The White House turned to the US Congress with a proposal to include $35 million for measures to support

nuclear security

in Ukraine in the draft law on short-term state funding.  

This was reported by CNN with reference to a representative of the US administration.

"This happened against the background when US officials and their international partners are on high alert due to the possibility of a nuclear disaster at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine," the message states.

The additional funds will augment significant assistance already provided by the US National Nuclear Security Administration in the months since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the official said. 

In particular, it is assumed that these funds will go to help Ukraine in ensuring nuclear readiness, procurement and maintenance of additional sensors, data evaluation and analysis, as well as to provide the National Guard of Ukraine with protective capabilities at nuclear power plants.

At the same time, it is emphasized that $35 million is only a small portion of the multibillion-dollar support package for Ukraine, the main part of which is aimed at military and economic aid.

"We're working with the International Atomic Energy Agency and with Ukrainian energy regulators to make sure there's no threat from a meltdown or anything else at the plant. We'll continue to do that, but it's something we all have to keep a close eye on," he said. Jake Sullivan, White House National Security Adviser. 

We remind you that

the number of IAEA representatives may increase at the Zaporizhzhia NPP.

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