In Energodar, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of the troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) are recorded. They are used to monitor the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), head of the military-civilian administration (MAA) Oleksandr Volga said on September 2.
“Surveillance drones used by the Armed Forces of Ukraine to monitor the nuclear plant, as well as outside the city, are periodically fixed,” Volga was quoted as saying in the Telegram channel of the VGA.
According to him, since the arrival of the mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the territory of the Zaporizhzhya NPP, the militants began to fire at the facility and nearby buildings less often. The atmosphere has become calmer, it has even been possible to connect the fifth power unit with a normal radiation background.
Also on Friday, the Russian military shot down a Ukrainian UAV with a warhead just a few hundred meters from the ZNPP.
Earlier on the same day, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine recognized the strikes of its military in the Energodar area near the ZNPP. According to the ministry, three enemy artillery systems, as well as an ammunition depot and a company of personnel, were eliminated with pinpoint strikes.
The head of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, announced the violation of the integrity of the Zaporizhzhya NPP. He noted that it could not be assessed whether the necessary elements were missing accidentally or intentionally.
The IAEA mission arrived at the territory of the ZNPP on the afternoon of September 1. On the day of the specialists’ visit, the armed forces of Ukraine intensified the fighting in the area of the station. It was reported that four Ukrainian shells exploded at a distance of 400 m from the first power unit of the ZNPP.
In addition, on the morning of September 1, Ukrainian troops attempted to seize the power plant. Two sabotage groups in seven boats landed on the coast of the Kakhovka reservoir, 3 km northeast of the ZNPP. The enemy was destroyed.
Zaporozhye NPP was taken under the protection of Russian forces during a special operation to protect the Donbass, the beginning of which President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. The decision to hold it was made against the backdrop of an aggravation of the situation due to shelling by the Ukrainian military, in connection with which the authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics turned to Moscow for help.
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