"Russia's actions pose a threat to Ukraine's nuclear security. This concerns the operational nuclear power plants and some nuclear laboratories located in Crimea. However, the government fully controls the security situation at all Ukrainian nuclear power plants," Acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia said in Kyiv on Wednesday at a joint briefing with his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski.
"I can assure you that the Ukrainian government is able to protect these facilities, as well as the Russian-speaking people. In our opinion, they don't need protection of other countries," Deshchytsia said. Sikorski said at the briefing that Ukrainian citizens living in Crimea would be able to get Schengen visas at the Polish Consulate General in Odesa. According to him, the Polish Consulate General in Sevastopol, which was the only consulate general of an EU member state in Crimea, was evacuated due to the tense security situation in Crimea. Sikorski also said that the EU had suspended talks with Russia on visa liberalization.