Russian Invasion Brings Risks of Massive Chernobyl Repeat to Ukraine

The photo shows the Chernobyl nuclear site in the distance. (Photo courtesy of Jason Minshull, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

The Chernobyl nuclear site lost power yesterday amid a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Scientists say the power loss will not result in the release of radiation from the site.

But that’s not the only nuclear concern during the invasion.

Friday morning, Russian artillery fire hit the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. A fire started, triggering panic about a possible nuclear disaster. Thankfully, the reactors suffered no damage. The explosion and fire took place at a training center, away from the reactors.

A disaster avoided

Experts say the resulting disaster would have emitted more radioactive material than the 1986 Chernobyl incident. Eric Mock with the Slavic Gospel Association says, “The radiation from Chernobyl was detected all over the world, and it rendered large portions of southern Belarus as well as the northern parts of Ukraine just unlivable.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


  • Pray for peace in Ukraine.
  • Praise God for the faithfulness of pastors near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant.