Report: Russians Shelling Europe’s Largest Nuclear Plant

March 3, 2022


 The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, the largest of its kind 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 give details.

Reuters could not immediately verify the information, including the potential seriousness of any fire.

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.



8 Responses to “Report: Russians Shelling Europe’s Largest Nuclear Plant”

  1. Keith McClary Says:

    March 2

    Russia has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that its military forces have taken control of the territory around Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today.

    personnel at the plant continued their “work on providing nuclear safety and monitoring radiation in normal mode of operation. The radiation levels remain normal.”

  2. redskylite Says:

    “But if the spent fuel pond, which is where they put the used fuel, was hit – it could easily by a multiple of the effect of Chernobyl,” he said. “It depends on what you hit and what happens to what you hit.”

    • redskylite Says:

      US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm has tweeted that she spoke to Ukraine’s energy minister about the fire at the Zaporizhzhia plant and has decided to activate the US Nuclear Incident Response Team.

      “Russian military operations near the plant are reckless and must cease,” said Granholm, who oversees the US nuclear arsenal.

  3. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    If they just wanted to cut power, they could have cut the power lines. Rather than conquering, it seems Putin just wants to hurt Ukraine, and hurt Europe.

    • J4Zonian Says:

      Yes, it seems we might have been wrong about Putin being one of the reasonable dictators. I keep imagining this happening in the (or an) Iran-Iraq war. Or India-Pakistan.

      Or Brazil-anybody?

      Or US-Canada after a bad call to end game 7 of the NHL finals.
      In triple overtime.

      This was a long time ago but ever try to travel between Greece and Turkey? It seems there is no limit to the number of places I would least want this to be happening.

  4. mboli Says:

    Regarding that clip of Carlson: That speaking style is such a tell.

    Slowly and with emphasis explain very logical … utter horse manure.

    They put together something which has the appearance and sound of a chain of reasoning. And deliver it using that style of explaining to a child.

    Something about that style of delivery disables any critical thinking in the recipients. I think it may be because when we use that mode of speech to explain things to children, we reserve it for Very True Stuff that we want the child to Commit To Memory.

    When a bloviating commenter such as Carlson uses that style, it means he knows damn well he is b.s.-ing.

  5. Keith McClary Says:

    An administrative building outside the perimeter was burning. The latest from Ukraine is that the plant is under Russian control and being run by its Ukrainian staff with guns at their heads. Zelensky just said, if one of those reactors blows, Europe will have to be evacuated.

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