According to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Russia has brought the greatest nuclear power plant in Ukraine to the brink of a radioactive disaster, putting all of Europe in immediate danger.
The Zaporizhzhia complex, which purportedly serves as a base for Kremlin soldiers, was on the verge of catastrophe, according to the Ukrainian leader.
He attributed fires at a neighboring coal power plant that cut off the reactor complex of the nuclear facility from the electricity grid to Russian army shelling.
Back-up diesel generators, according to Mr. Zelenskyy, have started to assure power delivery and maintain the plant’s safety.
“If our station staff had not reacted after the blackout, then we would have already been forced to overcome the consequences of a radiation accident. Russia has put Ukraine and all Europeans in a situation one step away from a radiation disaster.”
Although it is being run by Ukrainian specialists, the factory was taken over by Moscow soldiers in March during a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
The spent nuclear fuel pools and reactors of the Zaporizhzhia facility are at risk of damage, according to nuclear specialists.
The possibility of a nuclear accident at such a sizable facility brings to mind the 1986 accident at the Chernobyl nuclear plant’s Number 4 reactor.
The region has to be demilitarized since the United Nations wants to visit the Zaporizhzhia facility.
The facility should be given back to Ukraine, according to US President Joe Biden, who talked with President Zelenskyy over the phone on Thursday.
Russia’s defense ministry asserts that its troops have destroyed eight Ukrainian jets in other theaters of the conflict through attacks on air bases in the Poltava and Dnipropetrovsk areas of Ukraine.
That would be among the air force of Ukraine’s worst losses in recent weeks.