Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, warned of “the preparation by occupation troops of dangerous provocations” at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. “We agreed to keep the situation under maximum control together with the IAEA”, Zelensky wrote on Twitter following the phone call.
In an evening video message, Zelensky said that according to Ukrainian intelligence, the Russian military had placed “items similar to explosives” on the roof of several power units at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. “Perhaps to simulate a strike on the plant. Perhaps they have some other scenario. But in any case, the world sees – and can’t help seeing! – that the only source of danger for the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant is Russia and no one else”, Reuters quoted Zelensky as saying.
Earlier it was reported that the head of the NATO Military Committee Admiral Rob Bauer believes that in case of an explosion or sabotage at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant there could be “a disaster that would go beyond an ecological accident” and would have an international scale. Bauer said this in an interview with the British radio station LBC.
In late June, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukrainian intelligence had information about ZNPP mines by Russian troops, who have controlled the facility since last March. Zelensky said that he had passed this information on to Kyiv’s Western partners.
The Ukrainian company Energoatom reported that on the night of July 4, ZNPP lost power supply through the main 750-kV power line. It is now connected only to a 330 kV backup line.