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Chernobyl 2.0? Who Is Attacking a Nuclear Plant in Ukraine?

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The world should be concerned as it seems the Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant is under attack somehow. The challenge is no one is sure who is doing the attacking: Russia or Ukraine? 

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has issued a dire warning about the potential threat of new shelling at Ukraine’s  Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant.

There has recently been relative calm near the plant, which was captured by Russian forces early into Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, but the area was shaken by more than a dozen explosions caused by shelling over the weekend. “Powerful explosions shook the area,” said the IAEA in a statement.

Ukraine and Russia are blaming each other for the attacks.

Citing information provided by the plant management, the IAEA team said there had been damage to some buildings, systems, and equipment at the ZNPP site, but none so far were critical for nuclear safety and security. There were no reports of casualties.

Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi of the IAEA said: “Whoever is behind this, it must stop immediately. As I have said many times before, you’re playing with fire!”

Grossi said that there is an “urgent need for measures to help prevent a nuclear accident there.”

The Director General has been pushing for a nuclear safety and security zone around the power plant, said: “I’m not giving up until this zone has become a reality. As the ongoin  apparent shelling demonstrates, it is needed more than ever.”

President Zelenskyy has recently accused Putin of “energy terrorism” as thousands of Ukrainians are forced to live without power as a result of damage to the national grid infrastructure.

Speaking on November 4, Zelenskyy said: “Tonight, about 4.5 million consumers have been temporarily disconnected from energy consumption.”

“The very fact that Russia is resorting to energy terrorism shows the weakness of our enemy. They cannot beat Ukraine on the battlefield, so they try to break our people this way.”

Bethany Dawson is a junior news reporter on the UK news team based in London. She holds a BSc in Politics and Sociology and was previously a freelance journalist for publications such as The Independent, the BBC, The Times, VICE, Refinery29, Private Eye, The Big Issue and more. This first appeared in Insider. 

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Bethany Dawson Bethany is a junior news reporter on the UK news team based in London.



  1. pagar

    November 20, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    It is the well-supplied ukro forces who have just shelled the zaporizhzhia nuclear power station in an obvious attempt to persuade russian troops stationed there to flee.

    But the ukros don’t understand that fleeing the area would only expose them to deadly ambush by nearby ukro snipers.

    Thus the russian troops need only hunker down when the shells start falling and wait for more retaliatory strikes against ukros’ electricity grids and water supplies.

    The ukros are finished after end of winter. Ukros dead ducks very soon. Thanks, biden. Thanks, stoltenberg.

  2. jack Dunster

    November 21, 2022 at 9:27 am

    well, Mr Pager, I disagree.. Does Ukraine wish a disaster on its soil such as Chernobyl – no.. but Russia would.. Russia – the most evil, demented nation on the face of the Earth.. Those who accept and promote the Russian propaganda and the Russian attack upon a peaceful neighbour, are no better than Putin himself… That’s you, Mr. Pager…

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