Ukraine Holds Disaster Response Drills After Nuclear Plant Shelling.

Ukrainian authorities in Zaporizhzhia joined efforts Wednesday to hold nuclear disaster response drills, after repeated shelling incidents at Europe's largest nuclear power plant.

MORE: The Ukrainian minister of energy, Herman Halushchenko, said that his government was very concerned about the safety of the Russian-occupied nuclear power plant in Enerhodar, located some 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Ukrainian-held Zaporizhzia.

Halushchenko said "the situation, from when the Russian army started shelling on the 5th of August, has changed dramatically."

He urged the International Atomic Energy Agency to show impartiality and not close its eyes in front of the security situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant.

The plant was captured by Russia in March and the bouts of shelling have been widely condemned, prompting calls for an urgent mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency to the facility in southern Ukraine.

Ukraine and Russia have said they want IAEA inspectors to visit the facility and the agency's chief Rafael Grossi has said he is ready to lead a mission.

(Reuters)

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