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The President of Ukraine President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned of another serious nuclear disaster similar to that of Chernobyl in 1986 if something is urgently done to stop Russia’s advance.
Speaking on Thursday, Zelensky referred to Russia as a ‘terrorist state’ that is holding the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant hostage.
At Ukraine donor conference in Copenhagen, the leader said Russia is more dangerous than the Soviet Union which tried to hide the Chernobyl tragedy.
‘No one needs new disasters. We must protect Europe from this threat’, Zelensky said.
The Ukrainian head reminded the world that Zaporizhzhya is not only the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, but also the third largest on earth.
Zelensdly pointed out that the response to Russia must be comprehensive, adding that his country needs the maximum amount of weapons and ammunition.
The conference was organized to deliberate on long-term support for military hardware and mine clearing.
A number of representatives from more than 20 countries, including several defence ministers, attended.
Denmark promised it would support Ukraine with a further €110 million for weapons, equipment and training.
In a related development, Zelenskyy has made a case for direct talks with China’s Xi Jinping even as he urged Beijing to use its political and economic influence on Russia to help end the war in his country.
Zelenskyy told the South China Morning Post (SCMP) in an interview published on Thursday that he has been asking for a conversation with the Chinese president since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in February, but that one is yet to take place.
Zelenskyy and his Western allies have called Russia’s invasion a war of aggression, but Beijing says Moscow was provoked into attacking, including due to NATO’s expansion in Europe.