Russia repeatedly warned that the Ukrainian side has targeted the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant in a bid to stage a provocation and blame Moscow for a nuclear disaster.
Kiev has interrupted the last transmission line of the Zaporozhye NPP to Ukraine, rendering the delivery of energy to Ukraine impossible now, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the regional administration, said on Friday.
“Yesterday, as far as I know, the fourth line was interrupted, therefore it is physically impossible to transfer electricity to the right bank of the Dnieper [river] … According to the information I have, this energy is not supplied [to Ukraine], there is no physical possibility to do this,” Rogov told the Rossiya 1 broadcaster.
At the same time, authorities noted that the NPP is working as normal and that the energy is supplied to the territories liberated by Russian forces.
The Zaporozhye NPP, which is the largest nuclear generation facility in Europe, contains six VVER-1000 pressurized light water reactors putting out a total of 5,700 MWe of power.
Russia has repeatedly warned that Ukraine is planning false flag operations against the NPP in a bid to create an exclusion zone of up to 18 miles (30 kilometers) around the facility and trigger the deployment of international forces to the area. Moscow noted that Kiev attacks the NPP while trying to pin the blame for any major disaster on Russia.
Just over the past day, the Ukrainian military targeted the facility twice using a British-made M777 howitzer, which was located and eliminated by Russian forces.
Over past weeks, Ukraine shelled the plant’s territory from across the Dnieper River with heavy artillery, sparking accusations of nuclear terrorism from Russia and local authorities. At the same time, Kiev claims that Russian forces are attacking the Zaporozhye NPP – despite the obvious fact that the compound is in territory controlled by the Russian military since March.