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Russian forces seize Europe’s largest nuclear power plant

Israel National News reports: “Ukraine’s military said Friday morning that Russian forces have captured a massive nuclear facility in southeastern Ukraine, after the nuclear plant was hit by artillery fire and set ablaze.

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, the largest of its kind in Europe, was on fire early Friday morning after an attack by Russian troops, the mayor of the nearby town of Energodar, Dmytro Orlov said, according to Reuters.

There was fierce fighting between local forces and Russian troops, Orlov said in an online post, adding that there had been casualties without giving details.

Ukrainian authorities had earlier reported that Russian troops were stepping up efforts to seize the plant and had entered the town with tanks.

‘As a result of continuous enemy shelling of buildings and units of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is on fire,’ Orlov said on his Telegram channel, citing what he called a threat to world security.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba warned of a disaster should an explosion occur at the power plant.

‘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 Chernobyl! Russians must IMMEDIATELY cease the fire, allow firefighters, establish a security zone!’ he tweeted…”

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