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A world put on notice by the continuing war in the Ukraine

Knowledgeable people are not just speaking about explosions from missile or artillery attacks; rather of cracks in the system that could send an invisible cloud of radiation that could affect hundreds of thousands of people and not necessarily in the immediate danger zones

Rafael Mariano Grossi (on screen), Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), addresses the Security Council on threats to international peace and security. (Source: UNSC)

The United Nations Security Council is all set to see if it can put an element of sanity in the ongoing Ukrainian conflict now edging close to starting its seventh month; and all of this has to do with the impending catastrophe in the making over attacking a nuclear plant that has been under the control of Russian forces since March. Moscow and Kyiv have been trading charges on who is actually threatening the Zaporizhzhia plant with many experts making the point that any radiation leak as a result of a calculated escalation would be disastrous and make the 1986 Chernobyl incident look like a school picnic.

Map detailing the radiation zone around Chernobyl and Pripyat. (Source: Wiki Commons)

The nuclear plant in question is said to be under the control of Russian forces but with Ukrainian personnel running the operations and in the last several days has come under rocket attack that has fortunately damaged only some outlying installations. Even without a full fledged attack on the plant  the International Atomic Energy Agency has in recent times been insisting for an inspection to make sure everything is in order and proper procedures in place. The situation is “completely out of control”, the Director General of the IAEA, Rafael Mariano Grossi, said in a recent interview.

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