The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be traveling to Kyiv and Moscow later this week, the UN nuclear watchdog said Tuesday.

Iran PressEurope: Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi will visit Kyiv and Moscow later this week, the organization said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Director General Grossi will travel to Kyiv and then to Moscow later this week to continue his consultations aimed at agreeing and implementing a nuclear safety and security protection zone around the ZNPP [Zaporozhye nuclear power plant] as soon as possible," the IAEA said.

Reuters reported on October 1 that Grossi planned to visit Russia and Ukraine.

On September 21, Grossi said that he had held a number of meetings on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, including with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Ukrainian top diplomat Dmitry Kuleba and French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the creation of a safety and security zone around the nuclear plant. He also met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmygal and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell. Additionally, the IAEA secretary-general reported that the agency was planning to expand its mission to the Zaporozhye nuclear plant in the near future.

The Zaporozhye NPP, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, is located in the city of Energodar. Russian forces took control of the plant in March 2022. Since then, Ukrainian troops occasionally shell Energodar’s residential neighborhoods and the power plant itself, using drones, heavy artillery and multiple-launch rocket systems.

In early September, an IAEA mission led by Director General Rafael Grossi visited the station. Later, the agency published a report calling for the establishment of a protection zone around the power plant in order to prevent a nuclear disaster caused by the ongoing hostilities. 219

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