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Russia Seizes Ukraine’s Largest Nuclear Plant as War Escalates

Russian troops have shelled the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant located in the southeastern city of Energodar, Ukraine as the war between the two ex-soviet nations rages on.

President Vladimir Putin’s troops bombed the plant, which is the largest in Europe, on the morning of Friday, March 4, sparking off a huge fire.
However, the head of the UN’s atomic watchdog said that there was no release of radioactive materials after the blast.
According to the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafale Mariano, a Russian ‘projectile’ hit a building adjacent to the plant, injuring two security personnel.
At the time of filing this report, the facility was safe and radiation levels normalised.
A video shared by MSNBC indicated a large explosion at the power station.

The blast reportedly triggered a phone call between Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his US counterpart Joe Biden.

The attack by Russia is ostensibly to cut off the eastern European country from the sea.

This comes a week after the Russian forces
seized control of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Located about 130 km
(80 miles) north of the capital, Kyiv, 
Chernobyl is almost with the
infamous 1986 leak.

“exclusion zone”, a 32-km radius around the plant, remains largely
devoid of human life, 36 years after a flawed reactor design and series of errors
by its operators caused a major explosion at the plant.

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