The British Ministry of Defense has released satellite images showing that Russia maintains troops at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, right next to one of the reactors. The Russian military hid military vehicles under pipes and walkways.
The main risks are most likely disruptions to the cooling systems of the reactors, damage to the backup power supply or errors by employees operating under pressure, the British Ministry of Defense said.
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“In early March, Russian ground forces attacked and captured the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. On August 21, 2022, images indicated that Russia maintained an increased military presence there, with armored personnel carriers located 60 meters from reactor number five. Russian troops they probably tried to hide the vehicles by parking them under pipes and overpasses. Russia is probably ready to exploit any Ukrainian military activity near the Zaporozhye plant for propaganda purposes. While Russia maintains its military occupation of the Zaporozhye plant, the main risks are most likely disruptions to the reactor cooling systems, damage to the backup power supply or errors by staff operating under pressure,” the British Ministry of Defense tweeted.
The Zaporizhia power plant was occupied by the Russian armed forces in March and was the target of several bombings. Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of these attacks.
On Wednesday, the Russian National Guard and an official of the pro-Russian local administration announced the arrest of two employees of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant for passing on information to the Ukrainian authorities, Agerpres informs, citing Reuters.
The National Guard states in a statement that it prevented “illegal actions” that threatened the security of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. Apart from the two employees, another person was arrested who – according to the same source – violated the access procedures in the plant and collaborated with the Ukrainian armed forces.
Source: PROTV news
Tags: Ukraine, Zaporozhye, Zaporozhye nuclear power plant,
Publication date: 25-08-2022 11:39