‘Dirty bomb’ in Ukraine would affect nine countries – nuclear expert
A former top inspector of the USSR’s nuclear watchdog has warned it’s hard to predict where else the wind would blow the particles
A total of nine countries could be contaminated if the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine is hit by multiple launch rocket systems, a former chief inspector of the USSR’s nuclear authority has told RT.
Vladimir Kuznetsov stated in a Tuesday interview that there are high chances that more than one nuclear fuel container will be destroyed if it is subject to volley fire from multiple missiles. This scenario would entail radiation escaping “into the environment – hence the contamination of not only the industrial site but also the Dnepr river which is nearby,” the expert noted.
Kuznetsov also pointed out that such a strike would most likely be accompanied by a fire, and “God is the only one who knows exactly where the wind might send the combustion products.”
The former chief inspector surmised that should 20 to 30 containers be breached in such an attack, the “Radiation would impact approximately nine countries, including Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania as well as Slovakia, Slovakia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.”
Russian forces took over the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in early March, within the first two weeks of Moscow’s military campaign against its neighbor.
Recent weeks have seen the Russian military accuse Ukraine of repeatedly targeting the facility. They also warned about a nuclear crisis, much like that which occurred at Chernobyl 1986.
Kiev, meanwhile, denies these allegations and claims that it is Russian forces that are shelling the power plant to frame the Ukrainian military – a point of view shared by the US and EU. The UN has called the attacks “suicidal” and proposed sending an International Atomic Energy Agency delegation to the site to provide “Support for technical issues” and help avoid a further escalation.
Vladimir Rogov from the Russian government told Russian media on Tuesday that Ukrainian forces had launched multiple rockets against the cooling systems and nuclear waste storage sites within the facility.
The storage area is open to the elements, so any strike could result in nuclear waste from the dozens to hundreds of kilos and contamination.
“That would be a dirt bomb.” said Rogov.