IAEA chief begins talks with Ukraine, Russia

The head of the international nuclear watchdog says he has begun initial consultations with Russia and Ukraine about implementing a safety zone around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi was speaking to reporters at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna on Monday. He was attending a meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors, which opened there the same day.

Grossi said a nuclear safety and security protection zone is urgently needed at the plant to prevent a serious accident.

He said the urgent and imperative goal is to halt shelling, which is hindering the safe operation of the plant.
He added that a situation like this should not continue.

Ukraine's state nuclear power company announced that the Zaporizhzhia plant's external power supply that had been disrupted by Russian shelling was partially restored on Sunday.