Ukraine says Russia firing on Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, largest in Europe

A fire at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine’s southeast has been extinguished, after Russian forces fired at it “from all sides,” officials said in the early hours of Friday.

In a video posted just before 4 a.m. local time, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russian tanks were bombarding the power plant, and appealed “to all Ukrainians, to all Europeans, to all people who know the word Chernobyl,” referring to the nuclear disaster that occurred in 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. Zelenskyy said there were six nuclear reactors at the Zaporizhzhia plant, while in Chernobyl, only “one nuclear reactor” had caused a catastrophe.

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