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Ukraine: Briefing on the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

On Monday afternoon (15 April), the Security Council will convene for an open briefing under the “Threats to international peace and security” agenda item. Slovenia and the US—the co-penholders on political issues in Ukraine—supported by France, requested the meeting, which will focus on the safety and security of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) in the city of Enerhodar. It appears that Russia expressed approval for holding the meeting, noting the alarming nature of the situation at the nuclear power plant. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi is the anticipated briefer. Ukraine is expected to participate under rule 37 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure.

Monday’s briefing will be the Council’s seventh meeting on the issue of nuclear safety and security in Ukraine since the start of the war in February 2022. Three of the previous meetings were held at Russia’s request, while the other three were initiated by other Council members, including Ecuador and France. The most recent discussion, convened as a private meeting, took place on 25 January. (For more information, see our 24 January What’s in Blue story.)

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