Ukraine appealed to Russia for a temporary ceasefire on Wednesday to allow repairs to be made to a power line to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. It warned there could be a radiation leak that could spread to Russia and Europe if the electricity outage continued.
There are 100 workers and another 200 Ukrainian guards, who’d been in charge of security at the time of the assault remain trapped there, the BBC reported.
Energoatom said radioactive substances could be released if the plant cannot cool spent nuclear fuel. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said reserve diesel generators can power the plant for only 48 hours.
Energoatom said there were about 20,000 spent fuel assemblies at Chernobyl that could not be kept cool during a power outage, and that their warming could lead to „the release of radioactive substances into the environment.
“The radioactive cloud could be carried by wind to other regions of Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, and Europe,” it said in a statement.
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