The thing about war is that it’s messy…
It turns out that once a military operation has been set in motion it’s really hard to ensure that certain assets receive the proper care—like nuclear reactors.
Russian and Ukrainian forces have been exchanging fire for the last several months over and near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and at one point the station’s power went offline.
Some sources claim to have witnessed Russian forces shelling the power plant and directing fire toward it.
While this is concerning enough as it stands, soldiers and security personnel indicate that the sensors used to monitor and connect the power plant to the proper intercontinental atomic agencies have failed—leaving regulators flying blind in the dark.
The head of one of these U.N. recognized atomic agencies has since offered to spearhead an operation to secure the plant and return it to safe, normal, and baseline operating status.
Here are the latest developments:
Having been to Chernobyl (while at @Greenpeace), reading about Fukushima, and now seeing these insane Russians first at Chernobyl and now at Zaphorizhzhia — the are happy to use nuke plants as pawns in a war. It makes you wonder if humanity is ready for more nuclear power. https://t.co/tbdUdNZZuy
— Peter Grinspoon, M.D. (@Peter_Grinspoon) August 1, 2022
According to Reuters:
Ukraine’s Energoatom agency, whose workers still operate the Zaporizhzhia plant under Russian occupation, said the power station was struck five times on Thursday, including near where radioactive materials are stored.
Russia says Ukraine is recklessly firing at the plant. Kyiv says Russian troops struck it themselves, and are also using the plant as a shield to provide cover while they bombard nearby Ukrainian-held towns and cities.
Reuters could not verify either account.
Now the UN has also called on allowing inspectors into the Zaphorizhzhia nuclear power plant, because, what could possibly go wrong? https://t.co/zvIHKAoRQJ
— j2 Dumfounded 🌻 Dark Brandonite (@j2dumfounded) August 8, 2022
Zaporizhzhia (pronounced Za-por-asia)
Right smack in the middle of this map is Zaphorizhzhia, site of the biggest nuclear power plant in Europe.
Also where my grandparents are from. https://t.co/UKvKABPkts
— Vivian Krause 🇨🇦🇺🇦 (@FairQuestions) March 3, 2022
CNN reported in March of 2022:
In a statement Friday morning local time, the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate (SNRI) confirmed the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine was occupied by Russian military forces, but said officials remained in contact with plant management.
The power plant’s six reactors remained intact, though the compartment auxiliary buildings for reactor unit 1 had been damaged, the SNRI said in its statement