At the Energodar nuclear power plant in the Zaporizhia region in southeastern
Ukraine, A fire broke out this Friday after Russian forces fired on the plantreported the mayor of the city, Dmitry Orlov, in his Telegram account.
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“Global security threat! As a result of continuous enemy shelling of buildings and units of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is on fire,” he wrote.
The National Guard confirmed the fire at the plant on its official Telegram channel. “There is a fire at the base of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. Despite this, the enemy continues to fire in the direction of the station,” he noted.
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A security camera is broadcasting live the fighting to take over Europe’s largest nuclear plant from
Zaporizhia in Energodar (Ukraine). pic.twitter.com/vsCrEh9lL1
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“The National Guard, which guards the plant, stays to defend it,” he stressed. He added that “plant representatives say there is currently a real threat of nuclear danger.” Hours before, the mayor of Energodar had reported heavy fighting at the entrances to the nuclear power plant.
“Fierce fighting has taken place for more than an hour at the entrances to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. Our National Guards maintain the defense,” he said.
The mayor said that there are victims, but that they cannot yet be quantified, given the circumstances.
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He indicated that “a column of enemy vehicles” was heading in the direction of the nuclear power plant and that heavy shots could be heard in the city. On Wednesday, hundreds of employees of the nuclear power plant tried to prevent a column of the Russian Army from accessing the plant with tank trucks and tires.
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