World: Russia Just Pushed Us One Step Closer to Nuclear Catastrophe

UN alarm as Ukraine nuclear plant shelled again

  UN alarm as Ukraine nuclear plant shelled again Ukraine and Russia trade accusations as the Zaporizhzhia nuclear facility, Europe's largest, is hit.Each side said there were 10 hits on the plant's administrative office and fire station on Thursday.

Russian military trucks emblazoned with the ominous “Z” that has come to symbolize Vladimir Putin’s deadly intentions in Ukraine have been spotted right inside the turbine halls as Russia—on Friday—dismissed calls to demilitarize the most dangerous nuclear power plant in Europe.

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Pleas for help from Ukrainian workers held hostage inside the Russian-controlled plant are ominous. “What is happening is horrific and beyond common sense and morality,” they wrote on Telegram. Constant shelling ricochets off the reactors, causing untold damage, they say, warning that if the attacks don’t stop soon, “nuclear fuel will begin melting, resulting in a release of radioactive substances to the environment.”

Russia is trying to 'threaten the whole world' by shelling Europe's largest nuclear plant, Zelenskyy warns

  Russia is trying to 'threaten the whole world' by shelling Europe's largest nuclear plant, Zelenskyy warns Russia has reached a new low and is trying to "threaten the whole world" by shelling Europe's largest nuclear power plant, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksyy has said. © Reuters A serviceman with a Russian flag on his uniform stands guard near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant on 4 August Moscow and Kyiv have accused each other of shelling the facility as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres proposed a demilitarised zone at the Zaporizhzhia plant in the city of Enerhodar, southeastern Ukraine.

The increased tension has sparked concern across the region, with the U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres warning that Russia’s refusal to demilitarize the plant could lead to a deadly outcome. “Military equipment and personnel should be withdrawn from the plant. Further deployment of forces or equipment to the site must be avoided. The area needs to be demilitarized,” Gutteres said after he met with Ukraine president Volodmyr Zelensky, who has accused Russia of triggering fighting in the area. Russia, instead, says Ukraine is shooting first. “We must tell it like it is—any potential damage to Zaporizhzhia is suicide.”

Images of the potentially apocalyptic choice to hide war machinery and ammunition inside the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant emerged on social media on Thursday. Several news organizations geolocated the image to confirm the location, which has sparked fears of a Chernobyl-style disaster over Europe as Putin desperately scrambles to keep his invasion on track.

The World Needs to Wake Up to Putin’s Nuclear Terrorism

  The World Needs to Wake Up to Putin’s Nuclear Terrorism To Russia’s long list of crimes against humanity associated with its invasion of Ukraine, we must add nuclear terrorism. While many worried that Russia might use nuclear weapons if the war grew more desperate for them—and senior U.S. government officials do not rule that possibility out—Moscow has already done something that could have similarly catastrophic consequences. In early March, Russian forces seized the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station. Since then, they have taken a number of steps, each of which has raised the risk of a nuclear disaster. They have turned the facility into a military base. They have mined parts of the facility.

Workers were told not to come to work on Friday, according to the Washington Post, ahead of what many fear is an impending disaster at the largest nuclear plant in Europe.

The plant has been operated by Ukrainians under Russian control since March. Russia’s Defense Ministry said that the footage seen online “shows that weapons, especially heavy ones, are not placed on the territory of this station.”

Friday, the Washington Post reported that Russia intended a “large-scale terrorist attack” on the vulnerable plant, which is eight times the size of Chernobyl and which would send a potent cloud over much of Europe if it was damaged even minimally. Several experts told the BBC that the plant can “withstand extreme external events, both natural and man-made, such as an aircraft crash or explosions,” but no one ever envisioned a prolonged military attack.

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Russia – Russia blocks consensus on Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty revision .
Russia on Friday blocked the final joint statement on the review of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at the conference that ended Friday in New York after four weeks of negotiations. © Provided by News 360 The Zaporiyia nuclear power plant, Ukraine. - Victor / Xinhua News / ContactoPhoto The statement failed to reach a consensus due to several objections from Russia related to the war in Ukraine and the conflict around the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant.

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