The Japanese authorities announced a donation of 2 million euros ($2.1 million) to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to secure Ukrainian nuclear power plants affected by the Russian aggression.
Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi unveiled the pledge after meeting with IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi, Japan Times reports. He also added that Japan would fund "the urgently needed dispatch of IAEA experts and necessary equipment" for the Ukrainian nuclear facilities.
"Russia's attacks on Ukrainian nuclear facilities are absolutely impermissible. Japan, which suffered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, condemns the acts in the strongest terms," the minister stressed.
Earlier, the IAEA dispatched experts to the Chornobyl NPP that was under Russian occupation for five weeks. In the coming weeks, the organization will dispatch another mission to the Chornobyl NPP at the request of the Ukrainian authorities.
Context. In total, five nuclear power plants are located in Ukraine: Zaporizhzhia, South-Ukraine, Rivne, Khmelnitsky, and Chornobyl nuclear power plants (the latter is not in operation). Currently, 7 out of 15 power units are operating in the country, two of them are at the Zaporizhzhia NPP, which is under the control of the enemy.