Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine is on fire after coming under attack by Russian tanks during the early hours of Friday.
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A live feed from the station showed flames at the site in the south-east of the country, and showed tanks firing at buildings – sparking fears of a radiation disaster in the nation currently under invasion by Russian forces.
As the chaotic scenes unfolded, an official told The Associated Press elevated levels of radiation had being detected near the site of the plant.
A spokesman said they remained at normal levels, and Ukraine’s 24 TV channel quoted the plant’s director as saying that ‘radiation security’ had been secured.
The Ukrainian atomic energy ministry said that one of the six generating units at the plant in Enerhodar had been struck by Russian fire.
Plant spokesman Andriy Tuz told Ukrainian television that it is urgent to stop the fighting to put out the flames. The reactor that is on fire is under renovation and not operating, but there is nuclear fuel inside, he said.