Russia-Ukraine war: UN urges Moscow not to take nuclear power plant off grid; Putin and Macron hold talks – live

UN chief asks Russia not take Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant off grid

The UN secretary general has asked Russia not to cut the nuclear plant from Ukraine’s grid. António Guterres asked on Friday that the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station not be cut off from Ukraine’s grid after Ukrainian reports that Moscow is planning to do so.

“Obviously the electricity from Zaporizhzhia is Ukrainian electricity … This principle must be fully respected,” said the UN secretary general during a visit to the port of Odesa in southern Ukraine.

António Guterres speaks to journalists at the end of his visit to the Odesa grain port, 19 August 2022. Photograph: Manuel de Almeida/EPA

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This article was written by Sarah Haque (now); Gemma McSherry and Samantha Lock (earlier) and originally published on