New updates on the war between Russia and Ukraine shake the world. On 21 September 2022, a Russian missile hit 300 metres from the Pivdennoukrainsk plant, known as the South Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plant.
Although the incident was limited to the destruction of the area, with no major damage to the nuclear power plant, it could have turned into a catastrophe of colossal consequences, labelled by many national and international media as “nuclear terrorism”.
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In the aftermath of the attack, and in the midst of the ongoing conflict between the two countries, Ukraine raised its voice in the international community to denounce the incident, claiming that Russia was just a few metres away from detonating the second largest nuclear facility in the country.
Russia’s move is part of a series of desperate measures in the face of the Ukrainian advance into Lugansk province along the Oskil River, an area the Kremlin declared as seized last July.
THE AFTERMATH OF THE ATTACK
In its most immediate aftermath, the Russian missile strike caused a brief power outage in the area and part of the Oleksandrivska hydroelectric power station, which supplies power to much of the south of the country. However, there was no major irregular activity at the NPP and it is currently operating normally.
In response, several Ukrainian authorities have raised their voices. Among them, Energy Minister German Galushchenko, who stated that an attack on this facility could have economic consequences throughout the continent, raising electricity prices in the country substantially. His intervention ended with an international call to stop the Russian government’s unconscionable actions.
Just hours after the attack, a meeting in Kiev of senior military commanders assessed plans of action for the disengagement of occupied territories.
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Let’s not forget, after all, that Ukraine was in its favour after a long time, having regained much of the north-east of the country thanks to the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the Kharkov region porno français.
EXPERT PREDICTIONS OF THE CONFLICT
Although even with the Russian attack Ukraine sees a favourable scenario in the conflict, one cannot ignore the fact that the recovery of territory has been slow and has lost momentum in recent months.
Against this backdrop, the winter is expected to be decisive for the conflict. On the one hand, Ukraine is concerned about the humanitarian aspect. After all, without heat and gas in many frontline areas, especially in Donetsk province, many lives will be at risk. It is estimated that at least 2 million people could cross the border into Poland.
Meanwhile, Russia is aware of Ukraine’s weaknesses in this context, and will surely take advantage. They will most likely make their way into power supply areas, in order to exacerbate the humanitarian situation outlined above. Moreover, its privileged position in the face of Europe’s general energy crisis makes its interest in prolonging the situation obvious.