The Russian army has turned the occupied Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant into a military base. This was announced by the president of the state company Energoatom Petro Kotin.
He said that the Russians had deployed military and heavy equipment – trucks, tanks, and infantry fighting vehicles – at the occupied Zaporizhzhya NPP (infantry fighting vehicle. — Ed.)
“The occupiers are not interfering in the operation of the nuclear power plant, but they are strengthening there, digging trenches, using the station as a military base,” Kotin said.
At the same time, Kotin assured that the occupiers would not be able to supply electricity from the occupied power plant to Crimea and Russia.
“They can say anything, but the station operates in a different frequency mode and is not connected to the power system of Russia and Crimea,” – Kotin said.
- On March 4, the Russian occupiers seized the city of Energodar and the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant Energoatom, which is located near the city. It is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and the third largest in the world.
- In May, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Husnullin announced his intention to supply electricity from the seized Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant to either Ukraine or Russia.
- Former acting Minister of Energy and Adviser to the Prime Minister Yuriy Boyko does not rule out that in the future Zaporizhzhya NPP will have to be decommissioned. According to the Defense Ministry’s intelligence department, the Russian occupiers are creating a critical situation at the nuclear power plant, which threatens the safe operation of the station.