The forces in question, known as the Akhmat Special Rapid Response Unit, are commanded by a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin: Chechen Ramzan Kadyrov.
“It is reported that part of the station was recently controlled by a Kadyrov gang … placing equipment and weapons directly in turbine halls 1 and 2,” the National Resistance Center said. in a statement.
The Center is a military organization designed to support and coordinate the Ukrainian army.
On Wednesday, Chechen leader Kadyrov wrote in a Telegram post that his unit is in Enerhodar, a city adjacent to the Zaporizhzhia factory. He accused the Ukrainians of shooting “indiscriminately on the shores of Enerhodar, its industrial area and Zaporizhzhia NPP.”
Remember: The Zaporizhzhia plant, the largest nuclear complex of its kind in Europe, was captured by Russian forces at the beginning of the war.
In its statement, the National Center of Resistance also stated that “Russia is trying to connect NPP Zaporizhzhia to its electrical system as soon as possible.”
“The occupiers are rushing to take measures to convert the spent nuclear fuel storage system at ZNPP to Russian standards, as well as to regulate all ZNPP nuclear reactors. to use Russian fuel complexes,” the Center wrote.
CNN was unable to independently verify these claims.
More context: The Republic of Chechnya is a region in the northern Caucasus of Russia.
Russian forces fought a brutal war for control of the territory in the mid-1990s and early 2000s. Kadyrov was once a guerrilla fighting against Russia. before switching sides.
During the Second Chechen War, coinciding with Putin’s rise, Kadyrov helped Moscow wrest control of the Chechen Republic from separatist rebels.
Kadyrov has been accused by international and independent observers of the total human rights violations in their home territory and beyond. He leads large-scale paramilitary forces – although officially part of the Russian security structure – that have allegiance to him.