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Ukraine urges IAEA to convene emergency meeting over Russian strike on Okhmatdyt

Ukraine urges IAEA to convene emergency meeting over Russian strike on Okhmatdyt Photo: the aftermath of the Russian missile attack on Okhmatdyt in Kyiv on July 8 (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daryna Vialko

Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko has called on the leadership of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to convene an emergency meeting over Russia's missile attack on the Okhmatdyt children's hospital in Kyiv on July 8, according to the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine.

Halushchenko, on behalf of Ukraine, officially appealed to the Chairman of the IAEA Board of Governors, Holger Federico Martinsen, and called on the agency to convene a meeting of the Board.

"Russia's terrorist missile attack not only endangers human lives but also constitutes an unacceptable violation of the IAEA's basic principles and values, undermining the very basis 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," the Minister said.

The Ministry noted that Ukraine widely uses the mechanisms of technical cooperation with the IAEA, receiving equipment, advisory, and technical assistance through the Technical Cooperation Fund.

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

Missile attack on Okhmatdyt on July 8

Yesterday, July 8, Russia launched a massive missile attack on Ukraine. In particular, Russian terrorists attacked Kyiv, where the Okhmatdyt children's hospital was hit.

By the morning of July 9, emergency rescue operations on the territory of Okhmatdyt were completed in Kyiv.

Two people died as a result of the Russian attack, and 32 injured people sought medical care. Eight children were also hospitalized with injuries.

In addition, during the Russian attack on the Okhmatdyt children's hospital, two substations were destroyed. They were supplying electricity to the entire territory of the medical institution.

Meanwhile, the Security Service of Ukraine has received new evidence that Russia hit Okhmatdyt with a Kh-101 missile.