Moscow Accuses US of Involvement in Kyiv’s Strikes on Nuclear Plant

The head of Russia’s Security Council Nikolay Patrushev has accused Washington of involvement in Ukrainian strikes on Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) by supplying Kyiv with crucial intelligence to designate targets for shelling around the plant.

Speaking at a security meeting on Monday, Patrushev claimed the Biden administration was supplying Ukraine’s forces with the targets, adding that those attacks are carried out using NATO-supplied weapons.

Emphasizing how serious of a threat Kyiv’s shelling is posing to radiation safety, Patrushev noted that the consequences of these continued provocations on the ZNPP could lead to an unprecedented nuclear disaster that could surpass the tragedies that occurred at the Chornobyl and Fukushima nuclear power plants.  

Such an event could be very catastrophic not only for Ukraine and Russia but also for the majority of the population of Europe.

As per Russia’s Defense Ministry’s Sunday report, Ukrainian forces have carried out a total of 26 separate attacks since September 1, both around the nuclear power plant as well as the nearby city of Energodar.

As a result of the attacks, Energodar and nearby areas have lost electricity, Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov reported, adding that due to continued shelling of ZNPP and subsequent damage to the power lines, the plant has stopped producing electricity and its last working power unit was switched off.

According to Vladimir Rogov, a member of the pro-Russian Zaporizhzhia Region administration, the risk of a nuclear accident was additionally increased by the constantly changing mode in which the reactors and turbines were forced to operate because of the attacks.

Previously this month, a team of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited the plant and demanded a security zone around ZNPP and that all attacks on the facility be stopped immediately without pointing out the party responsible for them.

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