Russia believes that Ukrainian attacks near the Zaporizhia plant affect European security

Attacks on the electrical grid in the city of Energodar, which supplies the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, controlled by Russia, in Ukraine, threaten the nuclear security of all of Europe, Russian diplomats warned this Saturday. .

“The systematic attacks by the Ukrainian military against the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and other energy facilities demonstrate a deliberate tendency to cause unacceptable damage to the Russian economy and create risks of technological accidents that could jeopardize nuclear security of the entire European continent,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement.

On Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement that it had detected signs of military activity over the past week, including two explosions on the 16th and 17th, near the nuclear plant.

Furthermore, the IAEA observation mission to the plant confirmed that “the Luch (electricity distribution) substation in the city of Energodar was destroyed” on Wednesday , apparently due to a ‘drone’ attack [aparelhos aéreos não tripulados]without specifying who the attacker was.

When the IAEA team went to the substation, which partially supplies electricity to the city of Energodar and other areas, including the nuclear power plant, on Thursday, they found that it had been destroyed and was not operational.

Although parts of the city have been receiving electricity through an alternative line since Friday, the damage “has had a direct impact on plant staff living in Energodar, immediately adjacent to the plant, and therefore also on nuclear safety and security”, warned the director general of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi.

The Russian side said on Friday that the alternative supply substation had also been attacked by a Ukrainian drone, leaving much of the city without electricity and water, a failure that local authorities only managed to repair it at noon today.

Zakharova denounced that employees of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and their families “continue to receive messages from the Ukrainian secret services that threaten their health and lives”, noting that Kiev maintains a ” strong psychological pressure” through “exhausting blackmail”.

“Aware of the total impossibility of reaching an agreement with the regime of (Ukrainian President Volodymir) Zelensky, our country will take all measures to deprive the Kiev regime of the possibility of carrying out such blows”, threatened Zakharova.

The Zaporizhia plant has been occupied by Russia since March 2022 and its six reactors are cold shut down to improve its global security.

Although this measure reduces the risk of an accident, Grossi has repeatedly warned of the fragility of the situation, as the plant continues to face risks amid fighting between Russian troops and the Ukrainian army.

In September 2022, the IAEA sent a team of experts to monitor the situation on the ground and submit regular reports to the agency’s headquarters in Vienna.


Francesco Giganti

Journalist, social media, blogger and pop culture obsessive in newshubpro

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