The Hague, 28 March 2022 | Is the Chernobyl site at risk? Why did Special Russian Forces seize and take control of Chernobyl at the start of the war? Why Chernobyl? There’s nothing there except active traces of radioactivity on uninhabitable land. Chernobyl is a stone’s throw away from Kyiv, 5-6 hours by car, the last stretch on unpaved roads.
Maybe I should retitle my blog to: “Don’t Feather the Nuclear Feathers of a Roaring – If Not Wounded – Beast!”
What if Chernobyl becomes the Next Chernobyl?
The headline on BBC News dated 25 February 2022 reads: “‘Russian military forces have seized control of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukrainian officials say,’ excerpted below:
“Presidential adviser Mykhailo Podoliak said:
‘The totally pointless attack on Thursday amounted to one of the most serious threats in Europe today.’
On Twitter, President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote: ‘This is a declaration of war against the whole of Europe.‘
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also warned of the possibility of ‘another ecological disaster‘ at the site.”
Question? Is the ‘totally pointless attack‘ truly pointless … ‘one of the most serious threats in Europe today,‘ Podoliak emphasizes.
Why would the Russian Federation deliberately position itself inside the uninhabitable 1,000 sq mile Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Zone of Alienation? Could Chernobyl serve Russia strategically, both militarily and geopolitically?
What does it take to detonate a Hiroshima on Chernobyl?
Could another nuclear explosion, ‘another ecological disaster,‘ on the still-smoldering site of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant make that much of a difference to the existing ecological catastrophe?
Chernobyl remains uninhabitable for many future generations. A bomb – another ecological disaster – won’t add too many more uninhabitable years.
- 320 years or less (Ukraine state authorities, c. 2011)
- 3,000 years (Christian Science Monitor, 2016)
- 20,000 years or more (Chernobyl director Ihor Gramotkin, c. 2016)
- Tens of thousands of years (Greenpeace, March 2016)
If, as a last resort, Mr. Putin and his generals decide to make the point — DON’T MESS WITH US — by detonating a nuclear bomb inside Ukraine, the ‘safest’ target area would be Chernobyl, sealed by its uninhabitable surrounding 2,600 km2 Exclusion Zone.
Let’s not kid ourselves. This is a proxy war between NATO and the Russian Federation. Ukrainians, an afterthought in the equation, serve as cannon fodder and human shields. NATO equips Ukraine with the marvels of modern-day firepower, including electronic wizardry, to maximize the kill on the ground and air with minimal risks. What’s more, NATO has put the screws on Russia, suffocating the Russians with severe socio-economic sanctions that affect people worldwide dependent on Russia for grain and economic aid. Under International Law, Russia may retaliate against Western aggression.
The fight to the death between Russia and Ukraine has been preplanned for years and is not ever meant to be regional. It’s become a world war, a test of will. If push comes to shove, Russia can and will unleash its nuclear arsenal. It is a fight to the end. NONE will win!
World War III could mushroom overnight. Is there a better way? Yes! Read the article below. Oscar Arias shows a way out with practical hope. His short, 3-minute article should be required reading for the many Bozos (clowns) in Brussels who call themselves world leaders.
“If the Cold War powers could come together to complete the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in the 1960s, and if Central America’s warring parties could agree on settlements to end their conflicts in the 1980s, the same can happen today in Ukraine.
There is no alternative to dialogue.“
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Oscar Arias, 24 March 2022