Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, and Chief of Ukraine’s General Staff, Lieutenant General Serhiy Shaptala, have visited the Rivne Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) to discuss plans in case an emergency occurs at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya NPP, the General Staff reported on July 3.
Zaluzhnyi and Shaptala, together with Ukrainian nuclear operator Energoatom’s head Petro Kotin and Rivne NPP Director General Pavlo Kovtoniuk, said they were working out the issue of information exchange between the military and the energy sector.
This is necessary to analyze, plan and forecast possible scenarios for the development of events at the Zaporizhzhya NPP, the General Staff reported.
“(We’ve) agreed on close cooperation for a timely response to certain situations,” the report states.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held an on-site meeting of the Headquarters of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief at the Rivne NPP on July 1. Zaluzhnyi was also in attendance.
Threat to Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant — What is known
The head of Ukrainian military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, said on June 25 that the Russians had completed preparations for a possible terrorist attack at the occupied Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant. Explosives have been deployed near four of ZNPP’s six reactors.
Dmytro Orlov, the mayor of Enerhodar, where the ZNPP is located, announced on July 2 that a number of employees from Rosatom, Russia’s nuclear operator, as well as local collaborators, had already left the ZNPP and the town.
Ukraine has begun large-scale drills in Zaporizhzhya, Dnipropetrovsk and Kherson oblasts, amid the risk of possible Russian terrorist attack at the ZNPP.
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