HANDOUT - 24.08.2022, Ukraine, Kiew: Wolodymyr Selenskyj, Präsident der Ukraine, hält seine Rede zum Unabhängigkeitstag der Ukraine in Kiew, auf diesem vom Präsidialamt der Ukraine zur Verfügung gestellten Bild. Foto: Präsidialamt der Ukraine/ZUMA Wire/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of an energy war and called for more unity in Europe. “Russia is trying to increase the energy pressure on Europe these days – the pumping of gas through the Nord Stream has been completely stopped,” Zelenskyy said in his daily video message on Saturday evening. “Russia wants to destroy the normal life of every European – in all countries of our continent.”

It is about weakening and intimidating the states in Europe. In addition to tanks and missiles, Russia also uses energy as a weapon. “Russia is preparing a massive energy attack against all Europeans in winter,” he explains. On the other hand, only greater cohesion would help, said Selenskyj. The Europeans should coordinate their countermeasures better and give each other more help. In addition, the pressure on Russia must be increased in order to limit the country’s oil and gas revenues.

Background to the allegations: Contrary to previous plans, Gazprom did not restart gas supplies via Nord Stream 1 on Saturday. The Russian energy company justified this with an alleged leak in the Portovaya compressor station. (Reuters/dpa)