Occupiers create positions on the roofs of ZNPP reactors: British intelligence points to threats
The Russian military has established combat positions on the roofs of the reactors of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Such actions threaten to damage the plant's safety systems in the event of hostilities near it.
This was stated in a British military intelligence summary released on the morning of April 27. "The photo shows that by March 2023, Russian forces had set up combat positions made of sandbags on the roofs of several of the six reactor buildings of ZNPP," the report noted.
British intelligence considers this fact to be the first indication that reactor buildings are taken into account in planning tactical defenses.
Positions on the roofs of the reactors were arranged, probably because Moscow is increasingly concerned about the prospects of a major Ukrainian offensive.
"This move likely increases the likelihood of damage to ZNPP security systems if there is fighting around ZNPP. However, direct catastrophic damage to the reactors is unlikely in the most likely scenarios involving infantry weapons because the structures are very heavily fortified," British Intelligence noted.
As OBOZREVATEL reported:
- On April 26, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in a conversation with IAEA director Rafael Grossi, stressed that the ZNPP area must be vacated to keep the world safe from a new catastrophe.
- The IAEA found significant damage to the windows of the engine room of Unit 4 at the seized Zaporizhzhia NPP. Grossi stated that the plant poses serious nuclear safety risks. It continues to rely on the only working power line, which is critical for reactor cooling.
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