Ukraine announced early on Friday that its emergency services have managed to put out the fire at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant – Europe’s largest nuclear plant which it claims began after Russian shelling.
Earlier Ukraine said that a Russian attack on the nuclear plant caused one of the buildings at the plant – a five-storey training facility – to catch on fire. The plant itself wasn’t affected but it was feared that the fire could spread if it wasn’t quickly contained.
⚡️⚡️⚡️Surveillance cameras captured moments of the shelling of the #Zaporizhzhia NPP pic.twitter.com/ZNLX4pZeXI
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Ukrainian emergency services said initially they were blocked from getting to the scene. But at 05:20 local time, firefighters were finally able to start tackling the fire. It was extinguished about an hour later, Ukraine’s Emergency Services wrote.
BREAKING: Russian troops are firing at Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant, officials say. “Russian army is firing from all sides upon Zaporizhzhia NPP, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe,” Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs tweeted. https://t.co/NbyzjmHjVb pic.twitter.com/IcXOt73PEu
— ABC News (@ABC) March 4, 2022
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) March 4, 2022