Ukraine: Zelensky calls on the UN to “ensure the safety” of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

Ukraine: Zelensky calls on UN to “ensure security” of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

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LVIV | Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday called on the UN to “ensure the security” of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, occupied by Russia and targeted by several bombings, while receiving Secretary General Antonio Guterres. 

Mr. Zelensky denounced on Telegram the “deliberate terror” provoked by Russia, which “can have major catastrophic consequences for the whole world”.

“The UN must therefore ensure the security of this strategic site, its demilitarization and its complete liberation from Russian troops,” he added.

Moscow and Kyiv blamed each other for the bombings that targeted the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, under the control of the Russian army since March, raising the specter of a major disaster in Europe.

Ukraine has for weeks accused Moscow of stockpiling heavy weapons in the Zaporizhia power plant and the to use as a base for strikes on the Ukrainian positions. It also ensures that the Russian forces fire on the plant they occupy in order to accuse Kyiv of these bombardments.

Moscow denied Thursday having deployed heavy weapons in the plant and said only have units providing security. Russia in return accuses Kyiv of preparing a “resounding provocation” on the spot during the visit to Ukraine of the UN Secretary General.

To guarantee the security of the site and allow a mission of inspection, Antonio Guterres and the United States called last Thursday for the establishment of a demilitarized zone around the plant, a long-standing demand of Ukraine.