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  • Ukraine appeals to IAEA to convene emergency meeting over russia’s attack on Okhmatdyt
    Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, posted 09 July 2024 16:44

    On 8 July, russia launched a massive attack on several cities in Ukraine, in particular, in Kyiv, an enemy missile hit the Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital. Due to significant damage to certain areas, including the oncology department, seriously ill patients were evacuated to other medical facilities. The strike damaged the premises and equipment of the radiology centre, and the building lost power. Due to significant damage to the power supply system, the cooling compressor of the magnetic resonance imaging machine failed, and the ultrasound rooms and equipment were heavily damaged.

    “russia’s terrorist missile attack not only endangers human lives, but also constitutes a blatant violation of the IAEA’s core principles and values, undermining the very foundation of international nuclear safety and security... On behalf of Ukraine, I request a meeting of the Board of Governors on the situation in Ukraine in connection with russia’s brazen attack on a children’s hospital in Kyiv,” reads the official address of the Minister of Energy of Ukraine German Galushchenko to the Chair of the IAEA Board of Governors Holger Federico Martinsen.

    The National Specialized Children’s Hospital “Okhmatdyt” is a world-renowned medical institution that treats seriously ill children, including those with cancer. The hospital has 27 sources of ionizing radiation.

    Okhmatdyt receives technical assistance from the IAEA under the technical cooperation programme for important projects in several areas, including radiation oncology, nuclear medicine, and diagnostic radiology.

    Ukraine widely uses the mechanisms of technical cooperation with the IAEA, receiving equipment, advisory and technical assistance through the Technical Cooperation Fund, which consists of voluntary contributions from the Agency’s member states.

    The IAEA assists Ukraine in formulating state policy and combating cancer.