Russian Attack on Europe’s Largest Nuke Reactor Raises Safety Fears for All 15 Ukrainian Nuke Plants

Nuclear Power Plant Cooling Towers / Photo by Roberto Uderio via Wikimedia Commons

The Russian attack on, and subsequent fire at Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant, Zaporizhzhia – located in Ukraine, has raised serious concerns about the safety of all 15 of the country’s nuclear plants.

The head of Ukraine’s nuclear-power utility earlier had called on international monitors to intervene to ensure the safety of the country’s 15 Soviet-era reactors even before Russia seized Zaporizhzhia. 

Recall, the world’s worst nuclear reactor accident occurred in 1986 at Chernobyl in northern Ukraine bordering Belarus when it was still part of the Soviet Union.

Reuters reported that:

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine called the.Russian assault on the Zaporizhzhia plant a “war crime”. Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said it showed how reckless the Russian invasion has been. “It just raises the level of potential catastrophe to a level that nobody wants to see.” 


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank. - - PAULCRESPO.COM

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6 months ago

Glad we got sleepy Joe at the helm!

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