“I will intensify my consultations with Ukraine, Russia, the UN, the UN Security Department so that we can carry out the mission that is so needed,” RIA Novosti quotes him as saying at a meeting of the UN Security Council.

Earlier, Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said that Russia is counting on an early visit of IAEA experts to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, possibly before the end of August.

He noted that in the event of a catastrophe at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, responsibility would fall on Kyiv's Western sponsors.

Volodymyr Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration of the Zaporozhye region, said that the radiation background in the region is normal after the shelling of the ZNPP by the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

He also said that the Ukrainian military shelled the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and the area near the nuclear facility for the second time in a day.