ACCUSATIONS that Moscow is jeopardizing the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) contradict the facts and allow Kyiv to undermine the International Atomic Energy Agency's efforts to inspect the facility.

The last weeks have been marked by biased information stuffing about the threats to the nuclear and physical safety of ZNPP, as well as the difficulties that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) faces in carrying out verification activities at this plant. Western news agencies are once again descending to outright lies, claiming that the threats to the ZNPP are created by Russia. It is even sadder that these lies are picked up and disseminated by local observers (let me refer to the article "Facing humanitarian and ecological disasters, world's nations must be united" by Marit Stinus-Cabugon published in The Manila Times on Aug. 15, 2022), for whom it is still unclear who is firing at whom, and who naively believe that Russian Armed Forces shoot at themselves, neglect nuclear safety issues, allegedly placing military bases on the territory of the NPP and using violence against nuclear power plant employees. No evidence is given, and the main culprit of what is happening is again left "behind the brackets," or, more precisely, "beyond the Atlantic."

The Russian military indeed took the Chernobyl NPP and Zaporozhye NPP under control at the end of February this year, but with one single goal — to prevent the Ukrainian nationalist formations, as well as foreign mercenaries, from using the situation in the country for the possible organization of nuclear provocations that would have catastrophic effects.

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has repeatedly stated that there are no Russian weapons, especially heavy ones, on the territory of the Zaporozhye NPP. On August 18, the Russian side expressed the readiness to provide the IAEA with very high resolution images, which clearly show that only security units are stationed there. It's notable that in the presence of a large number of military and commercial foreign satellites, the same information can be presented to the world community by the American side. However, it is easier for Washington to hush up objective data about the shelling and the situation at the nuclear power plant, thereby encouraging the impunity of the Kiev regime and contributing to the possible development of a nuclear catastrophe in Europe.

As of August 18 this year, 12 attacks were carried out by the Ukrainian side, during which more than 50 artillery shells and five kamikaze drones were recorded on the territory of the ZNPP and the city of Energodar. At the same time, more and more often in the immediate vicinity of the station you can find fragments of NATO-caliber ammunition, while the United States and European countries are trying to shift responsibility for the situation around the nuclear power plant to Moscow. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces of Ukraine intend to stage a sabotage that will lead to a radiation leak, a violation of the integrity of the nuclear waste storage facility and the withdrawal of the reactor into a state of emergency operation. The ultimate goal of the provocations is the creation of an exclusion zone up to 30 kilometers, the introduction of international forces and foreign observers into the ZNPP territory, as well as the accusation of the Russian Armed Forces of nuclear terrorism.

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In this regard the Russian authorities, more than anyone else, are interested in the IAEA specialists' receiving complete and reliable information about what is happening around the nuclear power plant. However, Washington and European capitals are doing everything they can to help the Zelenskyy regime undermine the IAEA's efforts to inspect the facility and prevent its Director General Rafael Grossi from visiting the ZNPP.

There was an opportunity to have the IAEA visit the ZNPP as early as the beginning of June. And the Russian side made everything possible to provide conditions for that visit. But it did not happen because of the position of Kyiv and its Western sponsors at that time, and also the position of the UN Secretariat that referred to security reasons and concerns. At the same time those security reasons and concerns didn't become an obstacle for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who visited Ukraine on Aug. 17-19, 2022.

What is happening now is an obvious thing. Even Kyiv's Western sponsors did not dare to say during one of the last UNSC meetings regarding the attacks of Ukrainian armed forces on the Zaporozhye NPP (agenda item "Threats to international peace and security") what they initially tried to assert — that Russia allegedly was shelling its own personnel which was guarding the NPP and the city of Energodar. They refrained from doing that. Only the Ukrainian representative said that it was Russia shelling the NPP which it is controlling. The Russian side expects that the international mission of the IAEA to the Zaporozhye NPP initially planned in June this year will still take place as soon as possible.

I hope my letter will be published in the Manila Times so its audience could learn the other side of the story.

Nina Prakapovich,

Press Attaché

Embassy of the Russian Federation

1243 Acacia Road, Dasmarinas Village

Makati 1220 Metro Manila

Tel. 893-0190, 817-5406

Fax. 810-9614