The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant has been under fire for days. Now it is apparently also hitting a plant on Russian soil. The Russian secret service attributes a disruption in a nuclear power plant in the Kursk border region to Ukrainian sabotage groups.
Russia has complained about disruptions at one of its nuclear power plants in the border region with Ukraine - and has blamed citizens of the neighboring country. In the past two weeks, "Ukrainian sabotage groups" have detonated explosive devices on a total of six electricity pylons in the Kursk region, the Russian domestic secret service FSB said, according to the Interfax agency.
According to the FSB, the Kursk nuclear power plant has meanwhile experienced "a disruption in the technological operating process". The Russian secret service said they were looking for those responsible. In addition, according to official information, Russian nuclear power plants are now to be protected even better. The allegations against Ukraine, against which Russia has been at war for almost six months, cannot be independently verified.
Russia also sees saboteurs at work in Crimea. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, a military warehouse and a power distributor were damaged by an act of sabotage in the morning. According to the Tass news agency, the ministry said the crime scene was near the town of Dschankoj in the north of the peninsula. The newspaper "Kommersant" also reported black clouds of smoke over an air base in Gvardeyskoye in the central part of Crimea annexed by Russia.
On Tuesday night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy again called on Russia to withdraw from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. "Any radioactive incident at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant could also become a blow to the states of the European Union and to Turkey and Georgia and to the states of more distant regions," said the head of state in his video message. "Everything depends only on the direction and strength of the wind," Zelensky said.
Europe's largest nuclear power plant, occupied by Russia, has been under fire for days. Ukraine and Russia blame each other for this. Zelenskyy said that Russia had to withdraw from the nuclear power plant without conditions. At the same time, he reiterated his demands from the weekend for sanctions against the Russian nuclear company Rosatom and the entire nuclear industry of the "terrorist state".
The international community must act because it is in danger from Russia's terror, he stressed. "If the world doesn't muster the strength and determination now to protect a nuclear facility, it means the world will lose," Zelensky said.