The world came close to a nuclear disaster similar to Chernobyl yesterday.
The head of the regional administration of Zaporizhzhia NPP stated that the nuclear reactors are not in danger as a fire was seen raging yesterday in a building close to nuclear reactors after a Russian attack.
“Ukraine tells IAEA that fire at the site of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant has not affected “essential” equipment, plant personnel taking mitigatory actions,” said the International Atomic Energy Agency in a Twitter post.
International media initially reported that the Russian army was firing on firefighters who arrived at the scene, making it impossible to put out the fire, but at around 03:20 a.m. yesterday they were finally allowed access without specifying the reason why they were not allowed to approach from the beginning.
The information that one of the reactors was fired upon by a Russian BTR-80 without causing significant damage or fire is currently unconfirmed.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmitry Kuleba, stated that if there is an explosion in this factory it will be ten times bigger than that of Chernobyl and together with the local authorities they call on the Russian forces to stop the firing and to allow the firefighters to approach the fire.
The nuclear plant is the largest of its kind in Europe and reportedly produces 25% of Ukraine’s electricity. It is recalled that Russia has already occupied the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.