MOSCOW, March 4. /TASS/. A Ukrainian subversion group attempted a provocation near the site of the Zaporozhskaya nuclear power plant, Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Friday.
"Last night, the Kiev nationalist regime attempted to implement a monstrous provocation on the territory adjacent to the power plant," he said at a news conference.
The spokesman said a mobile patrol of the Russian Guard was attacked by a Ukrainian sabotage group while patrolling the protected area adjacent to the station at about 02:00 on March 4.
According to Konashenkov, in order to provoke return fire at the building, heavy fire from small arms was opened at the servicemen of the Russian Guard from the windows on several floors of the training complex located outside the power plant.
"The firing locations of Ukrainian saboteurs in the building of the training complex were suppressed by return fire of the Russian patrol from small arms," he said. "Leaving the building, the Ukrainian sabotage group set fire to the training building."
"The firefighting teams that arrived at the building put out the fire," the spokesman went on to say. "At the time of the provocation, none of the staff of the power plant was in the training building."
"Currently, the staff of the Zaporozhskaya NPP continues to work as usual, maintaining the NPP facilities and monitoring the radioactive situation," he said. "The radioactivity level in the area of the power plant is normal."