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Russia continues to mine nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia – Intelligence

Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. Photo: Energoatom
Russia continues to mine nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia – Intelligence
As per Ukraine’s Intelligence, the Russian occupiers keep on mining Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, installing mines and explosives on the ZNPP’s territory 

The Russian occupants continue to mine Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) and facilities on the plant, Ukraine’s military intelligence reported on 8 July.

According to the report, Russians deliver mines and explosives to ZNPP’s territory currently.

Besides, they’ve already installed mine barriers, consisting of remotely controlled and unguided anti-personnel mines of the directed type in the technical rooms and machine rooms.

Most of the mines used are Soviet-era directional mines,” Intelligence wrote in the report.

Since March 2022, occupying the ZNPP, Russian forces have been using Europe’s largest nuclear power plant as a military base to launch attacks against Ukrainian-controlled territory.

On 5 July, Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said that the agency’s on-site experts have not yet found any explosives during their inspections of the nuclear plant.

However, according to the IAEA, on-site experts have not been granted access to inspect the rooftops of reactor units three and four, as well as parts of the turbine halls and the cooling system.

With military tension and activities increasing in the region where this major nuclear power plant is located, our experts must be able to verify the facts on the ground. Their independent and objective reporting would help clarify the current situation at the site, which is crucial at a time like this with unconfirmed allegations and counter allegations,” Director General Grossi said.

As previously indicated, the IAEA is aware of reports that mines and other explosives have been placed in and around the ZNPP.

Earlier, the head of NATO’s Military Committee, Rob Bauer, mentioned that if Russia attacks Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station, its consequences will affect the whole world.

The situation with ZPNN is an environmental disaster and a medical problem. This is beyond just NATO. This is beyond just a security issue,” he added.

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