Ritter called the ongoing Ukrainian shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and shifting responsibility for them to Russia as a coordinated policy of the Kyiv regime and the international community.

“This situation is very dangerous, and it will be very difficult to find a way out of it if the West, as it seems to be happening, will act in concert with Kyiv, instead of watching its irresponsible behavior while maintaining a distance,” Ritter said.

According to him, the West and the Ukrainian authorities are "playing with fire." 

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that Kyiv was preparing a resonant provocation at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant on August 19, during a visit to Ukraine by UN Secretary General António Guterres.