MOSCOW, October 31. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Monday said the Kiev regime's ongoing attacks on the critical infrastructure of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant threaten Europe with a man-made disaster and casualties.
"The Kiev regime does not give up its plans to regain control of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and carries out attacks against its critical infrastructure, threatening Europe with a man-made disaster and the deaths of thousands of civilians," the diplomat said in a statement.
"We are calling on the regime of [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky and its Western sponsors to stop reckless provocations against the Zaporozhye NPP that could cause a disaster and the most serious consequences," the diplomat said.
The Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday said Ukrainian forces shelled Energodar and areas around the Zaporozhye NPP three times over the prior day, firing a total of 10 rounds. Russian artillery suppressed the Ukrainian units with counterbattery fire. Radiation background remains normal.
The Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is the largest plant currently operating in Europe. Russia took control of it on February 28, at the start of the special military operation in Ukraine. The plant continued to operate as usual. Russia has repeatedly stressed that there are no combat army units at the plant, while units of the Russian National Guard, military radiation protection experts, and Rosatom employees have been stationed there to ensure nuclear security.