Disinfo: US and NATO keep tensions high around Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

Summary

The US and NATO keep tensions high around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. Hand by hand with the Americans, the Ukrainians ceaselessly attack the critical infrastructures of the plant. If there is a technological catastrophe, responsibility will be of Washington, London and their minions.

Disproof

The allegation is false. By trying to blame Western powers, this disinformation story aims to deflect any Russian responsibility for the dangerous situation around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant.

Contrary to what this disinformation story claims, the US and NATO have been actively calling at every point for a reduction of tensions and risks regarding the plant. The US backed UN proposals for a diplomatic solution to this situation such as the creation of a demilitarised area around Zaporizhzhia (which Moscow rejected), while NATO pushed for a IAEA inspection of the plant.

In fact, Russia has taken many reckless actions regarding this facility, including placing military equipment and troops inside its premises, using its surroundings as a base for rocket and missile attacks, and interrupting its power line. Besides, Russia has deliberately promoted a fear campaign about the risks of a nuclear disaster in order to advance its goals in Ukraine.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives, such as claims that the Kyiv regime actions around the Zaporizhzhia plant is nuclear terrorism, that Washington and the Kyiv regime’s actions pose a threat of nuclear catastrophe, that Ukrainian attacks on the Zaporizhzhia plant show that the US does not accept defeat, or that NATO may use Zaporizhzhia incident as a pretext to join combat in Ukraine.

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  • Reported in: Issue 307
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/09/2022
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, US, Europe, Canada, UK
  • Keywords: Invasion of Ukraine, Nuclear issues, NATO, War in Ukraine, Ukraine
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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