Volodymyr Zelensky announced the move in a video address to the nation on Sunday night, Polish state news agency PAP reported.
Ukraine’s president said: “Today we have another sanctions step by our country against the terrorist state. The NSDC [National Security and Defence Council] decision on sanctions against Russia's nuclear industry has been put into effect.”
He added: “The point of our steps is also to bolster the efforts of our diplomats to extend global sanctions to this part of the Russian aggression machine.”
Zelensky stressed: “Russia is the only country in the world that allows its military to shell nuclear power plants and use NPPs as a cover for shelling. Russian missiles have repeatedly followed trajectories over Ukraine's nuclear facilities.”
He went on to say: “The terrorist state uses the nuclear industry as one of the elements of foreign expansion. To put pressure on other states. To create respective threats to the sovereignty of other states.”
The presidential website has published a list of 200 legal entities that have been sanctioned for 50 years, Ukrainska Pravda reported.
Among them are the Russian state nuclear energy corporation Rosatom, its subsidiaries, several institutes and research centres, factories, and the Russian joint-stock company Zaporizhzhia NPP Operating Organisation, according to officials.
Ukraine continues drive to have Russia banned from 2024 Olympics
Zelensky also said his country continued its campaign to have Russia banned from the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
He announced: “Ukraine has sent respective letters to the companies that support the International Olympic Committee the most. These are large international companies that are definitely interested in ensuring that their reputation and support are not used for war propaganda.”
Ukraine’s president reiterated that “Representatives of a terrorist state should have no place at the Olympics and international tournaments.”
Monday is day 348 of Russia’s war against Ukraine.
Source: PAP, president.gov.ua, Ukrainska Pravda