"We didn't get a response": Zelensky said he was shocked by the reaction of the UN and the Red Cross to the bombing of the Kakhovka HPP
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is extremely dissatisfied with the reaction of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross to the bombing of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant by Russian troops. He admitted that he was shocked by the inaction and overly "diplomatic" comments.
The Ukrainian leader said this in an interview with the German publication BILD on Wednesday, June 7, a day after the Russian attack on the Nova Kakhovka hydroelectric plant in the Kherson region. Journalists wrote that the president made "serious accusations" against the UN and the ICRC.
"They are not here!" - Zelensky was indignant, referring to the fact that representatives of the organizations did not rush to help Ukrainians in the flood-stricken territories. Although, as the guarantor noted, the UN and the Red Cross should "be the first to save lives," because that is what these structures were created for.
"We didn't get a response. I'm shocked," he said, adding that if there was a response, it was "very diplomatic."
The head of Ukraine is convinced that Russia is behind the destruction of the hydroelectric plant. "They are afraid that we will launch a counteroffensive in this direction, and they want to make it difficult to liberate our territories. They are well aware that they will lose this battle. They are delaying the liberation of our territories," the president said.
He called what is happening now in the south of the country a tragedy. "An environmental disaster and a human disaster. It doesn't help us in the counteroffensive, it doesn't make the counteroffensive any easier," Zelensky said.
When asked exactly what effect this would have on the plans of the Ukrainian military, the president did not answer in detail. He noted that he "cannot go into details of our counteroffensive.
As OBOZREVATEL wrote:
- The occupants blew up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant on the night of June 6, at 2:50. The president of Ukraine convened an urgent meeting of the National Security and Defense Council after that. Zelensky called the terrorist attack by Russia the largest man-made eco-catastrophe in Europe in decades.
- Evacuation was announced in the settlements of the Kherson region, which fall into the flood zone. However, it is almost impossible to evacuate people from the disaster zone on the left temporarily occupied coast. The Russian invaders are not concerned about the evacuation of civilians. Moreover, in the midst of the evacuation from the Korabel neighborhood, the Russian Armed Forces shelled Kherson, injuring Ukrainian law enforcers.