27 NOVEMBER 2022
Petro Kotin, president of the national nuclear energy company Energoatom, reported that there are signs that the occupiers may be getting ready to abandon the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.
Source: Kotin on the national joint 24/7 newscast
Quote: “During the last few weeks, we have been receiving information that they [the occupiers – ed.] may be preparing to leave the ZNPP.
First, there have been many reports in Russian media outlets lately about how Russians may have to leave the ZNPP and transfer it to the IAEA’s control. You know, I am under the impression that they are packing their bags and stealing everything they see.”
Details: Kotin stressed that “it is too early to say that the Russian forces are leaving the ZNPP” but it appears that they are “getting ready” to do so.
He also noted that Russian forces “pumped the ZNPP area full of everything: military equipment, personnel, trucks, likely with armament and explosives” and mined the territory of the power plant.
- In the morning of 20 November, IAEA experts reported that over 10 explosions occurred near the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. As a result, a few buildings on the grounds of the power plant were damaged.
- The IAEA called the Russian attacks that took place on 19 and 20 November “one of the most intense such episodes” in recent months.
- Energoatom, the Ukrainian company that operates all nuclear power plants in the country, reported on its Telegram channel on 21 November that the Russian occupiers were refusing to allow its experts to access some ZNPP facilities for assessment.