The Ukrainian government said they had detected “elevated levels of radiation” after claiming Russia deliberately attacked a nuclear plant, calling for NATO to impose a no fly zone, but IAEA officials later clarified that no leak had been detected.
The entire incident appears to possibly have been yet another contrived story given claims that the attack took place at a nearby location, along with assertions that the Ukrainians fired first.
During an “emotional” speech on Thursday night, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that Russian forces had deliberately attacked the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in the city of Energodar in an attempt to cause a Chernobyl-style “global catastrophe.”
“Right now, Russian tanks are firing upon nuclear units,” Zelensky said. “These are tanks equipped with thermal imagers. That is, they know where they are shooting, they have been preparing for this!”
“I appeal to all Ukrainians, to all Europeans. To all people who know the word ‘Chernobyl.’ Who know how many grief and casualties the explosion at the nuclear power plant caused. It was a global catastrophe. Hundreds of thousands of people struggled with its consequences. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated. Russia wants to do it again. And already repeats. But six times more!”