UN / UKRAINE NUCLEAR PLANT

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04-Mar-2022 00:06:52
UN chief of political affairs Rosemary DiCarlo told the Security Council, “the Secretary-General has followed with great alarm the reports of heavy fighting around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine,” reiterating that “every effort should be taken to avoid a catastrophic nuclear incident.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 04 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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04 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary Dicarlo, Under Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations:
“The Secretary-General has followed with great alarm reports of heavy fighting around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine. We understand that the fire affected a training facility and not the cooling system or power center. Military operations around nuclear sites and other critical civilian infrastructure are not only unacceptable but highly irresponsible.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary Dicarlo, Under Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations:
“Ukraine knows only too well the devastation a major nuclear accident can cause. The Chernobyl disaster in 1986 stands as a lasting example of why it is vital to ensure all nuclear power plants have the highest standards of safety and security. Every effort should be taken to avoid a catastrophic nuclear incident.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBTIE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
Last night and in the early hours of the morning, we got information that a projectile had impacted a building adjacent to the block of reactors, six of them. The projectile impacted this building and a fire ensued, which was after some time put out by the fire brigade at the station. We confirmed through our contacts at the regulator but also directly from the Plant, we were able to confirm that no security or safety systems have been compromised, neither the reactors themselves have been hit by this projectile.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“Russia’s attack last night put Europe’s largest nuclear power plant at grave risk. It was incredibly reckless and dangerous. And it threatened the safety of civilians across Russia, Ukraine, and Europe. As a first step, we call on Russia to withdraw its troops from the plant to permit medical treatment for injured personnel, to ensure operators have full access to the site and are able to communicate with nuclear regulators, and to allow the operators to conduct shift changes to ensure the continued safe operation of the plant. Ukrainian firefighters and nuclear engineers must have full access to the nuclear facility to assess damage, particularly to water intake piping, and mitigate a further deterioration of the situation if needed.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Barbara Woodward, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:
“This is the first time that a State has attacked a fueled and functioning nuclear power plant. International law requires special protection for nuclear facilities. And it is difficult to see how Russia's actions were compatible with its commitments under Article 56 of the additional protocol of the Geneva Conventions. It must not happen again. Even in the midst of an illegal invasion of Ukraine, Russia must keep fighting away from and protect the safety and security of nuclear sites.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“Today we have once again heard lies about how Russian troops attacked these every Russian nuclear power plant. And this is all part of an unprecedented campaign of lies and disinformation against Russia. You're trying to present the situation in such a way as though the sub region nuclear power plant was allegedly shelled by the Russian military as a result of which a fire broke out. These statements are simply untrue. The city of Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant or the ZPP and the adjacent territories were taken by the Russian army under its control back on February 28. As a result of negotiations with the management of the power plant, an agreement was reached to place it under the guard of the Russian military.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
15. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“The goal is to prevent the Ukrainian nationalists or other terrorist forces from taking advantage of the current situation to organize a nuclear provocation. The goal was also to ensure the security of the station and prevent interruptions in power supply to the population of Ukraine and European consumers.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations:
We demand clear and decisive action from the IAEA. The international community must respond adequately to the actions of the Russian Federation, which could lead to an unprecedented nuclear catastrophe. All Russian forces must be withdrawn from the nuclear power plant."
18. Wide shot, Security Council
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations:
“In this regard, we request to consider the issue of Protection of Nuclear power plants and other critical infrastructure in Ukraine. Urgent discussion on establishing a ban on all flights in the airspace of Ukraine should be a top priority for the Security Council.”
20. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

UN chief of political affairs Rosemary DiCarlo told the Security Council, “the Secretary-General has followed with great alarm the reports of heavy fighting around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine,” reiterating that “every effort should be taken to avoid a catastrophic nuclear incident.”

Speaking at an emergency Security Council meeting today (04 Mar) following reports of heavy fighting around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, DiCarlo said that “the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 stands as a lasting example of why it is vital to ensure all nuclear power plants have the highest standards of safety and security.”

She noted that the fire at the power plant affected a training facility and not the cooling system or power center.

DiCarlo reiterated, “military operations around nuclear sites and other critical civilian infrastructure are not only unacceptable but highly irresponsible.”

Attacks on nuclear power facilities are contrary to international humanitarian law, said DiCarlo. She quoted Article 56 of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Convention, which states that “works or installations containing dangerous forces, namely dams, dykes and nuclear electrical generating stations, shall not be made the object of attack, even where these objects are military objectives, if such attack may cause the release of dangerous forces and consequent severe losses among the civilian population.”

The UN chief of political affairs also said that over one million Ukrainians have already crossed Ukraine’s borders and have been welcomed by their European neighbours. She applauded such solidarity and support, reiterating that everyone seeking refuge should be afforded protection without any form of discrimination.

She added that millions of Ukrainians who remain in the country are being subjected to heavy, often indiscriminate, bombardment and shelling. There are thousands of casualties and their number is growing.

DiCarlo told the Council that the UN is significantly increasing its humanitarian assistance in Ukraine to respond to the escalating crisis.

Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency also briefed the Council via a video link.

He said, “last night and in the early hours of the morning, we got information that a projectile had impacted a building adjacent to the block of reactors, six of them. The projectile impacted this building and a fire ensued, which was after some time put out by the fire brigade at the station. We confirmed through our contacts at the regulator but also directly from the Plant, we were able to confirm that no security or safety systems have been compromised, neither the reactors themselves have been hit by this projectile.”

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield warned the Council, “Russia’s attack last night put Europe’s largest nuclear power plant at grave risk.”

She said, “it was incredibly reckless and dangerous. And it threatened the safety of civilians across Russia, Ukraine, and Europe.”

As a first step, the US Ambassador called on Russia to “withdraw its troops from the plant to permit medical treatment for injured personnel, to ensure operators have full access to the site and are able to communicate with nuclear regulators, and to allow the operators to conduct shift changes to ensure the continued safe operation of the plant.”

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield reiterated, “Ukrainian firefighters and nuclear engineers must have full access to the nuclear facility to assess damage, particularly to water intake piping, and mitigate a further deterioration of the situation if needed.”

UK Ambassador Barbara Woodward, whose country called for today’s emergency meeting, told the Council, “this is the first time that a State has attacked a fueled and functioning nuclear power plant.”

She reiterated, “international law requires special protection for nuclear facilities. And it is difficult to see how Russia's actions were compatible with its commitments under Article 56 of the additional protocol of the Geneva Conventions.”

The UK Ambassador iterated, “it must not happen again. Even in the midst of an illegal invasion of Ukraine, Russia must keep fighting away from and protect the safety and security of nuclear sites.”

“Today we have once again heard lies about how Russian troops attacked these Russian nuclear power plant,” said Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya.

He told the Council that “this is all part of an unprecedented campaign of lies and disinformation against Russia.”

Ambassador Nebenzya continued, “you're trying to present the situation in such a way as though the sub region nuclear power plant was allegedly shelled by the Russian military as a result of which a fire broke out. These statements are simply untrue.”

He further explained that “the city of Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant or the ZPP and the adjacent territories were taken by the Russian army under its control back on February 28. As a result of negotiations with the management of the power plant, an agreement was reached to place it under the guard of the Russian military.”

The Russian Ambassador added, “the goal is to prevent the Ukrainian nationalists or other terrorist forces from taking advantage of the current situation to organize a nuclear provocation. The goal was also to ensure the security of the station and prevent interruptions in power supply to the population of Ukraine and European consumers.”

Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya demanded “clear and decisive action from the IAEA.”

He said, “the international community must respond adequately to the actions of the Russian Federation, which could lead to an unprecedented nuclear catastrophe.”

He reiterated, “all Russian forces must be withdrawn from the nuclear power plant.”

Ambassador Kyslytsya also requested the Council to “consider the issue of Protection of Nuclear power plants and other critical infrastructure in Ukraine.”

He said, “urgent discussion on establishing a ban on all flights in the airspace of Ukraine should be a top priority for the Security Council.”
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