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Ukraine, Zaporozhian Nuclear Power Plant occupied. Mayor Margańca: a moment and we are gone

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We don’t know what to expect from the Russians. They can do whatever they want. A moment and we are gone – said Hennadij Borowyk, mayor of the Ukrainian town of Marganets, located about 15 kilometers from the Russian-occupied Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant.

“We have plans to evacuate, but we know that it only takes a moment and we’re gone. Just as the Russians blew up the dam on the Dnieper in Nowa Kakhovka, they can also lead to a catastrophe of the power plant – said Borowyk, when asked by the Polish Press Agency about life in the close vicinity of the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant. Marganiec lies on the Kachowski Reservoir, which almost disappeared after the Russian occupation troops blew up the dam in Nowa Kachówka on June 6. The drying reservoir can be seen from the highest windows of the building where the mayor is in office. The inhabitants of Marganiec were deprived of water. For now, they get it from tankers.

On the other shore, at a distance of about 15 kilometers, there is the Zaporozhian Nuclear Power Plant controlled by the Russians. Entrance to the shore of the reservoir is prohibited. Russians from the opposite side, seeing any movement on the side controlled by Ukrainethey shoot artillery. They do it from the power plant site.

“We don’t know what to expect from them”

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The head of Ukraine’s HUR military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, warned on June 20 that the Russians had mined the power plant’s cooling systems. – We measure radiation every day. You understand that we don’t know what to expect from them. They can do whatever they want, warned Borovyk.

The Mayor pointed out that mines at the power plant are not the only problem. The Russians have accumulated huge caches of weapons on its territory, with the help of which they attack the Ukrainian side. – They placed Uragan and Grad missile systems and other weapons there. From there they take ammunition, leave, shoot in our direction and hide there again from our fire – he said.

Marganets is considered to be one of the places in Ukraine most frequently shot at by the occupiers. – We can’t even keep up with the alarms, like in other cities. Here, there is usually an explosion, and only then an alarm – said mayor.


Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant occupied by Russians

The Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, has been occupied since early March last year. Russian soldiers are stationed on its premises, and employees of the Russian state-owned company Rosatom are also present there. The Ukrainian authorities believe that the presence of the invader’s troops in the power plant area poses a radiation hazard with unpredictable consequences.

Zaporizhia Nuclear Power PlantLev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images

Main photo source: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images

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