Russia Complains on Ukraine to the UN

by Olha Povaliaieva
Friday, August 12, 2022
Russia Complains on Ukraine to the UN

On August 11, the UN Security Council considered the application of Russia and safety issues of the Zaporizhzhia NPP

Russia has initiated the gathering of members of the Security Council. The country that attacked Ukraine and its largest nuclear facility in Europe wants to consider security. The Ukrainian side commented on the meeting in New York.

"In this way, Russia is trying with procedural questions (because it is supposedly initiating a discussion) to shift the blame to Ukraine, but it will not succeed," one diplomat said.

Even before the beginning of the discussion, the US side announced in briefing support for the Ukrainian initiative regarding creating a demilitarization zone on the territory of the Zaporizhzhia NPP. The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, also stated the need to return control of the nuclear facility to Ukraine. Grossi believes that the Russian Federation is creating threats around the station. He called on the Ukrainians and Russia to admit the commission to the object. Rafael Grossi is ready to head the commission himself.

Note that the issue is critical and challenging. A few hours before the beginning of the meeting, the occupiers shelled the power plant. According to the Ukrainian state company Energoatom, this was the fourth recorded case of an attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in a day. The invaders damaged the pumping station and several radiation sensors.

The conclusion of the UN Security Council after the meeting was as follows:

  • There is currently no real nuclear hazard;
  • The Russian Federation is responsible for all possible risks at the nuclear plant in Ukraine.

It also became known that Ukraine is ready to allow an IAEA commission to visit the site if Russia withdraws its troops from the nuclear power plant. The permanent representative of Russia to the United Nations said that the party is ready to create a weapons-free zone around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant.

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