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Ukraine expects clear assessment of Russia's criminal actions by IAEA

Jun 23, 2023

By seizing the Zaporizhzhia NPP, Russia has grossly violated international law and norms related to nuclear safety, as well as the seven fundamental principles established by the IAEA to ensure nuclear safety.

This is reported with reference to the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

"Mining and other forms of militarization of ZNPP by Russia pose a direct threat of a nuclear incident at Europe's largest nuclear power plant. We expect a clear assessment of Russia's criminal actions by IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi," the Foreign Ministry said.

The Ministry called on the international community, in particular the G7 and the European Union, to take immediate measures to prevent a nuclear disaster at ZNPP.

According to Ukrainian intelligence agencies, Russia is considering a scenario of a terrorist attack at the temporarily occupied nuclear power plant. Such a terrorist attack would have global consequences.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs proposes to strengthen restrictive measures against the Russian nuclear sector and the military-industrial complex and to take urgent measures to ensure the safety and protection of nuclear energy infrastructure in the region.

On June 22, Volodymyr Zelensky said that he had been informed of the Russian occupiers' plans to commit a terrorist attack at the Zaporizhzhia NPP with a radiation release. The President instructed Minister of Internal Affairs Ihor Klymenko to conduct explanatory work with citizens about the nuclear threat.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 23/06/2023

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