Russian special operation in Ukraine
Due to the strikes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU), the thermal power plant of the Zaporozhye NPP and the equipment of the pools of the cooling system of nuclear reactors were partially damaged. This was announced by the head of the National Center for Defense Control of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mizintsev.
“As a result of the strikes, a thermal power plant for own needs and equipment for the spray pools of the cooling system of nuclear reactors were partially damaged,” Mizintsev said during a briefing. He noted that the critical infrastructure of the nuclear power plant was not damaged by the forces of the Russian army to cover the facility, the operation of the reactors was not disrupted.
On August 11, military formations of Ukraine fired at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and the territories adjacent to it using MLRS and heavy artillery. According to the head of the military-civilian administration of Zaporozhye, Yevgeny Balitsky, at least three hits by APU shells were recorded in the area of the ZNPP radioactive isotope storage facility. The Russian Foreign Ministry warned that the consequences of Ukraine’s shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant could lead to a catastrophe, which, in terms of consequences, would be worse than the Chernobyl accident.
Russia has been conducting a special operation in Ukraine since February 24. Its main goals, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin, are the demilitarization and denazification of the country, as well as the protection of the Donbass republics from years of genocide.