The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power facility in Ukraine, Europe’s largest of its type, caught fire early Friday following an attack by Russian soldiers outside the city of Enerhodar.
Ukraine minister Dmytro Kuleba remarked on Twitter that if the nuclear facility explodes, it will be ten times the size of the Chernobyl disaster. ‘The Russian army is shooting from all sides on Zaporizhzhia NPP, Europe’s largest nuclear power station. Fire has already started. If it explodes, it will be ten times the size of Chernobyl! Russians must IMMEDIATELY put out the fire, let firemen, and set up a security zone!’ he tweeted.
Earlier, Nuclear Plant spokeswoman Andriy Tuz informed Ukrainian media that shells were being fired straight at the Zaporizhzhia plant, causing one of the facility’s six reactors to catch fire. That reactor is being renovated and is not operational at the moment, but there is nuclear fuel within, he claims. ‘Firefighters are unable to approach the fire because they are being fired at’, Tuz added.