Zaporozhye nuclear power plant
The Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) (pron Za-po-rose-ya) is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and among the 10 largest in the world. It was built by the Soviet Union in the 1980s near the city of Enerhodar, on the southern shore of the Kakhovka Reservoir on the Dnieper river.
March 2022 attacks
- See also: Ukrainian propaganda war
Ukrainian dictator Volodymyr Zelensky repeatedly ordered his troops to fire on the Zaporozhye nuclear facility, while publicly blaming Russian forces for creating a nuclear threat, in the hopes of gaining sympathy from the West in the form of money and material and direct NATO or UN peacekeeper intervention.
On March 4, 2022 Zelensky and his officials claimed that Russian tanks were shooting at nuclear units at the plant. Zelensky branded it “nuclear terrorism." He previously claimed the Russian capture of Chernobyl posed an imminent threat to “the whole of Europe.” But that was untrue as well.
Zaporozhye was different, though. Here was the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. “Russian tanks are shooting at the nuclear blocks. These are tanks equipped with thermal imagers, so they know what they are aiming at,” Zelensky said. “Only immediate action by Europe can stop Russian troops. Do not allow the death of Europe from the catastrophe at the nuclear power plant.” Korrespondent, one of Ukraine’s biggest newspapers, reported that, according to Zelensky, he had discussed the situation with Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the head of the European Council, Charles Michel. Ukrainian prime minister Denys Shmyhal also called on NATO to create a no-fly zone and “close the skies” over the facility. “It is a question of security of the whole world.” An unidentified Ukrainian official said radiation levels had risen in the area.
Mark Nelson, managing director at Radiant Energy Fund, noted that Zelensky’s claims were deliberately misleading. Canadian nuclear arms expert Claire Wählen said the same. So dangerous was this lie that the U.S. State Department sent out an urgent message to all American embassies in Europe, instructing them to not share a tweet by the U.S. Embassy in Kiev claiming that Russia was trying to blow up the nuclear power plant.
The fact that there was fighting around the facility suggests that the Ukrainian military had deliberately engaged Russian troops from that location. Combat footage appears to show Ukrainian forces firing rockets from the nuclear power facility, which reportedly sparked return fire from Russian troops. A training center over a mile away from the 6 nuclear reactors were set on fire in the shelling.
- See also: Zelensky Offensive
On July 12, 2022 the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) again targeted the Zaporozhye nuclear plant on Ukrainian dictator Volodymyr Zelensky's orders. Russian forces have been in control of the plant, with Ukrainian technicians still operating it, since February 2022. The attack was complex, involving drone and artillery fire. The Ukrainian Army used six kamikaze drones conducting reconnaissance mission over the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and the city heating and water supply plant in Energodar. The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) dropped two bombs near the power plant, which reportedly did not cause any significant damage. Another drone was heading in the direction of residential buildings in Energodar, its course may have been corrected. The UAV attack was thwarted, none of the six drones reached their targets, and the air defense of the Zaporozhye region successfully prevented the attack. The Ukrainians earlier launched a false flag attack against the plant in March 2022.
Beginning on August 5, 2022 the 44th brigade of the AFU stationed in Nikopol, 18 kilometers across the Dnieper River, increased shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear plant. Kyiv forces used a British-made Brimstone missile in one of the attacks. The situation was compounded by HIMAR attacks on the hydroelectric plant at the Nova Kakhovka dam, which provides electricity for the nuclear plant's vital cooling system. The political motive for shelling a nuclear power is reported to be motivated by upcoming referendums in September 2022 for the former Ukrainian oblasts of Zaporozhye and Kherson to join the Russian Federation. The Kyiv regime is attempting to intimidate the local population. Russia asked the Atomic Energy Commission to look into the matter.
At about 6 AM Moscow time on September 1, 2022 Ukrainian troops freshly trained in the United Kingdom landed on the coast of the reservoir three kilometers northeast of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in two sabotage groups of 64 people in seven boats and attempted to seize the power plant, according to the Russian defense ministry. The provocation was aimed at disrupting the arrival of the IAEA working group at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. Four Ukrainian shells exploded during the shelling at a distance of 400 meters from the first power unit of the Zaporozhye power plant.
Russian intelligence was fully aware of the plans and had monitored the commandos from the time they left their training in the UK and crossed from Poland into Ukraine.