Russia accuses the west of sponsoring nuclear terrorism following claims that Ukrainian drones targeted the town of Kurchatov in western Russia where a nuclear power plant similar to Chernobyl is located.
Roman Starovoit, the governor of Russia’s Kursk region bordering Ukraine, stated that the Ukrainian UAV struck a residential apartment building in Kurchatov, a town built near the Kursk nuclear power station, which is still operational.
Starovoit announced on the Telegram messaging app, “An UAV crashed in Kurchatov overnight. Thankfully, no residents were harmed. The drone crash and subsequent explosion did not cause any damage to critical facilities.”
The incident caused minor damage to the front and windows of one apartment building, and authorities have pledged to assist residents in restoring their homes.
Ukraine has not yet responded to the incident, as it frequently experiences large-scale drone attacks from Russia and rarely comments on its own suspected drone and sabotage operations within Russian territory.
The Russian Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the incident due to the proximity of the drone to a nuclear power station. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova sarcastically questioned whether countries supplying drones to the Kyiv regime were planning to escape to Mars in the event of a nuclear disaster.
Zakharova stated, “People in NATO countries should realize that their governments are supporting nuclear terrorism by the Kyiv regime.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Russia’s air defense systems effectively repelled the drone attack, as indicated by unverified social media reports. Peskov also noted that Ukraine continues its attempts to target locations within Russia.
Russia is concerned about Ukrainian drones attacking the nuclear plant in Kurchatov and further accuses the west of nuclear terrorism for supplying Ukraine with drones which are capable of devastating attacks.