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The G-7 countries, "deeply concerned" by the risk of a nuclear accident at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia NPP, today asked for guarantees that IAEA personnel traveling to the region would have "completely free" access to the plant, France Press reported.

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"We emphasize that any attempt by Russia to disconnect the plant from the Ukrainian electricity grid would be unacceptable," warns the group of G-7 directors on non-proliferation issues in a statement, BTA informs.

She points out that the NPP "should not be used for military activities or storage of military materials".

Zelensky: The situation at the Zaporizhia NPP remains risky and dangerous

In the last week, the plant has been shelled and this has raised fears that a major nuclear disaster could occur.

Kyiv and Moscow accuse each other of shelling the plant area.

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, home to 6 of Ukraine's 15 reactors, was occupied by Russian troops in early March, shortly after the February 24 attack on Ukraine.

Today, the front line in the southern part of the country passes not far from it.

On Thursday, Kyiv reported that the plant was disconnected from the country's electricity grid due to damaged transmission lines.

However, the next day it was connected to the network again.

On Saturday, the Ukrainian operator "Energoatom" warned of the danger of radiation leakage and fire after new strikes near the complex.

Another shelling on the Ukrainian city of Energodar, located next to the Zaporizhzhia NPP

The authorities of the Zaporozhye region do not expect great results from the IAEA mission at the nuclear plant, but in any case they "will guarantee security".

Yevgeny Balitsky, head of the Russian military-civil administration in the region, said this to "Russia-24" TV, TASS reported. 

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