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Russia: Kiev attempts provocation to disrupt IAEA visit to ZNPP - DefMin spox
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Russia: Kiev attempts provocation to disrupt IAEA visit to ZNPP - DefMin spox

Russian Federation, Moscow
September 1, 2022 at 13:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov claimed that Kiev had attempted a provocation on September 1 to disrupt the visit of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP), during a briefing on Thursday in Moscow.

"At 6:20am (03:20 GMT), seven fast-speed motorboats landed on the coast of the Kakhovka reservoir, three kilometres northeast of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, and two subversive groups of the Ukrainian Armed Forces numbering up to 60 people in total," Konashenkov stated. 

He said that the groups were caught by units of the National Guard while attempting to come ashore.

"A unit of the Russian Armed Forces and helicopters of the army aviation were deployed to reinforce National Guard units, to prevent an attempt to enter the nuclear power plant, and destroy the Ukrainian saboteurs. The Ukrainian subversive group is currently being eliminated," the spokesperson said.

Konashenkov also remarked that there was another attempt to land troops to 'seize the nuclear power plant' around 7am (04:00 GMT).

"Forces on two self-propelled barges that had departed from Nikopol. As a result, two self-propelled barges carrying a tactical landing force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were sunk because of the shelling by the Russian Armed Forces," Konashenkov added. 

He also accused Kiev of using shelling to block the passage of the IAEA experts' mission to Zaporizhzhia NPP.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko wrote on his Twitter page on Thursday, urging Russia to 'immediately stop the dangerous provocations' on the territory of the ZNPP and allow the safe passage for the IAEA.

"In violation of its commitments, the Russian army is heavily shelling the corridor through which the IAEA's mission is supposed to travel from Zaporizhzhia to the nuclear power plant," Nikolenko added. 

Ukraine’s state nuclear company Energoatom confirmed on Thursday that the IAEA mission had arrived on site.

Zaporizhzhia NPP has seen shelling in recent months, with both Kiev and the Russian Defence Ministry accusing each other of repeatedly attacking the facility. 

Moscow launched a military offensive on Ukraine in late February after recognising the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics' independence (DPR and LPR). 

Kiev denounced the Russian offensive, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation. 

During peace talks, Russia called for Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral, providing guarantees that it will never join NATO. 

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Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov claimed that Kiev had attempted a provocation on September 1 to disrupt the visit of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP), during a briefing on Thursday in Moscow.

"At 6:20am (03:20 GMT), seven fast-speed motorboats landed on the coast of the Kakhovka reservoir, three kilometres northeast of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, and two subversive groups of the Ukrainian Armed Forces numbering up to 60 people in total," Konashenkov stated. 

He said that the groups were caught by units of the National Guard while attempting to come ashore.

"A unit of the Russian Armed Forces and helicopters of the army aviation were deployed to reinforce National Guard units, to prevent an attempt to enter the nuclear power plant, and destroy the Ukrainian saboteurs. The Ukrainian subversive group is currently being eliminated," the spokesperson said.

Konashenkov also remarked that there was another attempt to land troops to 'seize the nuclear power plant' around 7am (04:00 GMT).

"Forces on two self-propelled barges that had departed from Nikopol. As a result, two self-propelled barges carrying a tactical landing force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were sunk because of the shelling by the Russian Armed Forces," Konashenkov added. 

He also accused Kiev of using shelling to block the passage of the IAEA experts' mission to Zaporizhzhia NPP.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko wrote on his Twitter page on Thursday, urging Russia to 'immediately stop the dangerous provocations' on the territory of the ZNPP and allow the safe passage for the IAEA.

"In violation of its commitments, the Russian army is heavily shelling the corridor through which the IAEA's mission is supposed to travel from Zaporizhzhia to the nuclear power plant," Nikolenko added. 

Ukraine’s state nuclear company Energoatom confirmed on Thursday that the IAEA mission had arrived on site.

Zaporizhzhia NPP has seen shelling in recent months, with both Kiev and the Russian Defence Ministry accusing each other of repeatedly attacking the facility. 

Moscow launched a military offensive on Ukraine in late February after recognising the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics' independence (DPR and LPR). 

Kiev denounced the Russian offensive, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation. 

During peace talks, Russia called for Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral, providing guarantees that it will never join NATO.