March 15, 2024 in News by RBN Staff


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In a serious escalation, Kiev forces shelled on March 14 the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), which is controlled by Russia.

The nuclear facility said in a statement posted to its official Telegram channel that critical infrastructure came under attack.

“An attack against critical infrastructure at the power plant was reported. A shell-less explosive device was thrown near the fence behind which diesel fuel tanks were stored. Had the tanks been hit, it could have caused dire consequences,” the statement reads.

Director of the Zaporizhzhia NPP, Yury Chernichuk, said in the same statement that none of the facility staff was injured in the attack, nor any equipment was damaged,

Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) were recently rotated at the nuclear facility, according to the Zaporizhzhia NPP.

“[IAEA] inspectors were informed of the attack and potential consequences of such attacks,” the facility said, calling such attacks inadmissible.

The facility also gave assurances that there are enough highly qualified staffers on the premises to guarantee 100% safety at the nuclear facility.

The Zaporizhzhia NPP was captured by Russian forces in the very first days of the special military operation in Ukraine that began in 2022. After Zaporizhzhia voted in favor of becoming a Russian region in September of that year, the ownership of the NPP passed to Rosatom.

For the last two years, Kiev forces targeted the nuclear facility on numerous occasions, mainly using Western-made weapons like precision-guided missiles and loitering munitions.

The Kiev regime also attempted to seize the facility more than once. The most notable attempt was during the failed 2023 spring counteroffensive. A Ukrainian plot to blow up the facility was also reported by Russian authorities at the time.

The repeated attacks on the Zaporizhzhia NPP can be described as nuclear blackmail. Kiev believes that by threatening to cause a nuclear disaster at the facility, it could force Russia to make concessions. Its allies appear to be supportive of this dangerous plan.

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