Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is upset that his pleas for help have been ignored by the United Nations and the Red Cross. Photo/REUTERS
KYIV – President Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky criticized the United Nations and the Red Cross for ignoring requests for help following the flash floods caused by the collapse of the Nova Kakhovka dam.
Ukraine, he said, wanted nothing to gain militarily from the alleged acts of sabotage at the dams—where Kyiv and Moscow blame each other.
In an interview with German publication BILD on Wednesday, Zelensky said that despite hours of the disaster, the United Nations and the Red Cross were “not there”.
The Ukrainian head of state emphasized that the two organizations should be the first to save human lives.
“We received no response (to our request for assistance). I was shocked,” Zelensky annoyed, who was launched Thursday (8/6/2023).
According to Zelensky, the two organizations have essentially washed their hands of the situation.
The Ukrainian president also dismissed claims that the destruction of the dam had given his military an advantage. “Whether it ended worse as a result is hard to say,” Zelensky said.
He went on to stress that the hydroelectric power plants in the area are currently controlled by Russian forces, so Kyiv cannot support his accusations against Moscow with material evidence.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in contrast, blamed Ukraine and its Western backers for what he called the “barbaric act” at the Nova Kakhovka dam.