Ukrainian parliament calls for sanctions against Russia’s nuclear sector

15 August, 08:36 PM
Russian troops set up a military base at ZNPP (Photo:Alexander Ermochenko/File Photo/Reuters)

Russian troops set up a military base at ZNPP (Photo:Alexander Ermochenko/File Photo/Reuters)

The Ukrainian parliament has called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and foreign governments to condemn Russian acts of nuclear terrorism at Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), and introduce sanctions against Russia’s nuclear industry, Ukrainian MP Oleksii Honcharenko said in a Telegram post on Aug. 15.

The resolution adopted by the parliament urges the UN, EN, OSCE, and governments of IAEA members to condemn Russian nuclear terrorism at ZNPP.

The specific steps the document calls for include:

  • Introducing sanctions against Russia’s state nuclear operator Rosatom and its subsidiaries;
  • Suspending Russia’s membership of the IAEA, preventing Moscow from voting in the agency’s board meetings;
  • Setting up a joint UN and IAEA mission to secure ZNPP and establishing a demilitarized zone around the facility, including the nearby town of Enerhodar.

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The Zaporizhzhya 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 disaster.

In recent days, Russian forces have shelled the facility twice, with one shell exploding right next to one of the reactor blocks.

Ukrainian intelligence has warned that Moscow could be planning a false flag operation, that would blame Ukraine for recklessly damaging the nuclear facility.

The IAEA’s leadership called on Russia to admit an IAEA monitoring mission to the facility after Russian forces shelled it.

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