Members of the United Nations Security Council gathered for an emergency meeting to discuss Russia’s attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the world narrowly escaped nuclear disaster. She said this was a new dangerous escalation that posed a serious threat to all of Europe and the world.
Irish Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason said everyone had seen what happened at Chernobyl and Fukushima. She said this was spectrum that no one on the Board should agree to accept.
Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia criticized the meeting. He called it an attempt to “reignite artificial hysteria”. He said the claim that Russian troops attacked the power plant is a lie. He said they represented an unprecedented disinformation campaign against Russia.
Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya said world leaders should do more to protect vulnerable civilians. He said it was already the common duty of the international community to stop Russian killings and terrorism. He said leaders should close the airspace over Ukraine.
He added that the attack on the factory “could have stopped the history of Europe”.