The Ukrainian State Nuclear Company EnergoatoI said today that the Russian armed forces are planning to shut down the power blocks of the nuclear power plant out Zaporizhia and disconnect from the Ukrainian power grid. This is reported by the website Ukrinform.
“We have information that the Russian occupying forces are planning to shut down the power units of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and disconnect them from the Ukrainian power gridrussian army check fuel stocks for diesel generators, which “should be turned on after shutdown to power the cooling systems.” Ukrainian intelligence also received fresh confirmation of reports of Russian preparations for a “large-scale provocation”.
A CNN VIDEO SHOWS RUSSIAN MILITARY VEHICLES AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF SAPORISHIA
A new video circulated online shows the presence of Russian military vehicles parked in the turbine hall connected to one of the reactors at Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which is occupied by Moscow troops and the center of international attention amid fears of catastrophic accidents : CNN writes it, adding that it geolocated and authenticated the video. However, it is unclear when the pictures were taken. Inside – writes CNN – you can see two rows of Russian military trucks, of which at least five are visible, one of them with the symbol “Z“Painted on the hood, parked in the turbine room about 130 meters from the corresponding nuclear reactor, one of the six in the plant. Also seen is what appears to be a tent, and several different-sized pallets of it, writes CNN. Purpose isn’t clear.
Moscow has so far stated that the military equipment present at the plant only concerns on-call duty and yesterday the Russian Defense Ministry said satellite images clearly showed that “there are no weapons, especially heavy ones,” at the facility. Ukraine, on the other hand, accuses the Russian army of firing from inside the nuclear power plant and turning it into a protective shield – allegations which Russia has denied – and also the Ukrainian personnel responsible for operating the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, , which is due to be visited in days by experts from the IAEA, the UN agency for nuclear energy.
US: “RUSSIA WANTS NUCLEAR SAFETY”
That United States I am aware of “reports that the Russian military abused the personnel of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia”. The US State Department spokesman said: Ned pricethe “Russia’s ruthless contempt for Nuclear Safety“. The State Department reiterated the need to guarantee officials from the IAEA, the International Atomic Energy Agency, access to the facility as soon as possible.
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE FIELD
Meanwhile, the Russian troops are constantly bombing Kharkiv, they are trying to limit the actions of the Ukrainian armed forces so that they cannot launch counterattacks in other directions. Ukrinform reports this, citing the latest intelligence update released on Twitter of the British Ministry of Defence. Russian forces exert relatively little pressure on the Kharkiv sector but continue to conduct local raids and probing raids on Ukrainian forces.
They’re probably trying to force thatUkraine maintain significant forces on this front to prevent them from being deployed elsewhere as a counterattack force,” he writesBritish Secret Service. And he adds that although the front line in this sector has barely moved since May, the second Ukrainian city has been one of the most heavily bombed since the invasion began, when Russian forces were likely aiming to cover the suburbs within 24 hours reach. “Kharkiv is about 15 km from the Russian front and remains within range of most Russian artillery shells. Multiple rocket launchers and generally inaccurate area weapons have wreaked havoc across much of the city,” the report said.
In the meantime the death toll is increasing: At least 19 people were killed, including a child, and 44 injured in the latest Russian attacks on August 17-18 in Kharkiv. chief of police of Kharkiv region, Volodymyr Tymoshko, said rescuers searching for people under the rubble of a dormitory destroyed in the attacks. Police believe two other people are under the rubble. This is reported by the Kyiv Independent Website.