Day 191 Roundup: Physical Integrity of Nuclear Power Plant 'Violated Several Times,' IAEA Head Says as Inspections Continue

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The Facts

  • After a long-anticipated visit from a delegation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the Russia-held Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) in southern Ukraine, IAEA head Rafael Grossi said: "It is obvious that the plant and physical integrity of the plant has been violated several times." He also added that he remains worried about the safety of the facility.

  • Grossi said his 14-member team were able to tour the plant for four or five hours on Thurs., and explained that a number of them would stay at the facility "until Sunday or Monday, continuing with the assessment." Russian media later confirmed that eight inspectors from the IAEA remained at the ZNPP, with four additional support staff accompanying them. Additional reports suggested that two members of the delegation might remain on a permanent basis, a move that is supported by Russia.

The Spin

Anti-Russia narrative

Russia will make every effort to distort and manipulate what inspectors from the IAEA are able to see. This is a staged inspection and, under these circumstances, the IAEA will not be able to produce a truly independent assessment of the situation. As such, any report should be treated with skepticism.

Pro-Russia narrative

Russia has done everything in its power to facilitate the visit of IAEA inspectors, including securing their safety amid Ukrainian shelling. Furthermore, Russia insisted on ballistics experts as part of the mission. Soon enough, the world will know who's truly responsible for endangering the nuclear facility.

Nerd narrative

There's a 50% chance that Ukraine will regain control of Kherson by Mar. 24, 2023, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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