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Nuclear Power In Ukraine A Concern

The recent giant explosion at an ammunition dump in Crimea (south of Ukraine) which reportedly killed one man and injured another thirteen, illustrates precisely how easily accidents can happen in times of military conflict and when there are much larger stakes at risk like nuclear power plants it becomes a major concern.

The Ukraine depends almost entirely on nuclear power for electricity and operates four nuclear power plants with 15 reactors located in the Volhynia region and also in southern Ukraine. Volhynia borders both Poland and Belarus while being close to Kiev (Kyiv) which is the capital of Ukraine. Pictured are the reactors at Rivne which is in the centre of the Volhynia region.
The fact that there are 15 reactors spread across an eastern block country which the west is supplying with large arsenals of missiles and heavy weaponry to fight an invader means that unless a huge amount of responsibility is shown by those involved in the conflict, a nuclear accident could easily occur making it a problem for most of Europe.
Responsibility is often not something that is a priority in times of chaotic war and just one missile or shell could change the course of history for not only the Ukraine but also neighbouring countries and even further afield.

To it’s credit, Russia has voiced concerns to the UN about the situation but as most people know by now, the UN is not at all what it is portrayed to be and is unlikely to become involved unless it the situation proves to be a political or financial advantage for the organisation.
Russia of course knows the damage that can occur from a nuclear disaster, having experienced it in the1986 Chernobyl event which turned Chernobyl into a ghost city and also another nearby city Pripyat. What many people don’t know is that Chernobyl and Pripyat are located in Ukraine which was previously a part of Russia.

I checked the prevailing winds for Ukraine and and they vary between north-west and west which means that Europe as a whole would likely be effected by a nuclear disaster in that part of the world and it is surprising that no mention of this has been made before by countries in the region.

Finally, nuclear reactors in that region have been made safer since the Chernobyl event but are still extremely vulnerable to the ravages of war, lets hope that the madness of military action in the Ukraine stays away from nuclear silos and that common sense prevails.

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