After the vicinity of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant has come under fire several times in recent days, Russia is proposing a ceasefire.
“The leaders of the United Nations and the chief diplomat of the EU should not talk about demilitarization, but about establishing a ceasefire,” Vladimir Rogov, a representative of the Russian occupation authorities, said Monday, according to the Russian news agency Ria novosti.
Russia has accused Ukraine for several days of being behind shelling the area around Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. On the other hand, Ukraine points an accusing finger in the direction of Russia. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned last week of a nuclear disaster and called for a demilitarization of the area.
On Sunday, 42 countries, including Belgium, demanded that Russia withdraw its troops. The signatory countries believe that the presence of soldiers and weapons at the nuclear site is unacceptable and goes against the safety principles that all members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) must respect.
The operator and the Ukrainian authorities can no longer fulfill their security obligations, and the Russian presence also prevents the IAEA from playing its role.
Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency plan to inspect the Zaporizhzhya power plant, the largest in Europe. However, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine have not yet been able to agree on planning that visit.