Ukraine Asks IAEA to Urge for NATO Airspace Closure After Capture of Chernobyl NPP

Ukraine  International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to call on NATO to close the airspace over the country’s nuclear facilities to prevent the seizure and ensure the safety of nuclear facilities like Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and the exclusion zone.

“The seizure of the world-famous Chernobyl nuclear power plant by the Russian Federation has all indications of an act of nuclear terrorism committed against Chernobyl nuclear facilities and its personnel by the Russian military,” said Ukraine’s appeal.

Ukrainian Minister of Energy Herman Halushchenko, Head of the State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation Oleh Korikov, and NNEGC Energoatom CEO Petro Kotin also claimed that the Chernobyl NPP staff were being held hostage by Russian forces and that they are under great mental and physical stress. 

“The officials urge the IAEA to appeal to NATO with a request to establish the A2/AD zone (Anti Access/Area Denial) over the territory of Ukraine, taking into account the risks and geography of the location of NNEGC Energoatom,” the appeal added. 

Ukraine said that the IEA must take steps to prevent nuclear terrorism and push for a ceasefire in the vicinity of the Chernobyl NPP.

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