Russian troops in occupied Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia Oblast are setting up barracks and ammunition depots in basements of residential buildings, anticipating a Ukrainian push, Ukraine’s nuclear operator Energoatom said in a Telegram post on Jan. 13. Enerhodar is the city right next to Moscow-controlled Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP).
The company reports several cases when the Russians were hiding behind Ukrainian civilians, setting up troop barracks in basements of civilian buildings. One example the message gave described about 50 soldiers living in the basement of the local Department of Social Programs.
"In addition, (Russian) invaders in Enerhodar constantly bring some large boxes into the basements of residential buildings – probably with weapons or explosives,” Energoatom said.
“This happens at night, and while the ‘process’ is going on, several soldiers usually watch the windows to avoid unwanted witnesses."
Energoatom reported that the invaders set up a warehouse of explosives in the building of a communications center near the city administration. The company urged residents of Enerhodar to avoid areas of concentration of Russian troops and be careful.
On Jan. 12, Deputy Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksiy Gromov, said that Russian troops would soon try to reach the administrative borders of Donetsk Oblast, after which their next step will be to mount another push in Zaporizhzhia Oblast.