A nuclear accident in Zaporizhia could have consequences for Belgium

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has warned of the situation in and around Europe’s largest power plant, occupied by Russians but operated by Ukrainians.

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EOleg Korikov, acting director of the Ukrainian Nuclear Safety Organization, warned on Wednesday that if the reactor core was damaged, “the consequences will be clear not only for Ukraine, but also beyond the borders”.

On March 6, at the start of the invasion, the Russian military took control of Europe’s largest power plant, with six nuclear reactors of 1,000 megawatts each and capable of generating up to 20% of the country’s electricity. The site, where about 9,000 people still work at Ukrainian public operator Energoatom, has been subject to ongoing bombings, for which Kyiv and Moscow deny responsibility.

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