Third Nuclear Plant At Risk Of Russian Attack
A third nuclear power plant in Ukraine is now at risk of Russian attack. Russian invasion forces are within 20 miles of the Yuzhnoukrainsk Nuclear Power Station, also known as the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant. This is the second largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine. The plant contains 3 VVER-1000 reactors, the same design as Zaporizhzhia.
The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station released some new video inside one of the control rooms. It was reported that the Ukrainian workers control the reactor areas and the Russian attackers control the perimeter. Ukraine’s nuclear regulator issued a series of updates about conditions at the plant.
– the building of the reactor compartment of the ZNPP Unit 1 was damaged;
– 2 artillery shells hit the area of the Dry Storage Site spent nuclear fuel.
The damage to unit 1 wasn’t further specified. There was an early report that the auxiliary building of one of the reactors had been hit. They also did not specify if the shelling into the spent fuel cask storage area caused any specific damage. Additional assessments are underway to confirm the extent of the damage.
Workers at Chernobyl continue to be held hostage at the plant site. The same crew has been there for a week without blankets, clean clothes, and receiving one meal a day that is being scavenged from nearby villages as the Russian troops are so low on supplies. A total of 300 people are trapped at the plant including Slavutych City Hospital workers, the Ukrainian guard unit that was guarding the plant, 95 plant workers, and 4 site seers caught in the invasion.
We will update as more information becomes known.
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