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Russia warns radioactive waste could hit Germany if accident occurs at damaged nuclear power plant

2022-08-19 09:16:15       source:CNBC

August 18, 2022

Russia’s Ministry of Defense warned Thursday that if an accident occurs at the nuclear power plant it is occupying in southern Ukraine, radioactive material would cover Germany, Poland and Slovakia.

Igor Kirillov, head of Russia’s radioactive, chemical and biological defense forces, said the plant’s backup support systems had been damaged as a result of shelling, Reuters reported, and that several countries in Europe could be at risk if there was an accident.

The warning on Thursday came as tensions over the status of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant came to the fore, with the fate of the facility — Europe’s largest nuclear power plant — set to be discussed at talks between the U.N.’s secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday.

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