Ukraine Nuclear Plant Threatened By Russian Army

Reuters is reporting that the Russian army is near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine and that they have rockets pointed at the plant. Fighting in the area escalated over the weekend, coming closer to the 6 reactor plant, one of the largest in the world. Russian troops invaded the exclusion zone around Chernobyl and as of Saturday, it appears they are still holding the plant’s essential workers hostage and not allowing them to leave. A message relayed to Clean Futures said they were not allowed essential medications or food.

Earlier on Sunday, reports of rockets being fired from Belarus, aimed at Kyiv appear to be being launched over the exclusion zone and Chernobyl site area.

All of this risks a direct hit on high-risk facilities. This also increases the risk for an accident due to loss of offsite power, damage to the water system used to cool reactors and spent fuel, and the inability to bring in needed equipment staff, or fuel. Staff left pinned down at the plant unable to leave risk higher levels of fatigue increasing the potential for accidents, or becoming unable to work if they run out of food or other essential supplies.

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2 thoughts on “Ukraine Nuclear Plant Threatened By Russian Army

  • March 4, 2022 at 4:38 am
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    Hello, This is Dean Wilkie, a charter member of Simplyinfo. I wanted to give the website of the Ukrainian State Nuclear Regulatory Agency hopefully to get some updates and perhaps web cam information at the Zaporizhzhia NPP

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    • March 4, 2022 at 4:46 am
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      This information is from the State Nuclear Regulatory Agency update as of 3-4-22
      Information on Zaporizhzhya NPP as of 05:00 04.03.2022
      Published on March 4, 2022 at 05:00
      INFORMATION MATERIALS
      From 01:40 on March 4, 2022, the site of the Zaporizhzhya NPP is under fire from the artillery of the Russian Federation, as a result of which there are frequent fires. Extinguishing fires is complicated by ongoing shelling.

      The main equipment and power units of ZNPP remain intact.

      No changes in the radiation status have been recorded so far. Radiation control data are available on the ZNPP website and are now within the norm.

      ZNPP is under the control of qualified personnel dedicated to safety.

      The military seizure of a peaceful nuclear facility is an element of blackmail not only in Ukraine but in the world.

      Currently, one of the six ZNPP power units is operating in the network.

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