Russian secret service: Ukraine uses nuclear power plants as weapons storage facilities
The Russian foreign intelligence service (SVR) accuses Ukraine of stationing weapons supplied by the West on the site of nuclear power plants to protect against destruction.
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ARCHIVE – Sergey Naryshkin, head of the Russian foreign intelligence service SWR, accuses Ukraine of using nuclear power plants as a storage facility for heavy weapons for tactical reasons. Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP/dpa
Kiev’s calculus is that the Russian troops will not strike at the nuclear power plants because of the danger of a nuclear catastrophe, said the head of the foreign intelligence service, Sergey Naryshkin, in Moscow on Monday. The SWR data cannot be checked. Naryshkin claimed that there was credible evidence that Himar-type multiple rocket launchers and large-caliber artillery were housed there.
In the last week of December, railway wagons with the “deadly cargo” were brought to the Rivne nuclear power plant via the Rafalivka railway station in western Ukraine, it said. SWR did not present any evidence. “If there is a large detonation and a nuclear power plant is destroyed, for example, by a new misdirection of a missile by the Ukrainian air defense system, the blame for the tragedy is always blamed on Moscow,” said the SWR report.
Ukraine, on the other hand, accuses Russia of also stationing military technology on the site of the occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. In the course of its war of aggression, Moscow has repeatedly threatened to destroy western arms supplies to Ukraine. In the debate about the delivery of Leopard main battle tanks to Kyiv, for example, Russia warns that this would take the war to a new level. According to the Moscow news agency Interfax, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Monday that the western weapons would be destroyed by Moscow’s troops.