Dozens of countries and the EU have demanded the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from the occupied Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in Ukraine, DPA reported, quoted by BTA.

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"The deployment of Russian military personnel and weapons at the nuclear facility is unacceptable and disregards the principles of safety, security and safeguards that all IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) members have committed to uphold," the group said in a joint statement. .

The request was made on behalf of all EU countries, as well as the United States, Great Britain, Norway, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and other countries.

"We call on the Russian Federation to immediately withdraw its military forces and all other unauthorized personnel from the Zaporizhia NPP, its immediate surroundings and all of Ukraine, so that the operator and the Ukrainian authorities can resume their sovereign responsibilities within the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine." said in the statement.

"It will also allow the IAEA to carry out its inspection" in a timely and safe manner, the signatories added.

New shelling against the Ukrainian city of Energodar, located opposite the Zaporizhzhia NPP

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