Russian forces have started to withdraw from Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia and Ukrainian workers who are employed by Rosatom have been urged to “evacuate” by “July 5.”
Ukraine’s main department of intelligence for the defence ministry has warned that the nuclear facility has been heavily mined four out of six reactors, and that there are trucks laden with explosive at the cooling pond.
Kyiv’s main intelligence directorate said on Telegram, “According to the latest data, the occupation contingent is gradually leaving the territory of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
“One of the first to leave the plant were three Rosatom employees who were in charge of the Russians’ actions.
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“Ukrainian employees who signed a contract with Rosatom were also advised to evacuate. According to the instructions received, they should leave by July 5.”
They added that the number of Russian soldiers at the nuclear facility and there patrols are now “gradually decreasing.”
Ukrainian spy chief has warned of a “global incident” as Russia has finished their preparations at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant for an attack.
Kyrylo Budanov, head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of Kyiv’s Ministry of Defence, described two chilling scenarios which could see a nuclear incident, and warned that the situation “has never been as severe as now.”
Budanov said an explosion will create a “Grey Zone” that will stop Ukrainian forces advancing, the second will see Vladimir Putin using the nuclear disaster as “preventative measure” to freeze the line of contact by stopping the counter-offensive.
Taras Tyshchenko, a local health administrator, told The Independent, “We knew the Russians could blow up the Kakhovka dam and we know they could target ZNPP.
“This incident will not be a local or even a national one. It is a global incident.”
However, the US Senate has formerly introduced a resolution which warns that there will be dire consequences for Russia or Belarus should tactical nuclear weapons be used.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democrat Richard Blumenthal warned that the “threat” that Russia will use a “nuclear device is real.”
The two Senators warned that if any radioactive parts enter the territory of NATO then this should be considered an attack and Article 5 should be triggered.