Russia-Ukraine war: IAEA team determined to reach Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant despite reports of shelling on route – live | Ukraine

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IAEA mission to Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant now at Ukrainian checkpoint about 20km from frontline

The IAEA mission to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, which is owned by Russia, is waiting at a Ukrainian checkpoint on Thursday after new shelling around the plant, but remains determined to reach the plant today, a spokesman told Reuters.

Ukraine State Nuclear Enterprise energy atom confirmed that the IAEA convoy is at a Ukrainian checkpoint about 20 km (12.4 miles) from the front line, and is waiting for the situation near the factory to become safer.

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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors are on their way to the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, despite reports of shelling in the area. The Director General of the IAEA, Rafael Grossic, said the mission understood the high risk of the “increased military activity” between Ukrainian and Russian defenses, but went ahead with its plans to visit the factory. Here’s a video clip of their departure.

Zaporizhzhia: IAEA mission departs for Ukrainian nuclear power plant as nearby shelling is reported – video

Russia’s defense ministry has said the situation around the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, which it occupies, is “difficult, but remains under full control”. A statement on Telegram reads:

Despite the Kiev regime’s attempts to disrupt the arrival of a group of IAEA experts at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the Russian side confirms that it is ready to accept them safely for further work. The situation in the nuclear power plant area is difficult, but remains fully under control.

Russia this morning claimed that Ukrainian forces attempted to launch an amphibious mission to sabotage or recapture the power plant. The attack, as described by Russian sources, would have involved a major crossing of the Dnieper River, which Roland Oliphant, foreign correspondent at the Telegraph, rated as “fat/suicidal”.

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrovsaid this morning that Russia was doing everything it could to ensure that Ukraine’s nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhya could operate safely, and that visiting inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency could carry out their duties.

At an event to celebrate the opening of the school year in Moscow, Lavrov said: “We are doing everything we can to make sure that this station is safe, that it functions safely. And for the mission there to carry out all its plans.”

Russian troops have occupied Europe’s largest nuclear power plant since March.

Away from the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, September 1 marks the start of the school year in Ukraine. Oleksiy Kulebagovernor of Kiev, posted on Telegram to say:

This year it is unusual for all of us – without traditional lines, without a large crowd of school children. There is a large-scale war in the country and this is our new reality. The first thing that comes to mind is the safety of our young citizens. Despite everything, we start the school year. Educational institutions in the region work face-to-face, mixed and remotely.

Students walk together as they enter the classroom on their first day of school in Irpin. Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP

Mykhailo Podolyak, who is an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has said today’s actions around the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant show “the true weight of Russian ‘guarantees’ to any intermediaries.” He tweeted:

Russia carries out demonstrative strikes on Energodar and reaches the official route of the IAEA mission. To blame Ukraine. Houses were destroyed. This is a demonstration of the real ‘interest’ of the Russian Federation in the inspection. And this is another proof of the real weight of Russian “guarantees” for any intermediaries.

осія завдає демонстративних ударів по Енергодару, ‘ючи по офіційному маршруту місії МАГАТЕ. об инуватити в ому . овано инки. е емонстрація справжньої «зацікавленості» Рф у перевірці. це ще один оказ справжньої ваги «гарантій» для будь-яких посередників.

— ихайло одоляк (@Podolyak_M) September 1, 2022

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine released its daily operations briefing, in which it claims to have killed 450 members of the pro-Russian forces occupying Ukraine in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of claimed casualties to “about 48,350” .

The statement also says that “[the] The Russian enemy suffered the greatest losses (of the past day) in the Donetsk and Kurakhove directions.”

The claims have not been independently verified.

The Interfax-Ukraine news agency reports that IAEA inspectors are at a checkpoint in Novooleksandrivka, about 20 km from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant they are trying to visit. The agency writes:

A source close to the mission told Interfax-Ukraine. ‘Here you hear the arrivals. But in the distance,” it said. The movement of the column is stopped. As one of the members of the mission told the agency, “we’re waiting until it’s safe.”

The report was also circulated on Telegram by Energoatom, the Ukrainian operator of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.

Russia’s defense ministry has released additional details about what it believes is an attempt by Ukrainian forces to sabotage or recapture the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) in southern Ukraine, which Russian forces have occupied since March.

Without providing any evidence, the ministry said:

At 6:20 a.m. Moscow time, on the coast of the Kakhovka reservoir, 3 km northeast of the ZNPP, the Kiev regime landed two sabotage groups of the armed forces of Ukraine with a total number of up to 60 people on seven high-speed motorboats. The saboteurs were blocked by units of the Russian Guard guarding the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, and units of the Russian armed forces approached them to reinforce them. Currently, the destruction of the sabotage group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the involvement of army helicopters is underway.

At about 7:00 a.m. Moscow time, units of the Russian Armed Forces thwarted an attempt to land a tactical strike force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on two self-propelled barges leaving Nikopol a few kilometers from the ZNPP. As a result of the fire damage caused by the Russian armed forces, two self-propelled barges were sunk.

The claims have not been independently verified. An earlier statement from the ministry listed the time of the attack as 6 a.m.

British volunteer doctor killed in Ukraine, sister says

Caroline Davies

Caroline Davies

A British man has died while volunteering as a medic in Ukraine, his family has announced. Craig Mackintosh, of Thetford in Norfolk, died on Aug. 24 “in the line of duty,” his sister Lorna Mackintosh said.

She has raised over £5,000 on a GoFundMe page to help return her brother’s body to the UK. The British Foreign Office said it supported the family.

Mackintosh wrote on the fundraising page: “Our brother bravely volunteered to go to [Ukraine] as a medic to help save lives in this war-torn country. This selfless man is currently stuck in a morgue in Ukraine and there is no help to get him home.”

She said it would cost around £4,000 to bring his body back to the UK.

“He gave his life to save others and he must return home to receive the service he deserves. A true heroic service surrounded by his family and friends. Please, please help bring our hero home.”

Read more about Caroline Davies’ report here: British volunteer doctor killed in Ukraine, sister says

Here are some of the images sent to us over the newswires of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team setting off this morning in their attempt to visit the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi addresses the media this morning.
IAEA chief Rafael Grossi addresses the media this morning. Photo: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images
UN inspectors prepare to go to the Russian-occupied nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhya in southern Ukraine.
UN inspectors prepare to go to the Russian-occupied nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhya in southern Ukraine. Photo: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images
Rafael Grossi in conversation with members of the press.
Rafael Grossi in conversation with members of the press. Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The Ukrainian operator of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, energy atom, has reposted on the Telegram app to reiterate what he believes to be the local situation. At 9:41 Kiev time, it posted:

On the morning of September 1, Energodar, a satellite town of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, came under attack from the occupying forces. A group of Russian K-52 attack helicopters ‘operated’ over the city, attacking residential areas. In the immediate vicinity of the territory of the ZNPP and nuclear reactors, a mortar attack was carried out.

The claims have not been independently verified.

Earlier this morning, the Ukrainian mayor of Energodar, Dmytro Orlov, posted some images he claimed showed damage to civilian targets this morning. The images have not been independently verified.

Ukrainian officials say Energodar, home to Europe's largest nuclear power plant, was attacked this morning.  This image was posted to Telegram by the mayor, Dmytro Orlov.
Ukrainian officials say Energodar, home to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, was attacked this morning. This image was posted to Telegram by the mayor, Dmytro Orlov. Photo: Telegram account of the mayor of Energodar, Dmytro Orlov.
Ukrainian officials say Energodar, home to Europe's largest nuclear power plant, was attacked this morning.  This image was posted to Telegram by Mayor Dmytro Orlov.
Ukrainian officials say Energodar, home to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, was attacked this morning. This image was posted to Telegram by the mayor, Dmytro Orlov. Photo: Telegram account of the mayor of Energodar, Dmytro Orlov.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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