Moscow 18 August : Ukraines ongoing attacks on the Russian-controlled Zaporozhye nuclear power station could result in a much more devastating catastrophe for Europe than the current energy crisis in the region, an official from the Russian Defense Ministry official has warned, according to reports in the media.Igor Kirillov, who heads Russia’s Nuclear Biological and Chemical Defense Troops and outlined the likely worst-case scenario of hitting directly on Europe’s largest nuclear facility at a briefing held on Thursday.RT reported.
He presented journalists with an image of a map with large plumes of radioactive materials from the site that reached Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Moldova, Belarus and even Germany.
He said Ukraine’s Western supporters for trying to minimize the risk of targeting the nuclear plant, and for not heeding the lessons of the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe as well as the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident, RT reported.
According to Kirillov both of the disasters involved “the malfunction of support systems, interruption of power supply and the partial and complete shut-down of cooling system, which resulted in excessive heating of nuclear fuel as well as the demise of the reactor”.
The aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster impacted more than 20 countries, causing more than 4,000 deaths, a massive increase in cancer cases and the permanent relocation of approximately 100,000 people.The consequences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster might appear “insignificant” at first however, up to 500 000 people have left their homes as a result of the disaster, he noted.