Russian troops controlling Ukraine’s Zaporozhye nuclear power plant have deployed Grad rocket launchers in its area. This was reported by the Ukrainian company Enerhoatom on Thursday. This information cannot be independently verified.
A Russian soldier guards the site of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, May 2022
According to Enerhoatom, the Grad rocket launchers are next to the spent fuel storage, which is located near the sixth unit of the power plant. The Russians can use them for attacks on the other side of the Dnieper River, for example on the cities of Nikopol and Marhanec.
The proximity of the reactor and spent fuel storage will then serve as a “shield” against possible Ukrainian retaliation, Enerhoatom said. Earlier, according to him, the Russian army built unspecified parts of the defense infrastructure in the vicinity of the sixth block.
The Zaporozhye nuclear power plant was occupied by Russian troops a few weeks after the start of the invasion of Ukraine. Both sides accuse each other of shelling the power plant, which is the largest facility of its type in Europe.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has sent its inspectors to the power plant and is trying to enforce a demilitarized zone around the power plant. The IAEA did not respond to a request for comment on Enerhoatom’s claim of deploying Grad rocket launchers. Russia says it needs to maintain control of the plant to defend it from Ukrainian attacks.Read more In the event of an accident in Zaporizhia, 10 times more radioactivity would have escaped than in Chernobyl
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