The Ministry of Defense described the consequences of the disaster at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant for Europe
The catastrophe at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant will lead to significant consequences for Europe, warns the Russian Defense Ministry, including migration and energy crises. Earlier, the department stated that Kyiv was preparing a provocation at the nuclear power plant width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
American experts assess the consequences of direct strikes on the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant as “minimal”, but in fact, a catastrophe at a nuclear power plant will have huge consequences for European countries, the Russian Ministry of Defense believes.
If there is a failure of backup diesel generators and mobile pumps and reactors will collapse, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe will release radioactive substances into the atmosphere, which will then spread hundreds of kilometers.
“Such an emergency will cause mass migration of the population and will have more catastrophic consequences than the impending gas energy crisis in Europe, which is confirmed by the forecast of a number of European specialized organizations,” the ministry said in a statement.
The Russian Ministry of Defense also said it was aware of Kyiv's plans to stage a provocation at the nuclear power plant and blame Moscow for the disaster.
According to the agency, units of the 44th artillery brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are planning to carry out artillery strikes on the territory of the Zaporizhzhya NPP, from firing positions in the cities of Nikopol and Marganets. However, the blame for their consequences will be placed on the Russian Armed Forces, the Ministry of Defense points out. The agency also emphasized that there are no heavy weapons of Russian troops in the area of the station and on its territory.
The provocation can be committed as early as August 19, during the visit of UN Secretary General António Guterres to Ukraine, follows from the publication of the department. “The ultimate goal of the provocation is the creation of an exclusion zone up to 30 km, the introduction of international forces and foreign observers into the territory of the ZNPP, as well as the accusation of the Russian armed forces of nuclear terrorism,” — considers the Ministry of Defense.
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Zaporozhye NPP— the most powerful in Europe. It is located on the banks of the Kakhovka Reservoir in the city of Energodar, Zaporizhzhia region of Ukraine.
The Russian military controls the southern and central parts of this region, including Energodar and the territory of the nuclear power plant itself. A temporary military-civilian administration operates in the region. At the same time, the station is managed by Ukrainian operators.
The agency also indicated that since July 18, the nuclear power plant has been “undergoing systematic shelling by the armed forces of Ukraine.” from MLRS and artillery. By August 18, the station and the city of Energodar were shelled 12 times, more than 50 artillery shell explosions were recorded, 5 kamikaze drones were used, the publication says.
As a result of the shelling, the auxiliary support systems of the nuclear power plant were damaged, the Defense Ministry said.
If the shelling of the station does not stop, Russia may consider withdrawing to the “cold reserve” 5 and 6 power units, which will lead to the shutdown of the Zaporozhye NPP, the department indicates.
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