Russia Awaits IAEA’s Reaction to
Ukrainian Attacks on Nuclear Facilities
TASS Russian News Agency
MOSCOW (July 21, 2022) — Russia has sent an appeal to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over the Ukrainian army’s attacks on the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) and is awaiting its reaction, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday. According to Zakharova, the Ukrainian attacks on the NPP confirm Kiev’s goal to create conditions for a nuclear catastrophe for all of Europe
“We have already addressed the leadership of the IAEA’s Secretariat over this incident and are expecting the appropriate reaction on the part of the agency,” she said.
According to the diplomat, the Ukrainian attacks on the NPP confirm Kiev’s goal to create conditions for a nuclear catastrophe for all of Europe. “Ukraine continues provocations in order to create threats for nuclear facilities.
On July 18, the Ukrainian armed forces attacked the premises of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant using a drone. The strike was delivered in the immediate vicinity, several dozen meters away from the constructions that are critically important for the NPP’s security — storage facilities for spent nuclear fuel and a reactor-cooling reservoir.
Only by lucky coincidence this did not result in any damage to the plant’s equipment and a man-made catastrophe,” she emphasized.
The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman noted that on July 20, the Ukrainian army attacked the nuclear power plant using the drones again. “This confirms that the Kiev regime intends to create the conditions for a nuclear catastrophe not only on its own territory but in entire Europe,” she stressed.
The diplomat pointed out that such a catastrophe won’t be just a local problem. “The responsibility for the possible consequences of these actions by the Kiev regime rests both with Ukraine and with the states that provide military support to the criminal regime,” she noted.
(July 20, 2022) — A Ukrainian nuclear power plant located in the city of Energodar has been attacked by three ‘kamikadze drones’ belonging to the Ukrainian armed forces, Russian media reports, citing local officials.
According to them, Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, located in southeastern Ukraine, has not been damaged. Its reactor was not impacted by the attack either. The radiation background is normal and it is constantly being monitored, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the Zaporozhye Region military-civil administration, told Tass news agency.
This is not the first time the NPP has been targeted by the Ukrainian military. On July 12, Ukrainian UAVs dropped several 120mm shells on a building located next to the power plant, causing damage to its roof and window, the press-service of the Energodar city administration told RIA Novosti. According to the spokesperson of the administration, 11 employees were injured during that attack, with four of them remaining in serious condition.
Russia currently controls the southern and central part of the Zaporozhye region, including the city of Energodar, where the biggest nuclear plant in Europe is situated. The administrative center of the region, Zaporozhye, remains under Ukrainian control.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbass republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked.
Response to “Ukrainian Drones Attack Nuclear Power Plant”
(July 20, 2022) — NATO’s evil puppets attacked nuclear reactors today! Ukrainian armed formations, which received an order from Kyiv to arrange terror in the liberated territories, today attacked the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant with the help of loitering ammunition. This is reported by the administration of Energodar.
According to the information available at the moment, three kamikaze drones “worked out” on the territory of the nuclear power plant, explosions thundered behind the nuclear units. This was confirmed by Vladimir Rogov, a member of the State Administration of the Zaporozhye region. Previously, the mass of the warhead of the attacking drones amounted to several kilograms in TNT equivalent.
According to preliminary information, the UAVs were equipped with warheads with an explosive mass calculated in kilograms in TNT equivalent.
Later it became known that there were four attacks in total, the last drone attacked the station at 16:10 Moscow time. The NPP equipment and reactor units were not damaged, everything is operating normally, there were no victims of the raid.
As noted, this is the third attack on nuclear power plants carried out by Ukrainian nationalists in recent days. And all of them were carried out with the help of drones. On July 12, there was an attempt to drop 120 mm caliber mines from a UAV, no one was hurt, on July 18, another attack injured 11 people, four of whom are in serious condition.
Zaporozhye NPP is located on the banks of the Kakhovka reservoir in the city of Energodar. It is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.
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