Russian forces reached the largest nuclear power plant in Europe on Thursday and unleashed heavy fire.
A building was seen burning from within the nuclear plant Zaporizhzhia, located in the Ukrainian city of Enerhodar.
The plant had seen a barrage of fire from the Russian military.
Footage surfaced of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s tanks and troops firing at the nuclear plant — seen as a ploy by the Russians to shut down power around Ukraine and impair resources for sheltered civliians.
On Wednesday, Reuters reported Ukraine had suffered over 2,000 civilian casualties to date as part of Putin’s military operation, which many have deemed as a call for world war.
President Zelenskyy called the attack on Zaporizhzhia “nuclear terrorism.” Both he and U.S. President Joe Biden made a plea to Putin late Thursday to cease his attack as the plant’s defenses were weakened.
Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also delivered an emergency statement as Zaporizhzhia was under fire.
Kuleba called the potential ramifications of sabotaging the massive nuclear plant “10 times larger than Chernobyl.”
Early reporting on Friday announced that the Russian forces overtook Zaporizhzhia.
According to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, no irregularities were seen from materials within the plant, and “mitigatory actions” were taken to avert a nuclear disaster.
Though still facing stiff competition with the Ukrainians, Russia’s military operation has been expedited in the past few days.
Putin’s overtaking of Zaporizhzhia, Kherson (the first major Ukrainian city to be claimed) and display of a 40-mile long stretch of military force attest to the authoritarian’s frustrations and eagerness to eradicate life in Ukraine as its people know it.
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