“The situation continues to deteriorate and we cannot afford to waste time until something catastrophic happens,” Grossi said after a meeting on the situation at the French mission to the United Nations, opened by President Emmanuel Macron.
The agency’s director announced that he had discussed the matter with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who met him this morning on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
“As long as the bombing continues, the risks are great,” he said.
The Ukrainian authorities accused Russia today of bombing the site of the largest power station in Europe again, stressing that the radiation in this facility did not exceed the normal range.
Grossi said: “Even in the worst of circumstances, diplomacy should never stop (…) It is our responsibility to do so with pragmatic and realistic proposals and this is what we are trying to do.”
For her part, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna declared that the goal is to “disarm the station within the framework of Ukraine’s sovereignty.”
Reporting a new bombing, the state-run Ukrainian nuclear power plant operator Energoatum today called on the Atomic Energy Agency to “take more decisive action” against Moscow.
The Zaporizhia station, which has been occupied by Russian forces since the first weeks of their invasion of Ukraine on February 24, has been repeatedly bombed in recent months. And each of Kyiv and Moscow exchanged responsibility and accusations of nuclear blackmail.