War in Ukraine: Diplomats work on deal to avert disaster at Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Raffaele Croci said the agreement with Russia and Ukraine will be approved by the UN later this month. He intends to submit to the Security Council, which aims to guarantee the safety of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, four diplomats told Reuters.

Raffaele Croci has been trying to find a solution for over a year Reduces the risk of nuclear disaster In central Zaporizhia, occupied by the Russian army, but separated from Ukrainian troops only by the Dnieper River.

Especially as Ukraine prepares to launch a possible counteroffensive in this sector, experts fear Protection of six reactors of Europe’s largest power plant, now at a standstill, is threatened again. Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of bombing them, repeatedly cutting power lines supplying the plant and cooling reactors.

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“It looks promising”, a diplomat said about the chances of reaching an agreement on the matter. Other diplomats were more cautious, saying that while Ukraine had finally rallied to Rafael Croci’s initiative, Russia had not made its position clear.

Exact date The agreement will be submitted to the Security Council A decision has not yet been made, but it should be this month, they said, and Raffaele Croci is in contact with Switzerland, who is president of the Council for a month, on the matter.

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contract”principles“The protection to be respected by the fighters, some of whom have been known for a long time, viz Do not bomb the plant or from its perimeter, or prohibit the presence of heavy weapons there. In several months, his initial ambition – to create a “Safety Zone” around the power plant – however reduced in the face of objections expressed by both sides.

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