U.N. watchdog optimistic about Ukraine nuclear plant protection

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YUZHNOUKRAINSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog said on Monday he hoped to make progress on a safe zone deal around the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia plant in Ukraine, but stressed it was a tough negotiation. Russian forces in March captured the Soviet-era plant, Europe’s largest, soon after their invasion of Ukraine. It has repeatedly come under fire in recent months, raising fears of a nuclear disaster. “The situation around the plant continues to be very, very dangerous,” Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told re…

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