“There were no blows from the nationalists on the power unit. The territories of dry storage of spent nuclear fuel, which is located in close proximity to the sixth power unit, were subjected to shelling, ”he said in a conversation with TASS.
According to him, these actions are assessed by the city authorities “extremely negatively”, because in case of damage to the infrastructure of the nuclear power plant, the consequences will be colossal. He added that the man-made disaster in terms of the scale of radioactive contamination is likely to exceed the consequences of accidents at nuclear power plants in Chernobyl and Fukushima.
Earlier on Wednesday, Volga said that plans to evacuate the population of Energodar in the event of an emergency at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant exist. He added that they are being worked out depending on the situation.
The day before, Russia requested a meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UN Security Council) on the fact of shelling of the ZNPP by Ukraine on August 11. Dmitry Polyansky, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the organization, said that “Ukrainian provocations should not be hidden from the general public.”
On August 9, Deputy Director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Igor Vishnevetsky, at a conference on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), said that the goals of shelling the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant by Ukraine were to obtain new weapons and attract attention.
At the same time, the head of the military-civilian administration of the region, Evgeny Balitsky, said that air defense systems would be strengthened to protect the Zaporizhzhya NPP. As the head of the National Center for Defense Control of Russia, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev noted, shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant by Ukrainian nationalists could lead to a global man-made disaster that will affect many countries.
On August 8, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, warned that the situation around the ZNPP was becoming more dangerous with each new shelling by Ukrainian militants. Zakharova also stressed that Kyiv’s actions endanger the population of all of Europe.