Ukraine warns of nuclear threat from Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia

Ukraine warns of nuclear threat from Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia

The Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned on Monday that the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine would threaten the whole of Europe, and that the occupiers are shelling nearby cities and communities, Zelenskyy told a nightly address by the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant.

The countries of the European Union, Turkey, Georgia and countries from more distant regions can be affected by any radiation incident at the Zaporizhzhia NPP. He said everything depends on the direction and speed of the wind.

If Russia's actions cause a catastrophe, the consequences may also hit those who are silent so far. Zelenskyy called on the international community to adopt new tough sanctions against Russia and not to yield to nuclear blackmail. Russian troops must be immediately withdrawn from the plant and neighbouring areas without any conditions, he said.

The plant, Europe's biggest nuclear facility, was captured by Russian troops at the beginning of March, not long after Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine.

Since the end of July, Zaporizhzhia has been the target of a number of military strikes, with both Moscow and Kyiv accusing each other of being behind the shelling.

The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting last Thursday about the fighting at the plant.

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