Russians could set off fire at Zaporizhia NPP as provocation move - intelligence source

Russians could set off fire at Zaporizhia NPP as provocation move - intelligence source

The armed forces of the Russian Federation have placed large volumes of motor fuel throughout the premises of the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant, which suggest preparations for a possible provocation involving a fire.

Oleksandr V. Danylyuk, head of the Center for Defense Reforms, coordinator of the interdepartmental platform for countering hybrid threats, which operates within the framework of Ukraine-NATO cooperation, announced this on his Facebook page, citing a source in Ukrainian intelligence, Guildhall reports, according to Ukrinform.

“Ukrainian intelligence sources at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant report that the Russians, contrary to safety precautions, have placed significant amounts of motor fuel throughout the plant,” the report says.

“A provocation with the setting off a fire is possible,” the expert said.

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“This is also indicated by the direction of additional units of the Russian army’s radiation, chemical and biological protection forces to the plant,” summed up Oleksandr V. Danylyuk.

It should be recalled that Russia refused to remove weapons from the ZNPP territory.

Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya claimed that Russia needed weapons to "protect" the seized nuclear power plant from "terrorist attacks."

Earlier, the UN Secretary General called for the establishment of a security perimeter around the ZNPP and the pullback of Russian troops. António Guterres stressed that the nuclear power plant should not be used as part of any military operation.

The UюSю also called for setting up a demilitarized zone around the ZNPP and withdrawing the Russian military from the site.

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Russia has placed on the ZNPP premises explosives, artillery, and armored vehicles, ignoring safety rules. In addition, the Russian military began to set up provocations in Enerhodar in order to accuse the Ukrainian military of shelling the nuclear power plant.

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