On October 30, the Russian military foiled an attempt by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) to land a sabotage and reconnaissance group near the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant (NPP).
Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense, said during a briefing that the AFU group was tasked with penetrating Energodar city.
“One speedboat of the Ukrainian armed forces was destroyed during an attempt to land a Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group in the city of Energodar in the Zaporozhye region,” Lt. Gen. Konashenkov said.
According to the spokesman, the AFU shelled Energodar and the territories adjacent to the Zaporozhye NPP three times over past 24 hours, with a total of 10 shells. The presence of representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the plant didn’t deter Kiev.
“Despite the presence of IAEA representatives at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, the Kiev regime continues provocations in order to create a man-made disaster threat,” the spokesman said.
The Zaporozhye NPP was captured by the Russian military in March, just days after the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine. The AFU was storing weapons at the plant and using it as a military position.
Earlier this month, the plant officially became a Russia property after the territories of the Zaporozhie region that are under control of the Russian military entered into the Russian Federation.
The AFU carried out dozens of attack on the Zaporozhye NPP over the last few months, in what was described by Russian officials as “nuclear blackmail”. Weapons supplied by NATO members, including loitering munitions and precision-guided missiles, were used in many of the attacks.
The Zaporozhye NPP and all nearby territory remain under the tight control of the Russian military. Despite of this, Ukraine will not likely halt its attacks on the plant any time soon.
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