Ukraine`s Envoy to UN compares scale of Chornobyl nuclear disaster with that of Russian aggression in Donbas

Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko drew parallels between the scale of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster to that of the Holodomor, the World War II, and the Russian aggression in Ukraine, while addressing the meeting of the UN General Assembly dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Chornobyl tragedy, according to Voice of America.
”For the modern history of Ukraine, the scale of the disaster can be only be compared with that of the Holodomor of 1933, the World War II, and the Russian aggression and occupation of 2014-2016,” said Yelchenko.
The Ukrainian official emphasized that Ukraine is forced to resist Russian aggression, and this affects the efficiency of dealing with the aftermath of the Chornobyl accident, and especially the transformation of a confinement into an environmentally safe system.
Yelchenko noted that in these difficult circumstances, international cooperation is critical. Over the years, the United Nations, the OSCE, the EBRD and the EU have demonstrated their ”unwavering commitment” to helping Ukraine in restoring the affected areas, he added.
Deputy UN Secretary-General called for continued international efforts for the construction of a new confinement, which shall firmly conceal the destroyed reactor for one hundred years ahead.

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