Zelensky warns Zaporizhzhia ‘disaster’ would threaten all of Europe – News

“The consequences can also hit those who remain silent until now,” he said.



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By AFP

Published: Tue, Aug 16, 2022, 10:24 AM

A “disaster” at Russia’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine would threaten all of Europe, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned on Monday.

“Under cover of the factory, the occupiers are bombarding nearby towns and communities,” Zelensky said in his evening speech.

“Any radiological incident at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant can affect European Union countries, Turkey, Georgia and countries in more distant regions. It all depends only on the direction and speed of the wind,” he said. -he declares.

“If Russia’s actions cause a catastrophe, the consequences can also hit those who remain silent until now.”

Zelensky called on the international community to adopt “severe new sanctions against Russia”, and not to give in to “nuclear blackmail”.

“All Russian troops must be immediately withdrawn from the plant and nearby areas without any conditions,” he said.

The plant – Europe’s largest nuclear facility – was captured by Russian troops in early March, shortly after Moscow’s attack on Ukraine.

Since late July, Zaporizhzhia has been the target of several military strikes, with Moscow and Kyiv accusing each other of being behind the bombings.

Ukraine has accused Russia of using the plant as a base for possible attacks and for stockpiling weapons.

The fighting at the factory was the subject of an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council last Thursday.

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