US supports Ukrainian nuclear plant call
(MENAFN) On Thursday, the US State Department formally supported Ukraine's demand for a demilitarized zone around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant (ZNPP) and demanded that Russian troops in the region be withdrawn.
The declaration was made as the UN Security Council was convening at Moscow's request to discuss the alleged artillery attacks on the facility by the Ukrainian military, which Russia claims could cause a radioactive catastrophe.
“Fighting near a nuclear plant is dangerous and irresponsible – and we continue to call on Russia to cease all military operations at or near Ukrainian nuclear facilities and return full control to Ukraine, and support Ukrainian calls for a demilitarized zone around the nuclear power plant,” a State Department representative stated in a released announcement.
On Thursday, Antonio Guterres, the secretary-general of the UN, also asked for a demilitarized zone, pleading with both Russia and Ukraine to "withdraw any military personnel and equipment from the plant and refrain from any further deployment of forces or equipment to the site."
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