Ukraine says Russia is planning false flag attack on Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

Fears of an imminent attack on a nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine prompted residents of the region to flee on Friday, reports The Washington Post.

Why is this important: Repeated warnings from Ukrainian and Russian officials indicate that a potential attack is planned for the Zaporizhzhia station, which could cause a radioactive disaster that would affect the entire region.

  • Ukrainian families near Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine fled to Bulgaria and Germany amid renewed fears of an attack on the factory, according to the Post.

Driving the news: Both sides say the other is preparing to launch a “false flag” attack on the plant, according to the Post.

  • The area around the factory has come under heavy fire in recent weeks, BBC News reports.
  • Ukrainian officials said Russia was behind the latest strikes and explosions at the plant, which is Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, according to the Post.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed Ukraine for the strikes, warning that an attack could create “a large-scale disaster that could lead to radioactive contamination”, Reuters reports.

Between the lines: Russia captured the nuclear plant in March, but the Ukrainians still run it, Reuters reports.

What they say : Earlier this month, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for a demilitarized zone around the plant.

  • He told President Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that “any potential damage to Zaporizhzhia is suicide.”
  • Oksana Markarova, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States, told CBS News on Friday that the situation at the nuclear plant was “very, very tense.”
  • The Biden administration called Russian and unauthorized personnel off the station, she said.

And after: Putin agreed on Friday to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect the nuclear power plant.

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also urged the United Nations to “ensure security” at the plant.

Go further: The latest news on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

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