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UN warns of 'grave' crisis near Ukraine nuclear plant

'IAEA must be allowed to conduct a mission to Zaporizhzhia'

12 August, 12:28
(ANSA-AFP) - NEW YORK, 12 AGO - The head of the UN nuclear watchdog warned an emergency Security Council meeting on Thursday of the "grave" crisis unfolding at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, as Moscow and Kyiv traded accusations of new shelling near the facility. "This is a serious hour, a grave hour," Rafael Grossi, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told the Security Council, adding that the IAEA must urgently be allowed to conduct a mission to Zaporizhzhia. And in Kyiv, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Moscow of "nuclear blackmail" as he urged the international community "to react immediately to chase out the occupiers from Zaporizhzhia." (ANSA-AFP).

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