One of Vladimir Putin’s closest allies has warned European nations that their nuclear plants are vulnerable to “accidents” in a veiled threat of Russian sabotage missions.
Mitry Medvedev, former President of Russia and Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, responded to reports that Moscow had shelled the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine.
Russian troops have used Europe’s largest nuclear power plant as a base, shelling Ukrainian positions from within its borders. Kyiv was accused of returning fire at the facility.
“Kiev scumbags and their western backers seem ready for the new Chernobyl,” Medvedev said.
“Missiles and shells are getting closer and closer to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and radioactive isotope storage facilities,” he wrote on the social media messaging app Telegram.
“They say it’s Russia. This is obvious, 100pc b*****d, even to the Russophobic public… not even the UN believes it. What can I say… one must not forget that there are also nuclear power plants in the European Union. And accidents are also possible there.”
Earlier this year, Kyiv confirmed that it had used a Western-supplied kamikaze drone to hit Russian targets located behind one of the Zaphorizhzhia plant’s cooling towers.
Clashes at the facility have prompted international warnings of a radioactive catastrophe and calls for the establishment of a demilitarized zone to avert such a disaster.
During the war in Ukraine, Mr. Medvedev has gone from being the liberal politician who dined with Barack Obama to one of Mr. Putin’s most staunch anti-West hawks.
This week he was dispatched by the Russian president to review military operations in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region and met pro-Kremlin breakaway leaders in Luhansk and Donetsk.
Western nuclear power plants have been an almost constant target of Russian spies over the years. Between 2012 and 2014, the US Department of Justice revealed that three Russians spent five years targeting energy infrastructure in 135 countries in hopes of gaining remote access to power plants.
Mr. Medvedev once served as Russia’s president and placeholder for Putin between terms.
Kremlin observers say the law professor (56) tried to prove his loyalty to Putin with radical, inflammatory statements. He said he was “hacked” after a statement published on Telegram said that “a united, powerful and invincible Russia” would retake lands lost to other countries after conquering Ukraine.
Mr Medvedev had told his 2.2 million supporters that Georgia “did not exist as a state” before joining Russia in the 19th century and Kazakhstan was an “artificial” state.
The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, seized by Russian forces in March, has become the latest focus of simmering tensions between the West and Moscow.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday accused Russia of resorting to “blatant nuclear blackmail”. He said: “Only the complete withdrawal of the Russians from the area of the Zaporizhia NPP and the restoration of Ukraine’s full control over the situation around the power plant will guarantee the restoration of nuclear safety for all of Europe.”
Ukraine accused Russian forces of firing rockets from around the plant, killing at least 13 people, knowing it would be risky for Ukrainian troops to return fire.
The plant, which can power four million homes in southern Ukraine, was kept running by workers forced to work at gunpoint by its Russian occupiers.
Vladimir Rogov, a pro-Russian official at the Zaporizhia puppet administration, warned yesterday that the plant could be “mothballed” without further explanation. (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd. 2022)
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/accidents-happen-says-vladimir-putin-ally-medvedev-in-sinister-threat-to-eus-nuclear-plants-41909209.html “Accidents happen,” says Vladimir Putin and his ally Medvedev in a sinister threat against the EU’s nuclear power plants