IAEA preparing to send expert mission to Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

The International Atomic Energy Agency is preparing to send an expert mission to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine, where continued shelling is raising concern about a severe accident.

The plant has been under the control of Russian forces since early March. It is one of the largest nuclear power plants in Europe. It's been shelled and temporarily lost external electricity supply to maintain the cooling system on Thursday.

Ukraine and Russia blame each other for attacking the facility.

Russia's defense ministry said on Sunday that Ukrainian forces had shelled the plant twice over the past day.

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said on Sunday that all safety systems remained operational and there had been no increase in radiation levels, citing information from Ukraine. He also said there was no indication of any hydrogen leakage, which Ukraine has shown concern about.

Grossi said he was continuing his consultations with all parties to send an IAEA expert mission to the plant in the next few days. The planned mission would assess the damage to the plant's facilities, determine whether safety systems were functional, and evaluate the staff's working conditions.