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UN chief urges sides to stop attacks at Ukraine nuclear plant

UN Secretary General António Guterres has warned of potential nuclear disaster in light of ongoing fighting at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.

New York, 11 August 2022 (dpa/MIA) – UN Secretary General António Guterres has warned of potential nuclear disaster in light of ongoing fighting at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.

“I am gravely concerned about the unfolding situation in and around the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine,” he said in a statement.

“I have appealed to all concerned to exercise common sense and reason and not to undertake any actions that might endanger the physical integrity, safety or security of the nuclear plant – the largest of its kind in Europe.”

“Regrettably, instead of de-escalation, over the past several days there have been reports of further deeply worrying incidents that could, if they continue, lead to disaster.”

The Zaporizhzhya power plant, located in the Ukrainian city of Enerhodar, was shelled several times and partially damaged last weekend. However, the critical infrastructure is said to remain intact. Russia and Ukraine blame each other for the attacks.

On Russia’s initiative, the UN Security Council is to discuss the situation at the plant later Thursday in New York. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, is to brief members.

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