Ukraine Wants Global Help Securing its Nuclear Reactors

Heavily armed troops bearing no identifying insignia on Monday were mingling with pro-Russian militants and standing guard outside a local government building in Simferopol, Ukraine. The Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on Sunday requested international monitors to help secure the nation's nuclear power plans.
Heavily armed troops bearing no identifying insignia on Monday were mingling with pro-Russian militants and standing guard outside a local government building in Simferopol, Ukraine. The Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on Sunday requested international monitors to help secure the nation's nuclear power plans. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The Ukrainian legislature wants international monitors to help secure its atomic reactors, Reuters reports.

The parliament on Sunday called for global assistance to ensure that Russia, which over the weekend sent troops into Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, does not move against its East European neighbor's civil energy supply.

One Ukrainian lawmaker, Hryhoriy Nemyria, said the legislative body appealed to those nations -- including the United States, Britain and Russia -- that signed a 1994 nuclear accord guaranteeing Ukraine's safety, according to the wire service.

Over the weekend, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine's prime minister, said his nation was preparing to activate armed forces to protect a number of strategic locations including nuclear-energy facilities, CNN reported.

March 3, 2014
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The Ukrainian legislature wants international monitors to help secure its atomic reactors, Reuters reports.

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