It turns out that such invitation usually comes with very little information.
The fundamental justification for this is security; it is not exactly advisable to make public where a minister will be, particularly while you are under attack from another nation.
We made the decision to agree, and soon we were being brought aboard a helicopter with other journalists at an airstrip not far from Kyiv.
By this time, we were aware that we were going to the city of Zaporizhzhia, and the topic was the rising danger posed by the nuclear power plant located in the area farther south.
I understood why we were provided with anti-nausea medication before takeoff within 30 seconds of the flight beginning.
The pilot hovers the helicopter about 10 meters above the ground, periodically swerving across power wires in an effort to avoid detection.
There are countless sunflower fields. Some are in full bloom, while others are beyond their prime and fading. Whatever the case, the harvest is drawing near.
Then there is the thick forest, with tens of thousands of tall trees that are so near to the helicopter’s skids.
You no longer have any doubts about Ukraine’s huge and varied scenery.
You are immediately struck by two things when you land in Zaporizhzhia: the humidity and the city’s more active skyline than that of Kyiv.
We finally arrive at a supermarket parking lot where emergency personnel are decked out in bright yellow hazmat suits. In case of radioactive contamination, they are practicing cleanup exercises.
Senior authorities are keeping an eye on them because they want to know how prepared the region would be in the worst-case situation.
Herman Halushchenko, Ukraine’s minister of energy, replies to my query, “Of course we are worried.” On August 5, as the Russians began to bomb the region, “the situation altered significantly.”
The situation at the facility, according to Ukraine, is “approaching critical.”
The largest location in Europe is under Russian military control since the beginning of March.
Because of the risks, they have been pressured to regain control, and several employees there have complained to the BBC that they are “being kept at gunpoint.”
Heavy shelling has been occurring on and around the factory for the previous two weeks, with each side accusing the other.
The newest foreign organization to demand access for UN inspectors to the Zaporizhzhia power plant is NATO, which claims that the takeover of the facility poses a severe threat to Ukraine and its neighbors.
As Moscow seeks to divert electricity to Crimea, which it seized eight years ago, officials worry the facility may lose power.
Denys Monastyrskyy, the interior minister of Ukraine, claims that it is impossible to assure the safety of the nuclear power plant as long as Russian occupation forces are present.
It is the primary issue that we should all be aware of, he continues.
Additionally, Ukrainians who escape Russian-occupied territory arrive at the parking lot first.
There are lines of moving vehicles filled with passengers and bags.
Olena, who has just left the city of Enerhodar, where the nuclear plant is located, is waiting for us as we sit in the shade.
She continues, bouncing her child on her knee, “It’s terrifying, really scary, there’s shelling all the time.
I didn’t want to go home, but there was nothing I could do because there had been so many more explosions.
This parking lot is an example of Ukraine doing what it can.
Instead of attempting to drive the Russians out of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, the nation is making preparations for the worst case scenario.