Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Vladimir Putin carried out the world’s first “nuclear terror” after an attack on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant that resulted in a fire
Ukraine’s president has said the world must stand up to Vladimir Putin’s “nuclear terror” and stop the invading Russian army.
The grave danger of the struggle to take over strategic nuclear power plants became clear when a fire broke out at Europe’s largest facility and it was claimed that an explosion would result in a disaster “ten times worse than Chernobyl”.
Heavy fighting broke out at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant on Friday morning, and there were claims by Ukrainian authorities that firefighters were unable to put out a blaze as they were shot at.
Now Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that everyone in Europe should worry about the threat of Putin and a nuclear catastrophe.
In his recent message to the West, he said: “For the first time in our history, the history of mankind, the terrorist state has resorted to nuclear terror.
“Russian protagonists threatened to cover the world with nuclear ash, now it’s not a threat, now it’s a reality. We must stop the Russian military immediately.
“If there is an explosion, it will be the end of everything, the end of Europe. It’s the evacuation of Europe. Only immediate European action can stop the Russian troops.
Zelenksy said an explosion at the plant would be catastrophic and far worse than what happened at Chernobyl.
“It’s a global catastrophe. Hundreds of thousands of people struggled with its aftermath, tens of thousands of people were evacuated,” the President said of the Russian invasion.
He warned that the Russians would continue to attack the nuclear power plant.
He said: “Russia wants to do it again and is doing it again, six times more. Europeans, please wake up.
“Tell your politicians that Russian troops are shelling Ukraine’s nuclear power plant, Zaporizhzhya NPP, in Energodar. There are six engines, six! An engine exploded in Chernobyl.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to Zelenskyy after news broke of the Zaporizhia fire.
A Downing Street spokeswoman called the situation “of serious concern”, adding: “Both leaders agreed that Russia must immediately end its attack on the power station and allow rescue workers unhindered access to the power station.
“The prime minister said President Putin’s reckless actions could now directly threaten the security of all of Europe. He said Britain will do everything it can to ensure the situation does not deteriorate any further.
“The Prime Minister said he would aim for an emergency UN Security Council meeting in the coming hours and that Britain would immediately raise the issue with Russia and close partners.
“Both leaders agreed that a ceasefire is vital.”
A video feed from the plant, southeast of the capital Kyiv, appeared to show smoke and flames coming from an unidentified building.
There has been fierce fighting in the area about 342 miles southeast of Kyiv, the mayor of the nearby city of Energodar said in an online post. He said there had been casualties without giving details.
“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,” Mayor Dmytro Orlov said on his Telegram channel.
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Russia has already seized the disused Chernobyl facility some 100km north of Kyiv, which spewed radioactive waste across much of Europe when it melted down in 1986 in the world’s worst nuclear disaster.
“The Russian army is firing from all sides at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter.
“The fire has already broken out … The Russians must IMMEDIATELY cease fire, allow firefighters, set up a security zone!”
Zaporizhzhia supplies more than a fifth of all electricity generated in Ukraine.
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The International Atomic Energy Agency tweeted that it was aware of “reports of shelling” at the power plant and was in contact with Ukrainian authorities about the situation.
As the biggest attack on a European nation since World War II enters its ninth day, thousands are reported dead or wounded, a million refugees have fled Ukraine and Russia’s economy has been rocked by international sanctions.
The United States and Britain on Thursday announced sanctions against more Russian oligarchs, following EU action as it ramped up pressure on the Kremlin.
Sanctions have “already had a profound impact,” said US President Joe Biden.
Russia is calling its actions in Ukraine a “special operation” designed not to occupy territory but to overthrow the democratically elected government, destroy its neighbor’s military capabilities and capture what it sees as dangerous nationalists. She denies attacking civilians.
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