Skip to content

Russia Stalls on UN Access to Shelled Ukraine Nuclear Plant

  • Russia says IAEA can’t visit Zaporizhzhia before late August
  • Ukraine, Russia trade blame over shelling of nuclear plant
Russian military vehicles drive through the gates of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station in Ukraine. 

Russian military vehicles drive through the gates of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station in Ukraine. 

Photographer: Andrey Borodulin/AFP/Getty Images

Updated on

Russia defied growing international pressure to grant United Nations inspectors immediate access to Europe’s largest nuclear plant amid fears of a catastrophe over shelling of the area in Ukraine occupied by Kremlin forces.

The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency has warned of a “real” risk of nuclear disaster at the Zaporizhzhia plant in southeastern Ukraine because of repeated strikes near the facility in recent days. Russian invasion forces took over the power station in March, though it continues to be operated by Ukrainian workers. Each side in the war accuses the other of targeting it.