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Ukraine nearly had a new Chornobyl disaster at a nuclear power plant

Summary of Disinformation

The Chornobyl tragedy almost repeated itself in Ukraine.  As the local rescuers reported, a fire broke out at the nuclear power plant in Rivne – a transformer caught fire.


Manipulative headline with exaggerating conclusions. A fire did take place at the Rivne nuclear power plant in Ukraine However, on the official site of the Rivne NPP, it was noted that according to the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES), the incident was classified as “zero / out of scale”, that is of little significance in terms of safety.

It was also noted that “there were no violations of the limits and conditions of safe operation. The radiation and ecological status at the RNPP and the adjacent territory has not changed and is within the limits of the current standards”.

This is recurring narrative about insecurity of Ukrainian nuclear power plants and the possibility of a second "Chornobyl" in Ukraine. Similar disinformation cases on the theme: here and here.



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Reported in: Issue 148
Date: 30.04.2019
Language: Russian
Country: Ukraine
Keywords: Chernobyl, Nuclear issues
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Tsargrad
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