BUCHAREST, Romania – The Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine, the largest of its king in Europe, was on fire early on Friday after an attack by Russian troops, the mayor of the nearby town of Energodar said.
There has been fierce fighting between local forces and Russian troops, Dmytro Orlov said in an online post, adding that there had been casualties without giving details.
Earlier, Ukrainian authorities reported Russian troops were stepping up efforts to seize the plant and had entered the town with tanks.
‘As a result of continuous enemy shelling of buildings and units of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is on fire’, Orlov said on his Telegram channel, citing what he called a threat to world security. He did not five details.
The invasion of Ukraine is entering its ninth day. Thousands are thought to have died or been wounded as the biggest attack on a European state since World War Two unfolds, creating 1 million refugees, hits to Russia’s economy, and fears of wider conflict in the West unthought – of for decades.
Russia has already captured the defunct Chernobyl, some 100 kilometres (62 miles) north of Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv.