The United States and its allies strongly denounced Russia at the United Nations on Friday for shelling and seizing Europe’s largest nuclear power facility overnight in Ukraine, and some insisted that Moscow not allow such an action to happen again.
Many of the Security Council’s 15 envoys voiced “grave worry” and astonishment, warning against a replay of the 1986 Chernobyl tragedy, the worst nuclear accident in history, which occurred in Ukraine when it was a part of the Soviet Union.
They stated that the strike violated international humanitarian law and asked Moscow to cease from any military activities against nuclear facilities and to enable Ukrainian staff to enter the plant to do their duties.
“The world nearly spared a nuclear disaster last night,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield told an emergency Security Council meeting summoned following Russian soldiers’ takeover of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station in southern Ukraine.