Ukraine: Selenskyj and Guterres warn of new nuclear catastrophe

Selenskyj and Guterres warn of a new nuclear catastrophe

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks via video link at a donors' conference for Ukraine.  Photo: Philip Davali/

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks via video link at a donors' conference for Ukraine. photo

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Europe's largest nuclear power plant in Russian-occupied territory was recently shelled. Selenskyj warns of a second Chernobyl at the start of a donor conference in Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned the international community of a new nuclear disaster similar to that of Chernobyl in 1986. Russia is a terrorist state that is holding the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant hostage and using it for blackmail, he said on Thursday via video link at the start of a Ukrainedonor conference in Copenhagen. Today, Russia is even more cynical and even more dangerous than the Soviet Union, which once wanted to keep the Chernobyl nuclear disaster a secret.

"We must protect Europe from this threat," said Zelenskyj. Zaporizhia is not only the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, but also the third largest in the world. The reaction to the Russian actions must be comprehensive. Ukraine needs maximum armament and ammunition for defense. "Nobody needs new catastrophes," said Zelenskyj.

Guterres also warns nuclear disaster

In view of the clashes between Russia and Ukraine over the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of a nuclear catastrophe. Before a meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday in New York on the situation of Europe's largest nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, Guterres expressed "deeply concerned". "Regrettably, there has been no de-escalation in recent days, but reports of more deeply worrying incidents. If these continue, it could spell disaster."

donor conference for weapons and mine clearance assistance

The donor conference #CopenhagenUkraine on Thursday was supposed to be about weapons, the training of soldiers and help with demining Ukraine. Representatives from 26 countries were present, including several defense ministers. Germany was represented by the state secretary responsible for armaments in the Federal Ministry of Defense, Benedikt Zimmer.

At the start of the conference, Denmark announced that it would support Ukraine with a further 110 million euros for weapons, equipment and training. After almost six months of war, destruction and suffering, Ukrainians continued to fight heroically, said Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. However, the country cannot wage this unequal war alone. "We all need to continue and strengthen our support for Ukraine, with weapons, training, demining, funding," she said. Addressing Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people, she emphasized: "We will not let you down."


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