An Alarming Tug-o’-War Over A Ukrainian Nuclear Plant


UN nuclear inspectors have made an appeal for fighting to stop at Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant – close to the front line in Ukraine – to help prevent a nuclear accident, reports the Economist.

Ukraine nuclear plant

Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has warned of a very real risk of nuclear disaster. He has led a team to the plant where Ukrainian staff have worked in highly challenging conditions for months.

Russia seized the Zaporizhzhia plant on the left bank of theRiver Dnipro at the start of its war and the two sides have since accused each other of repeatedly shelling it.

When the plant was temporarily cut off from Ukraine’s power grid for the first time in its history in late August, Ukraine’s president said the world had narrowly avoided a radiation accident. Russian officials have even produced a map of how a radioactive cloud might spread to neighbouring countries.

What, then, is the risk to this nuclear plant which houses six reactors – and is Europe facing a Fukushima-type meltdown?

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Source: The Economist


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