A terrifying new map shows which countries could be affected by radiation leaks from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, amid fears that Vladimir Putin plans false flag attacks at the site.
The plant in southern Ukraine is Europe's largest and lies within territory controlled by Russia (although Ukrainians still work there).
Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of shelling the plant and putting millions of people at risk.
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"Ukrainian intelligence officers believe that the Russians are preparing a provocation at the ZNPP. Following their extensive shelling of the ZNPP, the invaders could 'raise the stakes' and stage a real terrorist attack on Europe's largest nuclear facility," Ukrainian officials said yesterday (Thursday, August 18).
Likewise, Russia's defence ministry said today (August 19): "The Kyiv regime is preparing a false flag attack at the Zaporozhye NPP during a visit to Ukraine by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
"As a result of this provocation, Russia will be accused of creating a man-made disaster at this power plant."
Now a video map – created by the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Institute and shared on Twitter by Ukrainian BBC journalist Myroslava Petsa – shows what the true impact of the terrifying stand off could be.
"In case a nuclear disaster at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant occurred on Aug 15-18, this is how the released airborne radioactive contaminants would probably get dispersed," Petsa said.
It shows a wave of radiation marked in orange and yellow moving both north and south from Zaporizhzhia, turning green (becoming less intense) as it spreads.
It hits a total of 13 countries – Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Russia.
Yesterday Igor Kirillov, head of Russia's radioactive, chemical and biological defence forces, even warned of a potential nuclear incident that could impact as far away as Germany as the plant's backup system was damaged.
He blamed that damage on nearby Ukrainian airstrikes.
In March, Ukrainian officials warned of a nuclear disaster "10 times worse than Chernobyl" after Russian shelling caused a fire on the site.
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Zaporizhzhia has been under Russian control since the early days of the invasion and nuclear inspectors say they have not been permitted inside.
However, today Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron reportedly agreed in a phone call to send a mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the power station to assess the state of affairs.
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