Russia shelling Zaporizhzhya TPP’s ash dumps to raise radioactive dust into air, says intelligence

23 August, 06:58 PM
Exceeding the level of radiation has already been recorded around the facility (Photo:Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry)

Exceeding the level of radiation has already been recorded around the facility (Photo:Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry)

Russian troops are deliberately shelling the territory of the Zaporizhzhya Thermal Power Plant (TPP) to raise clouds of radioactive dust into the air, the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry reported on Aug. 23.

According to the Ukrainian military, the storage of ash generated during the operation of the TPP, which has a high level of radiation and concentrations of toxic substances, has become the target of the Russian invaders. The Russians are shelling the ash in order to falsely claim that Ukraine is shelling the plant.

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“Clouds of dust are formed and carried by the wind around Enerhodar as a result of mortar strikes on ash dumps,” the intelligence said.

“Monitoring of the background radiation, which is carried out near the nuclear power plant, indicates excessive radiation levels. The invaders are trying to present these data as the results of mythical ‘shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.’”

In addition, Russian troops continue provocations around the occupied Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) by shelling its environs and then blaming the Armed Forces of Ukraine in an effort discredit them in the eyes of the world community, Ukrainian intelligence 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.

At the same time, Russian troops have repeatedly staged false flag attacks on the ZNPP and even threatened to blow if there is an offensive by the Ukrainian Army.

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