Zelensky says Russia prevented independent journalists from observing the I.A.E.A. mission.
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine praised the arrival of UN inspectors at the occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant on Thursday but said Russia was undermining the inspection by blocking journalists. independently observe it and threaten the inhabitants of the surrounding town.
He said in nightly address, saying that residents of Enerhodar were forced to lie to representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog. The claims cannot be independently verified.
International and Ukrainian journalists are not allowed to join the factory inspectors and observers, Zelensky said, as promised, Zelensky said, adding that only Russian “propagandists” are allowed in.
“Unfortunately, representatives of the IAEA did not protect representatives of the independent media,” he said.
Zelensky again called for the establishment of a demilitarized zone around the plant, where constant shelling increases the risk of a nuclear disaster.