Ukrainian commando groups intended to capture of Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant just before the IAEA expert working group arrival

11:32 02.09.2022 • Vladimir Kozin , Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Military Sciences

IAEA chef Grossi inspects the territory of Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant

Yes – Zelensky shells Grossi’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team at Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP).

On the morning of September 1, the Kiev regime attempted a major provocation to disrupt the arrival of IAEA expert working group at Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant. The mission was headed by Rafael Grossi, the IAEA head, and consisted of about a dozen experts who deal with the issues of safeguards and nuclear safety. Nearly half of them are from NATO countries.

On that day at 6.20AM, seven fast-moving motorboats landed on the coast of Kakhovskoye reservoir, 3 km northeast of ZNPP, with two Ukrainian sabotage groups of up to in total 60 soldiers on board. The sabotage groups were detected and blocked in the drop-off area by Russian National Guard (RNG) units guarding the territory of ZNPP.

The Ukrainian groups were trained in the UK, and it has been proved.

A unit of the Russian Armed Forces and helicopters of the army aviation reinforced RNG in order to suppress Ukrainian attempt to enter the plant and destroy Ukrainian saboteurs. The destruction of the Ukrainian sabotage groups was promptly completed.

At about 7.00AM, units of the Russian Armed Forces prevented another attempted landing to seize ZNPP.

A few kilometres from the plant near Vodyanoye, an attempt was made to land a tactical assault group by Ukrainian army (AFU) that used two self-propelled barges loaded with tanks on board that sailed from Nikopol, controlled by them. These vessels with about 300 special forces men have been hit by Russian troops and sank 4 kilometres from the river bank in the middle of the lake.

As of 8AM the Kiev regime has blocked the passage of IAEA expert team from its controlled territory to ZNPP near a check point Vasil'evka, as well as the route of its movement to Energodar city located very close to ZNPP.

The same day Ukrainian artillery shelled the meeting place of the IAEA team with Russian specialists at the territory of ZNPP. Four Ukrainian shells exploded just 400 m from the nuclear reactor N 1 at the plant.

Earlier AFU targeted storage sites of spent and fresh nuclear fuel, cooling and electricity supply system located at ZNPP.

On August 31 Ukrainian sabotage group tried to enter ZNPP but was ambushed by RNG unit, detained and interrogated. Ukrainians have been equipped with three shoulder-fired rocket launchers, several hand grenades, a small reconnaissance drone, a solar panel charger, and printouts of the city map and aerial photos of ZNPP.

Despite attempts by the Kiev regime to disrupt the visit of IAEA expert group to ZNPP, the Russian side confirmed its readiness to provide its full security of further operations. And it did so.

Due to these reasons the situation around the nuclear power plant remains tense but still is under full control by the Russian side.

After the IAEA inspectors’ group headed by its Director General Rafael Grossi reached ZNPP the Ukrainian operators at the plant and RNG unit protecting it showed them the fragments of Ukrainian and U.S. ammunition actively used to hit ZNPP.

There are two major reasons behind Zelensky’s attacks on ZNPP, as some Russian experts claimed.

First, they intended to kill or wound the IAEA DG and his team, and later to blame Moscow for such barbaric act.

Second, Zelensky still plans to capture ZNPP, and being unable to destroy it by heavy weapons bombardment, wishes to destroy it by Ukrainian troops that would appear there, destroy the plant equipment and release enhanced radiation level to the direction of Russia with the help of eastward winds.

Rafael Grossi and his team stayed at ZNPP nearly for some hours. He said to newsmen that he had got plenty of useful information.

The group of local residents asked him to accept a box with signatures of the local people with an appeal urging the Kiev regime to stop shelling their homes and ZNPP with heavy long-range weapons. The IAEA delegation has accepted the appeal signed by 10,500 local residents.