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Macron Urges Putin to Remove Weapons From Around Nuclear Plant

  • French president in ‘frank exchange’ with Russian counterpart
  • War rages around atomic power station for first time ever
A Russian serviceman patrols the territory of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station in Energodar.
A Russian serviceman patrols the territory of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station in Energodar.Photographer: Andrey Borodulin/AFP/Getty Images
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French President Emmanuel Macron urged Russia to withdraw “heavy and light” weaponry from around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant during a “frank exchange” with President Vladimir Putin on Sunday. 

The pair spoke after the last operating unit at the Russian-occupied facility was shut safely -- dialing back, for now, the “precarious” danger level cited on Friday by the UN’s atomic agency.