Russian intelligence services accuse Ukraine of deploying an advanced US-supplied HIMARS rocket system to the Rivne nuclear power plant (NPP) site. Photo/REUTERS
MOSCOW – Foreign Intelligence Service Russia (SVR) accused Ukraine of deploying an advanced rocket system HIMARS United States (US) supply to nuclear power plant (NPP) Rivne.
Apart from HIMARS, said SVR, other weapons supplied by the West were also deployed to the Rivne nuclear site and other nuclear sites.
SVR’s allegations were not accompanied by evidence and these claims could not be independently verified.
In a statement, SVR said HIMARS rocket launchers, air defense systems and US-supplied artillery shells had been delivered to the Rivne nuclear power station in northwestern Ukraine.
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“The Armed Forces of Ukraine stored weapons and ammunition provided by the West on the territory of the nuclear power plant,” he said, adding that the weapons delivery to the Rivne nuclear power plant had been made in the last week of December.
Meanwhile, Ukraine denied Russia’s accusations. Advisor to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky; Mykhailo Podolyak, said his country has never used nuclear power plants to store weapons.
“Ukraine has never stored any weapons on the territory of the nuclear power plant, as claimed by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service. Instead, the Russian Federation seized the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and stationed its military there,” he said on Twitter, as quoted by Reuters, Tuesday (24/24/2011) 1/2023).
Podolyak said that Ukraine remained open to regulatory agencies, including the IAEA and that Russia’s lies were aimed at justifying their provocations.
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