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Ukraine crisis: Europe’s largest nuclear power plant on fire as Russia attacks

Europe’s largest nuclear power plant suffered a fire as Russian troops began shelling early Friday, raising concerns over the safety of the facility.

Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba called on Russia’s military to immediately halt firing on the plant and to allow a security zone to be established in a message posted to Twitter.

The Zaporizhzhia power plant in the Ukrainian city of Enerhodar is home to six Soviet-designed 950-megawatt reactors built between 1984 and 1995, and accounts for about 20% of the country’s electricity. 


Zaporizhzhia is suffering from a fire as a result of shelling by Russian forces, an unidentified official said in a video posted to the plant’s Facebook page. Firefighters can’t reach the plant, the post said. 

Phone calls to the power plant didn’t connect, and plant officials didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the situation. The White House did not immediately comment.

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