Russia deploys troops around the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant

White House: Russia massed troops around Zaporozhye

John Kirby, Strategic Communications Coordinator for the White House National Security Council, RussiaNoting that Ukraine has deployed troops around Zaporizhia, Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant, he stressed that the access of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials to the region should not be blocked.

Kirby made statements to the White House correspondents about the developments around the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant at the Zoom briefing.

Noting that Russia has piled up soldiers and weapons around Zaporizhia, Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant, Kirby also said that Russia opened fire around this power plant.

Kirby said, “Conflicts around the power plant must be stopped. The nuclear power plant is not the site of military operations.” used the phrase.

Pointing out that IAEA officials will visit the region in the near future and conduct inspections around the plant, Kirby called for the access of these officials not to be blocked in any way.


Rafael Grossi, Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), affiliated to the United Nations (UN), announced that the team that will conduct inspections at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant will be in the region this week.

In a statement on his social media account, Grossi stated that he will lead the team and said, “The day has come, the IAEA Support and Assistance Mission to Zaporizhia is now on its way. We must protect the safety and security of the largest nuclear facility in Ukraine and Europe. Within this week “I am proud to lead this mission, which will be at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant,” he said.


The Ukrainian army announced that Russia had hit the Energodar region next to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.

The Ukrainian army said in a statement, “Explosion in Energodar. Russian forces are bombing residential areas of the city. Civilians’ cars and houses are on fire. One of the building’s apartments is thought to have been hit. Information regarding the loss of life and the extent of the destruction is being clarified.”


The Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, located near the city of Nikopol, in the Zaporozhian region of Ukraine, was the target of the bombardment.

The attack caused damage to the power plant. After the attack, the Ukrainian side blamed Russia, and Russia blamed Ukraine. Afterwards, both countries invited the IAEA to the region through the UN, and called for an investigation of the damage. Although the team in question will make assessments in the region this week, the attacks around the power plant continue.

*The visuals of the news were served by the Associated Press.

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