The United Kingdom denounced that Russia reestablished combat positions in the reactors of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

The Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, occupied by Russian troops (STRINGER /)

The UK intelligence services have stated this Thursday that Russian forces “have established fighting positions” on the roofs of various reactors of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plantlocated in southern Ukraine and controlled since March 2022, for which they have pointed out that these facilities would be “integrated” into “tactical defense planning”.

“Satellite images show that, in March 2023, Russian forces established fighting positions protected with sandbags on the roofs of several of the six reactor buildings at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant,” they said, before holding which “is the first indication that the reactor buildings are being integrated into tactical defense planning.”

Thus, they have stressed that “it is likely that Russia has built these positions because is increasingly concerned about the possibility of a major Ukrainian offensive”. “The move probably raises the possibility that the security systems of the Zaporizhzhzhia nuclear power plant will be damaged in the event of fighting in the surrounding area,” they warned.

However, they have stressed that “direct and catastrophic damage to the reactors is unlikely in the most plausible scenarios involving infantry weapons, as the structures are very heavily reinforced,” the British Ministry of Defense has told through a series of messages on his official account on the social network Twitter.

He International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly called for the establishment of a security zone around the plant to avoid possible risks arising from the fighting. The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenskyconsiders that Russia uses its control of these facilities as “blackmail”.

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, occupied by Russian troops
The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, occupied by Russian troops (STRINGER /)

The Zaporizhzhia plant is the largest in Europe and has six reactors commissioned between 1984 and 1995. It has been controlled by Russian forces since March last year, shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, and has been the scene of constant offensives and a coveted piece by both Kiev and Moscow. .

In the midst of these threats, Zelenskyassured this Thursday that the Xi Jinping regime could use his political influence on Vladimir Putin to end the Russian invasion of Ukraine and restore peace.

In a message published on his official website, the Ukrainian leader referred to the phone call that lasted more than an hour that he had this Wednesday with Xi Jinpingthe first between the two leaders since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, the February 24, 2022.

“I spoke with the leader of China. It was a long and quite rational conversation. It is often said that such conversations open up opportunities. Now there is an opportunity to give a new impetus to our relations: Ukraine and ChinaZelensky said.

In your opinion, now there is “the opportunity to use China’s political influence to restore the force of the principles and rules on which peace must be based.””.

“Ukraine and China, as well as the vast majority of the world, are equally interested in the strength of nations’ sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he added.

In your message, Zelensky rejected the “threats with nuclear weapons and the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the world” and said that Ukraine is interested, like China, in ensuring that the situation around the Ukrainian nuclear power plant of Zaporizhzhyanow in Russian hands, is finally “fully secured.”

(With information from Europa Press)

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