29 Mar 2022, 16:42

UN atomic watchdog chief in Ukraine to discuss nuclear safety 

   VIENNA, March 29, 2022 (BSS/AFP) - The chief of the UN atomic watchdog, 
Rafael Grossi, is in Ukraine to discuss "the safety and security" of nuclear 
sites there, the agency said Tuesday. 

   This is Grossi's first visit to Ukraine after Russia seized several 
nuclear facilities, including Chernobyl, during its more than month-long 

   "The aim of the director general's visit is to initiate prompt safety and 
security support to Ukraine's nuclear facilities," the International Atomic 
Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement. 

   Grossi is holding talks with senior government officials and will travel 
to one of Ukraine's nuclear power plants during the week's visit, the agency 
said, without specifying which one. 

   The visit includes the shipment of "vital safety and security supplies" 
including monitoring and emergency equipment. 

   "The military conflict is putting Ukraine's nuclear power plants and other 
facilities with radioactive material in unprecedented danger," Grossi said. 

   "Ukraine has requested our assistance for safety and security. We will now 
start delivering it," he said. 

   Since the start of the Russian military offensive, the IAEA chief has 
repeatedly warned of the dangers of the conflict -- the first to take place 
in a country with a vast nuclear estate comprising 15 reactors, in addition 
to Chernobyl, the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster. 

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