“In the event of an accident at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, a global man-made disaster will occur, which, in terms of the scale of radioactive contamination, will significantly exceed the consequences of the accidents at nuclear power plants in Chernobyl and Fukushima,” he noted in the report.
Mizintsev clarified that under a negative scenario, the radiation contamination zone will spread to more than 5.3 thousand square meters. km and will affect the Kyiv, Zaporozhye, Kharkov, Poltava, Kherson, Odessa, Nikolaev, Kirovograd, Vinnitsa regions, the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics, the border regions of Russia, Belarus, Bulgaria and Romania.
According to the general, the situation could escalate, especially if the South Ukrainian nuclear power plant, nuclear fuel storage at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and waterways enter the zone of possible contamination.
“The Black Sea and the Bosphorus Strait will become unsuitable for navigation for a long time. The coasts of Turkey, Georgia, Abkhazia, Bulgaria and Romania will be contaminated with high levels of radiation,” he said.
Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov also spoke about the danger for the whole of Europe and the world in view of the uncontrolled pumping of Ukraine with Western weapons. He noted that supporters of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are exposing the whole of Europe to extreme danger by attacking the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.
Former UN Deputy Secretary General Sergei Ordzhonikidze, in an interview with Izvestia, said that the shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is an attempt to use a nuclear facility as a weapon of mass destruction. He believes that all blows are applied purposefully and consciously.
On the night of August 7, Ukrainian militants fired at the Zaporizhzhya NPP located in Energodar from the Uragan multiple launch rocket system. When approaching the power units, the rocket managed to open up and release fragmentation submunitions. The area of the dry storage of spent nuclear fuel and the post of automated control of the radiation situation were in the affected area.
On August 5, Ukrainian radicals fired twice at the ZNPP territory. The first attack took place around 15:00 local time (coincides with Moscow time). According to local authorities, at that moment the company was just changing shifts of workers. A few hours later, Ukrainian neo-Nazis again struck at the ZNPP. This time the shells hit the industrial site of the station. Residential areas of Energodar were also shelled.
On the same day, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, warned that the situation around the ZNPP was becoming more dangerous with each new shelling by Ukrainian militants. Zakharova also stressed that Kyiv’s actions endanger the population of all of Europe.
Russia continues the special operation to protect the Donbass, the beginning of which was announced by President Vladimir Putin on February 24. A few days earlier, the situation in the region escalated significantly due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DNR and LNR.
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