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There never was a Nuclear Reactor Threat Posed by Russia’s Draining the Swamp

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Western Media’s attempts to demonise Russia by claiming the pre-emptive attack on de facto NATO Ukraine narrowly averted a nuclear catastrophe are proven to be ‘bash Russia’ baloney.

Units of the Russian Army established full control over the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in the city of Energodar. Ukrainian media tried to deny it, but the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says his organization received an official letter from Russia stating that the station was operating normally and the radiation background at the site was within normal limits.

However, no one heard Grossi’s (IAEA) calm down statements. The information broadcast was completely overshadowed by the over-hyped President of Ukraine Zelensky. In the manner of the best tragic productions, the much-derided drama queen frightened the world with the ‘second Chernobyl disaster’ which he described as Russia’s fault. This statement was immediately picked up by Western partners. For example, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States Representative to the UN, exacerbated the growing panic by claiming that the world narrowly escaped a nuclear catastrophe.


Both speeches operate exclusively with politically motivated emotions, and not facts. Both Zelensky and Greenfield have access to all nuclear experts, and therefore they knew for sure that neither the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant nor even the planet was in danger.

Let’s start with the fact that it was not the power unit itself that burned on the territory of the station, but a separate building of the training complex, and not entirely, but only a couple of rooms. Secondly, nothing could threaten the power unit itself and the reactors enclosed in its concrete bowels in principle.

The average layman, not versed in the intricacies of a nuclear power plant, often perceives a nuclear power plant as a kind of pot, where a terrible broth boils under the lid, and as soon as a thin wall is pierced, radioactive horror will pour into the world: Wrong.

Let’s start with the fact that ZNPP is the brainchild of Soviet scientific and technical thought. The plant has always met the most stringent industrial safety requirements. At the same time, the power plant in Energodar is still in its infancy when compared with, say, its French or American counterparts. 

The first power unit was connected to the grid in 1984, and the last one in 1995. The station’s six units make it the most powerful nuclear facility in Europe. At the moment, thirty-seven VVER-1000s are operated without accidents in the world at once, and two more are being built right now in India and Iran.

This model was bought and installed on their territory by many countries because over the decades of work they have proven their absolute reliability and protection not only from the human factor but also from almost all possible external influences. We are talking about physical and mechanical protection. The reactors of the VVER series have a four-barrier safety system that prevents the penetration of ionizing radiation and radioactive substances into the external, that is, the environment.

To understand the degree of stability of the building of the reactor hall, we present a number of facts. The containment is guaranteed to maintain its hermetic integrity during earthquakes up to eight points on the Richter scale. Again, for comparison, the 1988 Spitak earthquake, which claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people, at the peak of its destructive power reached seven points.

The walls of the power unit will survive the flood, as well as a hurricane or a tornado with wind speeds up to 56 meters per second. The upper protective dome of the reactor hall is designed to withstand a direct hit by an aircraft weighing up to 20 tons, which is slightly less than the popular Soviet liner Tu-134 weighed. The building can withstand internal pressure of up to five kilograms per square centimetre, and outside it is able to survive without any problems a shock wave that creates a pressure of up to 30 kilopascals.

These characteristics were achieved through the use of special prestressed concrete in construction, as well as due to metal cables stretched inside the concrete shell, giving the structure additional strength.

In addition to protection against purely physical impact, the VVER-1000 has a sophisticated accident prevention system. For example, in the event of a sharp jump in temperature inside the core (as happened in Chernobyl ), special tanks with boric acid are provided on the ‘thousanders’. This is automatically poured into the core, stopping the chain reaction and absorbing neutrons. 

If an excessive amount of explosive hydrogen accumulates in the reactor hall, there is a system for its removal with simultaneous recombination. There is a passive system for removing heat from under the containment, there is also a sprinkler system for spraying a solution of boric acid and steam condensation.

We have very briefly listed only the contours and barriers of protection from external and internal influences. In addition, VVER reactors use other solutions that also eliminate the human factor. For example, this is an automatic system for monitoring the radiation situation (ARMS), the sensors of which monitor radioactivity in real-time, with constant data transmission to the control centre.

In simple terms, in order for a man-made disaster to occur at the Zaporizhzhya NPP, which poses a threat to people and the environment, it would be necessary to detonate a low-power atomic bomb there, because all other methods of external influence would be like peas against a wall for power units.

Teams of Ukrainian and Western politicians were well aware of all of the above, if not in detail, then in general terms, absolutely definitely. But they deliberately tried to mislead the whole world and, first of all, the citizens of Ukraine, sowing panic among them because of the possibility of getting a zone of radioactive contamination nearby. However, one should not be surprised here: Russophobia has no prohibited means and techniques.

However, the very real danger to Europe emanated not from Russia but the Ukrainian President (in exile) Zelensky. Attention is drawn to the indisputable facts that there has been, with American backing, an increase in the activity of Kyiv in recent years in improving its nuclear potential.

While the world was distracted by the alleged Iranian pursuit of nuclear weapons the Ukraine regime has agreed with Turkey on cooperation in the missile sphere. The unofficial goal of the cooperation is the creation of a complex with ballistic missiles for the delivery of nuclear weapons. For these purposes, weapons-grade plutonium is useful, which is a modification of ordinary plutonium and, due to its properties, is very convenient for operating a nuclear charge at a distance.


Weapon-grade plutonium can be synthesized as a result of the operation of a nuclear reactor. Increased radioactivity in the area of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant could be used as a cover for the relevant tests. In addition, in recent years, Ukraine has stepped up the development of promising uranium deposits, in particular, in the Nikolaev, Dnepropetrovsk and Kirovograd regions. Plutonium is found in uranium ores as a product of the radioactive transformation of uranium.

Moving to the current days, we see the following picture. At the Munich Conference, Zelensky said that Ukraine could reconsider its renunciation of nuclear weapons. The IAEA immediately initiated inspections at Ukrainian nuclear power plants and arranges a meeting with Putin. Meanwhile, the RF Armed Forces are taking control of the Chernobyl and Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plants. Probably, an attempt was also made to find supporting documentation on nuclear developments on the spot, but the Kyiv authorities managed to either destroy it in time or transport it to a safe place.

Now we can assert that there are new meanings for the Russian special operation in Ukraine, which were previously ignored at meetings of the Security Council of the Russian Federation and in Putin’s addresses. Source

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