Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has addressed the UN Security Council via video link, Ukraine’s UN Representative Sergiy Kyslytsya said in a Twitter post on Aug. 24.
According to Kyslytsya, Russia demanded Zelenskyy’s appearance to be put to a vote, only to be the sole member out of 14 to oppose the motion.
“Well, Russians are notoriously known for being world champions of shooting in the foot,” said Kyslytsya.
Addressing the body, Zelenskyy spoke about the global risk Russia has introduced by using the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) as a military base. The president urged the IAEA to act quickly in establishing control over of the facility, forcing Moscow’s troops to withdraw from the premises.
Zelenskyy also suggested the 2023 UN Summit of the Future to be held in Ukraine.
“…it would be symbolic to hold the summit in Ukraine, where it’s being decided if there will be a future in the first place,” he said.
“It’s decided at the ZNPP, at our ports, in Donbas and Crimea.”
UN Security Council met on Aug. 24 to discuss a range of issues, surrounding Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.
The Zaporizhzhia NPP is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, and has been occupied by Russian forces since March 4. Several ZNPP facilities have been damaged by Russian shelling, and the station's employees are captives of the occupying troops.
The Kremlin uses the facility as cover for its forces, as Ukraine can’t return fire, for the risk of causing a nuclear calamity.
Ukrainian nuclear operator Energoatom warned on Aug. 19 that Russia is planning to disconnect the facility from Ukraine’s power grid, which would put the reactor cooling system offline.
Kyiv is in talks with the IAEA about mounting a monitoring mission to stabilize the situation at the ZNPP, potentially headed by Rafael Grossi, the agency’s chair. The UN said it would also participate.