The Kremlin has warned that there is “a great threat of sabotage” at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia.
The Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that there “could be catastrophic consequences” for Europe if the nuclear facility blows and it is the “Kyiv regime” who poses the threat not Russia at the plant.
Peskov said, “The Kyiv regime has repeatedly demonstrated its willingness to do anything. Therefore, all measures are being taken to counter such a threat.”
Renat Karchaa, the Kremlin nuclear adviser, said the claims by Ukrainian intelligence that Russia has placed “what look like explosives” on the roofs of two reactor units at the nuclear facility is “nonsense.”
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“Why do we need explosives there? This is nonsense to maintain tension,” Karchaa was quoted by Interfax.
He added, “The priority is nuclear safety. Mining the roof of power units, on the contrary, endangers that. Someone in this bedlam must maintain common sense.”
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said that there is no evidence or any signs of the nuclear facility having been mined.
The IAEA director general Rafael Grossi said, “During recent inspections, we did not record any signs of mining, but we remain extremely wary.”
However, on Wednesday morning President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia has placed “objects” which resembles “explosives” on the roof on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
President Zelensky said, “Now we have information from our intelligence that the Russian troops have placed objects resembling explosives on the roof of several power units of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
“Perhaps to simulate an attack on the plant.
“Perhaps they have some other scenario. But in any case, the world sees – can’t but see – that the only source of danger to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is Russia and no one else.
“Unfortunately, there was no timely and large-scale response to the terrorist attack on the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant.
“And this may incite the Kremlin to commit new evil. It is the responsibility of everyone in the world to stop it, no one can stand aside, as radiation affects everyone.”