Kiev 'Taking the Whole of Europe Hostage' by Striking Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, Moscow Says
"Using various lines of communication and at various levels, the Russian side has long been calling on the international community to condemn the incessant strikes which the Kiev regime has been inflicting on the Zaporozhye NPP, including attacks using increasingly destructive weapons systems. The station came under fire again on August 5-6, and a major disaster was averted thanks only to the skillful and prompt actions of the NPP's employees, as well as the Russian forces providing comprehensive protection to the facility," Zakharova said in a statement published by the Foreign Ministry's website on Monday.
"Underhanded killings under the cover of night is a characteristic feature, if not the essence of the adherents of the Banderite ideology going back to the Great Patriotic War. But now they have targeted not just the people of Russia and Ukraine, but are essentially taking the whole of Europe hostage and, it seems, are not averse to setting fire to the region for the sake of their Nazi idols," the spokeswoman added.
"But the question remains: are these signals heard in Kiev, and is [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky able to perceive them correctly? After all, the leaders of the UN and the IAEA fail time after time to name the source of the threat," Zakharova said.
The Zaporozhye NPP is the largest nuclear generation facility in Europe, and contains six VVER-1000 pressurized light water reactors putting out a total of 5,700 MWe of power.