MELITOPOL, August 11. /TASS/. The authorities of the Zaporozhye Region think that control over the Zaporozhye NPP cannot be handed over to Kiev amid regular bombardments of the nuclear power plant in Energodar by Ukraine?s armed forces, a member of the main council of the Zaporozhye Region?s military-civilian administration told TASS on Thursday.
Vladimir Rogov reiterated that earlier, Western countries repeatedly urged to lift the protection of the nuclear plant provided by Russian troops and transfer control over the facility to Kiev.
"Essentially, for the entire day, since last night, there have been attempts to shell the Zaporozhye NPP and Energodar and had it not been for the skillful actions of Russian air defenses and the Russian army, there would have been an enormous number of strikes on the city. We see that this standoff is only getting more heated. This is done intentionally, essentially, the escalation of the conflict is underway. And the [Western] initiative to give control over the Zaporozhye NPP to the Zelensky regime is even worse than giving a grenade to a monkey - this will definitely end tragically, and not just for the ?monkey? but for everyone around as well. So this definitely should not be done," the official said.
Overnight and on Thursday morning, the Russian air defense systems deflected all Ukrainian attacks with strike drones and heavy artillery on Energodar and the NPP. Since early August, the Ukrainian army attempted to strike the NPP?s premises and the city five times. On August 5, the Ukrainian armed forces shelled a railway station three times, on August 6, they bombarded the NPP?s healthcare facility and its water supply facility, and on August 7, another strike on the NPP hit the area where a storage facility for spent nuclear fuel was located.
Earlier on Wednesday, Russia?s First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyansky confirmed that a session of the UN Security Council dedicated to the situation around the Zaporozhye NPP would be held on August 11. A report by Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi is expected.
The Zaporozhye nuclear plant is the largest one in Europe. The facility used to produce one-quarter of all of Ukraine?s electricity. Its total capacity is about 6,000 Megawatts, and it includes six reactors. Right now, the plant operates at 70% of its full capacity, due to the overproduction of power in the Zaporozhye Region. In the future, it is supposed to supply power to Crimea. --0--vvs