Russia: Ukraine tried to seize the Zaporizhzhia factory

Russia claimed on Saturday that Ukrainian forces attempted to seize the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant while the International Atomic Energy Agency mission was still at the site.

Russian Defense Ministry chief spokesman Igor Konashenkov said a total of 42 boats with more than 250 people on board tried to land on the coast of the Kakhovka Reservoir.

He said that as a result, the Russian military hit them with Su-30 and Ka-52 helicopters, killing 47 “militants”, including 10 foreign mercenaries, according to Konashenkov.

“Despite the presence of IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) representatives at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the Kyiv regime again attempted to seize the nuclear power plant. On September 2, at around 11 p.m. , Moscow time, two groups of boats and motor boats, a total of 42 units, with a landing force of more than 250 people from special operations forces and foreign mercenaries tried to land on the coast of the reservoir from Kakhovka in the Enerhodar and Dniprorudne region,” he said.

“The landing force was hit by four Su-30 and two Ka-52 helicopters of the Russian Aerospace Forces, as a result of which 20 boats and motorboats were destroyed,” he added.

He added that the Russian military had destroyed an American-made HIMARS along with up to 30 combat crew members in the Donetsk region.

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Christi C. Elwood