Russia plans to rotate military at ZNPP with National Guard, presenting it as "demilitarization"
Ukraine’s Minister of Energy says Russia plans to replace the military with the Russian National Guard at Zaporizhzhia NPP, presenting this rotation as "demilitarization.”
This was stated by Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko on the United News national telethon.
"In our understanding of demilitarization and in the understanding of the civilized world, demilitarization is a complete withdrawal of the Russian military, the National Guard, and heavy equipment from the station and, accordingly, the creation of a perimeter where they will not enter. In Russia’s understanding they want to replace the Armed Forces with the National Guard. And this is definitely not what we mean under “demilitarization," Halushchenko said.
According to him, representatives of Rosatom, a Russian energy company, who are illegally staying at the ZNPP, should leave with the military and allow Ukrainian personnel to do their job safely.
"These are mandatory conditions. And if we can reach an agreement on this basis, it will certainly be good news. But now the rhetoric coming from the Kremlin is headed in the other direction,” Ukraine’s Energy Minister added.
- On December 6, Rosatom said that it would not transfer control over Zaporizhzhia NPP to the IAEA, as the organization allegedly has no mandate to manage nuclear power plants.
- Russian occupation authorities threaten to fire ZNPP employees who do not sign an agreement with Rosatom by January 1.
- On December 14, Russian occupation authorities appointed a Rosatom employee as the new "head of administration" of the temporarily occupied Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia region.
- On December 26, the head of Ukraine’s Presidential Office stressed that one of Ukraine’s main tasks is to impose sanctions against Rosatom.