Russia Attacks Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant

Russia has attacked the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant within the last 2-3 hours.
Shelling and tracer rounds could be seen in an area near a cluster of administration type buildings.
One caught fire and continues to burn as the attack by Russia raged.
On site firefighters and an offsite fire crew were pinned down and unable to fight the fire due to the attack.
Reports documented that the Russian military was also shooting and shelling the reactor buildings.
Firefighters have recently been allowed in to fight the fire.

Later reports said that Russian military were in the plant grounds shooting and attempting to sieze the plant.
The plant director has reported that Russian military are attempting to negotiate with the workers to hand over the plant.
There is an unconfirmed report that the perpetrators are Kadyrovs and that their motives could be worse than just occupying the plant.
For the moment as this report is being compiled, fighting has stopped and the fire continues to be addressed.

4 of the 6 units were operating before the attack began. Unit 3 was automatically shut down during the attack but a specific reason was not confirmed yet.
Some reactor units were shut down the previous day, leaving unit 4 as the only operating reactor. Unit 1 was offline during the attack but was apparently hit.

Ukrainian authorities report that radiation levels at the plant have not increased and the fire is being brought under control.

The attack spawned an emergency phone call between Zelensky and Biden in the US. The UK is calling for an emergency UN Security Council Meeting over the attack.

We have seen varying claims about the danger of this ongoing incident. The reactor units are newer and have heavy concrete containment structures but there are a multitude of ways a reactor can have a failure if systems are damaged. Offsite power, exposed but critical reactor systems, cooling equipment and the portions of the reactor building outside of the containment structure are all risk factors. As the 2011 Fukushima disaster proved, you don’t have to fly a plane into a nuclear reactor to create a reactor meltdown.

This is an ongoing serious threat. As more information is known, we will post updates.
Some images from the earlier incident are below. Taken from the live stream camera at the plant, munitions can be seen landing in the area near the administration buildings along with shooting with tracer rounds.

 

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