Russian soldiers pushed their onslaught on a major energy-producing city by bombing Europe’s largest nuclear reactor early Friday, causing a fire and prompting fears that radiation could leak from the damaged power station.
Shells were dropping directly on the Zaporizhzhia plant in the city of Enerhodar, according to plant spokeswoman Andriy Tuz, who said one of the facility’s six reactors had caught fire. That reactor is now undergoing renovations and is not operational, but he claims there is nuclear fuel within.
The Initial Reactions from Ukraine
The strike reignited fears that the invasion might cause damage to one of Ukraine’s 15 nuclear reactors, triggering a repeat of the 1986 Chernobyl tragedy, the world’s worst nuclear disaster, which occurred approximately 110 kilometres (65 miles) north of Kiev.
Ukrainian soldiers were battling Russian troops on the outskirts of Enerhodar, according to the mayor. Just a day after the UN atomic monitoring agency expressed deep concern that the fighting could cause unintended damage to Ukraine’s 15 nuclear reactors, video showed flames and black smoke rising over the city of more than 50,000 people, with people flowing past smashed automobiles.
Later the Ukraine officials released the statement to IAEA
“there has been no change reported in #radiation levels at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant site”
The Invasion Continues
Another round of discussions between the two parties secured a tentative agreement to create safe corridors inside Ukraine to evacuate residents and deliver humanitarian aid, in the light of the fighting in Enerhodar. In other news, Russian soldiers made progress in their attempt to shut Ukraine off from the sea, while Ukrainian officials urged residents to stand up and wage guerilla warfare against the invaders.So even though there are peace talks taking place between both the countries situation on ground is really worrying and after this possible attack on nuclear plants the situation is tense on 9th day of war.
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