Australia: Ukraine drills near nuclear plant

Alarm over Ukraine power plant attacks

  Alarm over Ukraine power plant attacks The war in Ukraine grinds on with Kyiv and Moscow blaming each other for attacks on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.United Nations chief Antonio Guterres, calling any attack on a nuclear plant a “suicidal thing”, demanded on Monday that UN nuclear inspectors be given access.

Ukrainian authorities performed disaster response drills following repeated shelling at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest of its kind in Europe.

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Both sides accuse the other of attacks in the vicinity of the facility in recent days and engaging in what they call “nuclear terrorism”.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who wants a demilitarised zone to be established around the plant to avoid a potential catastrophe, will meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday for talks.

As part of the emergency drills, Ukrainian first responders donned full protective gear and then dealt with a man pretending to be a victim.

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  What happens if Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant explodes? Experts say the greatest concern is in the leak of radiation that could come as a result of the shelling.Both Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of attacking the plant and of “nuclear terrorism”, with the IAEA urging “utmost restraint” around the site.

After the team carried out a radiation scan they laid the patient on a stretcher, covered him in shiny silver film and then put him into an ambulance.

The first responders were themselves then checked for radiation before being hosed down and disposing of their gear. The drills will be repeated in the coming days, authorities said.

Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said his government was very concerned about the safety of the plant in Enerhodar in the southeast of the country.

“That’s why we’re here, that’s why we’ve created this group,” Halushchenko told reporters.

Ukraine and Russia have said they want International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors to visit the plant. The agency’s chief, Rafael Grossi, has said he is ready to lead a mission.

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  Ukraine nuclear workers: 'We're kept at gunpoint’ "Soldiers are everywhere," says one worker at Zaporizhzhia. "Everyone is kept at gunpoint."Invading forces have occupied the site, the biggest nuclear plant in Europe, since early March. However, it's still operated by Ukrainian technicians.

“They need to give some technical estimation on what is happening because we just don’t have concrete information on what is happening inside,” Halushchenko said.

The plant is still run by Ukrainian technicians even though Russian forces captured it in March during the early stages of its invasion of Ukraine.

Moscow calls its invasion an operation to demilitarise its neighbour and protect Russian-speaking communities. Ukraine and its allies accuse Russia of waging an imperial-style war of conquest.

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Nuclear Plant Crew Warns of ‘Another Chernobyl’ Under Putin .
ZAPORIZHZHYA, Ukraine—Employees at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya power plant in Ukraine, one of the biggest nuclear facilities in the world, are facing an impossible decision. Do they hold on to their critical jobs and work under daily bombardment—or do they pack up their lives and flee to safety, despite the risk of an imminent nuclear catastrophe? Escalating attacks on the Ukrainian city of Enerhodar, where the Zaporizhzhya plant is located, have sparked global panic—and for good reason. Ukraine has accused Russia of shelling the city from the plant grounds. Ukrainian soldiers say they shoot at Russian positions in the town, but not the direction of the plant.

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