The Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in the temporarily occupied Energodar is probably for the Russians argument to intimidate the West. They hope that a possible nuclear catastrophe will discourage Western countries from helping Ukraine de-occupy the south. This opinion was expressed in their review of August 3 by experts from the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
“Russian troops stationed around the nuclear power plant have attacked Ukrainian positions in Nikopol and elsewhere in recent weeks, deliberately putting Ukraine in a difficult position – either Ukraine will return fire, risking international condemnation and a nuclear incident (which Ukrainian forces are unlikely to do), or Ukrainian forces allow Russian forces to continue shelling Ukrainian positions from an effective “safe zone”,” says the ISW report.
The Institute’s experts also noted that Russian troops fired missiles at Energodar from neighboring villages in order to falsely accuse Ukrainian forces of shelling Energodar and endangering the nuclear power plant.
Recall, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi said on August 3 that Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is completely out of control. In the same time Ukrainian authorities reacted to the words of Rafael Grossi with contraversion statements – Andriy Yermak, head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, called on the IAEA to inspect the Zaporizhzhya NPP, and the relevant minister is sure that it is advisable to do this only after the de-occupation of Energodar.