In case the Russian Federation uses nuclear weapons against Ukraine, the world will change forever, and it will have devastating consequences for Russia itself explained the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, during a meeting with the press held today.following the negotiations with President of Greece Katerina Sakellaropoulou in Kyiv.
“The use of nuclear weapons already indicates that this is a nuclear war, the Third World War. What to talk about then? What is the difference what will be after World War III? If Russia uses nuclear weapons, the world we live in will no longer exist. That is, there will be a completely different world, in which the state that used nuclear weapons will definitely not exist. I am absolutely sure of this,” Zelenskyy emphasized.
According to the Head of State, such a step will have a devastating effect even on the processes within Russia itself.
“They will retain neither their state nor their political positions within the state. I think they will be dealing with the revolutionary processes within their state,” said the President of Ukraine.
No plans for dirty nuclear bomb by the Ukrainian side
Zelenskyy pointed as well that the accusations by the Kremlin on the fact that the Ukrainian Government was maturing to use dirty nuclear bombs has been denied by the IAEA right today.
IAEA’s Director General, Rafael Mariano Grossi, said IAEA inspectors had completed their in-field verification activities at three locations in Ukraine at the request of the Government of Ukraine. Based on the evaluation of the results available to date and the information provided by Ukraine, the Agency did not find any indications of undeclared nuclear activities and materials at the locations.
“We have invited the IAEA to check, we have given them full freedom of action at the relevant facilities, and we have clear and irrefutable evidence that no one in Ukraine has created or is creating any “dirty bombs”. And the only thing that is dirty in our region now is the heads of those in Moscow who, unfortunately, seized control of the Russian state and are terrorizing Ukraine and the whole world”, the President of Ukraine underscored.
No way to foresse if the Kremlin will resort to any kind of nuclear weapons
Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that, on the one hand, it is difficult to consider the scenario of the use of nuclear weapons seriously, but at the same time, it is difficult to call the steps taken by the military and political leadership of Russia on Ukrainian soil adequate or dictated by military necessity.
The President expressed his conviction that the war in Ukraine was a losing battle for Russia from the very beginning, and it is only a matter of time before the Russian Federation realizes its defeat.
“We fight for freedom, and freedom always prevails. It is also a matter of time. We are on our land. The war is one-sided – they came to our land. This is aggression recognized by the whole world. So, once again, the restoration of our territorial integrity is a matter of time,” the Head of State emphasized.
Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant under risk of malfunktion under ongoing shellings
IAEA’s Director General earlier reported that the ZNPP’s main external 750 kilovolt (kV) power line was disconnected following shelling at around 10pm local time yesterday, and a 330 kV line providing back-up electricity was also lost shortly after midnight. Repair work on the 330 kV line is under way. The ZNPP is currently receiving power for essential nuclear safety and security functions from its diesel emergency generators.
Ukraine’s South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant also lost its connection to the same 750 kV line, one of three 750 kV lines used by this plant to provide power to the grid, prompting the site to reduce the power of one of its three operating reactors by 50%, Ukraine informed the IAEA.
A new team of four experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) today to replace the four experts who had been on the site for the past four weeks, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said.
“Thanks to the support of all concerned parties, we were able to successfully carry out a rotation of staff at the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant a few hours ago. Their presence means that the world knows what is happening at this major nuclear power plant located in the middle of a war zone. I’m deeply grateful to all our experts, both arriving to and leaving the site today, for their determination and courage in carrying out their important safety, security and safeguards activities at the plant,” Director General Grossi said.