Nuclear panic grips Ukraine as State Emergency Service deployed to prepare for disaster

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Members of the SES have been pictured attending nuclear disaster response drills. This comes amid the shelling of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. The power plant, located in southern Ukraine, was seized by Russian forces in the initial stages of Putin’s invasion.

However, it is still operated by Ukrainian staff.

It has been hit by shelling throughout the conflict, with both Kyiv and Moscow accusing one another of attacking the facility.

Both sides have denied this.

The UN’s nuclear watchdog has warned of catastrophic consequences if the plant sustains damage.

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“There is still a chance to prevent this loss.”

Mr Zelensky continued: “Everything depends only on the direction and strength of the wind.

“If Russia’s actions lead to a catastrophe, the consequences may hit those who remain silent so far.”

Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi urged both sides to permit an inspection of the facility, describing the situation as being “completely out of control”.

He said: “Every principle of nuclear safety has been violated.”

Mr Grossi said the power plant was exhibiting a “catalogue of things that should never be happening in any nuclear facility”.

He warned: “If an accident occurs at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, we will not have a natural disaster to blame – we will have only ourselves to answer to.

“We need everyone’s support.”

He then added: “So I’m pleading as an international civil servant, as the head of an international organisation, I’m pleading to both sides to let this mission proceed.”

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