EDITORIAL | Using Nuclear Power Plant as a ‘Nuclear Shield’ is a Recipe for Nuclear Disaster

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Russia is occupying the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant as a military base for attacking Ukraine. This is an outrageous act as the power plant is prone to a serious radioactive accident. The immediate evacuation of Russian troops should be demanded.

As fighting intensified from August 5, rockets have been fired at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, landing around the spent fuel storage facility and damaging radiation monitoring detectors. One reactor has also been forced to shut down.

If spent fuel and reactors were to be damaged, it would affect numerous countries. Has Russia learned nothing from its Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine during the former Soviet era?

The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant houses six nuclear reactors. It is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, producing 20% of Ukraine’s total electricity.

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