Ukraine resumes shelling Zaporozhye nuclear plant after IAEA visit; Russia stops AFU sabotage attempt

Strategic Stability

Report # 137. Kiev resumed ZNPP shelling after the IAEA team visit

September, 4, 2022

1. AFU again attacked ZNPP and Energodar city

Local authorities in Zaporozhye reported renewed shelling of the Zaporozhye NPP (ZNPP) by Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) after the IAEA head Rafael Grossi’s visit there was over. Ukrainian artillery targeted ZNPP and the city of Energodar once again, local military-civilian Administration member Vladimir Rogov said on September 2 night.

Four rounds impacted the area of plant, Rogov announced in midnight on September 2, with at least one heavy projectile exploded between reactors # 2 and # 3, while three struck about 400 meters to the east.

The shelling has cut the main power line along the Dnepr river, so the ZNPP had to divert emergency power for its own operational needs. After the attack all electricity supplies from ZNPP to the rest of Ukraine stopped.

Around 20 Ukrainian shells hit Energodar city where ZNPP is located.

The renewed attack came after the departure of the main International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission, which visited the plant on September 1. However, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi told reporters the same day that six of the agency’s experts stayed behind in Energodar. Four of them will return after the weekend and two will remain “permanently” there at the plant, Grossi clarified after returning to Vienna.

“If something happens or if any limitation comes, they are going to be reporting it to us. It’s no longer a matter of A said this and B said the contrary,” Grossi noted. “For those who may have intentions on the plant, knowing that international inspectors are there, witnessing and informing immediately what is happening, has, I think, an inherent very important stabilizing effect.”

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian General Staff admitted for the first time that it were “troops uncontrolled by Kiev” that have shelled the area of ZNPP.

However, such allegation is false, because “troops uncontrolled by Kiev” do not possess and therefore cannot use against ZNPP and Energodar the U.S.- made M777 howitzers or attack drones fitted with HE.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu: “There have been 29 Ukrainian attacks against ZNPP since July 18, involving 120 artillery shells and 16 kamikaze drones”.

The USA and NATO/the EU never have criticized Zelensky for such nuclear terrorism

2. AFU sent another sabotage groups to capture ZNPP

On September 2, at about 11.00 PM (Moscow time), two groups of a total of 42 motor boats with over 250 Ukrainian servicemen from Special Operations Forces and foreign mercenaries on board made an attempt to disembark at the shore of Kakhovka Reservoir near Energodar and Dneproprudnoye.

Their main mission was to capture ZNPP where the IAEA left its six inspectors to conduct additional monitoring and report back to its HQ in Vienna.

The other task was to remove Russian National Guard units from the plant, and to use it as a much deadlier nuclear blackmail source

In this case the latest attacking force was four times as larger that AFU group that tried to attack ZNPP September 1 that has been nearly totally destroyed by Russian National Guard units maintaining security at the nuclear power plant.

The Ukrainian manpower sailing on September 2 was attacked by four Su-30 and two Ka-52 helicopters of Russian Aerospace Forces that has resulted in the elimination of 20 boats. The rest of the vessels turned back and headed towards the Ukrainian coast.

According to available information, the latest unsuccessful provocation of Ukrainian nationalists has resulted in the elimination of 47 militants, including 10 foreign mercenaries, as well as in wounding 23.

2. Ukrainian troops suffered too heavy losses during their “counteroffensive” in the South

The Ukrainian military is suffering heavy casualties as it tried to retake territories seized earlier by Russian forces in southern Ukraine, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has said at a special meeting of the MoD leadership.

Speaking on September 2 in Moscow, Shoigu stated that “the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ attempts at an offensive continue on the Nikolaev-Krivorozhsk and other directions, and the enemy is suffering considerable losses.”

The minister went on to note that the counteroffensive had been planned by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s office “solely to create the illusion before the Western backers that the Ukrainian military is able to conduct an offensive.” But Kiev is not able to do this, and will not be able to achieve any success in the future.

President Zelensky instead of displaying at least some reason and rationality promised several times to reclaim the whole of Donbass, parts of the Zaporozhye and Kharkov Regions currently held by Russian forces, as well as Crimea that never legally belonged to Ukraine.

Unfortunately, many NATO leaders unable to assess military and economic realities for Ukraine and their countries are still backing Zelensky’s poor performance and advise him to make more and more blunders leading him to a total disaster….

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