The Russian Defense Ministry announced Kyiv's plans to stage a provocation at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant According to the agency, the provocation is scheduled for August 19, when the UN Secretary General will be in Ukraine
Kyiv is preparing a “resonant provocation” at the Zaporizhzhya NPP on August 19, during the visit of UN Secretary General António Guterres to Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
As a result of this provocation, “the Russian Federation will be accused of creating a man-made disaster at this power plant,” it is believed in Moscow.
To prepare a provocation, the command of the operational-tactical group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine “Dnepr” will deploy radiation observation posts in the Zaporozhye region by this date and conduct training on actions in conditions of radiation contamination for territorial defense units and the military. the fact of the accident at the Zaporozhye NPP” and to demonstrate “supposedly eliminating its consequences.”
Subdivisions of the 44th Artillery Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are planning to carry out artillery strikes on the territory of the Zaporozhye NPP from firing positions in the city of Nikopol, but the Russian Armed Forces will be blamed for their consequences, the Ministry of Defense points out.
“The Ukrainian leadership has repeatedly spread rumors that Russian troops have occupied this nuclear power plant and are shelling the Armed Forces of Ukraine from long-range artillery systems, hiding behind the nuclear power plant. Please note that Russian troops do not have heavy weapons either on the territory of the station or in the areas adjacent to it. There are only security units there,— says the statement of the Russian military department.
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At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.
Zaporozhye NPP— the most powerful in Europe. It is located on the banks of the Kakhovka reservoir in the city of Energodar, Zaporozhye region of Ukraine. The Russian military controls the southern and central parts of this region, including Energodar and the territory of the nuclear power plant itself. A temporary military-civilian administration operates in the region. At the same time, Ukrainian operators operate the station.
Since July, the situation in the area of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant has escalated, Ukraine and Russia accuse each other of shelling. The day before, on August 17, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration of the Zaporozhye region, said that two artillery gunners of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who worked at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, were detained in Energodar. According to Rogov, the detainees should be charged with international terrorism. For committing this crime, they can face up to ten years in prison.
The military-civilian administration of Zaporozhye also accuses the Ukrainian Armed Forces of trying to damage the cooling circuit of the nuclear power plant by shelling, as well as trying to damage the container with nuclear waste. The pro-Russian authorities of the Zaporozhye region also called for a ceasefire regime in the area of the nuclear power plant.
UN Secretary General António Guterres arrived in Lviv the day before, on August 17, for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The parties plan to discuss the situation around the Zaporozhye NPP and the investigation into the shelling of the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka (DPR). Guterres is also planning a visit to one of the three ports of Odessa.
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