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Europe fears of a new Chernobyl in Ukraine because of situation in Donbas

'A new Chernobyl' in Ukraine is possible, if the situation in the Donbas changes and the militants are able to break through the defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Although it is unlikely, the foreign press discusses such a possibility, albeit a hypothetical one.

If the situation in the Donbas changes in favor of militants and military operations move to the neighbor Zaporizhia region, there is a possibility of a projectile hitting the reactor of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, that is  a new Chernobyl in Ukraine. However, according to the foreign media, because of “subversive activities of Russia” Ukraine itself may cease to exist, and then its nuclear facilities will become derelict, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the German edition Focus.

The public debates on the Ukrainian crisis unfolding in Germany are mostly about the issue of political ideas, the provisions of international law and economic interests, according to the German edition of Focus. However, Germany’s territorial proximity to the places of the tragic events in Ukraine often goes unnoticed, the newspaper notes.

Taken the Russian subversive activities against its “brotherly people of the west”, the Germans are primarily concerned about the fate of four nuclear power plants in Ukraine, Focus writes. It especially affects Europe’s largest Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which is located just 250 kilometers away from the combat zone in the Donbas, the publication emphasizes.

Focus is wondering who will take care of the nuclear reactors, if Ukraine becomes bankrupt or ceases to exist because of the aggressive actions from Russia. The publication does not exclude that the fighting may move from the Donbas to the Zaporizhia region, whose population mostly speaks in Russian. In this case, there is a high probability that the nuclear reactor of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe will be damaged by shelling. The Chernobyl accident will not be erased from the memory of people in Germany for a long time, the publication says.