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How dangerous is the situation at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant?
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How dangerous is the situation at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant?

Shelling at the power plant could badly damage the nuclear reactor and release radiation into the atmosphere. The reactors are built to withstand a minor internal explosion of a pressurised water pipe, but not a huge explosion

Russian capture of Chernobyl put world on 'brink of disaster', says Volodymyr Zelensky
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Russian capture of Chernobyl put world on 'brink of disaster', says Volodymyr Zelensky

Zelensky had also said that Russia had fired missiles at Ukraine directly over Ukrainian nuclear power plants.

Radiation at Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear power plant at 'abnormal' levels since Russia takeover: UN atomic watchdog
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Radiation at Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear power plant at 'abnormal' levels since Russia takeover: UN atomic watchdog

Russian troops took over the site on 24 February, the first day of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. In 1986, Chernobyl became the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster

Russian troops are leavening Chernobyl nuclear power plant, says Ukraine
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Russian troops are leavening Chernobyl nuclear power plant, says Ukraine

There have been concerns over radiation leaks from Chernobyl since the war began. Chernobyl became the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster in 1986

Power restored at Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear power station, says IAEA
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Power restored at Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear power station, says IAEA

Separately, Ukraine's state nuclear operator Energoatom accused the Russian military of detonating ammunition at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station in the country's south.

Explained: What are the reasons behind latest scare at Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine?
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Explained: What are the reasons behind latest scare at Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine?

The International Atomic Energy Agency has said it "sees no critical impact on safety" at the plant, which was the site of the world's worst nuclear accident in April 1986.

IAEA says it has lost contact with Chernobyl nuclear data systems, voices concern for staff
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IAEA says it has lost contact with Chernobyl nuclear data systems, voices concern for staff

On 24 February, Russia invaded Ukraine and seized the defunct Chernobyl plant, site of a 1986 disaster that killed hundreds and spread radioactive contamination west across Europe.

Ukraine crisis: Experts assess dangers following Russia’s attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant
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Ukraine crisis: Experts assess dangers following Russia’s attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

While these are not the same type of reactor as those at the Chernobyl plant, and are of a much safer design, this does not make them any less vulnerable to weapons of war

Ukraine should realise the folly of NATO tilt and resume talks with Putin’s Russia
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Ukraine should realise the folly of NATO tilt and resume talks with Putin’s Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was naïve enough to have thought that the US and NATO would ‘physically’ stop the Russian invasion

Russia seizes control over Chernobyl: Timeline since 1986 meltdown, why it raises fears of 'ecological disaster'
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Russia seizes control over Chernobyl: Timeline since 1986 meltdown, why it raises fears of 'ecological disaster'

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy had earlier warned such a disaster could happen again if Russia continued its invasion. 'Our defenders are giving their lives so that the tragedy of 1986 will not be repeated,' Zelenskyy wrote earlier on Twitter

Ukraine nuclear agency says Chernobyl radiation levels rising, day after being seized by Russia
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Ukraine nuclear agency says Chernobyl radiation levels rising, day after being seized by Russia

The agency attributed the rise to 'disturbance of topsoil due to heavy military equipment movement.' The now-defunct Chernobyl was the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster in 1986

The Jared Harris interview | 'If you don't feel terrified as an actor, you're not doing the job right'
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The Jared Harris interview | 'If you don't feel terrified as an actor, you're not doing the job right'

Jared Harris discusses what he found sumptuously terrifying about his new character in Foundation, the challenges of bringing to life a fictional but iconic literary character, and how the Apple show falls in line with the other great TV shows he is known for.

Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Oksana Masters eyes medal in fourth different sport
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Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Oksana Masters eyes medal in fourth different sport

“It's not about the medals," said Oksana, an eight-time Paralympic medallist. “It’s not about anything else except leaving a legacy, being one example for that young girl to see.”

Alexander Rodnyansky on Netflix film Chernobyl 1986 and how it emphasises people’s personal heroism, dedication to a higher cause
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Alexander Rodnyansky on Netflix film Chernobyl 1986 and how it emphasises people’s personal heroism, dedication to a higher cause

Chernobyl 1986 comes on the heels of the 2019 critically acclaimed HBO miniseries Chernobyl, which critics praised for its focus on the failures of the Soviet system.

Despite Hollywood's terrible track record, studios continue to mine video games for film adaptations
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Despite Hollywood's terrible track record, studios continue to mine video games for film adaptations

Game adaptations have often faltered by trying to rigidly replicate the action and storylines that fans know and love. That approach invites comparison, and movies almost always fail to measure up.

35 years since nuclear explosion, Chernobyl remains a place of 'tragedy and memory' for Ukrainians
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35 years since nuclear explosion, Chernobyl remains a place of 'tragedy and memory' for Ukrainians

The Chernobyl zone saw its tourism increase twofold after the lauded television miniseries of 2019 and officials hope that level of interest will continue, or grow, once the global pandemic has receded.

Paul Ritter, who starred in Chernobyl and Harry Potter series, passes away at 54
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Paul Ritter, who starred in Chernobyl and Harry Potter series, passes away at 54

Paul Ritter's agent, in a statement, said that the actor died at home in the presence of his family.

Researchers use robot dog ‘Spot’ to remotely map radiation levels in Russia's Chernobyl
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Researchers use robot dog ‘Spot’ to remotely map radiation levels in Russia's Chernobyl

The robot dog was tasked with surveying levels of radiation in the zone of nuclear reactor number four, and then creating a 3D map of its distribution

Extreme fungus from Chernobyl under study for use in protective shields against space radiation
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Extreme fungus from Chernobyl under study for use in protective shields against space radiation

Scientists have theorised that these organisms could serve as radiation shields for future astronauts on long-distance missions.

HBO's historical drama Chernobyl wins across seven categories at BAFTA TV Craft Awards
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HBO's historical drama Chernobyl wins across seven categories at BAFTA TV Craft Awards

The BAFTA TV Craft Awards were earlier scheduled to take place in April, but were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic