British intelligence says that Russia's intentions regarding the Zaporizhzhia NPP in occupied Energodar remain unclear, but that the actions already resorted to by the Russian military were likely to jeopardize the normal operation of the plant.
This was stated in a British intelligence review of the war in Ukraine on August 5.
"After five months of occupation, Russian intentions regarding the Zaporizhzhia NPP remain unclear. However, the actions they have already resorted to are likely to have harmed the safety of normal operation of the plant," it notes.
In particular, the Russian military could have operated in areas near the nuclear power plant, including using artillery located there to strike the opposite bank of the Dnieper River.
"Russian forces could have used the wider area around the NPP, including the nearby town of Energodar, for military recreation, taking advantage of the nuclear power plant's protected status in order to reduce the risk of nighttime strikes by the AFU on military equipment and personnel.