Ukraine, BORODYANKA/LVIV: A fire broke out in a training facility near Europe’s largest nuclear power plant during a fierce conflict between Russian and Ukrainian soldiers on Friday, according to Ukraine’s official emergency service.
There was no indication of elevated radiation levels at the Zaporizhzhia plant, which provides more than a quarter of Ukraine’s total electricity, according to US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.
A video footage from the plant obtained by Reuters showed shelling and smoke rising near a building on the industrial grounds.
The mayor of Energodar, a neighbouring town, stated in an online post that there has been heavy combat in the area around 550 kilometres (342 miles) southeast of Kyiv. He indicated that there had been casualties but gave no further details.
“As a consequence of continued enemy shelling of structures and units of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is on fire,” Mayor Dmytro Orlov stated on his Telegram channel.
Russia has already taken control of the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear power plant, some 100 kilometres north of Kyiv, which melted down in 1986 and spilled poisonous waste across much of Europe. Some experts believe the Zaporizhzhia plant is a unique and safer species.