As we mentioned in our opening post, Russia’s foreign ministry has dismissed a proposal by UN Secretary General Antonio
Guterres to demilitarise the area around the Zaporizhzhia power plant in Ukraine.
Guterres earlier this month called for Russian forces to withdraw from the facility and for “a safe perimeter of demilitarisation”.
The plant was seized by Russia in March, but has retained its Ukrainian employees. Both sides have blamed one another for shelling it in recent days – raising fears of a serious incident.
A spokesman for the Russian foreign ministry Ivan Nechayev described Guterres’s proposal as unacceptable, claiming it would
make the facility “more vulnerable”.
“That is the very reason that the proposals (on demilitarisation) are unacceptable,” Nechayev said today.
“Implementing them would make the power station even more vulnerable.”
Russia says it is keeping some troops at the plant to ensure its smooth running and security.