The Ministry of Defense reported two attempts by the Armed Forces of Ukraine to parachute in Energodar and capture the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe. It is known that most of the militants have already been destroyed. Kyiv undertook another military adventure against the background of the visit of the IAEA mission to a nuclear facility. What were the Ukrainian military leaders counting on and what could be the consequences of this operation?
On Thursday, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that at 6:20 Moscow time on the coast of the Kakhovka reservoir, three kilometers northeast of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, the Kyiv regime landed two sabotage groups of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with a total number of up to 60 people on seven high-speed motor boats. The saboteurs were blocked by the units of the Russian Guard, which were guarding the ZNPP, and units of the Russian military who approached them for reinforcement.
In addition, at about 7.00 Moscow time, units of the Russian Armed Forces thwarted an attempt to land a tactical landing of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on two self-propelled barges that left Nikopol a few kilometers from the Zaporizhzhya NPP in the area of the village of Vodiane. As a result of the fire damage of the Russian Armed Forces, two self-propelled barges with tactical landing forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were sunk.
At the same time, on August 31, the armed forces of Ukraine delivered a strike with three “kamikaze drones” on the territory of the nuclear power plant. All unmanned aerial vehicles were neutralized by Russian electronic warfare systems on approach to the station. Two of them fell on the roof of the training center. There are no casualties or destruction.
All this is taking place against the backdrop of a planned visit by the IAEA mission to the Zaporozhye NPP. On Thursday morning, she moved out of Zaporozhye and is trying to get to the outskirts of Energodar. At the same time, due to the shelling of the Armed Forces of Ukraine at the ZNPP, according to preliminary data, the fifth power unit was switched off, the protection worked, and the backup power line was damaged. The city authorities also stated that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are shelling Energodar to help the saboteurs break through from the coast. Aviation is used against the militants.
“Massive shelling began at 5.30, and already half an hour later, three kilometers from the ZNPP, on the banks of the Kakhovka reservoir, Ukrainian troops landed. Our guys quickly figured them out, now the enemy is under heavy fire, they are not even given the opportunity to raise their heads. Most of the militants have already been destroyed,” said Volodymyr Rogov, a member of the main council of the administration of the Zaporozhye region.
“There are enough forces to fight the enemy. Aviation, helicopters, plus mortar units, special forces are actively working. Our advantage is unconditional. This applies not only to equipment, but also to people who are engaged in the protection of the facility, ”the interlocutor listed.
“Three arrivals were also recorded 400 meters from the first block of the station. It’s very close. According to preliminary information, we are talking about a 155-mm Western-style caliber. Blows have traditionally been delivered from the side of Marganets or Nikopol,” Rogov noted.
The interlocutor also expressed confidence that it was a deliberate provocation related to the arrival of the IAEA mission. “There was an attempt to seize the station. It was important for Zelensky and the Armed Forces of Ukraine to do this before the arrival of the IAEA mission. They wanted to show that the ZNPP was supposedly under Ukrainian control. But they were suicidal. No one would meet them with kokoshniks, bread and salt,” he argues.
“Currently, the situation in Energodar is tense. Massive attacks have been going on for several hours. Direct hits on residential buildings were recorded, two kindergartens and shops were destroyed. People are obviously a little scared, anxious. As for the Zaporozhye NPP, it is in working condition, the radiation level is within the natural background,” Rogov concluded.
In turn, military expert Alexei Leonkov called the landing of Ukrainian troops near the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant “a crazy adventure.” “There is every reason to believe that the landing of the UAF militants was timed to coincide with the arrival of the IAEA mission and its purpose was to show that the Ukrainian military was on the territory of the Zaporizhzhya NPP,” he said.
“However, the calculation of the Ukrainian military did not materialize, they could not capture the station. Now it will be much more difficult for them to hide the fact that the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant was shelled by Ukrainian troops. Although we cannot guarantee the independence of the commission’s conclusions, we still hope for justice,” the source said.
“If the Armed Forces of Ukraine managed to show that Ukrainian troops control the territory of the nuclear power plant, all countries would immediately put pressure on Russia with a call to make the plant a demilitarized zone under the control of Ukraine,” the expert believes.
At the same time, the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and Zelensky do not care about the lives of the Ukrainian military and civilians of Energodar. “Zelensky nullified them. They mean nothing to him. Did the operation fail? Well, God be with him. We are still mobilizing.” That’s pretty much how he talks. This also applies to the crazy attempts of the “counteroffensive” of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Kherson, which turned out to be a shameful defeat for Zelensky,” the source added.
“No less outrageous is the fact that American specialists are involved in the planning of such operations, and the Western press admits this and sometimes even boasts of it. A recent CNN story explicitly states that the United States called on the Armed Forces to limit operations by geography and targets, so as not to get bogged down on several fronts, ”the expert recalls.
“If Zelensky does not feel sorry for the Ukrainians, then the Americans even more so. The planning of operations that have taken place recently on the southern flank was based on the tactics of the NATO countries. This did not bring the result expected in Washington. But the lives of Ukrainians are the least of their worries now,” Leonkov believes. At the same time, political scientist and economist Ivan Lizan is sure that the Zelensky team is not interested in the visit of the IAEA mission to the ZNPP.
“Initially, they tried in every possible way to delay the process of coordinating the visit. At the same time, the IAEA is not the OSCE, they do not compile military reports on shelling and do not give assessments of what is happening outside the nuclear power plant,” Lizan said.
“It is expected that the mission will simply thoroughly examine the state of the station itself, confirm that it is safe there, and leave the facility. But, obviously, even the very fact that someone will come to the ZNPP strains Zelensky and his partners,” the expert noted.
“Moreover, we are seeing such military adventures more and more often. When American and British officials say that the Ukrainian command independently makes the final decisions on operations, this is a lie. And, apparently, the Americans still had some illusions about the combat capability of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Yes, and the militants themselves, perhaps, think that they are well trained and how the “terminators” instantly realize their plan. But they were not the “terminators” in this story,” Lizan mocked.
Well, in economic terms, the enemy’s goals have not changed for quite a long time. “Zelensky needs to draw attention to himself and at the same time update the topic of Ukraine in Western minds. In addition, it is critically important for him to prevent the withdrawal of the Zaporizhzhya NPP from the Ukrainian energy system,” the interlocutor suggested.
“The station has a very high power generating capacity, which allows to produce a huge amount of electricity. And a number of Ukrainian cities are not ready for the heating season at all, although the cold is about to come. That is why Zelensky and the Armed Forces of Ukraine are trying to extract political or economic points from this story, or simply harm Russia and the liberated territories. In this regard, it will be interesting to observe the reaction of the West to the failure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. After all, they also have to draw some conclusions for themselves, ”concluded Lizan.
At the same time, despite the attempts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to disrupt the arrival of a group of IAEA experts at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, the Russian side confirms its readiness to accept them with full safety for further work. “The situation in the area of the nuclear power plant is difficult, but remains under full control,” the Russian Defense Ministry stressed in a separate statement.