Fire quashed at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

Smoke stacks at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine
Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station in Ukraine

A huge blaze at the site of Zaporizhzhia, Europe’s biggest nuclear power station, has been extinguished, and the plant in southeastern Ukraine is operating normally after it was seized by Russian forces in fighting that caused global alarm, according to Reuters.

The seizure of the Zaporizhzhia plant has heightened fears about lack of access to radiation data and the potential for a nuclear accident, atomic experts said, although they stressed there did not appear to be any immediate risks.

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

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.

“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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As Russian troops slowly advanced on Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, some people back in Moscow were attempting to flee to destinations abroad that have not banned flights from Russia, stomaching soaring prices in the rush to escape.

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