It's 'nuclear blackmail' -Zelenskiy on Russia at Zaporizhzhia

STORY: Zelenskiy, speaking to an audience at Sydney's Lowy Institute via video link from Kyiv, also urged Australia to use its influence to unite the world in its response to Russia.

"I'm asking Australia to use all of its influence to convince as many countries as possible not to remain neutral and to vote for international law and against a Russian annexation," Zelenskiy said.

The last operating reactor at the plant — which has been the focal point of Russia's seven-month invasion in Ukraine — was put into what is known as a cold shutdown in September.

Moscow and Kyiv accuse each other of shelling the site of Zaporizhzhia, Europe's biggest nuclear power plant, that has damaged buildings close to the reactors and risked nuclear catastrophe.