Russia is taking Europe to the brink of a nuclear disaster, Zelensky warns | The Sunday Times

Ukrainian president says Russian shelling cut power to the Zaporizhzhya plant, with only emergency generators averting a catastrophe.

by UKCHP_Admin

President Zelensky said Europe narrowly avoided a radiation disaster when electricity to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in occupied southern Ukraine was cut for hours owing to Russian shelling in the area.

The Ukrainian leader claimed Russian attacks on Thursday sparked fires in the ash pits of a nearby coal power station, which disconnected the reactor complex — Europe’s largest such facility — from the power grid.

Moscow denied it had started the fires and instead blamed Ukraine. Russian reports said safety systems at the Zaporizhzhya plant were activated after a loss of power was reported across swathes of Russian-controlled territory.

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