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Russia destroys M777 howitzer responsible for shelling Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant | VOA News |
Russia's Defense Ministry said its forces had destroyed a U.S.-made M777 howitzer, which it said Ukraine had used to shell the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, Reuters reported.
The Defense Ministry said the howitzer had been destroyed west of the town of Marganets in Ukraine's Dnipropetrovsk region.
The Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, Europe's largest, was captured by Russian forces in March. It remains near the frontline, and has repeatedly come under fire in recent weeks. Both Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of shelling the facility.
The world has become highly vulnerable to nuclear disasters
Countries have gone back on pledges, and Ukraine war adds to risk of nuclear catastrophe
The Ukraine war has reignited fears of a global nuclear catastrophe. Nuclear weapons might not be used deliberately, but the possibility of mistakes and miscalculations in this war is so high that the world cannot ignore the impending disaster.
Ukraine's Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant -- Europe's biggest -- is in the frontline since March. Its safety has become such a concern that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres repeated his call last week for military withdrawals from the nuclear plant area and warned that any harm to the facility would be `suicide'. The alarms expressed worldwide persuaded Russia to agree to a visit by UN officials to inspect the nuclear power plant.
Any accidental nuclear disaster at Zaporizhzhya might not take the size and shape of what the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe had endured with the accident in the Chernobyl nuclear plant in 1986. Still, it will be no less catastrophic than the accident at the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan in 2011.
The Nuclear Ban Treaty does not provide much assurance for the world to feel safe and secure from a looming nuclear disaster. -
Nuclear power provides 10 per cent of the world's electricity. The world has 441 operable nuclear reactors in 36 countries with the capacity to produce 369 Gigawatt electricity per year. Around 50 nuclear reactors are under construction. Nuclear power plants are said to be the safest and most secure in the world, but accidents happen. Even the US had witnessed the meltdown of its Three Mile Island reactor in 1979.
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