Potential Nuclear Disaster Brewing in Europe

After Russia purportedly attacked the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station, Europe’s biggest nuclear plant, Britain’s Prime Minister Johnson, and Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelensky held a phone conversation.

No One Really Knows What Happened

While the details of what happened at the facility and why varied between Ukrainian and Russian reports, both sides can agree Russia currently owns the biggest nuclear power plant.

The demand for “European action,” an EU setting that would have to be led by Emmanuel Macron’s France as the bloc’s biggest military force, is intriguing.

It could imply Zelensky thinks relying on the NATO alliance, led by Joe Biden’s America, is much less likely to succeed.

On the purported nuclear plant attack, Zelensky met with Boris Johnson, the premier of Europe’s greatest non-EU military power — aside from Russia — who denounced Russia’s “reckless conduct.”

Per an official transcript of the call issued by the British government, Zelensky and Johnson “decided Russia must simply stop its assault on the power station and enable unrestricted access for rescue personnel to the plant.”

“The Prime Minister underlined President Putin’s irresponsible behavior now directly threatens the lives of all of Europe,” the transcript said, adding Johnson promised to “do everything possible to ensure the issue did not develop any further.”

The summary also revealed that the British government was trying to call an emergency session of the UN Security Council, where the Russian Federation is a full member, to discuss the matter.

Russia, for its side, maintains the flames in Zaporizhzhia were set by supporters of “the Kyiv nationalistic dictatorship.” They claim Ukraine was seeking to stage an “incitement,” and that Russian firing was in self-defense.

Who is True

Such Russian data, like other recent statements about the status of their battle, can be difficult or impossible to evaluate.

“On March 4th, around 2 a.m. (while monitoring a guarded region close to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant), recon unit of Rosgvardiya [Russian National Guard] was assaulted by a Ukrainian saboteur party,” the Russian defense ministry’s top spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, claimed on Facebook.

According to Konashenkov, Ukrainians fired at Russian forces from the balconies of a “training facility situated outside the power station.” This was supposedly carried out in order to “provoke retaliation fire.”

The Ukrainians set fire to the structure and escaped after the Russians began shooting, according to Konashenkov.

The Ukrainian government has stated the fire in Zaporizhzhia occurred in a training facility, instead of the factory itself. No one was injured, but they maintain that the fire was ignited by Russian bombardment.

The units at the plant were “safely shut down,” according to US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, who added that she had “not detected any abnormal radiation levels near the site.”