Saturday, October 1

Russia rejects UN proposal to demilitarize Zaporizhia nuclear plant

Russia has rejected this Thursday a proposal by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to demilitarize the area around the Zaporizhia nuclear plant, the largest in Europe and captured by Moscow at the beginning of the invasion.

Ivan Nechayev, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, has stated that these plans would make the plant “more vulnerable” and has accused Ukraine of organizing “provocations”. “For that reason the proposals are unacceptable,” he said.

A few days ago, Guterres, who is currently visiting Ukraine to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, proposed the withdrawal of personnel and military team around the nuclear power plant to create a “secure demilitarization perimeter.”

kyiv accuses Russia of using the plant as a shield from which to bomb Ukrainian targets and denounces that Moscow has bombed the plant. Russia, for its part, claims that it is Ukraine that is bombing the area. Nechayev has said that inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Organization will be able to enter the plant soon.

For his part, Zelensky has asked Guterres for the UN to guarantee the demilitarization of the nuclear plant to prevent a catastrophe from occurring there. Zelenski has affirmed that the “deliberate terror” of the Russian troops in that facility “can have catastrophic global consequences for the whole world,” according to the Ukrainian president’s office after the meeting that the two held this Thursday in Lviv.

The Ukrainian president held a meeting in Lviv with Guterres and the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with whom he addressed, among other issues, the situation of grain transport from Ukraine, unblocked after an agreement recently reached in Istanbul. It is the first time that Erdogan has visited Ukraine since the beginning of the invasion.

“We agreed to continue coordination in the implementation of the grain initiative,” said the Ukrainian president. “We also talk about the possible directions of its development, the issue of forced and illegal deportation of Ukrainians and the liberation of our military and doctors,” he added.

Erdogan has arrived in Ukraine accompanied not only by five ministers – Foreign, Defense, Energy, Agriculture and Trade – but also by Haluk Bayraktar, general director of the Turkish company Baykar, which manufactures the Bayraktar TB2 drone, one of the weapons that more effectively is using Ukraine to resist Russian aggression.

Guterres arrived in Ukraine already this Wednesday and on Friday he plans to visit Odessa and his port, which is being used for the export of Ukrainian cereal as part of the agreement promoted by the UN and Turkey.