Russia-Ukraine war: Russian trucks seen 60m from Europe’s largest nuclear reactor in new MoD satellite images

Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant near Enerhodar

The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant – Europe’s largest CREDIT: REUTERS/ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO

25 AUGUST 2022 • 12:03PM

Russian tanks can be seen just 60 metres from Europe’s largest nuclear reactor in new satellite images released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

In early March, Russian ground forces seized Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) in southeastern Ukraine, and analysis of imagery from August 21 has now identified Russian military equipment and tanks located a short distance from reactor five. 

In a statement released about the alarming imagery, the MoD said: “Russian troops were probably attempting to conceal the vehicles by parking them under overhead pipes and gantries.”

The MoD warned that Moscow “is probably prepared to exploit any Ukrainian military activity near ZNPP for propaganda purposes” and that the principal risks to the reactor remain disruption to cooling systems and damages to back-up power supply.

The government in Kyiv has alleged Russia is essentially holding the Soviet-era nuclear plant hostage, storing weapons there and launching attacks from around it, while Moscow accuses Ukraine of recklessly firing on the facility, which is located in the city of Enerhodar.

“Anybody who understands nuclear safety issues has been trembling for the last six months,” said Mycle Schneider, an independent policy consultant and coordinator of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report.

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Russia says killed over 200 Ukraine troops in rail strike 

Russia’s defence ministry said that it killed over 200 Ukrainian troops in the railway station attack that Kyiv said left 25 people, including children, dead.

The Russian rocket attack on a train station in Ukraine on Wednesday came as the country marked the anniversary of its independence from Soviet rule.

“As a result of a direct hit by an Iskander missile on a military train at the Chaplyne railway station in the Dnipropetrovsk region, more than 200 servicemen of the reserve of Ukraine’s Armed Forces and 10 units of military equipment were destroyed,” the ministry said in its daily briefing.

It added that the train was “en route to combat zones” in the eastern Donbas region that Moscow seeks to fully control.

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  1. This is nuclear blackmail/terrorism. The malignant, cancerous RuZZian commander there has already informed the Ukrainian authorities that if ordered to, he will blow it up “with honour.”
    Putler would not stop if the defenders were able to destroy another 45,000 orcs and push the kill rate to around the 100,000 mark. So he won’t be worried if the nuclear catastrophe that his orcs are prepared to unleash now kills one million or even two million Russians. Plus, God knows how many innocent Ukrainians.
    Maybe putler wants to engineer an explosion and blame it on Ukraine? Maybe he just wants to threaten only?
    So how do you respond to nuclear blackmail/nuclear terrorism? Roger Wicker has an answer. From wiki: “In a 2021 interview with Neil Cavuto about the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, Wicker said the U.S. should not “rule out first-use nuclear action” as an option to support Ukraine.”

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    • The perpetual silence from the OSCE and the UN are shameful. The civilized world needs a complete overhaul after this genocide on some of the most innocent people on earth. While Vladolf Putler owns this genocide there is lots of blame that also goes to the Budapest signatories and international organizations silence specifically from March of 2014.

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