The Zaporizhia nuclear plantthe largest in Europe, has caught fire in the early hours of this Friday after an attack by Russian troops in Ukraine, as reported by the mayor of the nearby city of Energodar, Dmytro Orlov. According to him, there has been intense fighting between local forces and the Russian army and there are victimsalthough you have not specified the number.
Previously, the Ukrainian authorities had reported that the Russian troops were intensifying their efforts to gain control of the plant and that they had entered the city with tanks.
“As a result of the continuous enemy shelling of buildings and units of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is on fireOrlov said on his Telegram channel, quoted by Reuters, where he spoke of a threat to global security.
“The battles continue on the rise to the nuclear plant. Our national guardians hold the defense. Victims are known, but not the exact number“He noted on Facebook, according to Europa Press.
According to the latter agency, the spokesman for the nuclear power plant has confirmed that due to the continuous bombing the plant would be on fire and there would be danger of a nuclear threat. “The Russian Federation is firing on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. There is a real threat of nuclear danger in the largest nuclear power plant in Europe,” he said, according to the Unian news agency.
Ukraine warns: if it explodes, “it will be 10 times bigger than Chernobyl”
For his part, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, has warned through Twitter that the Russian army “is shooting from all sides at the nuclear power plant from Zaporizhiathe largest nuclear power plant in Europe”.
“The fire has already been unleashed“, affirmed the minister, who has warned that If the plant explodes “it will be 10 times bigger than Chernobyl”. “The Russians must immediately cease fire and allow firefighters to establish a safety zone,” she added.
On March 1, the International Energy Agency (IAEA) lost contact with the automatic radiological monitoring stations located in the city, which is the largest of Ukraine’s nuclear sites. There they house six of their 15 reactors.
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