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Ukrainians near nuclear power plant given iodine tablets in case there’s a radiation leak

In case of radiation damage, residents living near Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant will be given iodine tablets.

This move comes just two days after the facility was temporarily shut down due to what officials called fire damage to a transmission cable.

Iodine tablets were distributed in Zaporizhzhia, which is about 27 miles (45km), from the plant.

Concerns about a nuclear catastrophe have been raised by the fight for control of the plant.


There has been continued shelling in the area. Satellite images from Planet Labs show fires around the complex over recent days.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian President, warned that Russia had placed Ukraine and all Europeans in a position one step from a nuclear disaster.

The plant was captured by Russian forces in south Ukraine in March. They have been in control of it ever since. However, it is still being operated by Ukrainian technicians.

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Both sides have been accused of repeatedly shelling the site.

The UN’s Atomic Energy Agency has been trying to gain access to the plant to inspect it and assist with its security. Officials have said that preparations are underway but it is not clear when.

Experts in nuclear technology have expressed concern about the possibility of damage to Zaporizhzhia’s spent nuclear fuel pools and its reactors.

Image: A satellite image shows smoke rising from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant’s fires on Wednesday. Pic: Planet Labs PBC/AP

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Both sides were held responsible for the transmission line damage that took the plant off its power grid on Thursday.

Although it was unclear exactly what happened, Mr Zelenskyy stated that the emergency diesel generators at the plant had to be activated in order to provide electricity for the complex.

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Power is required to cool the reactors. The possibility of a nuclear meltdown could result from a loss in cooling.

Ukrenergo Ukraine, the operator of Ukraine’s transmission system, reported Friday that two damaged main lines providing electricity to the plant had been restored, ensuring stable power supply.

This incident increased the fear of nuclear disaster in a country still haunted from Chernobyl’s 1986 explosion.

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Russia has been accused by Ukraine of shielding the plant with weapons stored there and then launching attacks from its vicinity. However, Moscow accuses Ukraine recklessly firing on it.

Sky News was told by the head of Ukraine’s nuclear industry that workers at the plant were subject to torture by Russian in order to make them stay and run the facility.


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