IAEA calls on Russia to end occupation of Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

The International Atomic Energy Agency's board has adopted a resolution calling on Russia to end the occupation of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine.

The resolution was passed by a majority vote on Thursday during the ongoing board of governors meeting. The conference began in Austria on Monday.

The IAEA has 35 board members. Reuters news agency said Russia and China opposed the resolution, and that seven Asian and African countries abstained during the closed door meeting.

The resolution calls on Russia to immediately "cease all actions against, and at, the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant" so that the competent Ukrainian authorities can regain full control.

The Russian mission to the IAEA issued a statement. It says, "The Achilles heel of this resolution is that it does not say a word about the systematic shelling of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant." It also says, "The reason is simple - this shelling is carried out by Ukraine, which is supported and shielded by Western countries."

The IAEA has proposed establishing a security protection zone around nuclear facilities. The proposal comes after a series of artillery attacks caused a temporary loss of external power at the plant.

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi has expressed concerns. He says that although shelling has stopped near the plant recently, other areas are still being shelled.