Radiation knows no boundaries
Russian forces in Ukraine shelled the Zaporizhzhia power plant, the largest nuclear plant in Europe. The Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant has six VVER-1000 pressurized water reactor units producing 1/5 of Ukraine’s electricity.
“These plants were never designed to be in a warzone, and they are not capable of dealing with the inherent vulnerabilities of being in a fire zone,” Henry Sokolski, executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, told Al Jazeera. “If they do other military operations either there or in other reactors, something relating to the main power core or the spent fuel pond, it would release enormous radioactivity.”