UPDATE: Russia on Thursday continued its brutal offensive to seize cities and port areas in Ukraine, even as it agreed with Ukrainian officials to create “humanitarian corridors,” or temporary local cease-fires for escaping civilians. Overnight, Russian forces shelled a Ukrainian nuclear power complex (above), igniting a blaze that was captured on video and later extinguished without radiation leakage. The emergency and Russia’s seizure of the plant, according to Ukraine, renewed international calls for Moscow to cease its assault (The Associated Press).
According to RT, Russians claimed they were hit by Ukrainians and responded.
#BREAKING Ukrainian authorities say safety of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is now secured, after a fire broke out when the station came under fire from invading Russian forces.
"The director of the plant said that the nuclear safety is now guaranteed": Oleksandr Starukh pic.twitter.com/J8bk142GLY
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) March 4, 2022
ORIGINAL STORY (Videos of the shelling)
Russian forces were shooting at generators or switch gears at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant — the Zaporizhzhya power plant. The Russians were trying to take out the electrical power and a fire has started in the administration building.
The plant reportedly accounts for about a quarter of the nation’s power.
The fierce fighting between Russians and Ukrainians was about reportedly 150 meters away from the reactors.
It looks like the Russian military has taken over the Power Plant, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
It’s unlikely they were firing at reactors, but what they were doing, if it is what they were doing since this is an early report, is dangerous. There are six nuclear reactors at the site and they appear untouched.
Watch out for the early reports:
Most of the flaws in the design of RBMK-1000 reactors were corrected after the Chernobyl https://t.co/HU9glW0OqY
RBMK reactors are low fuel enrich… However, very high graphite temperature and positive reactivity factor make RBMK reactors very dangerous.https://t.co/0lLXh7bGKb
— Justice (@Loveon999) March 4, 2022
“This is closed circuit video of the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia in southern Ukraine. It is the largest in the country with six nuclear reactors.” @andersoncooper reports on the ominous news of a nuclear power plant in Ukraine now on fire, according to the town’s mayor. pic.twitter.com/BwwTLC8ZNQ
— CNN (@CNN) March 4, 2022