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The situation is serious and the IAEA must be allowed to carry out its mission in Zaporizhia as quickly as possiblesaid Rafael Grossi, speaking on video during this emergency meeting of the Security Council.

Hurry uphe insisted, while the IAEA has been trying for weeks to send a mission to inspect the plant, a mission that kyiv and Moscow accuse each other of slowing down.

The site of the Zaporijia power plant, the largest in Europe, under Russian control since the beginning of March, was again bombed on Thursday, kyiv and Moscow accusing each other once again of being responsible.

Ukraine’s allies, emphasizing the need for the IAEA mission, pointed to Russian responsibility before the Security Council.

The solution for what is happening in Zaporizhia is simple. The United States calls on the Russian Federation to immediately withdraw its forces from Ukrainian territorysaid Bonnie Jenkins, US Under Secretary of State for Disarmament.

Same story on the side of France, which asked Russia to immediately withdraw its troops from the nuclear power plant and return full control to Ukraine, according to a press release from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

However, Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia blamed kyiv and its allies. We call on states supporting the kyiv regime to […] force him to put an end once and for all to the attacks on the Zaporizhia power plantand the UN and the IAEA to tell the Ukrainian authorities that their actions are unacceptabledid he declare.

The true scale of a nuclear disaster at the plant is hard to imagine. Full responsibility would lie with kyiv’s Western backersinsisted the Russian ambassador who described as surreal, cynical and absurd the charges against Moscow.

The Russians are well known for their elaborate schemes of deception, sabotage and cover-up, like the one we see todayreplied the Ukrainian ambassador to the UN, Sergiy Kyslytsya.

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None of us can stop the wind carrying the radiation, but together we can stop a terrorist state. And the sooner we stop Russia, the sooner Europe and the world will feel safe again.he added.

Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant near the Russian-controlled city of Enerhodar in Ukraine.

Photo: Reuters / ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO

The UN and Washington call for a demilitarized zone

While Russia has also accused the UN services of having prevented the IAEA mission, the spokesman for Secretary General Antonio Guterres rejected this idea.

This is a nuclear power plant in the middle of a battlefield. I think we can imagine at least two or three pages of obstaclesnoted Stéphane Dujarric.

To guarantee the security of the site and allow an inspection mission, Antonio Guterres and the United States called on Thursday for the establishment of a demilitarized zone around the plant.

Unfortunately, instead of a de-escalation, even more disturbing incidents have been reported in recent days, incidents which, if continued, could lead to a catastrophe.Antonio Guterres said in a statement.

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Zelensky demands the full withdrawal Russians

He is standing behind a lectern next to the Ukrainian flag.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Photo: Reuters

Just before the opening of an emergency meeting in New York of the UN Security Council to discuss this burning issue, at the request of Russia, the Ukrainian president demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops from the power plant nuclear.

The whole world must react immediately to drive out the occupants of the Zaporizhia power plantfor his part underlined the Ukrainian president in his daily video message.

Only the complete withdrawal of the Russians and the resumption of complete control by Ukraine over the plant would guarantee nuclear safety for all of Europe. »

A quote from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

The Ukrainian President denounced the Russian nuclear blackmail.

Undermine [le] moral Ukrainian soldiers

In Nikopol, in south-eastern Ukraine, about 100 kilometers from Zaporizhia, on the other side of the Dnieper, Governor Valentyn Reznichenko reported three dead and nine wounded in nighttime launches. Russian Grad multiple rockets.

In the east, in the Donbass mining basin, the head of the military administration of the Donetsk region, Pavlo Kyrylenko, announced in the morning that 11 civilians had been killed in the past 24 hours.

In addition, the Russians relentlessly shell Soledar, an industrial city of 11,000 inhabitants before the war, as they try to drive the Ukrainian army out of it in order to advance towards the neighboring, larger city of Bakhmout.

Ukrainian soldiers on a tank.

Ukrainian soldiers on a tank, near the front line, not far from the city of Sloviansk, in the Donetsk region, on June 1.

Photo: Getty Images/AFP/ARIS MESSINIS

Since Russian troops ended their operation in kyiv at the end of March and withdrew from the outskirts of the capital, the Kremlin has made Donbass, partly controlled since 2014 by pro-Russian separatists, its main objective.

The real Russian advance is very slow and the war has turned into artillery duels between two entrenched armies around a few localities.

We are waiting for the armed forces to liberate the south of our country, including Mariupol. We are waiting for it and it will happen soonnevertheless let go of the mayor of this martyred city, Vadim Boïtchenko.

A high-ranking Ukrainian officer, General Oleksiï Gromov, nevertheless admitted on Thursday that the enemy had doubled the number of its airstrikes against the positions held by the soldiers of his country compared to last week, with the aim of undermine their morale.

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