MOSCOW, March 4. /TASS/. Recent statements by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and his talks with the UK and the United States on the issue of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant point to Kiev authorities’ intentions to blame Russia for causing a radioactive contamination hotspot, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Friday.
A Ukrainian subversion group attempted a provocation near the site of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant in the early hours of March 4. Zaporozhye NPP in the town of Energodar has six power units and is the largest in Europe.
"Zelensky’s swiftly followed statements on an alleged threat to the nuclear power plant and his talks with Washington and London leave no doubts whatsoever," Konashenkov stated. "The aim of the Kiev authorities’ provocation at the nuclear power facility was an attempt to blame Russia for causing a radioactive contamination hotspot."
The Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman said it may be either proof of the Kiev authorities’ criminal plan or proof of Zelensky’s lack of control over sabotage groups with the participation of foreign mercenaries.
Konashenkov reiterated that Russian troops seized control over the town of Energodar, the nuclear power station and the surrounding areas on February 28.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised address on February 24 that in response to a request by the heads of the Donbass republics he had made a decision to carry out a special military operation in order to protect people "who have been suffering from abuse and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years." The Russian leader stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories.
Russia’s Defense Ministry reported later that Russian troops were not delivering strikes against Ukrainian cities. It emphasized that Ukrainian military infrastructure was being destroyed by precision weapons. Civilians are not threatened, the Russian military assured.