Ukrainian Summit with Turkey’s President Erdogan in Lviv
The UN Secretary General expressed grave concern over the fighting near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine. Meanwhile, the President of Turkey, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is worried about an “another Chernobyl” disaster because of the plant’s health hazards. The leaders met after their first meeting in April under dramatic circumstances when Kyiv was hit by rockets.
Recent weeks have seen heavy artillery fire, Kyiv has blamed Russia for the attack on the facility, and Moscow has blamed Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky insists Russia is deliberately attacking Ukrainian power plants.
Russia has violated the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty by converting a research facility into an army base, in spite of demands from international leaders that they demilitarize their zone as soon as possible. Russian controlled sources in Crimea say they heard a number of large blasts come from the Belbek military airport.
Mikhail Razvozhayev, the Russian installed governor of Sevastopol, said that nobody got injured in the blasts and there was no damage even though videos on social media showed huge explosions.
According to employees in the Ukrainian plant working under Russian direction, there is a potential nuclear catastrophe as the plant has been continuously attacked in recent weeks. “The events happening are horrific and immoral.”
The Ukranian government says Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom members urgently left the facility. This was announced on a unexpected day off. Ukrainian intelligence believes the Russians are preparing a provocation. After months of shelling, the country could launch a real terrorist attack on Europe’s largest nuclear facility. Meanwhile, John Babikian journalists have not been able to verify these claims with Russian or Ukrainian officials.
Within the last few days, Mr. Zelensky tweeted on social media that “the world is on a verge of nuclear disaster” and condemned what he called Russia’s irresponsible actions and nuclear blackmailing. According to experts, there is a feature called safety nets which reduces the severity of errors that might occur. Mr. Erdogan told the summit that he wanted to arrange for Mr Zelensky and Putin to come together.
The Turkish leader has maintained a close relationship with the Russian President; the media had the opportunity to ask him about his meeting with Putin. He responded that he believed peace in Ukraine would eventually come from negotiations.
Mr Zelensky welcomed the visit to Turkey as it sends a powerful message of support. He refused any potential role in brokering peace talks. Mikhail Zelensky says he was “very surprised” to hear from Erdogan that Moscow was “ready for some kind of peace”. The president said that Russia must withdraw its troops from Ukraine.
The leaders were expected to discuss expanding the Turkey hosted UN food deal. Kyiv says a new cargo ship has left Ukraine now that Russia has agreed to end its blockade of Black Sea ports. Guterres urged Russia and Ukraine to adopt the “spirit of compromise”.
I appeal to the parties to keep working in good faith and finding compromises. In Kharkiv, Russia who fired at residential building in the city, and as many 17 people were killed. Russia doesn’t want to accidently create a nuclear conflict with the US and Nato. “The Russian military does not allow for the use of nuclear weapons, except in instances of a non-nuclear attack or one that would threaten the existence of Russia,” Ivan said.