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Russia is plotting a terrorist attack at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

Russia is considering a scenario of a terrorist act involving the release of radiation at the Zaporizhzhia NPP and has already made all the preparations for its execution.

The Zaporizhzhia NPP. March 29, 2023.
Photo: Alexander Ermochenko / REUTERS / File Photo

“Unfortunately, I have had to remind everyone on numerous occasions that radiation knows no borders, and its impact is determined solely by the direction of the wind (…) There should never be any acts of terrorism at nuclear power plants, anywhere. This time should not be like with Kakhovka: the world has been warned, therefore, the world can and should take action,stated President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

He also added that Ukraine is providing “all available information and evidence” to its international partners in Europe, North America, China, Brazil, India, Africa, and the Arab world.

A Russian soldier at the Zaporizhzhia NPP.
Photo: Andrey Borodulin / AFP via Getty Images

As reported earlier, Russian invaders have planted explosives on the cooling system at the Zaporizhzhia NPP, and if it is disabled, there is a significant probability of “serious problems”.

“First of all, the Zaporizhzhia NPP remains under the temporary control of the occupying forces (Russian troops – ed.). It is true that by destroying the dam, they disrupted the normal water supply to the cooling systems at the Zaporizhzhia NPP. But the second and most terrifying thing is that during this time, the Zaporizhzhia NPP was additionally mined. And the most frightening thing is that the cooling system, in particular, was mined,” stated Kyrylo Budanov, Chief of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine.

He also emphasized that if Russia disables the plant’s cooling system through detonation, there is a high probability of negative consequences.

Read more: Zaporizhzhia NPP, consequences of a nuclear disaster.

After Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Zaporizhzhia NPP has been under temporary occupation of the Russian forces since March 4, 2022. Furthermore, Russia has resorted to nuclear blackmail, including deploying its troops and military equipment on the power plant’s territory, shelling its territory, and terrorizing the personnel of the nuclear facility by subjecting them to physical and psychological pressure.