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NATO says ‘urgent’ need to inspect Russian-occupied nuclear plant in Ukraine

A Russian serviceman patrols the territory of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station in Energodar, Ukraine. The photo was taken during a media trip led by the Russian military, May 1, 2022. (Andrey Borodulin/AFP)
A Russian serviceman patrols the territory of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station in Energodar, Ukraine. The photo was taken during a media trip led by the Russian military, May 1, 2022. (Andrey Borodulin/AFP)

It is “urgent” that the UN’s atomic watchdog be allowed to inspect the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine that is under Russian military control, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says.

Russia’s seizure of the plant “poses a serious threat to the safety and the security of this facility (and) raises the risks of a nuclear accident or incident,” he tells reporters in Brussels.

“It is urgent to allow the inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency and to ensure the withdrawal of all Russian forces,” he says.

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