UN's Grossi Meets With Putin

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday in a meeting deigned to address concerns over the Zaporzhzhia Nuclear Power Plant which sits in a Russian-occupied war zone in Ukraine.

While Gross stressed the need for creation of a safety zone, Putin repeatedly called attention in a televised broadcast to the “politicization” of the plant, understanding the state of the large facility could spin negatively or positively in the news for whoever oversees its wartime security.

Currently, the plant is being serviced by its Ukrainian staff, but it is in Russian-held territory that Russia has claimed is now annexed to Russia. The acting director of Ukraine’s nuclear power operator Energoatom, Petro Kotin said the Ukrainian technicians are being told to declare their allegiance to Russa or risk losing their jobs. The World Nuclear Association quoted Kotin as saying to his Ukrainian crew that should “not be swayed” by Russian tactics meant to legitimize Russia’s possession of the plant.