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Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Moscow.

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Is the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant at risk of attack?

Kyiv has warned of an impending Russian attack on the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in southeast Ukraine, raising fresh fears of a nuclear disaster in a region all too familiar with the risks of nuclear calamity (Zaporizhzhia is just 325 miles south of Chernobyl).

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Ukraine dam sabotage: not enough evidence to speculate
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Ukraine dam sabotage: not enough evidence to speculate

Ian Bremmer shares his insights on global politics this week on World In :60.

Is the destruction of the dam in Ukraine Nord Stream 2 all over again?

We don't know, and I would wait until we have some evidence before we announce who's behind this. It's not going to make much of a difference for the Ukrainian counteroffensive, this is not where the land bridge is most easily broken. So that's probably not an impact. It's also going to affect both a lot of Ukrainians and a lot of Russians on the ground. Maybe the biggest catastrophe is for Russians if they lose all of the access to fresh water for Crimea. So maybe you'd say the Ukrainians had more reason to do it, but if the Russians felt like they were like in desperate shape, it's possible they'd sabotage. I don't have a strong view here and I think we should wait till we have some evidence, kind of like we needed to on Nord Stream.

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A general view of the Nova Kakhovka dam that was breached in Kherson region.

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Dam disaster in southern Ukraine

A major dam in the Russian-controlled region of Nova Kakhovka in southeast Ukraine suffered a massive breach Tuesday, putting at least 16,000 people at risk of severe flooding on the Ukrainian west bank of the Dnipro River. Kyiv blamed Russian shelling for the dam breach, but the Kremlin, unsurprisingly, said it was the Ukrainians.

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Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant at risk of disaster, says top nuclear watchdog
How Close Did We Get to Another Chernobyl-Style Disaster in Ukraine? | GZERO World

Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant at risk of disaster, says top nuclear watchdog

Weeks ago, the head of the top global nuclear watchdog visited the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. He saw two big holes on the roof caused by high-caliber ammo that could have impacted the fuel.

On GZERO World, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi gives Ian Bremmer a first-hand account of the precarious situation there — and how close we came to "dramatic" consequences.

For Grossi, a major problem right now is that both the Russians and the Ukrainians consider the facility as part of the battlefield. He doesn't care who's doing the shelling now, whether it's Russians or Ukrainians, because his mission is to prevent disasters.

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