New IAEA resolution calls on Moscow to save Ukrainian nuclear power plants
For the third time since the start of the conflict, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) adopted a resolution calling on Moscow. “End all activities at Ukrainian nuclear facilities”, diplomatic sources said. The text, presented by Canada and Finland, and endorsed by 24 of the 35 states on the IAEA’s Board of Governors, calls for Russia’s immediate withdrawal from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.
Russia and China voted against. Seven countries abstained (Pakistan, India, South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia). Two did not come. In text, Council “expresses its deep concern” As Russia refuses to stop attacks on Ukrainian nuclear power plants.
Two resolutions on the matter were already adopted in March and then in September, when incessant bombings in Ukraine raised fears of a nuclear accident risk. Of particular concern is the Zaporizhia power plant, the largest in Europe. Occupied by Russian troops since early March, it is located in one of the territories annexed by Russia. Not far from the demarcation line between areas controlled by Kew and areas occupied by Moscow, it is the target of regular bombings in which the two camps blame each other.
Calls to abolish the military have multiplied, so far without success. IAEA inspectors have been there since early September. UN Raffaele Grossi, the organization’s director-general, has been negotiating for weeks to set up a security zone around the site. He said on Monday that the IAEA would send nuclear safety and security work to three operating plants in Ukraine and Chernobyl.
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