Ukrainian and Russian agencies continue to accuse each other of trying to subvert the mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency to safeguard the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
The Ukrainian nuclear power provider, Energoatom, said Friday: "The Russian military lies, manipulates and misrepresents reality at Zaporizhzhia NPP by disseminating only information on the IAEA mission visit it could benefit from."
It also accused the Russians of trying to prevent the International Atomic Energy Agency mission from getting to know the facts on the ground."
Energoatom also said: "Military trucks, deployed in the turbine halls of power units in breach of all fire safety requirements, were presented to the IAEA experts as equipment of the chemical defense forces. The Russian military tries to hide all the nuclear and radiation safety violations created by it."
"Only operative personnel were allowed to work at the Zaporizhzhia NPP while the presence of people on the routes of IAEA delegation members was significantly limited," Energoatom said.
"It is clear that under such conditions it will be difficult for IAEA to make an impartial assessment of the situation at ZNPP."
For their part, pro-Russian officials in the occupied area are blaming the Ukrainians for impeding the IAEA's work.
Alexander Volga, head of the military-civil administration of Enerhodar, claimed Friday that "the shelling of the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not stop, but their intensity significantly decreased," and that technicians continued to work on restoring power lines damaged "as a result of the massive shelling of Enerhodar from the Ukrainian side."
Volga said the IAEA team still at the plant "was provided with relevant documents on the nuclear power plant, as well as a map of shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine."
Most of the IAEA mission left the plant after a visit of several hours Thursday, but a small team remains behind. The IAEA director general, Rafael Grossi, vowed the agency would have a continuing presence at the plant.