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Cease military activities around Ukraine's nuclear plant: UN

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres asked both Russia and Ukraine to cease military activities

Cease military activities around Ukraines nuclear plant: UN
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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres asked both Russia and Ukraine to cease military activities around Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant in Ukraine and exercise common sense.

In a statement, the UN Chief expressed concerns over attacking the nuclear power plant which is the largest such facility in Europe and warned that attacks on the plant could lead to disaster.

Guterres called for immediate de-escalation of military activities in the immediate vicinity of the plant and not to target its facilities or surroundings.

Guterres demanded both nations to provide immediate access to International Atomic Energy Agency to the site. He also warned that potential damage to Zaporizhzhia or any other nuclear facilities in Ukraine could lead to catastrophic consequences not only for the immediate vicinity, but for the region and beyond. "This is wholly unacceptable," he said.

Ukraine's Energoatom agency said the Zaporizhzhia complex was struck five times on Thursday, including near where radioactive materials are stored, Reuters reported.

Russian-appointed officials said Ukraine shelled the plant twice, the publication reported.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy demanded Russia return the plant to Ukraine's control.

Reuters reported that Russia and Ukraine have previously accused each other of attacks on the site. Ukraine has also accused Russia of firing rockets at Ukrainian towns from around the captured nuclear power plant in the knowledge it would be risky for Ukraine to return fire, the publication reported.

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