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UN nuclear watchdog chief will head mission to Chernobyl

Rafael Grossi, UN nuclear watchdog chief, will head an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant as soon as possible, he said on Friday, after Ukraine said Russian troops withdrew from the radioactive waste facilities there with some remaining nearby.

“I will head an [IAEA] assistance and support mission to [Chernobyl)]as soon as possible. It will be the first in a series of such nuclear safety and security missions to Ukraine,” Mr Grossi tweeted.

I will head an @IAEAorg assistance and support mission to the #Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant as soon as possible. It will be the first in a series of such nuclear safety and security missions to #Ukraine.

— Rafael MarianoGrossi (@rafaelmgrossi) April 1, 2022

On Thursday, according to Energoatom, a Ukrainian enterprise overseeing Ukraine’s nuclear power plants, Russian troops pulled out of Chernobyl, the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 1986.

“It was confirmed that the occupiers who seized the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and other facilities in the Exclusion Zone, marched in two columns towards the Ukrainian border with the Republic of Belarus,” Energoatom wrote on social media.

russian occupiers left Chornobyl nuclear power plant. Two key reasons: losses caused by 🇺🇦 army and radiation exposure. russian mutants lost this round of @stalker_thegame#UaArmy

— Defence of Ukraine (@DefenceU) April 1, 2022

The power plant and its surroundings fell into the Russian military’s hands in late February, eliciting concerns over the appropriate handling by the invaders.


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