Russian invaders blow up unexploded ordnance on the premises of Zaporizhzhia NPP, says Energoatom

14 March 2022, 07:57 PM

Russian invaders have been blowing up unexploded ordnance on the premises of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, near the damaged training center and power unit No. 1, Ukraine's state-owned Energoatom nuclear energy company reported on its Telegram messenger channel on March 14.

Energoatom said that the invaders were planning to continue carrying out such explosions at the largest nuclear facility in Europe, but plant personnel evacuated during the explosions.

"It is not yet known whether the radiation background on the territory of Zaporizhzhia NPP has changed after the explosions," Energoatom says.

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The company added that 11 representatives of Russia's state-owned Rosatom nuclear energy concern had entered Zaporizhzhia NPP.

"It is obvious that explosions of ammunition at the power plant are being carried out with their direct participation," Energoatom said.

"So it turns out that Rosatom is also involved in this terrorism. All established international rules and requirements for nuclear and radiation safety are violated by this concern."

Energoatom also published a list of the names of eight of the Rosatom employees who had arrived at the nuclear power plant.

On March 4, Zaporizhzhia NPP, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, was seized by invading Russian forces after heavy fighting in the town of Enerhodar.

The plant's premises were partially damaged, while the plant’s staff were taken hostage.

On March 12, the Russian military attempted to replace the personnel of Zaporizhzhia NPP with Rosatom engineers. Ten Rosatom officials, including two senior engineers, failed to enter the power plant to seize control of its operation.

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