Building on fire in shelling attack in Kharkiv, rescuers work on the spot
One of Europe’s largest nuclear plants was “secured” after a warning that the Russian attack could cause “Chernobyl times 10.”
A fire broke out at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant after fierce fighting between local forces and Vladimir Putin’s army.
Dmytro Orlov said a fire had broken out in the area, with a spokesman for the plant saying it had come under “heavy weapons fire”.
Plant spokesman Andriy Tuz warned in a video posted on Telegram: “There is a real threat of nuclear danger in the biggest atomic energy station in Europe.”
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s minister of foreign affairs, said Russia was “firing from all sides” at the plant, adding: “If it blows up, it will be 10 times larger than Chornobyl. Russians must IMMEDIATELY cease the fire, allow firefighters, establish a security zone!”
Ukrainian officials said later that the nuclear plant had been secured and that “the nuclear safety is now guaranteed”
Boris Johnson slams Russia for threatening ‘safety of whole of Europe’
Downing Street says Boris Johnson spoke to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky about the Russian attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and said that “the reckless actions of President Putin could now directly threaten the safety of the whole of Europe.”
Graeme Massie4 March 2022 02:36
Zelensky warns nuclear plant attack could cause catastrophe for all of Europe: ‘You know the word Chernobyl’
Ukraine’s leader has said a fire at a Ukraine nuclear plant could be a catastrophe for all of Europe, ominously warning: “You know the word ‘Chernobyl’.”
In an incident that reminded the world how Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine could trigger multiple crises far beyond the borders of Ukraine, officials said that a training building at the largest nuclear power plant in Europe was on fire following a Russian attack.
Andrew Buncombe has the story.
Graeme Massie4 March 2022 02:35
Ukraine officials say that nuclear plant now secured
Ukrainian authorities say that the safety of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has been secured, after a fire broke out during an attack by Russian troops, according to AFP.
Graeme Massie4 March 2022 02:30
International nuclear watchdog monitoring firefight at Ukraine nuclear plant amid warnings of ‘Chernobyl x 10’
An international nuclear watchdog has said it is monitoring reports of fighting and a blaze fire at Ukraine facility amid warnings of a tragedy tens times as bad as Chernobyl.
Officials said the Zaporizhzhia plant in the city of Enerhodar and had set fire to one of the facility’s six reactors, after being struck by Russian shelling. That reactor is under renovation and not operating, but there is nuclear fuel inside, officials have said.
Andrew Buncombe has the story.
Graeme Massie4 March 2022 02:15
‘You know the word Chernobyl’: Zelensky issues warning about nuclear plant attack
Volodymyr Zelensky recorded a video from his desk in which he addressed the Russian attack on the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, saying that it threatened the whole of Europe.
“You know the word Chernobyl,” he said in the video.
Graeme Massie4 March 2022 02:00
International Atomic Energy Agency says no change in radiation levels at plant
“Ukraine regulator tells IAEA there has been no change reported in radiation levels at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant site,” the IAEA tweeted.
Graeme Massie4 March 2022 01:54
International Atomic Energy Agency calls for end to Russian attack on plant
“IAEA Director General (Rafael Grossi) speaks with Ukraine PM Denys Shmygal and with Ukrainian nuclear regulator and operator about serious situation at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, appeals for halt of use of force and warns of severe danger if reactors hit,” the IAEA tweeted.
Graeme Massie4 March 2022 01:47
Russia condemned by US senator for plant attack
Senator Ed Markey, Chair of Subcommittees on Clean Air, Climate and Nuclear Safety, took to Twitter to denounce the Russian action.
“Russia’s horrifying attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant could result in a nuclear disaster spanning hundreds of square miles in all directions. Fallout doesn’t respect borders. This would be an international war crime by Putin that could result in incredible devastation,” he tweeted.
“First responders and nuclear safety personnel must be allowed to immediately address the situation at Zaporizhzhia. If this disaster is allowed to worsen then Putin will be putting his own people and those in countries across Europe at terrible risk.”
Graeme Massie4 March 2022 01:46
Joe Biden on phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky
The US president called his Ukrainian counterpart amid an attack on a nuclear power plant in the country by Russian troops, according to NBC News.
Graeme Massie4 March 2022 01:36
What really happened at Chernobyl? How the world’s worst nuclear accident happened
For most residents of Pripyat, Saturday 26 April 1986 seemed a relatively unremarkable day.
Some would have been aware of an incident at the nearby Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Nuclear Power Plant, around which the town had sprouted up in the decade prior, but, in the words of one off-duty engineer: “There was no panic. The city lived a normal life. People were sunbathing on the beach.”
But the warning signs were there.
Andy Gregory has the story.
Graeme Massie4 March 2022 01:31