U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned, on Thursday, against any damage to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (NPP).
“We have to tell it like it is: any potential damage to Zaporizhzhia would be suicide,” Guterres said, as Kyiv and Moscow accused each other of bombing the site.
Guterres held talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Lviv this morning and addressed the grain deal and the prospects of settling the Ukrainian crisis.
Zelenskyy stated that United Nations must ensure the security of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant occupied by Russian force.
“Particular attention was paid to the topic of Russia’s nuclear blackmail at the Zaporizhzhia NPP. This deliberate terror on the part of the aggressor can have global catastrophic consequences for the whole world,” Zelenskyy wrote on the Telegram messaging app.
“Therefore, the U.N. must ensure the security of this strategic object, its demilitarization, and complete liberation from Russian troops.”
Guterres affirmed that he was “gravely concerned” by the situation in and around the plant.
“The facility must not be used as part of any military operation. Instead, agreement is urgently needed to reestablish Zaporizhzhia’s purely civilian infrastructure and to ensure the safety of the area,” he said.
The UN chief urged Russia and Ukraine to continue “the spirit of compromise” in implementing a UN-brokered deal that enabled Ukraine to resume grain exports from its Black Sea ports.
“Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, I have been clear, there is no solution to the global food crisis without ensuring full global access to Ukraine’s food products and Russian food and fertilizers,” he told reporters.