The Ukrainian authorities have warned on Tuesday that the consequences of a hypothetical nuclear disaster at the power plant Zaporizhiathe current scene of clashes in the context of the war, could be ten times greater than those experienced after the Chernobyl accident in 1986.
As reported by the advisor to the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine, Lala Tarapinka, in Chernobyl there were some 2,200 fuel assemblies, while in Zaporizhia it is estimated that there may be up to 18,000 distributed in the six reactors of the installation.
Thus, Tarapinka has remarked that the hypothetical exclusion zone would be up to 30,000 square kilometersten times more than that decreed after the 1986 accident, which would therefore leave the whole of the Zaporizhia region, located in the south of the Ukrainian territory, uninhabitable.
“The area of potentially contaminated territory would be up to two million square kilometers, an area of three times Ukraine. The degree of contamination of other territories of Ukraine and Europe, Russia and Belarus would depend on the wind, “explained the adviser in a publication on her Facebook profile.
Also, the team needed to mitigate the effects of nuclear devastation, known as liquidators, would be up to a million people, and the dead would be counted by tens of thousandsdepending, yes, on the amount of population that was still housed in the region.
At the beginning of March, the Russian Army took over the facilities of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, one of the largest in Europe, and which in the early stages of the war was already the scene of intense clashes.