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20:34 10 Aug 2022

russia initiates Security Council meeting on Zaporizhzhia NPP issue

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On Thursday, August 11, the UN Security Council will consider the issue of Zaporizhzhia NPP security in connection with the russian invasion of Ukraine and the intensification of hostilities in the country's south.

It was reported in the UN Security Council Secretariat, Ukrinform reports.

It is noted that formally the initiator of the UN Security Council convening is russia.

At the same time, according to diplomats, russia resorted to this step because of "the fragility of its position, since it is russia that, having occupied part of Ukraine and seized the nuclear power plant, creates threats related to nuclear safety." This issue is constantly raised at the conference of the countries participating in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, held in New York from August 1 to 26.

"This way, russia is trying to transfer the blame to Ukraine with procedural issues (because it supposedly initiates the discussion), but it will not succeed," one of the diplomats stressed.

According to the Secretariat of the Republic of Belarus, IAEA Director General Mariano Grossi, who is on vacation, but may interrupt it to participate in the meeting, will probably report on the situation. China, which chairs the Security Council in August, expressed such a wish.

The meeting will begin at 15:00 EST (10:00 PM Kyiv time). No decisions on this issue are expected due to the position of the russian federation, which is considered a permanent member of the SC and has the right of veto.

In turn, the Office of the President of Ukraine commented on the initiation by the russian federation of a meeting of the United Nations Security Council due to the situation at the Zaporizhzhia NPP.

"russia seizes the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, takes personnel hostage, mines walls, stores weapons in workshops, fires from the city's station. But "it is Ukraine provoking a catastrophe?" The Kremlin wants to initiate another cheap show in the walls of the UN but forgets: the world does not work by the rules of russian television," Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the OP, noted on Twitter.

Read Rubryka's daily timeline of war: current news on Ukraine's defense against russia's aggression.

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