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New York (USA): India on Friday said it attaches the highest importance to ensuring the safety of nuclear facilities in Ukraine as reports emerged about a fire at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.

India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations TS Tirumurti expressed these concerns about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine during an emergency meeting on Ukraine over the recent developments near the Zaporizhzhya NPP. Speaking at the UNSC meeting, Tirumurti called for an immediate end to the violence and an end to all hostilities.

Tirumurti said India is carefully following developments with regard to the safety and security of Ukraine’s nuclear power reactors and facilities.

Ukraine informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Thursday that Russian forces have taken control of the site of the country’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). But Director-General Rafael Mario Grossi said the nuclear power plant was being operated by its regular employees and that there were no emissions of radioactive material.

Ukrainian counterparts informed the IAEA that a projectile had hit a training building adjacent to one of the plant’s reactor units overnight, sparking a local fire that was later extinguished. Media reports said the safety of the plant’s six reactors had not been affected and that no radioactive material was emitted.

“India attaches the highest importance to ensuring the safety and security of nuclear facilities,” Tirumurti said, adding that any accident involving nuclear facilities can have serious consequences for public health and the environment.

“India attaches the highest priority to the discharge of its security measures and surveillance activities by the IAEA, in accordance with its statute, in an effective, non-discriminatory and efficient manner,” he said.

Noting the latest information about nuclear power facilities in Ukraine, Tirumurti said that India is discussing the nuclear dimension of an escalating conflict. (ANI)

First published:March 5, 2022, 12:43 am

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