The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) continue to fire on military and civilian infrastructure, threatening industrial facilities in the regions under Russian control. On July 12th, one of the targets was the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). The attack was complex, involving drone and artillery fire.
The Ukrainian Army used six kamikaze drones conducting reconnaissance mission over the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and the city heating and water supply plant in Energodar. The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) dropped two mines near the power plant, which reportedly did not cause any significant damage damaged. Another drone was heading in the direction of residential buildings in Energodar, its course may have been corrected. The UAV attack was thwarted, none of the six drones reached their targets, and the air defense of the Zaporizhia region successfully prevented the attack.
The artillery fire was carried out from the opposite bank of the Dnieper River. The shelling of the energy facility could create a lot of technogenic emergencies, the consequences of which would be quite difficult to deal with. Any significant damage was reportedly avoided. According to some reports, the AFU did not aim to shoot at the energy infrastructure but wanted to intimidate the local population. This is not the first such incident, similar terrorist attacks continue in Melitopol, Kramatorsk, and Donetsk region.
Volodymyr Rogov, member of the main council of the civil-military administration of the Zaporizhia region, commented on the attack:
“The shelling is taking place near the nuclear power plant. It is difficult to say whether this is shelling or intimidation of the population, we do not know what their initial goals are.”
The attack does not differ much from the classic strategies of the AFU on the battlefield at this time. The Ukrainian Armed Forces carry out artillery strikes on military facilities, often hitting civilian targets as well.
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