Europe’s largest nuclear power plant has been hit by a Russian shell, sparking a fire, as Moscow continues its assault in Ukraine.
World leaders have accused Russia of endangering the safety of an entire continent after carrying out the attack.
The power plant is now in the hands of the Russians.
In an emotional speech in the middle of the night, Mr Zelenskyy said he feared an explosion that would be “the end for everyone. The end for Europe. The evacuation of Europe.”
”Only urgent action by Europe can stop the Russian troops,” he said.
“Do not allow the death of Europe from a catastrophe at a nuclear power station.”
Following the attack, Prime Minister Boris Johnson phoned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
“The prime minister said the reckless actions of President Putin could now directly threaten the safety of all of Europe. He said the UK would do everything it could to ensure the situation did not deteriorate further.
“The prime minister said he would be seeking an emergency UN Security Council meeting in the coming hours, and that the UK would raise this issue immediately with Russia and close partners.
“Both leaders agreed a ceasefire was crucial.”
The assault renewed fears that the invasion could damage one of Ukraine’s 15 nuclear reactors and set off another emergency like the 1986 Chernobyl accident, the world’s worst nuclear disaster, which happened about 110 kilometers (65 miles) north of the capital.
“It was the global catastrophe. Hundreds of thousands of people struggled with its consequences. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated. Russia wants to repeat this and is already repeating it, but six times more.
Europeans, wake up, please tell your politicians – Russian troops are shelling a nuclear plant in Ukraine – the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the city of Energodar,” the head of state said.
There are six power units at the Zaporozhye NPP. That was only one power unit that exploded in Chernobyl.