Zelenskyy: Russian attacks create threat of water pollution

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has condemned Russian strikes on industrial areas in his country's east for creating a serious threat of water pollution.

Zelenskyy made the remarks on Thursday in an online address to a ministerial council meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris.

He pointed out that Donbas is one of the world most significant industrial regions, hosting coal mines and chemical plants.

He said Russia's attacks in the region create a serious threat of pollution to groundwater and rivers, as well as the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.

Zelenskyy also noted that Russian forces have been blocking access to the Black Sea, a key route for food exports.

He said hundreds of millions of people around the world are on the brink of food shortages and famine, and that Russia is fully responsible for this.