War in Ukraine – According to a news release made on the 16th of July 2022, residents of Russian have inserted missile firing systems on the territory of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. Petro Kotin, boss/chairman of Energoatom, said they are using it to attack the Nikipol district from there. Zaporizhia is a city on the Dnieper River in southeastern Ukraine. It’s home to Khortytsia Island, a former Cossack stronghold with the Khortytsia National Reserve and the open-air Museum of Zaporizhian Cossacks. Riverside Dubovy Gai park has children’s rides and a lake. Nearby, the Regional Lore Museum explores Cossack, Scythian and medieval history.
Petro Kotin said; “The situation (at the plant) is extremely tense and the tension is increasing day by day. The occupiers are bringing their machinery there, including missile systems with which they have already struck across the Dnipro River and into Nikopol territory.” He added that up to 500 Russian soldiers are still on the site of the plant which is 80 km southwest of Zaporizhia. They “control the site,” Mr. Kotin assured.
Quoting LeMonde in a news release, Mr. Kotin said “up to five hundred Russian soldiers are still on the site of the plant. They control the site. Heavy equipment, occupants and trucks loaded with weapons and explosives remain parked on the site of the power plant,” said Mr. Kotin, considering “insufficient” the pressure to make them leave and criticizing in particular the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).” Kotin continued that the latter “leads political games, oscillating between Russia and Ukraine. The IAEA has plenty of Russian employees.” Kotin added citing the figure of around 100 “and even the first deputy to the IAEA director general [Rafael Grossi] is from Russia”. “Maybe that determines their reserved position,” he said.
Report states that in 2021, the plant supplied 20% of Ukraine’s annual electricity production and 47% of that produced by the Ukrainian nuclear fleet.