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Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky on Saturday pointed to the silence of the Amnesty International (AI) organization regarding the attacks by Russian troops in the vicinity of the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant.
“Despite the fact that the Russian shelling of the nuclear power plant is one of the most dangerous crimes against Ukrainians and all Europeans (…), for some reason there is no report or even a simple notification from Amnesty International about that,” the leader criticized in the daily video addressed to the Ukrainian population.
The Ukrainian president criticized, again, the work of the organization, after it confirmed a “significant worsening” of the situation around the nuclear power plant and called for new sanctions against Russia “for creating such a global threat.”
Thus, Zelenski has asserted that this is “a very eloquent silence”, which “indicates once again the selectivity of the organization.”
This criticism comes two days after the Ukrainian president accused AI of justifying Russian attacks on Ukraine for publishing a report that singled out the Ukrainian Army for carrying out combat techniques that endanger civilian lives.
Zelenski claimed that he had not seen such “clear and timely” reports from some international bodies on “crimes committed by Russian terrorists.”
Following this controversy, the head of the Ukrainian branch of the NGO Amnesty International, Oksana Pokalchuk, announced her resignation in protest of the above-mentioned report.
“I left Amnesty International in Ukraine. This is another loss that has cost me the war,” Pokalchuk let it be known in a Facebook post where she had regretted, above all, that the organization had not included a detailed opinion of the Ukrainian government in the drafting of the report.
In addition, Zelenski has assured that the resumption of grain exports, after the blockade by Russia in the Black Sea, has been a success of his soldiers.
“We should not forget that the restoration of our sea exports was possible mainly thanks to our soldiers, all those who protect Odessa and ensured the liberation of Zmiiny. These are just heroes,” he has celebrated after explaining that the maritime export of agricultural products is working again, despite the “security risk” of continuous Russian attacks.
The president has reminded his partners to fulfill “their part of the commitment” to ensure the security of supply. In this way, “the world food crisis will really be solved”.