“We want the IAEA mission… to reach the plant and do everything possible to avoid the dangers of a nuclear disaster,” said Zelensky in a video message as quoted by AFP. The Ukrainian President called for immediate de-militarisation of the plant and its transfer to full Ukrainian control.
Moscow and Kyiv also traded blame for attacks around the complex of six nuclear reactors located on the banks of the Dnipro River over the weekend. Notably, the plant is under Russian control since March this year. It is still being operated by Ukrainian staff.
Notably, the fighting in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine has reportedly stalled as Russian troops shifted their focus on the southern region. The Russian Defence Ministry claimed to have repulsed the Ukrainian attack on Kherson. Meanwhile, at least five people were reportedly killed in Russian strikes on the centre of the northeastern city of Kharkiv.