A “catastrophe” on the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine would threaten the entire of Europe, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned on Monday.
“Under the cover of the plant, the occupiers are shelling nearby cities and communities,” Zelensky stated in his night handle.
“Any radiation incident at the Zaporizhzhia NPP can affect the countries of the European Union, Turkey, Georgia and countries from more distant regions. Everything depends solely on the direction and speed of the wind,” he stated.
“If Russia’s actions cause a catastrophe, the consequences may also hit those who remain silent so far.”
Zelensky referred to as on the worldwide group to undertake “new tough sanctions against Russia” and to not yield to “nuclear blackmail”.
“All Russian troops must be immediately withdrawn from the plant and neighbouring areas without any conditions,” he stated.
The plant, Europe’s greatest nuclear facility, was captured by Russian troops firstly of March, not lengthy after Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine.
Because the finish of July, Zaporizhzhia has been the goal of quite a lot of army strikes, with each Moscow and Kyiv accusing one another of being behind the shelling.
The combating on the plant was the topic of an emergency assembly of the UN Safety Council final Thursday.
Ukraine has accused Russia of utilizing the plant as a base for doable assaults and for storing weapons.
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