Russia uses Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant as a military and logistics hub — HUR

24 May, 05:30 PM
Russia continues the militarization of the territory occupied by the ZNPP, the GUR said (Photo:ГУР)

Russia continues the militarization of the territory occupied by the ZNPP, the GUR said (Photo:ГУР)

Russian occupiers continue to use the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant as a logistical and military base — and refuse to leave, Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR) reported on Telegram on May 24.

The HUR specifically cited energy units 1, 2, and 4, where Russian personnel, armored vehicles, and trucks remain stationed.

Photo: HUR

The number of personnel and military equipment at these locations fluctuates from 5 to 20 items present near each energy unit throughout the day.

Photo: HUR

“The rotation takes place covertly during the curfew hours (from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.). All trucks are tightly covered. There is information that they might contain ammunition and explosives,” said the intelligence officers.

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Shift employees, responsible for conducting inspections of the energy units at least once or twice a week, are denied access to the territory controlled by the occupiers. Disturbingly, those who attempted control rounds were subjected to physical violence and torture, resulting in several employees currently being hospitalized in critical condition, HUR reported.

“The occupiers’ actions have already resulted in a series of emergency situations during which the Zaporizhzhya NPP was disconnected from the power supply.”

In preparation for the Ukrainian counteroffensive, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is developing a comprehensive five-point agreement to enhance the security of the Zaporizhzhya NPP, The Washington Post reported.

IAEA head, Rafael Grossi, announced in late March the agency’s decision to abandon the idea of establishing a demilitarized zone around the occupied Zaporizhzhya NPP by the Russians.

The Zaporizhzhya NPP, Europe’s largest nuclear facility, fell under Russian occupation after intense battles in Enerhodar on March 4, 2022. Russian shelling inflicted damage to various buildings within the plant, and its workers were taken captive.

The Russians subsequently deployed military equipment, ammunition, and their own occupiers at the facility.

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