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Russia-Ukraine conflict: Nuclear plant fire raises contamination scare

 
By DTE Staff
Published: Friday 04 March 2022
Zaporizhzhia nucelar power plant photo: Ralf 1969 / Wikimedia Commons

A fire broke out at Ukraine’s Zaphorizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, according to media reports March 4. Ukraininan officials alleged that Russian forces started shelling the facility, which led to the fire.

The safety of the plant was “secured”, news agency AFP reported, citing officials from the country which has been invaded by its larger neighbour. 

The International Atomic Agency, meanwhile, quoted Ukraininan officials to report that the fire didn’t affect essential equipment. The global regulator had earlier relayed the message that no changes in radiation levels had been observed.

Ukraine called for an immediate ceasefire after. Rescuers had earlier alleged that Russian troops were preventing firefighters from accessing the site.

United States President Joe Biden reportedly urged Russia to allow access for emergency responders.

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