• In early March, Russian ground forces assaulted and seized Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP).
  • On 21 August 2022, imagery indicated that Russia maintained an enhanced military presence at the site, with armoured personnel carriers deployed within 60 metres of reactor number five.
  • Russian troops were probably attempting to conceal the vehicles by parking them under overhead pipes and gantries.
  • Russia is probably prepared to exploit any Ukrainian military activity near ZNPP for propaganda purposes.
  • While Russia maintains the military occupation of ZNPP, the principal risks to reactor operations are likely to remain disruption to the reactors’ cooling systems, damage to its back-up power supply, or errors by workers operating under pressure.
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