Russian officials may be ready to blow up a nuclear power plant, prompting a catastrophic environmental catastrophe, Ukrainian officials and intelligence personnel said.
Kyiv is concerned that the Kremlin will stage an explosion at the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, the Zaporizhzhia plant, which is located in the Russian-occupied city of Enerhodar, following the demolition of the Kakhovka dam last month.
Russian employees at the power plant are reportedly being told to leave by July 5, according to Ukrainian intelligence.
There is a very real danger. According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Russia is technically prepared to cause a minor explosion at the plant, which might result in the discharge of hazardous materials into the air.
In the Zaporizhzhya region last week, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine was conducting radioactive safety drills when Ukrainian Military Intelligence received word that a Russian military detachment and workers with Russian support were gradually departing the nuclear power plant.
Russian Spy Alleges Threat To Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Reactor
Russian spy head Kyrylo Budanov claimed earlier this month that his country was prepared to stage a technological catastrophe at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear reactor.
The artificial pond required to cool the power plant would be the component that would most likely blow up, according to Budanov.
The International Atomic Energy Agency acknowledged that it hasn’t had full access to all of the plant’s locations but declined to validate Ukraine’s claims that the cooling pond had been mined.
The IAEA claims that its inspectors were able to examine some of the cooling system’s components, including some areas of the huge cooling pond’s perimeter, which still maintains the stable water level required to cool the reactors.
Additionally, the IAEA specialists have been routinely walking through the site’s reactor units and other locations. The cooling system is one of the areas of the site that the IAEA stated it still hoped to visit.