The world thought disaster happened.
Russia took their invasion of Ukraine to a scary level.
And Vladimir Putin gave the order that nearly caused this nuclear catastrophe.
The Russian military shelled the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant in southeastern Ukraine.
This is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.
Russia’s outrageous attack on a nuclear power plant threatened to cause a nuclear disaster even worse than the one at Chernobyl.
In the immediate aftermath of the attack, there were reports that a fire broke out at the plant and that a nuclear meltdown was possible.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the attack.
“No state except Russia has ever opened fire at nuclear power units. For the first time in human history, a terrorist state has resorted to nuclear terror,” Zelensky stated.
A readout of a call between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Zelensky outlined the seriousness of the allegations.
“The Prime Minister said the reckless actions of President Putin could now directly threaten the safety of all of Europe,” the readout stated.
Prime Minister Johnson reportedly pledged the UK would “do everything it could to ensure the situation did not deteriorate further.”
The Russians baselessly claimed the Ukrainians started the firefight.
“On March 4th, at about 2 a.m., while patrolling a protected area adjacent to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, a mobile patrol of Rosgvardiya [Russian National Guard] was attacked by a Ukrainian sabotage group,” the supposed chief spokesman of the Russian defence ministry, Igor Konashenkov, claimed.
And while Russia now controls the power plant, thankfully the reports of a fire and potential meltdown were untrue.
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm posted on social media that the facility was built to withstand shelling and that the Ukrainian engineers safely shut down the reactor writing:
Russian forces are in control of the Zaphorizhizia nuclear plant, and we call on Russia to allow the Ukrainian operators to continue to operate safely – including allowing shift changes at both Zaphorizhizia and Chornobyl.
It’s important to understand that the Zaphorizhizia nuclear plant is designed to withstand significant shelling or bombardment. We have seen no elevated radiation readings overnight. Safety systems are intact, and reactors continue to receive cooling.
The Ukrainian operators were extremely responsible in how they responded to yesterday’s appalling attack by safely taking 2 of the reactors offline. They currently have 1 reactor operating at partial capacity to keep the power grid stable.
When this was started fears around the globe elevated over Vladimir Putin instigating a nuclear war by using a weapon of mass destruction against Ukraine.
No one thought Russia would be insane enough to start a potential nuclear war by attacking a nuclear power plant that caused a meltdown where the fallout spread into Poland or other Western European nation necessitating a response from America and its allies.
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