Moscow rules out demilitarizing Zaporizhzhia NPP

30 August, 12:00 PM
Zaporizhzhia NPP (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Zaporizhzhia NPP (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Russia is not considering demilitarizing Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) and its surrounding areas, Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov told Russian news agency TASS on Aug. 29.

At the same time, Peskov said that an IAEA mission to ZNPP is necessary, and its parameters will be discussed upon arrival.

“The (IAEA) missile will enter ZNPP from Ukraine-controlled territory,” said Peskov.

“A demilitarized zone around ZNPP is not on the table.”

Repeating blatantly false Russian claims, the officials urged world powers to “pressure Kyiv into ceasing shelling ZNPP, which puts Europe in danger.” There is no evidence of Ukraine attacking the plant, and numerous verifiable reports of Russian shelling fo the facility.

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Peskov dismissed a question about alleged Russian plans to disconnect the facility from Ukraine’s power grid as “a technical one.”

The Wall Street Journal earlier reported that IAEA’s four-day ZNPP mission will commence on Aug. 31.

According to Ukrainian officials, the agency will focus on ZNPP’s physical and nuclear safety, as well as working to prevent potential proliferation of radioactive materials.

The Zaporizhzhia NPP is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, and has been occupied by Russian forces since March 4. Several ZNPP facilities have been damaged by Russian shelling, and the station's employees are captives of the occupying troops.

The Kremlin uses the facility as cover for its forces, as Ukraine can’t return fire for the risk of causing a nuclear calamity.

Recently-emerged footage showed numerous Russian military vehicles parked inside the main turbine hall of the facility, some 150 meters away from the nearest reactor.

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