Disinfo: Ukraine deliberately targets the most vulnerable points of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant


With regard to the security of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the main threat is the continuous bombing by the Ukrainian armed forces.

The Ukrainian armed forces directly shells the most vulnerable points of the station, deliberately creating the risk of a large-scale radiological accident.


A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation claim about Ukraine attacking the Zaporizhzhia power plant in the context of the ongoing war in Ukraine. The claim was neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.

This is not the first time the Kremlin’s manipulation and disinformation machine has used a deep-seated and very reasonable fear of a nuclear disaster to advance its political and military goals in Ukraine.

In fact, there have been an increasing number of reports that Russia uses the nuclear site as a so-called “sheltered” artillery park, "using the facilities to fire on Ukrainian positions in the belief that Ukraine would not fire back and risk a nuclear accident".

The Ukrainian authorities denied the shelling of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (NPP) and accused Russia of dangerous actions that may cause a nuclear catastrophe.

Russia has been widely accused of using the plant as a shield from which to launch attacks. Using the plant in this way violates the Geneva Convention, which states that particular care must be taken if "installations containing dangerous forces" are located near the fighting. About 500 Russian troops are reported to be at the site (as of early September).

EU High Representative Josep Borrell condemned Russia’s military activities there and labeled them as a serious and irresponsible breach of nuclear safety rules and another example of Russia’s disregard for international norms.

In its recent statement, the Foreign Ministers of the G7 stated that "it is Russia’s continued control of the plant that endangers the region" and demanded Russia to hand back full control over the plant as well as other occupied nuclear facilities to Ukraine.

Read our article Playing with nuclear fire and the Ukraine-joint statement on the situation at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.

For background see: disinformation targeting Ukraine.

See similar cases that Ukraine's attack on Zaporizhzhia plant is nuclear terrorism; that Ukraine shells Zaporizhzhia station daily using heavy US weapons; Ukraine shells nuclear plant to deploy international peacekeeping forces; and that Washington and the Kyiv regime's actions pose a threat of nuclear catastrophe.


  • Reported in: Issue 308
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/09/2022
  • Article language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Nuclear issues, War in Ukraine, Invasion of Ukraine
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