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The map shows the 15 Ukrainian nuclear reactors, facilities taken by Russia

  • Russia captured six of Ukraine’s 15 nuclear reactors when it took control of Zaporizhzhia on Friday.
  • Ukrainian officials have issued dire warnings about nearby fighting, though experts are skeptical.
  • Insider’s map shows the location of all active reactors, which appear to be priority targets.

Russia forcibly captured the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant on Friday, raising concerns about the safety of reactors in a war zone.

In total, there are 15 active reactors in Ukraine spread across four power plants, as can be seen in the map above. Here is how they are distributed:

  • Zaporizhzhia: six reactors.
  • Yuzhnoukrainsk: three reactors.
  • Rivne: four reactors.
  • Khmelnytskyi: two reactors.

All but Zaporizhzhia have remained under Ukrainian control since Friday evening local time.

It is unclear whether Russia aims to capture the remaining nuclear power plants. Other power stations appear to have been targeted during the war, including the Nova Kakhovka hydroelectric power station in southern Ukraine and a second hydroelectric plant north of Kyiv.

According to a British intelligence assessment of Russian troop locations on Friday, the soldiers were still relatively far from other installations.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s independent nuclear watchdog, has condemned the fighting that took place near the reactors of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

The agency warned of “serious danger if reactors were hit” in a statement on Friday.

A fire broke out at the site when a projectile – thought to have come from the Russian side, according to the IAEA – hit a training center less than 400 years from the plant’s six reactors.

An annotated satellite image shows the plan of the Zaporizhzhia power plant

An annotated image from a satellite image of the Zaporizhzhia power plant shows the training center which was hit by a projectile on Friday.

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In an ominous Facebook post on Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also issued a stern warning, though experts said he was exaggerating the risk.

“There are 15 nuclear reactors in Ukraine. If one of them explodes, it’s the end for everyone, it’s the end of Europe,” he wrote.

Experts said, however, that although this power station is not built to specifically withstand the impact of artillery weapons, nearby fighting is unlikely to accidentally lead to a disaster.

Insider previously reported that the reactors are built robustly and have many safety features meant to prevent accidents like the infamous 1986 meltdown at Chernobyl in northern Ukraine, where there are no longer any reactors. in working order.

Russian troops took over the remains of the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the early days of the war, but observers found no significant change in radiation levels there.

Zaporizhzhia is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and the ninth in the world, according to The Guardian. It provides around a fifth of Ukraine’s energy, The Guardian reported.

According to the IAEA, Zaporizhzhia was still being operated by its regular staff on Friday while under Russian military control and there had been no release of radioactive materials.