Ukrainian Nuclear Plant Seems Destined For Disaster

Nuclear Plant

New video shows Russian military vehicles inside a turbine hall connected to a nuclear reactor at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

The footage shows several vehicles, including one marked with the pro-war symbol “Z”, sitting in the far western edge of the building on the ground floor, just over 400 feet (130 meters) from the reactor.

Moscow has previously said the only military equipment at the plant is related to guard duties, but on Thursday, it claimed that satellite imagery showed otherwise.

Both Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of threatening nuclear terrorism, particularly around the plant. On Monday, the chairman of Ukraine’s state nuclear power company said Russia was storing 14 “units of heavy military equipment” in the “first power unit” and six vehicles in the “second engine room”.

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the biggest in Europe, has been under Russian control since March. In recent weeks, shellfire has damaged a dry storage facility and radiation monitoring detectors, but experts say a repeat of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster is incredibly unlikely.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for the area around the plant to be “demilitarized” and said any potential damage to Zaporizhzhia would be suicide.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Russian vehicles seen inside turbine hall at Ukraine nuclear plant  CNN
  2. Accusations fly between Ukraine and Russia over Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. And the world frets.  CBS News
  3. Russia Threatens To Shut Down Major Nuclear Plant Amid Concerns Of Planned Incident  NBC News
  4. Ukraine warns Russia may cut Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant from power grid, both sides brace for ‘provocation’  Fox News
  5. Russia launches rockets near nuclear plant. See ex-worker’s stark warning  CNN
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