From the very beginning of the Russian occupation of Crimea in 2014, the aggressor did not hide his desire to take control of the North Crimean Canal. Currently, seeking “international recognition of Russia’s Crimea”, Russia has “justified” its aggression against Ukraine, already defined as an international crime and condemned by a UN General Assembly’s resolution, allegedly seeking to “demilitarize” Ukraine, which allegedly “wants to make nuclear weapons”. Under these conditions, the Russia’s invaders have already seized the “Shelter” as a sarcophagus of the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant (NPP), and Russian are making desperate attempts to capture the Zaporizhzhya NPP in the Energodar town and the South Ukrainian NPP in the Mykolaiv Region.
The aggressor’s calculation is to seize key energy facilities in Ukraine, as well as to be “safe” from the attacks of Ukrainian aircraft and artillery on the territory of nuclear power facilities, which the Ukrainian army will definitely not attack. In order to seize the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the aggressor state has already shot dead civilians in Energodar town, who persuaded the agressor’s soldiers not to militarize the nuclear power plant. However, fighting near the Zaporizhzhya NPP will have another negative consequence, as in the event of any damage to the station, radioactive substances in large quantities can enter the Kakhovka Reservoir, from which the aggressor currently plans to supply water to Crimea by the North Crimean Canal.
Thus, Russia may now create a huge-scale radiation catastrophe in the south of Ukraine, which will, among other things, destroy the unique ecosystems of the Crimean peninsula. It is noteworthy that the Ukrainian “Energoatom” state enterprise has already appealed to the IAEA in connection with Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine to initiate the creation of thirty kilometers of safe zones around Ukraine’s nuclear facilities.