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Russian forces yesterday began installing an air defense system at Europe's largest nuclear power plant after shelling of the occupied Ukrainian plant raised concerns about its safety, DPA reported.

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"The air defense systems of the power plant are being strengthened," Yevgeny Balitsky, head of the Moscow-appointed military administration in the Zaporozhye region, told Russian state television.

Currently, the Zaporizhia plant is operating normally, and the power lines and damaged reactor units have been repaired, Balitsky said.

Energodar with a plan for the evacuation of the population in the event of an accident at the "Zaporozhka" NPP

The nuclear plant, which is under Russian control, has been shelled several times in recent days, raising concerns among the international community about the facility's safety.

Moscow and Kyiv blame each other for the attacks.

Russia has hinted it could support a visit by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) monitors to the plant.

"For our part, we are ready to provide the maximum possible assistance to solve the organizational issues," the Russian Foreign Ministry said yesterday.

Moscow also accused the UN of canceling an already planned inspection visit.

Russia requested a meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday afternoon in New York to discuss the situation at the nuclear power plant.

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