Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk disclosed that an accident has occurred at a Ukrainian nuclear plant while speaking to parliament. The incident occurred at Zaporizhzhya, the largest plant in Europe, Reuters reports:
“I know that an accident has occurred at the Zaporizhye NPP,” Yatseniuk said, asking new energy minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn to make clear when the problem would be resolved and what steps would be taken to restore normal power supply across Ukraine.News agency Interfax Ukraine said the problem had occurred at bloc No 3 – a 1,000-megawatt reactor – and the resulting lack of output had worsened the power crisis in the country.
It’s hard not to panic at least a little at the prospect of Ukrainian nuclear problems, given the obvious history. The story is still developing, and the accident, like most nuclear energy issues, will most likely turn out to be relatively minor.But whether this turns out to be a Chernobyl catastrophe or a Three Mile Island dud, it will be a potent reminder of yet another reason why a Ukraine mired in chaos is not a welcome development for the world.