Serhii Shutenko, Director General for International Security of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine at the UN First Committee general debate underlined the existing threat of chemical terrorist attacks in Donbas. According to Shutenko, the threat is possible, including adverse consequences for other states.
The radioactive sources were left without control in the occupied areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and create the danger of terrorist attacks in the region with the use of chemicals.
"The ongoing Russian aggression has left without due control the radionuclide sources in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The numerous high-risk sites of the chemical industry were destroyed as a result of the Russian military aggression.
The current situation is highly conducive to perpetrating terrorist acts, including the use of hazardous chemicals, dangerous pathogens or radioactive material. It also gives much food for thought on real and potential threats far beyond the region.
In such toxic environment Ukraine attaches great importance to maintaining the highest standards of nuclear safety and security.", Shutenko said.
According to him, there is a real threat to other countries outside the conflict zone.
"It is also tempting to think about the real and potential threats far beyond the region", Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
Finally, he added that Ukraine consistently supports a multilateral approach to disarmament and international security agenda and recognizes the difficulties in the implementation of existing international treaties and in bringing new ones into force as well as the deadlock in the disarmament negotiations. Also Ukraine continues to regard the Non-Proliferation Treaty as a key element of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime.
In addition, the role of Russia on this issue has been discussed. Russia seized Ukraine’s nuclear facilities, installations and materials located in Crimea. The aggressor state declares its right to deploy nuclear weapons thoroughly restoring soviet-era nuclear storage facilities and deploying the means of their delivery on the Peninsula.