called a technically sound, unbiased assessment of what’s happening on the ground.

“I am concerned, I am concerned, and I will continue to be concerned about the plant until we have a more stable, more predictable situation,” he said.

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