The team of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) left Kyiv on Wednesday en route to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine to inspect the damage after heavy shelling nearby Europe’s largest nuclear plant raised concerns about the facility’s safety. Zaporizhzhya has been occupied by Russian forces since the early days of the Russian invasion of Ukraine at the end of February. In the early days of the invasion, Russia shelled the Zaporizhzhya plant, creating concerns about a nuclear disaster ten times bigger than Chernobyl. Ukrainian staff is still operating the Zaporizhzhya power plant, but there are Russian occupying forces on the ground. After weeks of talks and negotiations, the IAEA mission, led by Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, headed to Ukraine earlier this week as part of efforts to “protect the safety and security of Ukraine’s and Europe’s biggest nuclear facility.” “The IAEA mission […]