Russian special forces are torturing Zaporizhzhia NPP employees

KYIV ($1=37.25 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — Russia began to implement strategies similar to those used by Iran in the war against Ukraine. It tried to postpone the mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] to the Zaporizhzhia NPP.

Russian special forces are torturing Zaporizhzhia NPP employees
Photo credit: Andrey Borodulin/AFP

This is stated in the report of the American Institute for the Study of War [Institute for the Study of War, ISW]. Analysts emphasized that the occupiers resorted to numerous manipulations.

On Saturday, August 27, it was reported that the IAEA had assembled a mission consisting of the agency’s head, Rafael Mariano Grossi, and 13 experts from “mostly neutral countries” to visit the nuclear power plant in occupied Energodar.

In particular, representatives of the USA and Great Britain, which the Russian Federation considers “unfairly biased”, are excluded from the list. But the IAEA said it was continuing active consultations on the future mission, with plans to begin this week.

Ukraine says

At the same time, official Ukrainian sources emphasized that Russian special forces are torturing employees of the Zaporizhzhia NPP in order not to report security violations to IAEA inspectors.

The Russian armed forces also intended to keep them quiet about the fact that the Kremlin was trying to limit the presence of Ukrainian officials at the station, and the occupation authorities began collecting signatures from residents of Energodar demanding to “stop the Ukrainian shelling” to give to the inspectors.

“Manipulating the citizenship of inspectors and attacking the ‘integrity’ of IAEA inspections are tactics that Iran has long used to conceal its obstacles to such missions,” ISW explained the Russian Federation’s actions.

Note that the International Atomic Energy Agency mission has already gone to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Energodar, which is occupied by the Russian military and is in an extremely dangerous situation. IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi announced the start of the visit on August 29 on Twitter.

Energoatom has shown how radiation will spread in the event of a nuclear power plant accident soon. Yes, Russia will be the first to suffer from the emissions – the radiation cloud will move downwind towards the aggressor country.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border. Moscow also claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.

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Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.

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