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UN nuclear watchdog: Russia plans to take control of Zaporizhzhia . nuclear power plant

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Tribunnews Reporter, Fitri Wulandari

TRIBUNNEWS.COM, WINA – The United Nations (UN) nuclear watchdog said it had received information from Ukraine that Russia was planning to take full control of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP).

Please note, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is the largest in the European region.

Accused of that, Russia also vehemently denies the accusations.

“The president of the Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plant operator Energoatom, Petro Kotin said in a letter to the Director General that about 400 Russian troops were present full time at the site (in Zaporizhzhia),” the IAEA said in a statement.

Quoted from the Al Jazeera page, Sunday (13/3/2022), the agency said Ukrainian regulators had also provided information that efforts to repair damaged power lines at the Chernobyl nuclear plant were continuing and the diesel generator provided backup power for the relevant systems for safety. .

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Earlier on February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of special military operations in Ukraine in response to a request for assistance submitted by the head of the Donbass Republic.

However, he stressed that his country has no plans to occupy Ukrainian territory.

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He claimed this operation was carried out only for the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine.

The Russian Ministry of Defense also conveyed the same thing that Russian troops did not target cities in Ukraine, but only paralyzed the Ukrainian military infrastructure.

Therefore, Russia insists there is no targeted threat to the civilian population.

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