Russia appears to be pulling out from Enerhodar

19 August, 02:19 PM
Russian military equipment is apparently being withdrawn from the occupied town of Enerhodar in Zaporizhzhia Oblast. (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Russian military equipment is apparently being withdrawn from the occupied town of Enerhodar in Zaporizhzhia Oblast. (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Russian military equipment is apparently being withdrawn from the occupied town of Enerhodar in Zaporizhzhia Oblast, dispersing across nearby towns and villages, local social media reports suggested on Aug. 19.

Enerhodar is in the immediate vicinity of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP).

Ukrainian intelligence recently said Moscow is “highly likely” preparing to stage a false flag operation at ZNPP, seeking to blame Ukrainian forces for a potential nuclear disaster. Employees of Russia’s Rosatom nuclear agency are reported to have left the plant, and local staff were given a day off on Aug. 19.

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Recently emerged video footage showed Russian military vehicles parked inside the main turbine hall of the facility, along with stockpiles of ammunition.

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 cannot return fire for the risk of causing a nuclear disaster.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has called on Russia to admit an IAEA monitoring mission to the facility after Russian shelling, but Russian authorities have so far refused any international monitors to the plant.

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