“I am gravely concerned about the unfolding situation in and around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant in southern Ukraine. 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,” says the statement of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Report informs.

“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.

I am calling for all military activities in the immediate vicinity of the plant to cease immediately and not to target its facilities or surroundings.

I urge the withdrawal of any military personnel and equipment from the plant and the avoidance of any further deployment of forces or equipment to the site. The facility must not be used as part of any military operation. Instead, urgent agreement is needed at a technical level on a safe perimeter of demilitarization to ensure the safety of the area.