Popular Articles
Today Week Month Year

Russia shuts down Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant amid threat of Ukrainian attack
05/11/2023 // Belle Carter // Views

The interim governor of Zaporizhzhia Region Evgeniy Balitsky has declared that reactors at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) have been shut down due to threat of possible Ukrainian attack.

ZNPP Director Yuri Chernichuk said Friday, May 5, that six reactor blocks were shut down and undergoing maintenance "in accordance with all necessary regulations, with strict control of radiation safety standards."

"We understand that this is a manipulation. Therefore, the nuclear reactors have now been powered down. The fifth reactor is on hot standby. We do not understand what this monkey with a grenade can perform, so we have powered down the reactors," Balitsky told the Crimea 24 TV channel.

Concerns over the safety of Europe's largest nuclear power plant arose due to the long-hyped Ukrainian counteroffensive to reclaim Russian-held territory, including areas in the Zaporizhzhia region. (Related: Experts: Continued attacks on Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant could lead to WWIII.)

Russian troops took control of Europe's largest nuclear power plant in March 2022. A subsidiary of Moscow's state-owned nuclear energy giant Rosatom formally assumed management of the plant last fall, when the Zaporizhzhia Region voted to join Russia along with Kherson, Donetsk and Luhansk.

"The security situation in the area near the facility was "becoming increasingly unpredictable and potentially dangerous," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi warned on Saturday, May 6. "I'm extremely concerned about the very real nuclear safety and security risks facing the plant. We must act now to prevent the threat of a severe nuclear accident and its associated consequences for the population and the environment."


The nuclear installation has become the target of repeated artillery shelling and drone attacks by Kyiv's forces. Also, the Ukrainian military has repeatedly staged landing operations across the Dnieper River in an apparent attempt to seize the facility, but none of the attacks have been successful.

ZNPP is significant because Ukraine relies heavily on nuclear power. Should Moscow keep it, Kyiv would lose 20 percent of its domestic electricity generating capacity. The plant is mostly operated by a Ukrainian workforce.

Russia evacuates more than 1,600 people from Zaporizhzhia as safety issues rise

Since last week, Balitsky has already initiated the evacuation of more than 1,600 people – including 660 children – in Russian-occupied towns on the front lines in Zaporizhzhia.

According to CNN, local Telegram channels reported sightings of evacuation buses and authorities telling residents to pack their bags and take their children out of kindergartens. Residents were being placed in temporary accommodation.

Balitsky said the evacuees "have everything they need: food, a place to sleep, constant contact and consultation with specialists."

Meanwhile, Ukraine's general staff said Russian forces were evacuating local Russian passport holders as a means to forcibly deport Ukrainians. "The first to be evacuated are those who accepted Russian citizenship in the first months of the occupation," it said in a statement.

Moreover, spokesperson for Ukraine's Operational Command South Natalia Humeniuk told local media the evacuations were "an imitation of care for the local residents" as this was a standard practice previously used by the Russians. "They are trying to evacuate the people to the places where they set up their own defense lines and where they are setting their units in order to use local civilians as a cover," Humeniuk said.

Both nations have accused one another of shelling the plant and efforts to secure a safety zone around it have failed.

Visit Nuclear.news for more news related to a possible nuclear catastrophe in the Zaporizhzhia region.

Watch the video below that talks about the evacuation initiated by Moscow in the towns surrounding ZNPP.

This video is from the MEGA (Make Earth Great Again) channel on Brighteon.com.

More related stories:

Professor Sachs: 'Ukraine needs to stop bombing nuclear power plant and blaming it on Russia.'

Fears of radiation leak emerge amid shelling of Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine.

Russian envoy submits photo evidence of Ukrainian attacks on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

Artillery shelling at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant could spell nuclear disaster for Ukraine and the world.

Sources include:




Take Action:
Support Natural News by linking to this article from your website.
Permalink to this article:
Embed article link:
Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use is permitted with credit to NaturalNews.com (including a clickable link).
Please contact us for more information.
Free Email Alerts
Get independent news alerts on natural cures, food lab tests, cannabis medicine, science, robotics, drones, privacy and more.
App Store
Android App
eTrust Pro Certified

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2022 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

This site uses cookies
Natural News uses cookies to improve your experience on our site. By using this site, you agree to our privacy policy.
Learn More
Get 100% real, uncensored news delivered straight to your inbox
You can unsubscribe at any time. Your email privacy is completely protected.