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Russians utilize Zaporizhzhia NPP as firing position for MLRS and shelling

Russians utilize Zaporizhzhia NPP as firing position for MLRS and shelling Photo: The Russians use the ZNPP as a firing position for MLRS and shelling (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Russian troops are using the Zaporizhzhia NPP as a firing position for the placement of multiple rocket launchers (MLRS) and shelling of the territory of Ukraine, Energoatom reports.

On Sunday, November 26, experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency, who were at the Zaporizhzhia NPP, heard characteristic sounds similar to the departure of unguided rockets from multiple rocket launchers.

"Although the IAEA team did not notice the rockets because of the clouds, the characteristic sound indicated that they were fired from an anti-aircraft missile near the ZNPP," Energoatom writes with reference to the Agency's report.

As IAEA Director General Raphael Grossi states, these events once again vividly demonstrate the extremely fragile situation with nuclear safety and security at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

"Europe's largest nuclear power plant, located on the front line, continues to face many potential threats as a result of this war," he says.

The situation at Zaporizhzhia NPP

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was captured by the occupying forces on March 4, 2022. Since that time, information about the mining of the territory of the station, several power units and the cooling pond has been repeatedly made public. In addition, Russian troops use the station to store equipment and manpower.

At the end of October, the Ministry of Energy reported that the situation at the ZNPP was deteriorating. As Minister Herman Halushchenko said, the station has not been working for more than a year.