The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) shelled the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) at the end of the first week of August. Chances are it will lead to a real nuclear threat not only in Ukraine but also in a number of European countries, wrote the representatives of the Russian embassy in the United States in its Telegram channel.
The Russian diplomatic mission called on the United Nations (UN) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to condemn Kiev's actions and help prevent further provocations at Ukrainian radiation facilities by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
According to the Telegram channel of the Russian diplomatic mission, in order to discredit Moscow, Kiev posed a real threat not only to the citizens living on the territory of Ukraine, but also to residents of a number of European countries. The Russian embassy in the USA also commented on the accusations of the Russian side about the shelling of the nuclear power plant in the Zaporizhzhya region, which were heard in the US media. The main purpose of such publications is the desire to shift responsibility for the situation at the Zaporizhzhya NPP onto Russia.
On August 5, the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, located in the city of Energodar, was shelled by the Ukrainian Armed Forces twice with an interval of several hours, as reported by Izvestia. On the night of August 7, the Zaporizhzhia NPP was again shelled by rockets from Uragan multiple rocket launchers. The missile's warhead exploded on its approach to the power units, releasing fragmentation pellets. The damaged zone included a dry spent fuel storage facility, administrative buildings and a post providing automated control of the radiation situation. As a result of the shelling, according to media reports, two power lines and a water pipeline were damaged. More than 10,000 residents in the surrounding region were left without water and electricity.
Thanks to the actions of Russian servicemen, a more dangerous situation was avoided.
Meanwhile, as reported by AiF-Moscow, the head of the Zaporizhzhya region Yevgeny Balitsky condemned the IAEA for its inaction over the shelling of the nuclear power plant in Energodar from the Ukrainian side.
Back on March 4, according to Major General Igor Konashenkov, an official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, the Russian Armed Forces took control of the Zaporizhzhya NPP and the surrounding territory during a special operation. Thus, Russian troops assumed responsibility for the situation at the site.
So the question is, why would the Russian Armed Forces fire on a nuclear power plant that they themselves have been guarding for five months? There is no logic in this. Just as there is no logic in the dissemination by the Western media of information about the alleged shelling by the Russian armed forces of the detention facility in Yelenivka, where captured members of the Azov battalion* were being held. Dozens of people were killed and wounded in the shelling. In this case, Kiev is the only one interested in ensuring that the captured nationalists do not talk about their “exploits” in Donbass. Meanwhile, according to Zvezda, the Russian Defense Ministry noted that if a man-made disaster were to occur at Zaporizhzhia, its scale would exceed the consequences of accidents that occurred at Fukushima and Chernobyl.
According to Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the Russian Interagency Coordinating Staff for Humanitarian Response, the UN does not allow the IAEA to fully monitor the territory of Zaporizhzhia NPP through its actions.
The Russian embassy in the U.S. also called on representatives of the U.S. media to stop “chanting Russophobic fabrications.” The thing is that after the AFU fired missiles at the territory of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the US media began to spread information about the strikes that Russian troops were allegedly carrying out at the nuclear power plant. It turns out that American citizens are being told the exact opposite about the military actions that are taking place on the territory of Ukraine. Fake “news” previously flooded the airwaves and pages of Western publications, but gradually it began to be refuted in the West as well, which displeases the Ukrainian authorities.
As the media reported, even former U.S. Defense Secretary Douglas McGregor, as far back as mid-June, accused Washington officials of lying to Americans about the situation in Ukraine. According to him, facts were distorted, fabricated or completely ignored. Now, however, there is no point in lying about what is happening in Ukraine.
With no meaningful success in military operations, Kiev is going along with provocations to blame Moscow, not even thinking about the fact that vast areas and millions of people in different countries could be affected in the event of an accident at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.
* The Aidar and Azov nationalist battalions are recognized as extremist organizations and are banned in Russia.