The Russians are using the Zaporizhzhia NPP as a military base.
About 500 Russian military personnel are stationed at the ZNPP, and their armored vehicles are hidden in engine rooms and in underground bunkers designed to shelter personnel in the event of a nuclear accident, said the head of Energoatom, Petro Kotin. “The Russian forces use the station as a military base. They understand that no one from Ukraine will fire at the station. This is a safe place to store their military equipment and staff,” added Kotin. The head of Energoatom said that the Russians wanted to connect the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to the Crimean grid under their control to steal Ukrainian electricity. But they could not do so due to damage to power stations caused by hostilities.