IAEA team continues Zaporizhzhia plant inspection

Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency are inspecting the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Fighting near the Russian-controlled facility has raised fears of a possible nuclear disaster.

The team, headed by IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi, checked the plant's damaged facilities.

He said, "I have just completed a first tour of the key areas that we wanted to see in this first approach to the whole facility. Of course there is a lot more to do, my team is staying on. More importantly, we are establishing a continued presence from the IAEA here."

Grossi and some team members have already left the plant. A local pro-Russian group says the rest of the team is continuing its inspection.
Ukraine's state nuclear company has said the inspection would last until Saturday. Grossi said it will end on Sunday or Monday.

Ukraine's president has reiterated his demand that the plant be returned to his country's control.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, "The main thing that must happen is the demilitarization of the station's territory. It is the goal of Ukrainian and international efforts."

Shelling continued around the plant on Thursday. Ukraine and Russia blamed each other for the attacks.