ISW explained why Russia is shelling the ZNPP

ISW explained why Russia is shelling the ZNPP
ISW explained why Russia is shelling the ZNPP

Russia is trying to gain full administrative control over the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and act as a guarantor of a nuclear disaster, using the shelling of the plant in its information campaign aimed at discrediting Ukraine, according to a report by analysts at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

“The Kremlin, having gained control over a nuclear asset, is trying to force the international community to partially recognize the annexation of Ukrainian territories,” the message reads.

The report says that the Russian Federation is using the situation at the ZNPP in its information campaign against Ukraine, aimed at discrediting the latter and taking the plant under its full control in the future in order to prevent a possible nuclear disaster and to have the annexation of Ukrainian territories recognized by the international community.

Scientists noted that during the two days of shelling, the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant suffered significant damage.

According to them, one Russian blogger referred to a video of the shelling taken by the Chechen occupiers and stated that the shelling was conducted from positions in the territory controlled by Russia to the south of the nuclear power plant, not from the territory controlled by Ukraine to the north of the facility.

“Artillery strikes alone are unlikely to penetrate the shielding that protects each nuclear reactor, and instead pose a major threat to spent nuclear fuel storage facilities, which could leak radioactive materials and cause a radiological disaster rather than a nuclear one,” it said. in the analysts’ report.

As reported, IAEA experts, following the results of an inspection of the Zaporizhzhia NPP (ZAEP) after the recent shelling, did not register a direct threat to nuclear safety, according to the statement of the head of the IAEA, Raphael Grossi.

Earlier on Monday, Energoatom reported that on the morning of November 20, as a result of numerous Russian shellings, at least 12 “arrivals” were recorded at the site of the Zaporizhzhya NPP, which damaged the very equipment, the failure of which makes any further actions regarding the start-up of power units of the ZNPP impossible.

The article is in Ukrainian

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