Russia: Ukraine employs 'kamikaze drones' to attack Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station
(MENAFN) Russia claims Ukraine is employing "kamikaze drones" to attack the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station, which has been under persistent bombardment recently, despite the potential for catastrophic repercussions.
Russia's Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday that Ukrainian soldiers continued to strike the area around Zaporizhzhia in southern Ukraine. According to the ministry, at least eight "kamikaze drones" were employed to attack the facility's surroundings.
According to the government, Russian soldiers shot down all of the drones beyond the plant's perimeter.
“Attempts by the Armed Forces of Ukraine to strike at the territory of the [Zaporizhzhia] NPP with eight kamikaze drones were prevented. All Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were shot down outside the territory of the nuclear plant,” according to the official spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry, Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov, in the statement, TASS announced.
Zaporizhzhia is Europe's largest nuclear power plant and one of the top ten in the world. Russian soldiers seized the factory on February 24, shortly after Moscow started its "special military operation" in the ex-Soviet republic. Russia is accused by Ukraine of keeping heavy weapons in the complex. The charge is denied by Moscow.
The facility has been frequently targeted in recent weeks, sparking fears of a Chernobyl-style nuclear disaster. Ukraine and Russia both accuse the other of attacking the facilities.
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