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  • Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on the endangering situation at the Zaporizhzhia NPP
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, posted 23 June 2023 07:11

    Mining and other forms of militarization of the Zaporizhzhia NPP by russia pose an immediate threat of a nuclear incident at Europe's largest nuclear power plant.

    According to Ukrainian intelligence agencies, russia is considering a scenario of committing a terrorist act at the temporarily occupied Zaporizhia NPP. Such a terrorist attack will entail global consequences.

    By occupying the ZNPP, russia grossly violates international law and nuclear safety norms and standards, including the seven IAEA fundamental principles on nuclear safety and security.

    We expect an objective assessment by IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi regarding russia's criminal actions.

    The scale of challenges and threats facing the global nuclear security regime today as a result of the russian Federation's war against Ukraine is extremely high and requires joint and robust international efforts to avert a nuclear disaster.

    As a terrorist state, russia has violated all fundamental principles of international nuclear security law and the vast majority of its own treaty obligations, but was not made to face just consequences for its crimes.

    We call on the international community, in particular the Group of Seven and the EU, to take urgent measures to prevent a nuclear disaster at the Zaporizhzhia NPP, including but not limited to introducing strengthened restrictive measures against the russian nuclear industry and military-industrial complex. 

    We insist on the need to recognize russia as a terrorist state and ensure the inevitability of political, economic and legal consequences for all crimes and illegal actions committed by it.