Recent Russian missile strikes likely aimed at stopping Ukraine’s nuclear power plants

17 November 2022, 07:14 PM
Khmelnytskyi NPP (Photo:RLuts via Wikipedia)

Khmelnytskyi NPP (Photo:RLuts via Wikipedia)

The goal of Russia's Nov. 15 missile attacks was to halt the operation of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants, Yuriy Vlasenko, the first deputy Minister of Energy, suggested in an interview with Forbes on Nov. 16.

“Probably, their energy engineers, who have the blueprints for our power grids, told the military where to strike to stop our nuclear power plants,” he said.

“However, we were able to quickly deploy backup power circuits to keep the NPPs running.”

The main strikes were targeted at substations, Vlasenko noted.

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Russia’s Nov. 15 missile attack on Ukraine was the largest since the beginning of the full-scale invasion. About 100 missiles were fired over territory of Ukraine, mainly targeting critical infrastructure facilities in many of the country’s oblasts.

One strike cut the Khmelnytskyi nuclear power plant from the larger power grid for more than nine hours.

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