Ukraine asks the UN to introduce a special mission to the alienation zone #ukraine #un #chernobyl

Ukraine urges the UN Board of Directors to urgently take steps to demilitarize the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and deploy a special UN mission there.

Source: Vice-Premier Iryna Vereshchuk at the briefing.

Direct speech: “In the context of nuclear security, inadmissible and unprofessional actions of the Russian troops pose a very serious threat not only for Ukraine but also for hundreds of millions of Europeans.

Therefore we urge the UN Special Rapporteur to urgently implement measures to demilitarize the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and introduce a special UN mission to eliminate the risk of a repeat of the Chernobyl disaster by the Russian occupying forces.

Details: Vereshchuk stressed that the continuation of militarization of the exclusion zone and the Chernobyl nuclear power plant by the Russian occupying forces poses a very serious risk of damage to the isolation facilities built over the fourth power unit of the plant after its explosion in 1986. Such damage will inevitably lead to the release of a significant amount of radioactive sawdust into the atmosphere and its contamination not only of Ukraine, but also of other European countries.
“The occupants ignore these threats and continue transporting and storing a significant amount of munitions in the immediate vicinity of the nuclear power plant,” she added.

According to the deputy director, the Russian occupation troops have been increasingly using old and unconditioned ammunition, which increases the risk of their detonation even during loading and transportation.

In addition, in the zone of alienation began significant fires, which can have serious consequences, but the control and extinguishing of the fires is not possible to the full extent due to the occupation of the zone of alienation by the occupying Russian troops.

As a result of the burning, radionuclides are released into the atmosphere, which can be carried by the wind to significant distances, threatening Ukraine and other European countries with radioactivity. The loss of control over the exclusion zone and the impossibility of fully extinguishing the fire can endanger radioactive objects in this territory,” she explained.

On 26 March, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reported that 31 incidents of fire on a total area of 10,111 ha were detected in the exclusion zone near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and that radioactive contamination is increasing.

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