Navy motion is rising round Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, Worldwide Atomic Power Company director common Rafael Grossi mentioned Tuesday.
Talking from Dnipro in Ukraine forward of a go to to the plant, Grossi mentioned the state of affairs “shouldn’t be getting any higher.”
“Navy motion continues,” he informed CNN’s Lynda Kinkade. “In reality, it’s rising. There are rising numbers of troops, and navy autos, heavy artillery, extra navy motion across the plant.”
The plant has been “in blackout repeatedly,” Grossi added.
The director common’s go to can be his second to the plant and his first for the reason that IAEA established a everlasting presence on the web site in September final 12 months, the company mentioned in a press release Saturday.
“I need to see what the state of affairs is for myself, speak to the administration there, which is the Russian administration,” Grossi informed CNN.
Russia’s state-owned nuclear vitality monopoly, Rosatom, mentioned Tuesday that Russia is able to talk about the state of affairs on the plant with Grossi.
“In just a few hours myself and my workforce, we’re going to cross the entrance line once more — as we did final 12 months,” Grossi mentioned. “I’m going to proceed my consultations to be able to attempt to set up a safety across the plant and spare us all from a nuclear accident with potential catastrophic penalties.”
The IAEA chief mentioned the present threat stage on the plant is “extraordinarily excessive and it’s completely unpredictable, exactly as a result of we’re in a fight zone.”
On Monday, Grossi met with President Volodymyr Zelensky, who was visiting the Zaporizhzhia and Dnipro areas. Later, in his nightly tackle on Monday, Zelensky thanked Grossi for his assist.
CNN’s Anna Chernova and Sarah Dean contributed reporting.