| 3 March 2024, Sunday |

Fire at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant ‘extinguished,’ Kyiv blames Russia

The fire at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant has been put out, according to Ukrainian emergency services, after Kyiv blamed the burning on Russian military shelling.

After invading Russian soldiers deliberately assaulted the nuclear power facility, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Moscow of resorting to “nuclear terror” and seeking to “repeat” the Chernobyl disaster.

After the Russian military finally allowed rescuers access to the location, Ukraine’s emergency services stated they were able to put out the fire.

“A fire in the training building of Zaporizhzhia NPP in Energodar was extinguished at 06:20 (04:20 GMT).” “There are no victims,” claimed the emergency services in a Facebook message.

After Russian forces bombed Europe’s largest plant, Zelenskyy pleaded with international leaders to wake up and protect Europe from “dying from a nuclear disaster.”

“No country has ever fired on nuclear power plants other than Russia,” he stated in a video statement published by his office.

“This is the first time in our history that this has happened.” In the annals of human history. The terrorist state has now resorted to using nuclear weapons as a weapon of mass destruction.”

According to Zelenskyy, the troops fired on the nuclear site on purpose.

“These are thermal imager-equipped tanks, so they know where they’re aiming,” Zelenskyy explained.

According to Zelenskyy, the station in Zaporizhzhia, an industrial city in the southeast, supplies an estimated 40% of the country’s nuclear electricity and houses six of Ukraine’s 15 reactors.

Ukraine’s rescue services had previously expressed concern that Russian troops were stopping them from reaching the plant’s fire.

“The invaders are refusing to let Ukrainian public rescue units to start putting out the fire,” the emergency services wrote on Facebook, adding that the fire had spread to a “training building” and that only one of the reactors was operating.

Local officials had told the UN’s nuclear watchdog that the station’s “critical” equipment was unharmed and radiation levels were normal.

After Russia’s military invaded Ukraine last week and began shelling cities with shells and missiles, the country’s nuclear facilities have become a major source of anxiety.

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station is located on the Dnieper River in southern Ukraine, some 525 kilometers (325 miles) south of Chernobyl.

“It’s the end of the world if there’s an explosion.” “It’ll be the end of Europe,” Zelenskyy predicted. “Russian soldiers can only be stopped by immediate European action.”

  • AFP