President Volodymyr Zelensky has asked NATO members to guarantee the protections of all Ukrainian nuclear facilities as Russia continues to shell Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
Dozens of shells have hit the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant which is the largest in Europe and fears are growing of a nuclear disaster which would devastate Europe.
The Unite Nations watchdog has warned that if Russian shelling makes a direct hit then this could spread radiation across Europe.
Vladimir Putin is putting “all Europeans in a situation one step away from a radiation disaster,” Zelesnky previously warned.
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The director, Rafael Grossi, of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warned that this “news is extremely disturbing” adding, “you’re playing with fire.”
Zelensky told NATO, “All our nations are interested in not having any dangerous incidents at our nuclear facilities.
“We all need guaranteed protection from Russian sabotage at nuclear facilities.”
Former military intelligence officer Philip Ingram told Sky News that it is “not practical” for NATO forces to secure Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia.
Ingram said, “There’s been shelling over the last couple of days and that is what has brought it to President Zelensky’s attention.
“The Russian MoD showed a video which hasn’t been independently verified, that they claim shows Ukrainian shelling of the power plant.
“President Zelensky has called on NATO to provide protection, practically that could never happen because that would bring NATO troops and NATO air forces into direct confrontation with Russian forces, and then we would be looking at a World War Three scenario.”
However, NATO could trigger Article 5 should there be “a radiation leak” at the nucler facility, “depending on which way the wind blows” then NATO could chose to see this as an “act of war.”
Major General Chip Chapman warned in September, that should any radiation reach any NATO country then this could rapidly escalate into a full scale military response against Vladimir Putin.
Major General Chapman told Times Radio, “We know that security pillars have all been compromised to an extent at the nuclear power plant.
“But there isn’t a big radiation element at the moment.
“And of course, if it does leak then from a NATO perspective, depending on where the wind blows, that could be seen as an article 5 act of war if NATO chose to see it.”