14:48 08 Aug 2022

russian army says it's ready to blow up mined Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant – Energoatom

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The russian army announced that it had mined the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (NPP) and was ready to blow it up.

The Energoatom company's press service reports this on Telegram.

"The russians do not hide their plans and are already openly blackmailing the whole world, declaring that they are demining the Zaporizhzhia NPP and ready to blow it up," the statement reads.

According to Energoatom, the company that manages all Ukrainian nuclear power plants, the head of the radiation, chemical, and biological defense forces of russia's armed forces, Major General Valeriy Vasiliev, who currently commands the garrison of the ZNPP, said that "there will be either russian land or a scorched desert."

"As you know, we mined all the important objects of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. We do not hide this from the enemy. We warned them. The enemy knows that the plant will be either russian or nobody's. We are ready for the consequences of this step. You, liberating soldiers, must understand that we have no other way. And if there is the most severe order, we must fulfill it with honor," Vasiliev told his soldiers, quoted by Energoatom.


On July 6, Ukrainian intelligence confirmed information that the russian army had mined the power units of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

As reported, on August 5 and 6, russian invaders once again fired rockets at the site of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and the city of Enerhodar. In particular, russian rocket attacks hit close to the plant's dry storage facility.

Earlier, Rubryka reported that Estonia called on russia to stop nuclear terrorism in Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. Minister for Foreign Affairs of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu has called on the Russian Federation to stop shelling the territory of Zaporizhzhia NPP.

Also, Rubryka reported that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and President of the European Council Charles Michel discussed the situation on the battlefield, namely at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP).

"Talked with President of the European Council Charles Michel, told about the situation on the battlefield, in particular at the Zaporizhzhia NPP. Russian nuclear terror requires a stronger response from the international community – sanctions on the Russian nuclear industry and nuclear fuel," Zelensky wrote.

Read Rubryka's daily timeline of war: current news on Ukraine's defense against russia's aggression.

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