As a result of Russian aggression in the Crimea and the Donbass, Ukraine has lost control over a number of nuclear facilities in the temporarily occupied territories of the Russian Federation. The Minister of foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin said during his speech at the meeting of the UN security Council, the text of which is published on the MFA website.
“The illegal occupation of Crimea and continuing Russian aggression in the Donbas left research reactor with low-enriched uranium in Sebastopol, two nuclear storage and more than 1,200 radioactive sources without proper control by the Ukrainian natsregulyatora,” said the foreign Minister.
Klimkin said that the legal framework for the application of safeguards of the International atomic energy Agency (IAEA) in Ukraine, including in Crimea and Sevastopol based on the Ukrainian side signed the comprehensive safeguards agreement and additional Protocol to it.
“When we talk about the importance of preserving and strengthening the regime of nonproliferation of nuclear weapons, we must also keep in mind that the continued occupation of the territory of Ukraine nuclear power led to the actual expansion of the geography of the deployment of nuclear weapons,” – said the Minister.
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Klimkin also said that the aggression of Russia against Ukraine, and the systematic provocations by North Korea, which was devoted to the meeting of the security Council, “provoked a dangerous imbalance in the existing system of international security, undermined the effectiveness and reliability of non-proliferation regimes of weapons of mass destruction”.
In may 2017, MP, leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev said that the country-aggressor Russia deployed in Crimea six nuclear warheads.