Chernobyl Roulette: War in the Nuclear Disaster Zone (Hardcover)

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Chernobyl Roulette: War in the Nuclear Disaster Zone (Hardcover)


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A harrowing account of Russia’s occupation of the Chernobyl and Zaporizhia nuclear power plants, and the dangers of nuclear power colliding with warfare.

On February 24, 2022, the first day of Russia’s all-out attack on Ukraine, armored vehicles approached the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine. Russian occupation of the plant, which would last thirty-five days, had begun. Only the dedication and resolve of Ukrainian personnel, who were held hostage and worked shifts for weeks instead of days, spared the world a new Chernobyl accident. Meanwhile, a much more dangerous situation developed at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, the largest such facility in Europe. Following an attack there in March 2022, the Russian military remains in control, and Ukrainian intelligence warns of the potential for nuclear terrorism.

In a book that reads like a thriller, Serhii Plokhy joins the stories of the Russo-Ukrainian War and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster to sound the alarm about the dangers of nuclear sites in a time of war.

Serhii Plokhy, author of The Russo-Ukrainian War, professor of Ukrainian history, and director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University, is a leading authority on the history of the Cold War. He lives in Burlington, Massachusetts.
Product Details ISBN: 9781324079415
ISBN-10: 132407941X
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English