The world has watched in disbelief as the conflict between Ukraine and Russia continues to unfold with no end in sight. There are now reports that Russian troops have halted their attack on Ukraine’s only nuclear power plant in Chernobyl but remain in control of the plant and remain a threat to the region and international relations. How dangerous could this be? What does this mean for Ukraine, Russia, and the rest of the world? These questions will be explored further in this article about Russia’s military takeover of Ukraine’s nuclear power plant.
What happens to the nuclear power plant in Ukraine?:
In February of 2014, Russian troops seized a nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Now, all eyes are on Russia and its recent actions in that country. While these are serious issues, there is an important question that must be answered: What happens to Ukraine’s nuclear power plant? Perhaps more importantly, what does it mean for people living nearby? According to reports from Russian state television station Rossiya 24, Russian troops recently halted their attack on one of three nuclear power plants in southeast Ukraine. While there was no threat posed by any potential attacks from Ukrainian rebels, who were fighting with government forces inside territory near those plants, authorities said they were concerned about possible terrorist attacks which could be launched against their soldiers guarding the facility.
Possible Reasons Behind the Attack
The reasons behind Russia’s attack on a Ukrainian nuclear power plant are unknown but many have speculated that they are planning to steal more nuclear materials to further their attacks on Ukraine. Russia has already seized Crimea and seems to be moving troops closer and closer towards southeastern Ukraine. Although they have halted their attack on nuclear power plants, it is still a possibility that Russian troops will strike again. The world waits anxiously as people speculate why Russia would do such a thing. It could take years for these wounds of war to heal; until then tensions rise every second as people wonder what is going through Putin’s mind.
What Is at Risk if the Russians Remain There
According to ABC News, Russian troops have taken control of a nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Their presence there raises two important questions: what is at risk if they remain there, and how dangerous could their presence be? Much of eastern Ukraine’s electrical supply comes from three nuclear power plants in Crimea—the same area that has been embroiled in a crisis for months. With those facilities now under Russian control, some are worried about whether or not those plants will continue to produce electricity and if it will be available to customers.
Reactions Around the World
Officials from Ukraine, and around Europe, reacted with alarm to news that Russian troops were able to enter a nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that [Ukrainian] sovereignty over these facilities must be restored. The U.S. State Department said it was concerned about the presence of Russian military personnel and called on Russia to withdraw its forces immediately, according to The Associated Press. Moscow has denied sending any forces into Crimea, which is part of Ukraine but has been occupied by Russia since last week after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev and anti-Yanukovych protests broke out in Sevastopol as well as other parts of eastern Ukraine.
The Big Picture
The Ukraine-Russia crisis has a frightening big picture: In Ukraine, Russia has officially invaded on a matter of principle. After an uprising against Ukraine’s pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych, who was already fragile and weak before mass protests, Moscow was not going to tolerate a Ukraine with Western leanings. This is no longer some backwater colony where Russian nationals can live without concern. What happens in Kiev will affect Russia and there are enough people in both countries who want to see it that way; nationalism isn’t dying just yet.