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Residents of territories adjacent to Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant recommended to evacuate

Wednesday, 7 September 2022, 14:58
Residents of territories adjacent to Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant recommended to evacuate


Ukrainian authorities call upon the residents of settlements in close proximity to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) to evacuate because Russia refuses to create humanitarian corridors.

Source: Iryna Vereshchuk, the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine and the Minister of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territory of Ukraine


Quote: "Russians continue to blackmail Ukrainians and the whole world. Yesterday, the UN Security Council had another meeting devoted to the situation at the ZNPP. The masks are off. The Russian state is directly engaged in nuclear terrorism. This is unprecedented in the history of humanity.

Russians are holding hostage not only the staff of the power plant but also the residents of the temporarily occupied territories adjacent to the ZNPP. This means tens of thousands of people".

Details: Iryna Vereshchuk states that the Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine asked Russia to create a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians from the territories adjacent to the power plant but received "cynical silence in response".


Quote: "I am turning to the residents of the districts of Ukraine adjacent to the ZNPP that are temporarily occupied by Russia: evacuate! Find a way to move to Ukraine-controlled territory. We are waiting for you and we will help".

Details: Vereshchuk suggested that citizens contact the hotlines of the Ministry of Reintegration: 1548 or +38(096) 078 84 33 (a 24/7 line for calls and messages via mobile apps WhatsApp/Telegram/Viber, in case there is no mobile connection).

Background: Since the beginning of August, Russians have been launching attacks on the city of Enerhodar, where the ZNPP is located, and are not letting the locals evacuate.

The attack on the ZNPP poses a threat of radiation disaster.


  • On 4 March, Russia captured the ZNPP, creating the risk of a radiation disaster. In mid-March, the invaders blew up some ammunition on the territory of the ZNPP.
  • On 15 July, Energoatom [the Ukrainian company that runs all nuclear power plants in this country] reported that the Russians deployed missile systems on the territory of the ZNPP; later, they used them to shell the vicinity of Nikopol.
  • On 1 September, a mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency arrived at the ZNPP in occupied Enerhodar. On 5 September, four of the six participants of the IAEA mission completed their work and left the territory of the ZNPP, while two representatives of the organisation remained at the station.
  • On 5 September, a fire occurred due to the Russian attack. The last power line connecting the ZNPP to the Ukrainian power system was disconnected.

Read also: Russia continues to launch attacks on ZNPP. How it all works on the inside – a staff member explains.

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