Europe’s largest nuclear power plant could be used as a platform to launch missiles into Ukrainian territory, increasing radiation risks
Ukrainian officials claimed that Russian forces have installed multiple rockets at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. According to a report in Associated Press on Thursday, December 8, the largest nuclear plant in Europe, could be used by the Russians as a base for fire into Ukrainian territory.
A statement in the report by Energoatom, Ukraine’s nuclear company said, “Russian forces occupying the plant have placed several Grad multiple rocket launchers near one of its six nuclear reactors.”. The statement further added, “the offensive systems are located at new protective structures the Russians secretly built, violating all conditions for nuclear and radiation safety”.
Energoatom also said as the range of the rockets is up to 40 kilometers, “Russian forces could hit the opposite bank of the Dnieper River, where each side blames the other for almost daily shelling in the cities of Nikopol and Marhanets”.
The Zaporizhzhia nuclear station has been under control by the Russian forces since the initial days of the war. Experts suggest, since all six reactors of the nuclear plant have been shut down, the risk of nuclear meltdown is significantly lower. But, the report added, release of harmful radiation is still a possibility.
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