Blinken updated Kuleba on U.S. deliveries of security assistance and condemned Russia’s actions at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, according to a State Department readout of the call.
“Additionally, the secretary reaffirmed the United States will continue to call for an end to all military operations at or near Ukraine’s nuclear facilities, the return of full control of these facilities to Ukraine and Moscow to end its war of choice against its sovereign neighbor,” the readout said.
The two also discussed Ukraine’s upcoming Independence Day on Aug. 24.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Wednesday night that Ukrainian diplomats and nuclear scientists are in “constant touch” with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and working to get a team of inspectors into the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
The plant has been occupied by Russian troops since the start of the war in Ukraine but there have been increasing fears that a nuclear catastrophe could take place as shelling has intensified around the plant, which Ukraine says has been used by Russia to store ammunition and military equipment. Russia has accused Ukraine of shelling the plant.
There are heightened fears that a catastrophe could occur at the plant, which is Europe’s largest of its kind. Yesterday, Ukraine’s Emergency Ministry conducted a nuclear catastrophe exercise in Zaporizhzhia in case of an accident.