The war in Ukraine is risking a potential nuclear disaster

A Russian serviceman outside the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station on May 1, 2022. (Andrey Borodulin/AFP via Getty Images). The war in Ukraine has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions and now it’s putting the wider European continent at risk of a nuclear disaster. That’s the warning from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations organization that oversees nuclear power and research. The fighting in the war has shifted toward the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, with at least 10 artillery shells hitting offices and a fire station on the plant in the last week. The reactors have not been damaged, but according to the IAEA, any damage to the facility risks greater disaster. “These military actions near such a large nuclear facility could lead to very serious consequences,” IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said during a United Nations Security Council meeting on Thursday. UN Secretary General António Guterres called for a demilitarized zone around the site, but that was rejected by Russia.  Russian forces captured the Zaporizhzhia power plant in March during the early days of the war as Russian troops moved toward Kyiv. That advance on the capital failed but Russian forces have…

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The war in Ukraine is risking a potential nuclear disaster

Updated: August 14, 2022 — 10:26 pm