Ukraine blames Russia for power cut at Chernobyl nuclear plant and says it could cause "nuclear discharge"

Posted on AllSides March 9th, 2022
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The power supply was cut to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on Wednesday, Ukrainian authorities said, blaming Russia's invading forces for the blackout and warning that it could lead to "nuclear discharge." 

The U.N.-backed global nuclear watchdog agency, the IAEA, downplayed concerns of an imminent radioactive release, but a Ukrainian national emergency services agency said if power to the plant's cooling systems, which prevent spent nuclear fuel from evaporating, is not ensured, it could leave winds to blow a "radioactive cloud to other regions of Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Europe."

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