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In meeting with Secretary-General, Zelensky calls on UN to guarantee demilitarization of nuclear plant

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, asked this Thursday (18) the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, that the organization guarantee the demilitarization of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, under control of Russian troops in order to prevent a catastrophe from happening at the site.

Zelensky stated that the “deliberate terror” of Russian troops at the facilities “could have catastrophic global consequences for the entire world”, the Ukrainian president’s office announced after the meeting held in Lviv, in western Ukraine.

In addition, Zelensky said that the UN “must guarantee the security of that strategic location, its demilitarization and the complete liberation of Russian troops.”

The Ukrainian president held a meeting in Lviv with Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with whom he discussed, among other matters, the situation of grain transport of Ukraine, unlocked following an agreement recently reached in Istanbul.

“Agree We continue to coordinate the implementation of the grain initiative,” Zelensky said in this regard.

“We also discussed the possible directions of its development, the issue of the forced and illegal deportation of Ukrainians and the release of of our military and doctors”, added the Ukrainian president.

The meeting between Zelensky, Guterres and Erdogan was held at the Potocki Palace in Lviv, where the Turkish president arrived on a flight from Ankara with a stopover in the Polish city of Rzeszow, about 80 kilometers from the Ukrainian border.

Guterres arrived in Ukraine on Wednesday and on Friday plans to visit Odesa and its port, which is being used for the export of Ukrainian grain as part of the agreement promoted by the UN and Turkey.

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