International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi will visit Kyiv and Moscow later this week, the UN nuclear watchdog said on Tuesday. The IAEA said in a statement that Grossi would “continue his consultations” on establishing a nuclear safety and security zone around Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.
The IAEA said the head of the Zaporizhzhya plant, Ihor Murashov, who was detained by Russian patrols for two days before being released on Monday, also “will not continue his duties at the ZNPP”.
“It is not yet clear who will replace him in this role,” the statement said.
Ukraine’s nuclear agency said on Saturday that Murashov was detained by a Russian patrol while he was on his way from the plant to the Russian-controlled city of Energodar.
The UN nuclear watchdog is prompting Kyiv and Moscow to agree to establish a safety zone around the plant to avoid any nuclear accidents.
Asked about the security zone in September, Grossi said he expected a commitment that “no military action” would affect the normal operation of the plant.
Moscow and Kyiv have accused months of shelling near a Russian-held facility that sparked fears of a nuclear disaster.