On Friday, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Enerhodar, Ukraine, was on fire after the Russian Armed Forces carried out an attack, according to the mayor of a nearby Ukrainian city. The Russian military is struggling tenaciously to seize control of a crucial power-producing city of Enerhodar in the north-western part of Zaporizhzhia Oblast and closing in on Zaporizhzhya NPP.
Russian Troops seized Europe’s biggest nuclear plant after their shelling had set the complex on fire, mounting fears of a nuclear disaster. There was damage to the reactor No. 1 at the Zaporizhzhia NPP in the Ukrainian city of Enerhodar. pic.twitter.com/fAxqEglEvL
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The director of Zaporizhzhya NPP told Ukraine 24 TV that the Russian military targeted the nuclear site, striking and setting one of the six station’s reactors on fire. However, according to the latest information, the fire broke out outside the building. Fortunately, the security appeared to be restored.
On March 3, Russian ground troops and anti-war tanks entered Enerhodar, a city that represents nearly 25% of power production in Ukraine. A big Russian military convoy was snaking toward the city, according to Mayor Dmytro Orlov. The mayor urged his people to stay in their homes.
Additionally, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that Russian soldiers were advancing toward Zaporizhzhya NPP, around 4.3 kilometers from Enerhodar. Rafael Grossi, Director-General IAEA, said the condition was dangerous and requested ground troops to avoid ferocity near the spot. Grossi also noted that the world’s “Atoms for Peace and Development” organization continues to turn to the post-Soviet country and others with an opinion to provide assistance to Ukraine at the highest possible extent as it looks to maintain “Nuclear safety and security” in the present tough situation.
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The aggression comes as the 2nd Round of Discussions between Moscow and Kyiv has concluded and yielded a Tentative Agreement (TA) to create safe corridors inside the East European country to evacuate Ukrainians and provide humanitarian assistance.
Andriy Tuz, the spokesman for the facility, told Ukrainian media that the affected reactor was under renovation and not running but that atomic fuel was still inside, according to initial reports. Moreover, Tuz told the reporters that it was urgent to put out the fire, but fire-fighters had been shot at.
On 3rd March, pro-Russia separatists said that they’d tightened their sphere across the besieged city of Mariupol, which was being surrounded and cut off from power as water and food reserves decreased. In addition, the military forces of the Russian Federation said it had taken control of Kherson in southern Ukraine, the first important city to fall since the incursion started on Thursday. Moreover, the critical port city with 283649 people purportedly fell after a 72-hours seize that left it short of medicine and food.
Unfortunately, Asian shares dropped to a sixteen-month low, and fuel prices continued to rise on March 4, as reports of the atomic facility fire in Ukraine shook regional markets.