Reuters. Ukraine's embattled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant faced "a perhaps a more dangerous phase", the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday (March 29) after seeing increased military activity and damage to the surrounding area during a visiting the site.
Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, added working out an agreement on the protection of the plant has to be stepped up.
"It is obvious that military activity is increasing in this whole region. So the plant can't be protected," he said, Sky News reports.
Grossi had been pushing for a demilitarised zone at the Russian-held power station, Europe's largest nuclear facility, which has come under repeated shelling.
On Wednesday he also said he was putting aside this plan so he could propose specific protection measures acceptable to both Moscow and Kyiv.
The IAEA head did not name specific safety measures that could be proposed. Russia said in February that it was close to completing construction of protective structures for key parts of Zaporizhzhia, including storage of radioactive materials.