The main task of the ongoing dialogue with the IAEA is for the international mission to officially record the capture of the Chernobyl and Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plants by the Russian military

Minister of Energy of Ukraine Herman Galushchenko notes:

The main task of our ongoing dialogue and previous appeals to the IAEA is, first of all, for the international mission to officially record the capture of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant by the Russian military.

We hope that this will be an incentive to make tough decisions to ensure the security of Ukraine’s nuclear energy, and thus the nuclear security of Europe and the world. The priority is to close the sky over Ukraine.

We have already sent official appeals to the IAEA outlining our vision for security in the context of Russia’s hostilities on our territory.

In particular, we emphasize the following actions:

  • an immediate ceasefire and a ban on the occupying forces approaching 30 km closer to nuclear power facilities;
  • The IAEA should apply to NATO for the establishment of an A2 / AD zone (the closed sky) over the territory of Ukraine, taking into account the geography of the NPP’s location in Ukraine;
  • intensifying the activities of the IAEA to coordinate the prevention of acts of nuclear terrorism at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and on humanitarian and psychological assistance to its personnel with detailed documentation of events;
  • banning Russia’s access to IAEA intellectual and technological resources, severing relations with Russian citizens employed in UN nuclear-related structures;
  • immediate strengthening of IAEA-led monitoring and control over the situation at Zaporizhzhya NPP (Energodar), South Ukrainian NPP (Pivdennoukrainsk), Rivne NPP (Varash), Khmelnitsky NPP (Netishyn) and other nuclear facilities of Ukraine with the involvement of international nuclear security organizations and other international organizations, including the WHO and the Red Cross.

Ukraine also appealed to the European Commission and the United Nations to conduct special missions to ensure nuclear security in Ukraine and the world, as well as to identify all crimes of Russian military aggression that threaten the safe operation of nuclear facilities in Ukraine.

In addition, Ukraine insists that a special OSCE monitoring mission in our country establish round-the-clock monitoring and analysis of the situation at all domestic nuclear facilities, including the Chernobyl and Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plants, as well as other Ukrainian nuclear power plants.

Source: Government portal