UNSC discusses security at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

The UN Security Council has met to discuss security at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine. This comes amid mounting concerns that continued shelling in the area could trigger a catastrophe.

On Tuesday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Russian and Ukrainian forces to halt all military activity around the plant. He also implored them to agree to the establishment of a demilitarized zone.

He said, "Any action that might endanger the physical integrity, safety or security of the nuclear plant is unacceptable."

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi spoke online. He briefed the council on the visit that he and his team made to the site last week.

Grossi repeated his agency's call for the creation of a security protection zone around the plant as an interim measure. He said, "We are ready to consult quickly and with the parties."

At the meeting, delegates from Western nations called on Russia to pull out of the Zaporizhzhia plant. Russia's UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia repeated Moscow's claim that Ukrainian forces are responsible for the shelling around the facility. He said the plant is being protected by the Russian forces.