IAEA inspectors remain in Zaporizhzhia plant; shelling continues

A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency visited the largest nuclear plant in Europe to lessen fears of possible disaster. Most of the inspectors completed their work, with two monitors still at the Zaporizhzhia complex in Ukraine on Monday. And the intensive shelling of the area has not stopped.

The Zaporizhzhia plant has been controlled by Russian forces since the early days of invasion. Officials of Ukraine's state nuclear power company, Energoatom, announced the last reserve line connecting the plant to the energy grid of Ukraine is disconnected. They say a fire caused by shelling damaged the line. Energoatom president Petro Kotin said the IAEA mission must lead to an end of Russia's occupation.

Kotin said, "It should be more than 'concern.' It should be the way how to resolve all the issues which exist right now on site."

He called for other international missions to the site, including UN peacekeepers.

Russian troops in the eastern region are seeing more offensives from Ukrainians. Officials of British defense ministry say Russians are repeatedly missing the deadlines to achieve their political goal of taking over Donbas, advancing only around 1 kilometer per week.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy claimed his forces took back several settlements in the south and the east.