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‘Dirty bomb’ in Ukraine would hit nine countries, nuclear expert says


A former chief inspector of the USSR’s nuclear watchdog has warned it’s hard to predict where the wind will blow the particles

A total of nine countries could be contaminated if the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine is hit by multiple rocket launchers, a former chief inspector of the nuclear authority of India told RT. USSR.

In an interview published on Tuesday, Vladimir Kuznetsov warned that if the plant was hit by volley fire with many missiles hitting the storage facility which contains spent nuclear fuel, there is a good chance that more than one container be damaged. This scenario would involve radiation escaping”in the environment – hence the contamination not only of the industrial site but also of the nearby Dnepr River,” noted the expert.

Kuznetsov also pointed out that such a strike would most likely be accompanied by fire, and “God knows where the wind would send the products of combustion.

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The former chief inspector surmised that if 20 to 30 containers were to be breached in such an attack, the “the radiation would affect about nine countries: Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, the Baltic States and of course Western Ukraine.

Russian forces took control of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in early March, during the first two weeks of Moscow’s military campaign against its neighbor.

In recent weeks, the Russian military has accused Ukraine of deliberately targeting the facility repeatedly and warned that a major nuclear disaster, similar to Chernobyl in 1986, or worse, could occur if such attacks continue unchecked.

Kyiv, meanwhile, denies the claims and says it was Russian forces who bombed the power plant to trap the Ukrainian army – a view shared by the US and the EU. The UN called the attacks “suicidaland offered to send a delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency to the site to provide “technical support” and avoid further escalation.

On Tuesday, local government official Vladimir Rogov told Russian media that Ukrainian forces fired several rockets directly at the cooling systems and nuclear waste storage site inside the facility.

Since the storage site is in the open, any impact would release nuclear waste ranging from tens to hundreds of kilograms and lead to contamination of the area, the official explained.

In other words, it would be like a dirty bomb,said Rogov.

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