Russian President Vladimir Putin has allowed United Nations inspectors to visit and inspect the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. This announcement came after a phone call between Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron. However, fighting near the plant continued, with Russian shelling injured four civilians. The United States announced that it would send more arms and ammunitions to support Ukraine in to fight against Russian soldiers.
Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, said that United Nations officials would be permitted to visit and inspect its Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. Russia made the decision after a phone call between French President Emmanuel Macron and President Putin. #nuclearplantinspection pic.twitter.com/TiRMNYsD1E
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Following the call between Macron and Putin, the Kremlin stated that the Russian president had agreed to provide United Nations investigators with the necessary support to access and examine the Zaporizhzhia nuclear complex. Ukrainian technicians still operate the plant under Russian directions despite the plant’s occupation by Russia since early March. The Kremlin said the two leaders agreed it was important for the IAEA experts to visit the plant to determine the situation “on the ground.”
Putin’s statement was welcomed by the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, who said he would personally visit the plant. However, during these highly volatile and fragile times, Rafael Grossi stressed that no further action should be taken on the matter that could jeopardize the security and safety of the largest nuclear power plants in the world.
Ukrainian Response to Russian Announcement
President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the possibility of an inspection in his nightly address but said specifics would have to be sorted out. Several European countries might consider this summer one of the most tragic in their history if Russian blackmail with radiation continues.
In Kyiv, it is claimed that Russia has converted the complex into an army base; it is deploying military equipment and weapons there, as well as about five hundred troops that use it to strike towns across the Dnieper River. A heavy artillery shell has been fired at the area surrounding the facility in recent weeks, and Moscow and Kyiv have blamed each other for the attacks.
Russian shelling of the plant area continued Friday, according to Ukrainian officials, who claim Moscow’s military force wounded four civilians in Marhanets across the river from the nuclear plant. Russian soldiers also damaged five houses in the area, according to the claim of regional governor Valentyn Reznichenko.
The Biden government announced a new $775 million package of military equipment aid for Ukraine, including Himars long-range rocket launchers, surveillance drones, ammunition for artillery, and anti-tank missiles. In addition, a senior United States Defense official states that the aid package includes mine-resistant vehicles.
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