The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, said Friday that the agency hopes to reach an agreement with Russia and Ukraine to establish a safe zone around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant by the end of the year.
Speaking to La Repubblica daily, Grossi said: “I hope to find a solution as soon as possible… I hope by the end of the year.”
“Moreover, the primary goal of creating a safe zone around Zaporizhia is to avoid a nuclear accident,” he added.
On March 4, Russia took control of the Zaporizhia station, which is the largest in Europe, and its surroundings have recently been witnessing attacks and bombings, with Moscow and Kiev exchanging accusations about them.
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The station includes 6 nuclear reactors and provides about 20 percent of the total electricity in Ukraine, and its production capacity is about 5,700 megawatts / hour.