During a working trip to the Dnipropetrovsk region, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a video call with Professor Aniebiet Inyang Ntui, the representatives of the global community of political and public figures, opinion leaders, and environmental experts. This was confirmed by the Ukrainian President’s Office.
Aniebiet Inyang Ntui is a Nigerian environmentalist, diplomat and professor who has served as the Ambassador of the EU’s European Climate Pact since December 2022. She was named by the Web of Science as the “Most Read Researcher in Nigeria” and is the current University Librarian of the University of Calabar.
The meeting was joined by more than 60 world political and public figures, including Vice-President of the European Parliament Heidi Hautala, environmental activist Greta Thunberg, former Deputy Prime Minister and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden Margot Wallström, President of Ireland in 1990-1997 Mary Robinson, Head of the Ukraine Department of the European External Action Service Petra Gombalova, Secretary General of the European Environment Bureau Patrick Ten Brink, Regional CEO for Central and Eastern Europe of the World Wildlife Fund Andreas Beckmann, former French Ambassador for Climate Change and CEO of the European Climate Foundation Laurence Tubiana, as well as environmental activists and journalists covering environmental issues.
In his speech, the President of Ukraine emphasized that the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant disaster is not a natural disaster or a manifestation of the climate crisis, but a disaster ordered by Putin personally.
The Head of State also drew attention to the fact that due to the destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant dam, fuel storage facilities, warehouses with chemicals and fertilizers, animal burial grounds, including two “anthrax burials” on the temporarily occupied territory, were flooded; sewage got into the water.
He called on the international community to facilitate in drawing the attention of international organizations to help people who remained in the temporarily occupied territory affected by the flooding.
In addition, Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced the creation of a high-level international working group that will consolidate worldwide efforts to bring Russia to justice for the ecocide in Ukraine.
The President also stressed the importance of providing assistance to Ukraine in eliminating the consequences of the Kakhovka HPP disaster.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for spreading the truth about the Russian ecocide and encouraging leaders, states and international organizations to take action.
The President also invited representatives of the environmental community to join the issue of overcoming the shortage of water – both drinking and technical – in the regions of Ukraine affected by the disaster. He noted that the lack of water could result in a shortage of agricultural products, which would affect the countries of the Global South and some European countries.