Russia-Ukraine latest update: Warning of ‘Chernobyl times 10’ disaster as nuclear plant ‘under attack’

Building on fire in shelling attack in Kharkiv, rescuers work on the spot

One of Europe’s largest nuclear plants was “secured” after a warning that the Russian attack could cause “Chernobyl times 10.”

A fire broke out at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant after fierce fighting between local forces and Vladimir Putin’s army.

Dmytro Orlov said a fire had broken out in the area, with a spokesman for the plant saying it had come under “heavy weapons fire”.

Plant spokesman Andriy Tuz warned in a video posted on Telegram: “There is a real threat of nuclear danger in the biggest atomic energy station in Europe.”

Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s minister of foreign affairs, said Russia was “firing from all sides” at the plant, adding: “If it blows up, it will be 10 times larger than Chornobyl. Russians must IMMEDIATELY cease the fire, allow firefighters, establish a security zone!”

Ukrainian officials said later that the nuclear plant had been secured and that “the nuclear safety is now guaranteed”


White House gives readout on Biden’s call with Zelensky

“President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine this evening to receive an update on the fire at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant,” the readout stated.

“President Biden joined President Zelensky in urging Russia to cease its military activities in the area and allow firefighters and emergency responders to access the site.”

“The President will continue to be briefed regularly,” they stated.

Graeme Massie4 March 2022 02:58


Boris Johnson seeking emergency UN Security Council meeting

Downing Street says that Boris Johnson is seeking an emergency UN Security Council meeting and that he and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky agree that a ceasefire is now “crucial.”

Graeme Massie4 March 2022 02:48


Boris Johnson slams Russia for threatening ‘safety of the whole of Europe’

Downing Street says Boris Johnson spoke to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky about the Russian attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and said that “the reckless actions of President Putin could now directly threaten the safety of the whole of Europe.”

Graeme Massie4 March 2022 02:36


Zelensky warns nuclear plant attack could cause catastrophe for all of Europe: ‘You know the word Chernobyl’

Ukraine’s leader has said a fire at a Ukraine nuclear plant could be a catastrophe for all of Europe, ominously warning: “You know the word ‘Chernobyl’.”

In an incident that reminded the world how Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine could trigger multiple crises far beyond the borders of Ukraine, officials said that a training building at the largest nuclear power plant in Europe was on fire following a Russian attack.

Andrew Buncombe has the story.

Graeme Massie4 March 2022 02:35


Graeme Massie4 March 2022 02:30


International nuclear watchdog monitoring firefight at Ukraine nuclear plant amid warnings of ‘Chernobyl x 10’

An international nuclear watchdog has said it is monitoring reports of fighting and a blaze fire at Ukraine facility amid warnings of a tragedy tens times as bad as Chernobyl.

Officials said the Zaporizhzhia plant in the city of Enerhodar and had set fire to one of the facility’s six reactors, after being struck by Russian shelling. That reactor is under renovation and not operating, but there is nuclear fuel inside, officials have said.

Andrew Buncombe has the story.

Graeme Massie4 March 2022 02:15


‘You know the word Chernobyl’: Zelensky issues warning about nuclear plant attack

Volodymyr Zelensky recorded a video from his desk in which he addressed the Russian attack on the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, saying that it threatened the whole of Europe.

“You know the word Chernobyl,” he said in the video.

Graeme Massie4 March 2022 02:00


International Atomic Energy Agency says no change in radiation levels at plant

“Ukraine regulator tells IAEA there has been no change reported in radiation levels at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant site,” the IAEA tweeted.

Graeme Massie4 March 2022 01:54


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Russia condemned by US senator for plant attack

Senator Ed Markey, Chair of Subcommittees on Clean Air, Climate and Nuclear Safety, took to Twitter to denounce the Russian action.

“Russia’s horrifying attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant could result in a nuclear disaster spanning hundreds of square miles in all directions. Fallout doesn’t respect borders. This would be an international war crime by Putin that could result in incredible devastation,” he tweeted.

“First responders and nuclear safety personnel must be allowed to immediately address the situation at Zaporizhzhia. If this disaster is allowed to worsen then Putin will be putting his own people and those in countries across Europe at terrible risk.”

Graeme Massie4 March 2022 01:46

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