Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, receiving UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Lviv today, called on the United Nations to “guarantee the safety” of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.
The facilities at the nuclear power plant have been occupied by the Russian military and have recently been the target of bombings.
In his Telegram post, the Ukrainian president denounced “deliberate terrorism” on behalf of Russia, which “could have disastrous consequences for the whole world.” “The UN must therefore guarantee the security of these strategically important facilities, their demilitarization and their complete liberation from the Russian military,” he added.
According to the Ukrainian president’s post, in the discussion he had with Guterres, it was agreed to continue coordination for the implementation of the Ukrainian grain export program.
Moscow and Kyiv blame each other for the bombing of the nuclear plant. Kyiv also claims that Russian forces store heavy weapons in Zaporizhia and use the facilities to target Ukrainian positions. He also asserts that the Russians are targeting the station in order to blame Ukraine for these bombings. Russia denies these claims and states that there are only units in the facilities that have taken responsibility for their security. It in turn accuses Kyiv of planning a “provocation” on the occasion of Guterres’ visit to Ukraine.