The Ukraine war has escalated to new heights in recent weeks, with fears of a nuclear disaster looming. The fighting has moved closer to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant - Europe's largest - and at least 10 artillery shells have hit offices and a fire station at the plant in the last week.
While the reactors have not been damaged, any threat to the facility could result in a greater disaster. International Atomic Energy Agency officials are warning that the European continent is now at risk of a nuclear meltdown.
As always, we remind our readers that the Ukrainian government is fraught with corruption and should be condemned for this. However, Russia's invasion of sovereignty is a criminal act and should be treated as such.
With that in mind, Ukraine's nuclear power plant safety record is far from perfect. In 1986, the Chernobyl disaster - one of the world's worst nuclear accidents - occurred just 100 miles from the Zaporizhzhia plant. And in 2015, another Ukrainian nuclear power plant was hit by a rocket attack.
The European people are aware of the impending nuclear fallout, or at least a massive power shortage. In fact, Google searches for "firewood" in Germany have skyrocketed in the last few months:
Putin and his military's actions have been utterly sickening. Aside from the thousands of innocents already murdered in Ukraine, they are putting the lives of millions in danger with these irresponsible strikes on a nuclear plant. Intentional or not, this is indicative of the Russian campaign so far: careless, criminal, and potentially world shattering.
The situation in Ukraine is incredibly dire and the potential consequences of a nuclear disaster are too great to ignore.
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