Ukraine agrees to UN nuclear plant mission at tripartite meeting | Russia-Ukraine war News


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says he has agreed to the parameters of a possible International Atomic Energy Agency mission to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant after repeated shelling of the complex raised fears of a nuclear disaster.

At a press conference in Lviv on Thursday after a trilateral meeting with the Turkish president and the UN secretary general, Zelenskyy said “only absolute transparency and control over the situation” by the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), among others. , could guarantee nuclear safety.

It was not immediately clear whether Russia would agree to the parameters.

The Ukrainian leader also reiterated a call on Russia to immediately withdraw its troops from the nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine and stop all military activities in the area.

Concerns over the plant increased on Thursday as Russian and Ukrainian authorities accused each other of conspiring to attack the site and then blamed the other side.

Kiev and Moscow have exchanged allegations over several recent incidents of shelling at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which was captured by Russian forces early in the war.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed concern about the resurgence of military activity in Zaporizhzhya. “We don’t want another Chernobyl,” he said.

UN chief Antonio Guterres also expressed serious concern about the situation at the factory and said it should be demilitarized. “We have to tell it like it is – any possible damage to Zaporizhzhya is suicide,” he said.

The secretary general also called for the area around the massive nuclear power plant to be demilitarized. “The facility should not be used as part of a military operation. Instead, urgent agreement is needed to restore Zaporizhzhya’s purely civilian infrastructure and ensure the security of the area,” he said.

IAEA chief Rafael Mariano Grossi repeatedly called on both warring sides to work together to enable his agency to conduct a fact-finding mission and verify the safety of the plant.

Erdogan Supports Negotiations to End War

The meeting in Lviv is seen as an opportunity for the UN and Turkey to test the waters for the possibility of a negotiated settlement between Kiev and Moscow.

Erdogan, who was on his first visit to Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24, insisted that the war be resolved through diplomatic channels and renewed his offer to act as a mediator.

“We are ready to act as a mediator or mediator to relaunch the negotiations,” he said. “It’s about finding the shortest and fairest way to the negotiating table.”

Zelensky ruled out peace with Russia unless it withdraws its troops from Ukraine.

Zelenskyy told reporters he was “very surprised” to hear from Erdogan that Russia was “ready for some kind of peace,” adding: “First they have to leave our territory and then we’ll see.”

Boosting grain exports before winter

Thursday’s talks, held near the Polish border, also addressed urgent concerns about the global food crisis caused by the disruption of grain exports from Ukraine.

Developing countries have been hit particularly hard by shortages and high prices, and the UN has declared several African countries to be in famine.

Guterres praised the success of a deal between Ukraine and Russia brokered by Turkey and the UN that led to a resumption of exports this month, but added that it would be some time before its effects could be felt by ” people at their local bakery and in their markets”.

“We will do our best to scale up our business to cope with the coming winter,” added Guterres.

Erdogan said they were discussing the exchange of POWs between Ukraine and Russia, and that he would later raise the issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“We attach great importance to this issue … of what happened with the exchange of these prisoners,” Erdogan said.

Earlier this month, Guterres launched a fact-finding mission into a frontline incident in the Ukrainian city of Olenivka in which detainees were killed by Moscow-backed separatists.

Russia and Ukraine have both requested an investigation.

Guterres said the terms of the mission and composition of the team have been shared with Russia and Ukraine, who must both agree. He said he planned to appoint Brazilian General Carlos dos Santos Cruz to lead the investigation.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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