Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of using the fear of a nuclear disaster as well as energy and food supply vulnerabilities to carry out a campaign of “terror”.
In his nightly address on Monday, September 12, Zelensky said “insufficient pressure” had been applied on Moscow, pointing to repeated shelling at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, which his government blames on Russia.
“The presence of Russian troops at the plant, constant Russian provocations and shelling of the plant’s territory alone put Ukraine and all of Europe on the brink of a radiation disaster,” Zelensky said.
The president went on to say Russia was deliberately destabilising Europe’s energy market and of using its war in Ukraine to prevent Kyiv from alleviating energy supply issues “in the same way that the export of our food relieves the severity of the food crisis in the world.”
He said Russia’s “hunger terror” targeted poorer countries with aim of sparking a “migrant crisis in Europe.”
“There is still no official recognition of Russia as a … sponsor of terrorism,” Zelensky said.
He also addressed recent strikes on power plants in Kharkiv that triggered power outages in multiple oblasts across Ukraine’s central-east. He said that while energy had been restored to many of the affected regions, there were “new strikes at energy facilities” that cut power to areas of Kharkiv. Credit: Volodymyr Zelensky via Storyful