US News War in Ukraine: why does the Zaporijjia nuclear power plant catalyze tensions?

15:50  16 august  2022
15:50  16 august  2022 Source:   marianne.net

War in Ukraine: targeted by strikes, a reactor from the Zaporijjia power plant is set up

 War in Ukraine: targeted by strikes, a reactor from the Zaporijjia power plant is set up © Dmytro Smolyenko / Nurphoto / Nurphoto via AFP after strikes of which kyiv and Moscow accuse each other, one Reactors of the Zaporijia nuclear power plant in Ukraine has been arrested. The strikes caused "a serious risk" for its operation. War continues in Ukraine, especially in the south, on the side of Zaporijia and its nuclear power plant , under the control of Russian troops since the start of offensive . Bombings broke out near the power plant.

Volodymyr Zelensky craint une catastrophe nucléaire à la centrale de Zaporijia. © UkrinForm Agency / SIPA Volodymyr Zelensky fears a nuclear disaster at the Zaporijia plant. A pressure cooker in the heart of Europe? According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the nuclear risk in Zaporijjia is very real. "Any radioactive incident at the Zaporijjia nuclear power plant can take a blow to the countries of the European Union, Turkey, Georgia, and more distant countries. It all depends on the direction and the strength of the wind, "he warned this Monday, August 15 before asking the international community to new sanctions against Moscow. Emmanuel Macron must speak with his Ukrainian counterpart this late morning on Tuesday "in particular to approach the situation around the Zaporijia power plant", specifies the Élysée. On the south-east of Ukraine, the power plant installed at the edge of the Dniepr has become a nerveless point of war. Occupied by the Russians since early March, it has been a subject of tension in recent weeks when strikes have targeted the site. Dmytro Orlo, the mayor of the city of Energodar, where the power plant is installed, denounces mortar fires that have become daily. To read also: nuclear accident, atomic bomb: what is the interest of taking iodine? The two countries accuse each other of these attacks which could trigger a nuclear disaster. Taking the threat seriously, the UN Council met last week. The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (AIEA) then asked for an expertise mission to inspect the site "as soon as possible". Ukraine, the international community already feared a nuclear disaster in Chernobyl. The Russian soldiers then seized the infrastructure sadly famous. The IAEA had invited "maximum detention to avoid any action that would put the country's nuclear sites in danger". An engineer in accidental operation of nuclear installations, interviewed by Marianne had then tempered concerns, deeming the reproduction of the 1986 disaster impossible, while the reactors have been stopped for 22 years. "The radioactive materials were very concentrated at that time, it was hundreds of tons of uranium in the same place: the heart. Today, they are stored on the installation and no longer have the same composition or configuration as in 1986. ”This did not exclude dramatic consequences at the local level. To read also: an Iranian satellite to allow Russia to continue its war in Ukraine? With nearly 6,000 megawatts of power, Zaporijia is the most important nuclear power plant in Europe. And the technical teams on site continue to operate the site despite the presence of 500 Russian soldiers, according to the Ukrainian authorities. A site in operation, unlike Chernobyl, which has more concern. On August 11, Paris called on Russia to remove its soldiers from the power station. “France is very concerned about the serious threat posed by Russia on the safety and safety of Ukrainian nuclear installations. »»

Macron and Putin, the reunion on the phone: what they said this Friday .
their last telephone interview dates back to May 28. © AFP.com/dmitry Lovetsky Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin in Saint Petersburg, May 25, 2018 Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron had not spoken since May 28. The Russian and French presidents had a telephone interview this Friday, August 19 in the afternoon.

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