At the 1613 meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors held on 3 March 2022, a Resolution “The Safety, Security and Safeguards Implications of the Situation in Ukraine” was adopted. In the document, the Board of Governors expresses its condolences and concern over the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, and calls for an end to all actions taken at Ukraine’s nuclear facilities.
Four points of the IAEA Resolution, in which the Board of Governors:
- Deplores the Russian Federation’s actions in Ukraine, including forcefully seizing control of nuclear facilities and other violent actions in connection with a number of nuclear facilities, nuclear and other radioactive material, which have caused and continue to pose serious and direct threats to the safety and security of these facilities and their civilian personnel, significantly raising the risk of a nuclear accident or incident, which endangers the population of Ukraine, neighbouring States and the international community;
- Expresses further grave concern that the Russian Federation’s aggression is impeding the Agency from fully and safely conducting safeguards verification activities at Ukrainian nuclear facilities within its internationally recognised borders, in accordance with the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Ukraine’s safeguards agreement and the Statute;
- Calls upon the Russian Federation to immediately cease all actions against, and at, the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant and any other nuclear facility in Ukraine, in order for the competent Ukrainian authorities to preserve or promptly regain full control over all nuclear facilities within Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders and ensure their safe and secure operations, and in order for the Agency to fully resume its safeguards verification activities, including the necessary verification of material accountancy and control;
- Requests that the Director General and the Secretariat continue to closely monitor the situation, with a special focus on the safety and security of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities and report to the Board on these elements, as required.
According to the IAEA