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18 August, 08:49 PM

Zelenskyy discusses Zaporizhzhia nuclear facility with UN chief during Lviv visit

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres discussed a number of issues related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine –including the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant – during a meeting in Lviv, Zelesnkyy said in a Facebook post on Aug. 18.

We paid extra attention to Russia’s nuclear blackmail,” said Zelesnkyy.

“This deliberate terror tactics by the aggressor state could have catastrophic consequences for the world. The UN must safeguard this strategic object (ZNPP), its demilitarization, and complete withdrawal of Russian troops from the facility.”

Additionally, the president said he and Guterres discussed Ukraine’s grain exports and POW exchanges with Russia.

“We agreed to continue our coordination on the grain front,” said Zelesnkyy.

“We explored how the initiative could be expanded, and questions of forced deportations of Ukrainians, Ukrainian POWs, and medics.”

Zelenskyy is expected to hold a trilateral meeting with Guterres and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan later on Aug. 18 in Lviv.

The Zaporizhzhia NPP is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, and has been occupied by Russian forces since March 4. Several ZNPP facilities have been damaged by Russian shelling, and the station's employees are captives of the occupying troops.

The Kremlin uses the facility as cover for artillery weapons, as Ukraine can’t return fire for the risk of causing a nuclear disaster.

Ukrainian intelligence has warned that Moscow could be planning a false flag operation, that would blame Ukraine for recklessly damaging the nuclear facility.

The IAEA’s leadership called on Russia to admit an IAEA monitoring mission to the facility, but Russian authorities have so far refused any international monitors.

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