Ukrainian troops carried out a deadly strike on the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Enerhodar, Ukraine, on July 20, Ukrainian officials said.
This footage, captured by the “Kamikaze” drone used to carry out the strike, was released by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense on July 22. It shows the moment of impact and the chaos that followed.
Three Russians were killed and 12 were injured in the attack on the plant, according to the ministry. The tent city that was set up during the occupation of the ZNPP “was destroyed by a fire that could not be extinguished for a long time,” said the statement.
Energoatom, the Ukrainian state-owned company that runs the four nuclear power plants in the country, reported that Russian troops have been violating safety protocols since they took control of the plant on March 4. Currently there are 500 Russian soldiers and a significant amount of military equipment stored there, according to Ukrainian media.
Despite the attack, which the Defense Ministry said “worked brilliantly,” the plant is still under Russian control, according to reports by Energoatom.
“Given that it is impossible to predict the actions of invaders, the threat to the station’s physical security remains,” said the energy company in a statement on Telegram. Credit: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine via Storyful