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Ukraine’s Zelenskyy accuses Russia of ‘preparing for a decisive energy attack on all Europeans’ this winter

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of utilizing vitality as a weapon by retaining a vital pipeline to Germany shut down in latest days, exacerbating electrical energy and pure gasoline shortfalls forward of the winter months. 

“Russia needs to destroy the traditional life of each European – in all international locations of our continent,” Zlenskyy stated in his nightly tackle on Saturday. 

“The place Russia can’t do it by pressure of typical weapons, it does so by pressure of vitality weapons. It’s attempting to assault with poverty and political chaos the place it can’t but assault with missiles. This winter, Russia is getting ready for a decisive vitality assault on all Europeans.” 

Russian vitality firm Gazprom has blamed technical issues for this week’s shutdown of Nord Stream 1, saying that oil leaks in generators should be fastened earlier than pure gasoline flows resume. 

The Nord Stream 1 Baltic Sea pipeline, by means of which Russian pure gasoline has been flowing to Germany since 2011, was shut down this week. 
(Jens Büttner/image alliance through Getty Pictures)

Germany’s Siemens Vitality, which manufactures generators that Nord Stream 1 makes use of, dismissed Gazprom’s clarification for the shutdown, saying that turbine leaks will be fastened whereas gasoline flows.  

UKRAINE’S NUCLEAR AGENCY WARNS RISK OF HYDROGEN, RADIOACTIVE LEAKS FOLLOWING DAMAGE TO ZAPORIZHZHIA PLANT

European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine for surging vitality costs, however stated Norway and the US at the moment are supplying pure gasoline to energy-starved European international locations. 

“We see that the electrical energy market is not working as a result of it’s being severely disrupted by Putin’s manipulation,” von der Leyen stated Friday. 

A local resident walks next to a house destroyed in a Russian shelling in Kramatorsk, Ukraine. 

A neighborhood resident walks subsequent to a home destroyed in a Russian shelling in Kramatorsk, Ukraine. 
(AP Picture/Andriy Andriyenko)

Elements of Ukraine have additionally been with out electrical energy not too long ago attributable to preventing across the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, which is the most important in Europe. 

The plant was briefly disconnected from its final principal exterior energy line on Saturday, the Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company stated. 

A Ukrainian Emergency Ministry rescuer attends an exercise in the city of Zaporizhzhia on August 17, 2022, in case of a possible nuclear incident at the nuclear power plant located near the city.

A Ukrainian Emergency Ministry rescuer attends an train within the metropolis of Zaporizhzhia on August 17, 2022, in case of a doable nuclear incident on the nuclear energy plant positioned close to town.
(DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP through Getty Pictures)

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A 14-member delegation from the United Nations nuclear company visited the besieged plant this week to evaluate injury. 

Russian forces took the ability over in March, however the plant’s Ukrainian workers have continued operations. 

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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