But Russia’s defense ministry accused Kiev of trying to disrupt the IAEA visit and said it was ready to accept the mission “with the assurance of complete security for further work”.
The situation in the area of the Zaporizhzhya plant “is complex”, the ministry added, but remains under “complete control”.
It previously said Ukrainian forces had launched a remarkable mission to regain control of the factory and disrupt the arrival of IAEA inspectors.
The ministry said a Ukrainian “sabotage group” consisting of up to 60 soldiers crossed the Dnieper River, dividing the two sides, landing on the coast within 2 miles of the plant. It said measures were taken to destroy the group, including the use of military helicopters. State news agency Ria later reported, citing local Russian-installed officials, that Russian forces had taken three alleged saboteurs into custody.
Earlier Thursday, the head of the UN mission promised to continue despite renewed reports of fighting.
IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said the team was aware of “increased military activity in the area” but went ahead with its plan to visit the facility and meet with its staff, Reuters reported.
“Now that we’ve come this far, we’re not stopping,” he said.
The team of inspectors arrived in Zaporizhzhya on Wednesday, after traveling to the capital Kiev earlier this week.
Grossi said the inspectors would spend “several days” at the power plant, before reporting to an increasingly alarmed international community, although Russian officials have suggested the team may only have a day to inspect the plant.