Ukraine updates: IAEA confirms mines near Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

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The IAEA said the mines were found in a restricted area that is inaccessible to plant personnel. The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has been under Russian control since the beginning of March 2022.

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Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plantThe mines were found in a buffer zone between the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant's internal and external perimeter barriersImage: Dmytro Smolyenko/Ukrinform/abaca/picture alliance
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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials have confirmed that there are mines in close proximity to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, currently under Russian occupation.

The IAEA Director General, Rafael Grossi, said in a statement that the IAEA team had discovered "some mines located in a buffer zone between the site's internal and external perimeter barriers" during an inspection conducted on Sunday, although the inspection team did not come across any devices "within the inner site perimeter."

The mines were found in a restricted area that is inaccessible to plant personnel, he said.

"Our team has raised this specific finding with the plant and they have been told that it is a military decision, and in an area controlled by military," Grossi said.

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has been under Russian control since the beginning of March 2022. Since September, all six of its reactors have been shut down.

The IAEA had still not been given access to the roofs of the reactor buildings and their turbine halls, its latest statement said.


Here are more major developments in Russia's war in Ukraine from Tuesday, July 25:

Skip next section Zelenskyy calls for end to EU restrictions on Ukrainian grain imports

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Zelenskyy calls for end to EU restrictions on Ukrainian grain imports

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said it would be "unacceptable" for the European Union to further extend restrictions on Ukrainian grain imports.

The EU had previously imposed restrictions on imports containing wheat, maize, rapeseed, and sunflower seeds from Ukraine in five central and eastern European countries — Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia.

The EU called these "temporary preventive measures" to address "logistical bottlenecks."

Zelenskyy has called for the restrictions to end as planned on September 15, expressing strong opposition to any extension of the limitations.

In a video address on Monday night, President Zelenskyy emphasized that any extension of the restrictions would not align with European values and principles.

On Monday, Ukraine announced its intention to boost grain and oilseed exports by an additional 1 million tons per month. This comes despite Russia's allowing a previous agreement that established a secure passage for ships transporting these products across the Black Sea to expire.

https://p.dw.com/p/4UKg5Skip next section Russia launches air attack on Kyiv, Danube ports

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Russia launches air attack on Kyiv, Danube ports

Russia carried out an air attack on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, in the early hours of Tuesday, according to military leadership in Kyiv.

Russia used Iranian-made Shahed drones in the attack, although based on preliminary information all the drones were downed by Ukraine's air defence systems, the head of the administration, Serhiy Popko, said. There were no reports of casualties or serious damage, he added.

The attack comes a day after Russia warned of "tough retaliatory measures" after a drone attack on Moscow.

A Russian attack on the city of OdesaRussia has repeatedly struck the Odesa region since expiration of the grain agreementImage: Hector Adolfo Quintanar Perez/ZUMA Wire/IMAGO

Meanwhile, Ukraine accused Russia of a cluster bomb attack in the town of Kostiantynivka, located in the eastern region of Donetsk.

The attack on Monday evening killed a child and injured seven others, including four children, the local administration said.

In addition to these attacks, Ukrainian air defences successfully repelled several drones that targeted the Black Sea area.

However, there were reports of hits on Danube ports, Natalya Humenyuk, a military spokeswoman for the Army's Southern Command, said.

Ukraine's Danube ports, specifically Reni and Izmail, situated near the Romanian border, bore the brunt of the Russian attack.

As per the Ukrainian media, Igor Plehov, the mayor of Reni, said three grain silos had been destroyed.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba accused Russia of "food terrorism" and called for a united global response to the Russian attacks.

The situation has worsened since Moscow allowed the grain agreement to expire, leading to repeated attacks on the Odesa region by Russian forces.

ss/kb (dpa, Reuters, AFP)

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