According to media reports, the Russian invaders not only actually control the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, located on the territory, occupied by Russian troops, but also carry out all kinds of provocations on it.
Earlier, the aggressor announced plans to operate illegally this nuclear power plant in favor of the invaders, with the criminal supply of electricity from it to the occupied Crimea and Russia. At the same time, these measures will be an obvious violation by Russia of its own obligations for the operation of nuclear power plants to the IAEA, where the aggressor seeks to maintain participation and influence on global decision-making.
Therefore, the supposedly criminal plans of the Russian invaders were changed. Currently, Russian propaganda is spreading the narrative that the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant allegedly stores “30 tons of plutonium and 40 tons of enriched uranium, which can be used as raw material for the production of nuclear weapons”.
Of course, such statements are intended for people who are far from understanding the nuclear power plant cycle. Therefore, the Ukrainian state concern “Energoatom” refuted these theses of Russian propaganda, since neither uranium nor plutonium suitable for military purposes is stored at the Zaporizhzhyf NPP, and the station has only nuclear fuel, in particular, spent fuel.
At the same time, the Russian invaders are deliberately delaying the visit of the Zaporozhzhya NPP by representatives of the IAEA, despite the corresponding stubborn demands of the organization’s leadership.
In this situation, two other circumstances are noteworthy.
Firstly, the head of “Roskosmos”, Dmitry Rogozin, recently made criminal statements about the alleged “restoration of the space industry” in the occupied territories of Ukraine.
Secondly, Russian propaganda has recently spread information about “contacts” in Moscow of persons, who are illegally called by the aggressor as allegedly “diplomats” of the terrorist “people’s republics”, formed by the occupiers in Donetsk and Luhansk, with “diplomats” of North Korea.
Thus, any further actions, related to criminal experiments on Russian uranium and plutonium in the occupied regions of Eastern Ukraine and related provocations, the Russian aggressor state can attribute to the so-called criminal “authorities” of the “terrorist republics”, which allegedly received “technical assistance” from North Korea and allegedly received these substances “at the Zaporizhzhya NPP”, where they never actually stored.
Such a scheme, the Kremlin may believe, will make it possible to imitate the alleged “non-involvement” of Russia in any form of appropriate criminal provocations and blackmail that Russian mercenaries in Donetsk and Luhansk can commit.