Russian intelligence says Ukraine has placed Western aid weapons, including the HIMARS multiple-launch rocket system, in nuclear power plants across the country.
Russia’s foreign intelligence service (SVR) on January 22 accused Ukraine of placing Western aid weapons at nuclear power plants but did not provide concrete evidence for this claim.
In a statement, the SVR accused Kiev of placing HIMARS multiple rocket launchers and air defense complexes at the Rivne nuclear power plant in northwestern Ukraine.
“Ukrainian armed forces are storing Western-supplied weapons and ammunition at nuclear power plants,” the statement said, adding that Ukraine delivered weapons to the Rivne power plant last week. end of December.
Ukraine has not commented on the information from Russia.
Asked about the news, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the statements show the importance of maintaining dialogue with the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the Atomic Energy Agency. International (IAEA).
On the other hand, Peskov said that there are currently no plans for a meeting between IAEA chief Rafael Grossi and President Vladimir Putin.
Ukraine’s nuclear power plants have been in the spotlight since the start of the conflict with Russia. Russia already controls some of Ukraine’s facilities and is still operating at Zaporizhia, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.
Both Kiev and Moscow accused each other of shelling Zaporizhia. Ukraine has previously accused Russia of using the site as an arsenal. Moscow has denied this information.
The IAEA has expressed deep concern about attacks near the plant, warning of the risk of a nuclear disaster.