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UN General Assembly to consider Ukraine's resolution on nuclear safety

UN General Assembly to consider Ukraine's resolution on nuclear safety Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

The UN General Assembly will consider a draft resolution on nuclear safety prepared by Ukraine, with dozens of countries ready to support it, according to Ukraine's permanent representative to the UN, Sergiy Kyslytsya.

He said that on July 11, the UN General Assembly will consider the draft resolution "Safety and Security of Ukraine’s Nuclear Facilities, Including the Zaporizhzhia NPP." Ukraine, along with dozens of partner countries, is introducing this resolution.

"The draft resolution of the General Assembly recalls that the Summit emphasized that any use of nuclear energy and nuclear facilities must be safe, secure, reliably protected, and not harm the environment and that Ukrainian nuclear power plants and facilities, including Zaporizhzhia NPP, must remain under Ukraine's full sovereign control under IAEA principles. We thank the countries that have supported the draft and co-sponsored it even before the vote," he said.

As of today, the project is planned to be supported by: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belize, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Italy, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Micronesia (Federated States), Netherlands, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Palau, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tonga, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vanuatu.

The session is expected to start at around 22:30 Kyiv time.

Situation at Zaporizhzhia NPP

Russian terrorists captured the Zaporizhzhia NPP at the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine in 2022. They turned the plant into a military facility, placed soldiers and equipment there, and mined the territory.

Ukrainian intelligence has recorded the use of kamikaze drones over the nuclear reactors of the Zaporizhzhia NPP. Recently, the Russians claimed another drone attack on the NPP, blaming Ukraine for it.

The station has repeatedly experienced blackouts, and Energoatom warns that the depletion of fuel in the generators of the Zaporizhzhia NPP could lead to a disaster similar to Fukushima.