UN chief issues warning as Ukraine nuclear plant shelled again

The United Nations chief has called for an immediate end to all military activity around Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine, as Moscow and Kyiv blamed each other for renewed shelling.

Russian and Ukrainian officials have repeatedly accused each other of shelling the Zaporizhzhia plant and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday that any damage could lead to “catastrophic consequences” in the region and beyond.

The statement came before a UN Security Council meeting on the situation. It was called by Russia to discuss what Moscow claims were Ukrainian attacks on the plant.

“I have appealed to all concerned to exercise common sense and reason and not to undertake any actions that might endanger the physical integrity, safety or security of the nuclear plant the largest of its kind in Europe,” Guterres said.

“Regrettably, instead of de-escalation, over the past several days there have been reports of further deeply worrying incidents that could, if they continue, lead to disaster,” he added.

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