Ukraine vs Russia: The Alleged Plans to Attack Europe’s Biggest Nuclear Power Plant

Russia and Ukraine accuse one another of plotting to destroy one of the largest nuclear power reactors in the world.
Both Ukraine and Russia claimed Wednesday that the other had plans to destroy one of the largest nuclear power reactors in the world, but neither side offered any proof to back up its assertions that the Russian-occupied facility in southeast Ukraine was in immediate danger.
Since Moscow’s forces acquired control of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant and its personnel in the early phases of the war, it has been a source of anxiety. Since then, Moscow and Kyiv have swapped accusations of nuclear terrorism and responsibility for attacking the site.
Shelling frequently caused power shortages that made it hard to run the plant securely.

Over the previous year, the United Nations’ nuclear inspector has regularly raised concerns about the prospect of a radioactive disaster similar to the one that occurred at Chornobyl after a reactor exploded in 1986.

Ukraine has lately claimed that Moscow may seek to induce a purposeful leak in order to hamper Kyiv’s current counteroffensive in the adjacent Zaporizhzhia area. Last month, Russia is suspected of blowing up a dam in southern Ukraine with a similar goal in mind.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Tuesday night, using the most recent intelligence sources, that Russian forces had put “objects resembling explosives” on top of many of the plant’s power units to “simulate” an outside attack.

“Their detonation should not damage power units but may create a picture of shelling from Ukraine,” said the general command of Ukraine’s armed forces in a statement.

The Associated Press examined high-resolution satellite imagery of the facility collected on Monday and Wednesday. The photographs showed no noticeable alterations to the roofs of the plant’s six concrete containment domes or neighboring structures.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has representatives stationed at the Russian-controlled plant, which is still managed by a Ukrainian team in charge of critical cooling systems and other safety elements.

Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency

Because of its position in a region of intensive conflict, the facility has been vulnerable to stray shells or rockets, keeping Ukrainian nerves on edge. The Russian-ordered evacuation of hundreds of locals in May heightened the fear. The IAEA has attempted in vain to reach an agreement on a security zone surrounding the facility.

The most recent examination of the facility by the IAEA, according to Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, detected no explosive activity, “but we remain extremely alert.”

“As you are aware, there is a great deal of battle. “I was there a few weeks ago, and there is contact very close to the plant, so we can’t relax,” Grossi said during a trip to Japan.

“The situation is really stressful. “There is a high risk of sabotage by the Kyiv regime, which could have disastrous consequences,” Peskov stated in answer to a reporter’s query. He also stated that the Kremlin is taking “all measures” to combat the purported Ukrainian threat.

Grossi stated that he was aware of both Kyiv’s and Moscow’s assertions, and that “nuclear power plants should never, under any circumstances, be attacked.”
“A nuclear power plant should not be used as a military base,” he believes.
The shut-down reactors, according to Ukrainian officials, are shielded by massive concrete containment domes, and experts say the plant’s architecture permits it to resist barrages. However, the plant’s nuclear waste storage facility may be more vulnerable.

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