Right now, the Russian army, which has seized the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in the city of Energodar (Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine), is engaged in nuclear blackmail of the planet. Constant shelling of power units by Russia and direct threats of a nuclear power plant explosion does not stop. NATO countries reacted to Russian provocations at the captured Zaporizhzhia NPP.
The explosion of the Zaporizhzhia NPP will be displayed on a territory equal to 3 territories of Ukraine (the potential exclusion zone is up to 30.000 km2). It will affect almost every country in Europe, including NATO countries. The West stated that the radiation contamination of the territory of the NATO countries and the death of people from radiation sickness would be a violation of the fifth article on collective defence and would automatically put Russia in conflict with the Alliance.
"Let's get this clear now: any deliberate damage that causes a possible radiation leak at the Ukrainian nuclear reactor would be a violation of Article 5 of the NATO charter," Tobias Elwood, British MP.
"That's 100% true. Not even discussed. Any leak will kill people in NATO countries, this is the automatic inclusion of article 5," Adam Kinzinger, member of the House of Representatives from Illinois.
We recall the conditions of Article 5: if any of the member states of NATO becomes the victim of an armed attack, all other members of the Alliance, without exception, will consider this act of violence an armed attack on them all and will take all measures that they deem appropriate to help the member of the Alliance who was attacked.