Ukraine, Zelensky: “We are on the verge of a nuclear disaster”

“For the conquest by Russian troops of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant”

“We are on the verge of a nuclear disaster due to the conquest by Russian troops of the nuclear plant in Zaporizhzhia”. This was underlined by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, in the speech addressed via video link to European leaders in Prague.

“We have started and will only have to increase our cooperation in the fields of defense and security. Increase the supply of weapons and ammunition to defend ourselves against Russian pressure. Increase the manufacture of weapons and ammunition in Europe to always be ready to defend our space common “, Zelensky’s appeal. While acknowledging that everyone would prefer “to invest in totally different goals, peaceful goals, social needs”, he then asked, “who and what will be able to protect those goals and needs?”. The Ukrainian president highlighted the need to protect “our critical infrastructures”, “especially after the sabotage that took place in the Baltic gas pipelines”, he added, referring to Nord Stream, attacks, he warned, which must be taken into account.

At the same time, he insisted on strengthening cooperation so as to “offer all Europeans adequate energy guarantees”. “Russia must fail in its effort to force Europeans into a situation of energy poverty or even complete lack of energy.” (continues)

Zelensky then insisted that Russia does not want peace negotiations “because otherwise it would have responded to dozens of our proposals and efforts”. “It takes time, gathers forces, accumulates resources, to strike again”. “We have to stop them,” he said, insisting that “security is not something you can get by giving up something or signing a treaty.”

“Security is a task. The task of expelling the occupier from the territory it occupies. The task of calling murderers and executioners to account. The task of restoring the validity of the fundamental standards and conventions approved by the international community for all States, without exception. We must be strong – until our common victory to preserve all that we value so much. We must never stop defending freedom and democracy so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy at least the same amount of rights. and freedom that we have. And we must invest now in our defense, in our security, in our cooperation as much as possible, so that anyone in the world can even think of starting an anti-European path, is forever aware that the strength of European unity is unsurpassed “, he concluded

LAVROV – Kiev is creating the risks for weapons of mass destruction to be used, as evidenced also by the statement by the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, on NATO’s “preemptive” attacks on Russia. This was underlined by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, during a meeting of the ruling United Russia party, according to reports from the Sputnik agency.

“We cannot ignore the careless actions of the Kiev regime, which aims to create risks that various types of weapons of mass destruction will be used,” said Lavrov, according to which Zelensky’s appeal is “another proof of the threats coming from the Kiev regime to neutralize which a special military operation has been launched “.

IAEA – Meanwhile, the arrival at the Ukrainian nuclear power plant of Zaporizhzhia is already expected today of a new group of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (Aiea), composed of four people. This was announced by Vladimir Rogov, a member of the board of directors of the pro-Russian administration of the Zaporozhzhia region, to the Sputnik agency. “A group of IAEA experts is coming to visit us. Today they will arrive at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and replace the two specialists from Spain and Romania,” Rogov said, referring to the two experts who have been in the plant for several weeks. monitor the situation.

ATTACK ON ZAPORIZHZHIA – Russia hit Zaporizhzhia with kamikaze drones loaded with explosives in a series of attacks against the city, including one on an apartment building that left 11 victims. Regional Governor Oleksandr Starukh said the Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones, used by Moscow for the first time, also damaged two of the city’s infrastructure. Other missiles, he added, hit other areas, injuring one person. With its army losing ground to the Ukrainian counter-offensive, Moscow has started using drones to attack Ukrainian targets. According to military officials in Kiev, kamikaze drones are cheaper and less sophisticated than missiles, but have proven effective in causing damage to ground targets. The Shahed-136 drones are in fact able to remain in the air for several hours and fly over potential targets before being launched at enemy troops, armor or buildings and explode on impact.

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani denied having supplied the drones to Russia, calling the claims “baseless”. However, the Ukrainian military said its forces shot down more than 20 drones in the past 24 hours and that most were Iranian-made.