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Ukraine to convene UN Security Council over the Kakhovka HPP explosion

Jun 6, 2023

Ukraine intends to convene an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council because of the explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant by the Russians.

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

"Following a meeting of the (Ukrainian – ed.) National Security and Defense Council on the morning of June 6, the list of actions proposed by Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in the context of the response was agreed upon, which, in particular, includes Ukraine's convening of an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council and raising the issue of the Russian terrorist attack at a meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors, as well as the use of the European Union's civil protection mechanism," the statement said.

The Foreign Ministry calls on the Group of Seven countries and the EU to immediately consider imposing new far-reaching sanctions on Russia, in particular on the Russian missile industry and nuclear industry.

"We consider the undermining of the Kakhovka hydroelectric dam by the Russian Federation as a terrorist act against Ukrainian critical infrastructure, which aims to cause the greatest possible number of casualties and destruction," the statement reads.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs notes that the terrorist attack on the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant was previously lively discussed at the level of the occupation forces in Kherson region and propagandists on Russian television. This indicates its preliminary planning.

"The blowing up of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant dam is man-made and environmental terrorism, the largest man-made disaster in Europe in recent decades, another manifestation of Russia's genocide against Ukrainians. This is the Kremlin's response to countries that call for peace talks with Russia," the ministry said.

Thus, due to the decrease in the water level in the Kakhovka reservoir, there may be a risk of an incident at another critical infrastructure facility occupied by the Russians - the Zaporizhzhia NPP.

In view of this, Ukraine calls on the international community to strongly condemn the Russian terrorist attack on the Kakhovka HPP.

The ministry emphasizes that Russia will have to compensate for all the consequences of its crime - both for people, infrastructure and the environment.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 06/06/2023

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