Ukraine spy chief says nuclear threat at Zaporizhzhia plant subsiding

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Ukraine spy chief says nuclear threat at Zaporizhzhia plant subsiding

Ukraine’s military spy chief, Major General Kyrylo Budanov, stated that the threat of a Russian attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant was diminishing. However, he warned that the threat could resurface as long as the facility remained under Russian occupation. Budanov made these remarks during an interview with RushHourDaily, following days of accusations between Ukrainian and Russian officials regarding a potential attack on Europe’s largest nuclear plant.

Budanov, who heads Ukraine’s Main Directorate of Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence, did not disclose the basis for his assessment. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy had previously raised concerns about the grave threat at the plant, including reports of Russian forces mining the roof of several reactors. While Budanov did not provide specific details about the measures taken to reduce the threat, he emphasized that he believed it had only been postponed, not eliminated.

Apologizing for his inability to share recent developments, Budanov reiterated that the threat was decreasing. He credited the collective efforts of all parties involved in averting a potential technogenic catastrophe. However, he cautioned that as long as the nuclear plant remained occupied, the threat could resurface at any time if the occupiers desired.

In addition to discussing the nuclear plant threat, Budanov also commented on Ukraine’s counteroffensive against Russian occupying forces. He acknowledged that the counteroffensive was ongoing and expressed confidence in its eventual success, albeit at a later stage. Budanov drew a comparison between Ukraine’s operation and Russia’s prolonged battle to capture the city of Bakhmut in April, highlighting the scale of the task at hand and the limited timeframe available.

The article was reported by Tom Balmforth and Sergiy Karazy, with editing by Frank Jack Daniel. The report adheres to the Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles.

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