Russia pulling in more troops, equipment to Zaporizhzhya NPP, says Energoatom

23 August, 03:25 PM
Ukraine fears Russia will attempt to disconnect plant, largest in Europe, from Ukrainian power grid (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Ukraine fears Russia will attempt to disconnect plant, largest in Europe, from Ukrainian power grid (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Russian invasion forces have increased the number of its troops and military equipment on the territory of the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), Ukrainian nuclear operator Energoatom reported on the Telegram messenger on Aug 23.

 “Yesterday, Aug. 22, 2022, the invaders brought in an additional two armored personnel carriers and six special trucks to the repair zone of the facility,” the report says.

In total, more than 40 pieces of military equipment are now deployed on the territory of the power plant, including 16 military vehicles near the first reactor, and seven near the second.

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The Russians also drove another 12 pieces of military equipment under the overpass.

“In addition, the Rashists (Russian fascists) replenished their ranks with a significant number of ‘strong’ orcs, some of them wearing masks,” Energoatom said.

The Zaporizhzhya 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 being held captive by the occupying troops.

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

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.

Energoatom warned on Aug. 19 that Russia was planning to disconnect the facility from Ukraine’s power grid, which would put the reactor cooling system offline.

Kyiv is in talks with the IAEA about mounting a monitoring mission to stabilize the situation at the ZNPP, potentially headed by Rafael Grossi, the agency’s chair.

The UN has also said it will participate.

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