Russia is not surrendering from the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant

Zaporozhye / Photo Andrey BORODULIN / AFP / Profimedia

The Zaporozhye nuclear power plant remains under Russian control, the Russian-appointed administration of the occupied city of Enerhodar said, after a senior Ukrainian official suggested Russian forces were preparing to leave.

"The media is actively spreading false information that Russia is allegedly planning to withdraw from Enerhodar and abandon the nuclear power plant," the Russians said.

The head of Ukraine's state-run nuclear power company said there were signs Russian forces may be preparing to abandon the massive Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, which they seized in March shortly after the invasion.

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said that Ukrainian forces destroyed six units of Russian military equipment at the end of last week and that around thirty Russian soldiers were injured in the fighting near Enerhodar.

Many employees of the nuclear plant live in the nearby town of Enerhodar, which has been under Russian occupation since the first days of the invasion. In September, Russian President Vladimir Putin began annexing the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia, where his forces claim partial control, a move Kyiv and its Western allies denounced as illegal.

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