Ukraine ministers: ‘We must prepare for all scenarios’ regarding Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

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Ukraine should be prepared for “all scenarios” regarding the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which is controlled by the Russian military and has repeatedly been the target of bombings, the country’s interior minister warned today.

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Moscow and Kyiv have blamed each other for the bombings that hit Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which has been controlled by the Russians since March. These strikes heighten the fear of a major nuclear disaster in Europe.

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“No one could have predicted that Russian forces would target the nuclear reactors with the help of tanks. This has never happened before,” said Denis Monastirsky, who was in the city of Zaporizhia, which is about 50 kilometers from the nuclear facilities.

After attending an exercise on providing first aid in the event of a nuclear accident, the Ukrainian minister said: “We must prepare for all possible scenarios,” calling Russia a “terrorist state.” “As long as Russia controls the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the danger is great,” he stressed.

Dozens of Ukrainian firefighters and rescuers took part in the exercise, which took place in hot conditions. They were equipped with gas masks and special suits and trained in how to evacuate the injured and decontaminate vehicles.

The director of Energoatom, the Ukrainian nuclear power company, Petro Kotin, estimates that there are 500 Russian soldiers and about 50 military vehicles, including tanks, at the station. “The worst thing is that for two or three weeks they have put the vehicles in the engine room of units 1 and 2,” said Kotin, who was the former manager of that facility.

Ukraine has argued for weeks that Moscow is storing heavy weapons at the station. He also says the Russians are bombing the station to blame Kyiv. Russia, for its part, claims that the Ukrainians have launched attacks on the station, including with drones, causing fires.

It is impossible to independently verify this information.

SOURCE: APE-ME

Source: Capital

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