Ukraine’s nuclear power operator refutes Russian MoD report of capture of Zaporizhzhia plant

28 February 2022, 11:42 AM

Ukraine’s Energoatom nuclear power company has described as fake a report by the Russian Ministry of Defense that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has been captured by invading Russian troops, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported on Feb. 28.

“This is a complete and utter lie, a total fake,” Energoatom’s communications department said.

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is located in the town of Enerhodar in southeastern Ukraine.

Enerhodar Mayor Dmytro Orlov, in a video message posted on Facebook, said that the night in the city had been "relatively calm."

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“No cases of looting and violations of public order have been recorded,” he added.

According to Orlov, hospitals and all public utility services in the city are operating as normal.

“(There’s nothing untoward to report) about nuclear and thermal power plants,” the mayor added.

The capture of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was announced earlier this morning by the Russian Ministry of Defense. There were claims that the Russian occupation forces controlled the area around the plant, were guarding it, and that they had also captured the town.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine reported on Feb. 26 that the Russian occupation troops in the Zaporizhzhia Oblast were approaching the strategic town of Enerhodar and were stationing the Grad multiple rocket launcher systems pointing at the Zaporozhzhia nuclear power plant.

This follows yesterday’s news that the seaside town of Berdyansk in Zaporizhzhia Oblast has been occupied: Russian troops have seized all the administrative buildings in the town, reports said.

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