Europe’s largest nuclear plant ablaze after Russian attack

Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant's smoke stacks by day (Russia)
Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (Image: Shutterstock)

Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest nuclear facility, is ablaze amid heavy shelling by Russian forces attempting to seize the location from Ukrainian defenders.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba warned that if the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant blows up, “it will be 10 times larger than Chernobyl”.

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The attack on Zaporizhzhia comes after Russian troops seized decommissioned nuclear relic Chernobyl last week.

French President Emmanuel Macron warned a “delusional” Vladimir Putin intended to seize the whole of Ukraine, adding he feared the “worst is to come” after speaking on the phone to the Russian leader.

“As a result of shelling by Russian forces on the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, a fire broke out,” a spokesperson said in a video posted on the plant’s Telegram account.

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“We demand that they stop the heavy weapons fire. There is a real threat of nuclear danger in the biggest atomic energy station in Europe.”

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter, “Russian army is firing from all sides upon Zaporizhzhia NPP, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. Fire has already broke out. If it blows up, it will be 10 times larger than Chornobyl! Russians must IMMEDIATELY cease the fire, allow firefighters, establish a security zone!”

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