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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), already present at the Russian military-occupied Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, will send experts to other Ukrainian sites in the next few days and eventually triple their number, AFP reported, citing a statement. posted tonight.

The IAEA "will soon be permanently stationed at all Ukrainian power plants, including Chernobyl."

The UN agency's director-general, Rafael Grossi, will go to the site next week to launch the new operation.

Although special missions have been conducted since the beginning of the war, this decision "marks a significant expansion", the IAEA stressed.

Until now, personnel of the international organization have been housed only in the extremely sensitive site of Zaporizhia, which is located near the front line and is regularly bombarded - since September, "up to four" people have been housed there.

From now on, "about 11 to 12 experts will be present at any time" in Ukraine to "monitor the situation, check equipment" or "provide technical assistance," the agency said.

In December, after a meeting with Grossi, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal announced such missions to "secure" the country's five power plants, but their timing and size were not specified.

In addition to Zaporozhye, inspectors will be sent to Rivne, Khmelnytskyi, the South Ukrainian NPP and Chernobyl, the infamous plant where the worst nuclear accident in history occurred in 1986.

The IAEA was unable to stop the shelling of the Zaporizhia NPP

The head of the IAEA will also meet with senior Ukrainian officials as part of his efforts to create a "safe zone" around the headquarters in Zaporozhye.

He has been holding consultations with Kyiv and Moscow for several months, but so far unsuccessfully, writes BTA.

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