October 2, 2022

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Possible preparations for an act of nuclear terrorism – Mures News, Targu Mures News

The Russian occupiers are preparing for a challenge to the nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye (southern Ukraine) with radiation emissions, warned the Ukrainian State Nuclear Agency Energoatom, indicating that Russia would have developed ten chemical laboratories in Melitopol, a city in the same region.
“It became known that 10 chemical laboratories were brought to Melitopol. With the help of these laboratories, the Russians plan to save their officers and generals in the event of radiation emissions from the plant in Zaporozhye”, says Energoatom in a statement posted on Telegram.
Previously, Ivan Fyodorov, the exiled Ukrainian mayor of Melitopol, which is under the control of Russian forces, had announced on Ukrainian television stations that these laboratories had been installed at one of the city’s medical institutions.
“Of course, they don’t think about the civilian population. These laboratories are to protect the people in this temporarily occupied city”, declared Fyodorov.
“It is yet another confirmation that Russia is preparing to commit an act of nuclear terrorism, causing an accident with radiation emissions at the captured Zaporozhye nuclear power plant,” the Ukrainian company claims, according to the text quoted by Unian.
Energoatom once again asked the entire international community, the UN and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to make efforts to speed up the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of the plant in Zaporozhye and from the satellite city of Energodar, in order to demilitarize the plant and bring it back under control full of Ukraine.
Russian forces captured the nuclear power plant and the town of Energodar on March 4. Since then, the Russian Federation has refused the proposal to create a demilitarized zone in the perimeter of this nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe.
The main intelligence directorate of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense (GUR) considers the probability of a large-scale “terrorist attack” by the Russian occupiers at the nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye to be high, Unian notes.
The European Union described as “extremely worrying” the situation at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and asked Russia to allow IAEA experts to carry out an inspection at this facility.
In a message on Twitter, the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell emphasized that “the Kremlin must guarantee the repair, without obstacles, of the damaged power lines and the complete reconnection (of the plant) to the Ukrainian power grid.”
“IAEA experts should finally be allowed to visit the facilities” of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, Borrell insists in his message.
The Director General of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, declared, on Thursday, in Paris, that there is an agreement in principle with Moscow and Kyiv to proceed with an inspection “in the coming days”.
Earlier, Energoatom had announced the reconnection of one of the two reactors in operation to the electrical grid, assuring that the security systems are working normally, in a statement on Telegram quoted by AFP.
Located in southern Ukraine, the Zaporizhia power plant was disconnected from the power grid on Thursday for the first time in its history, as a result of a fire caused by a bombing that damaged a power line.
In recent weeks, Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of bombings that targeted the perimeter of this plant, increasing fears of a nuclear catastrophe.


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