We all know that Russia has control over Ukraine’s power plants. On Friday, March 4, Russia attacked and seized a nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine, heightening fears of a nuclear holocaust in the region. He said Ukraine’s nuclear power plants would pose a radioactive contamination risk to Europe if caught in the crossfire of a Russian invasion.
The biggest risk is associated with the possibility of hostile actions around Ukrainian nuclear power plants. A direct hit on our nuclear power plants is also unlikely because Russia is not far from the nuclear power plant and any radioactive contamination will affect Russia and Ukraine.
Ukraine’s foreign ministry on Friday called on the international community to take decisive action after Russian forces in Ukraine seized Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, a move the ministry said risked nuclear disaster.
Officials have said the Zaporizhzhia plant in southeastern Ukraine is operating normally after it was captured by Russian forces in fighting overnight. But the ministry said any damage to a storage facility for spent nuclear fuel could release nuclear radiation. “As a result, a nuclear disaster of this scale may exceed all previous accidents at nuclear power plants,” it said in a statement.
By seizing Ukraine’s nuclear reactors, Russia could find a safe haven for the Russian military, or hopefully, use its control over electricity generation. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that “the Russian occupying forces are trying to take control” of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the site of the infamous 1986 accident, and that Russian troops can be seen in the footage.
Russian troops have occupied Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant, with managers working at “gunpoint” after a fire caused by their attack was extinguished, according to Ukrainian nuclear officials.
A missile was accidentally fired from India into Pakistan on Wednesday, caused by a “technical malfunction” during maintenance, the Indian Defense Ministry said.
The missile traveled 77 miles into Pakistani airspace before it crashed near the eastern city of Mian Channu. The missile’s flight path endangered passenger flights in both countries’ airspace, a Pakistani military official said, according to the BBC.
The accidental missile launch from one nuclear power into another’s territory comes amid Russia’s escalation in its invasion of Ukraine. Russian troops have overtaken the nuclear power plants of Zaporizhzhia—Europe’s largest—and Chernobyl, which Ukrainian officials fear could have “nuclear discharge.”
Pakistan and India have an extensive history of tensions along the border, especially in the region of Kashmir. Both countries are armed with nuclear weapons and agreed to a cease-fire agreement last year. ‘Reporting by Katie Wermus News Week’
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