Budanov: at 4 out of 6 power units of Zaporizhzhia NPP the occupants have placed equipment with explosives
The Russian terrorist country has completed preparations for a terrorist attack on the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. In the area of four of the six power units, the occupiers have deployed equipment stuffed with explosives.
Kyrylo Budanov, head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, made a statement to this effect in an interview with the British publication The New Statement. The Major General's words were quoted by the official website of the Main Intelligence Directorate on June 25.
"The plan for a terrorist attack on the ZNPP is fully developed and approved. They can use technical means to accelerate the catastrophe," Budanov said.
According to the head of the State Automobile Inspectorate, Russians may also increase the voltage on the power lines of the station to an accident at Zaporizhzhia NPP. He also recalled how the Russian Armed Forces mined the Zaporizhzhya cooling pond and other facilities.
Depending on the situation, nuclear reactors without cooling can melt down in 10 hours to 14 days.
"The situation has never been as serious as it is now," said Maj. Gen.
According to the head of the Defense Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate, the order of the aggressor state to carry out a terrorist attack on the Zaporizhzhya NPP may be caused by the defeat of the invaders on the left bank of the Dnieper River. The Russian Federation views the creation of the nuclear disaster zone as a "fuse" for further advancement of the Ukrainian Defense Forces.
At the same time, Budanov assesses that there is a risk that the enemy could carry out an attack on the ZNPP with a radiation leak as a "preventive measure" to stop the Ukrainian offensive and freeze the front line in its current form.
As OBOZREVATEL wrote:
- Earlier, Joe Biden's administration said it was "closely monitoring" the situation around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant seized by Russian troops.
- President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia may be preparing a terrorist attack at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. The occupiers had already prepared everything to commit a terrible crime, so the Ukrainian side warned partner countries and other states.
- In response to Zelensky's statement, the IAEA noted that the Agency was aware that mines had been laid at the Zaporizhzhia NPP.