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Russia says it will supervise Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant after annexation


Russia plans to monitor activities of Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant Following the formal annexation of the wider Zaporizhzhia region in southern Ukraine this week, state news agency RIA reported on Wednesday, citing a foreign ministry official.
Russia captured the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in early March shortly after invading Ukraine, but Ukrainian personnel continued to operate it. Both Moscow and Kyiv have since accused each other of shelling the facility, risking a nuclear disaster.
RIA quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin as saying: “The Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant is currently located on the territory of the Russian Federation and, accordingly, should be operated under the supervision of our relevant agencies.
It is not clear how Russia plans to operate the plant and whether it will try referring its employees to the complex.
Another Russian state news agency, TASS, reported that Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN’s nuclear watchdog, will visit Moscow in the coming days to discuss the situation at the factory.
Russia acted to annex Zaporizhzhia and three other regions after holding referendums – votes denounced by the Kyiv government and the West as illegitimate and coercive. Moscow does not completely control any region.

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