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Europe's largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine
on fire after shelling
A spokesman for Europe’s largest nuclear plant says the facility is on fire after Russia
attacked the power station in the southern Ukrainian city of Enerhodar.
Russian forces pressed their attack on a crucial energy-producing
Ukrainian city by shelling Europe’s largest nuclear plant early
Friday, sparking a fire and raising fears that radiation could leak
from the damaged power station.
The assault on the eastern city of Enerhodar and its Zaporizhzhia
nuclear plant came as the invasion entered its second week with
Russian forces gaining ground in their bid to cut off the country
from the sea. Elsewhere, another round of talks between the two
sides yielded a tentative agreement to set up safe corridors inside
Ukraine to evacuate citizens and deliver humanitarian aid.
Nuclear plant spokesman Andriy Tuz told Ukrainian television that
shells were falling directly on the facility and had set fire to one of
its six reactors. That reactor is under renovation and not operating,
but there is nuclear fuel inside, he said. Firefighters cannot get
near the flames because they are being shot at, he said, and
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted a plea to the
Russians to stop the assault and allow fire teams inside…Ukraine