"The Kremlin's rejection of Ukraine's independence and the lack of efficient security guarantees for nuclear-free Ukraine under ill-famed Budapest Memorandum, in turn, provoked the Russian attack on our independent state. The Russian aggression, in the first place, has undermined the non-nuclear states' confidence in the regime of non-proliferation of these weapons, and secondly, it has created a threat of the nuclear disaster recurrence in the territory of our state. The battles took place only a few kilometers away from the Zaporizhia NPP. Russia was preparing to wage a full-scale war against Ukraine and it planned at least to carry out military operations and cause unrest in most parts of our country. In particular, in the regions with many hazardous facilities," Poroshenko said.
"I pointed out at the summit and also reiterate today that Kremlin deploys part of its nuclear weapons capability in Ukrainian Crimea occupied by Russia. We and our partners must decide how to improve nuclear powers' security guarantees for those countries that do not possess weapons of mass destruction. Although, Chornobyl has demonstrated that the 'atom for peace' is rather notional definition. Sometimes it is as dangerous as the nuclear weapons themselves," the president added.
Today, April 26, Ukraine commemorates the 30th anniversary of the disaster at the Chornobyl NPP.