After their raid on the site ignited a fire and concerns of nuclear meltdown, Russian soldiers gained control of Europe’s largest nuclear power station on Friday, releasing no radioactivity.

The fire at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power facility in Ukraine’s southeast was put out early Friday, but not before it sparked fears of dire consequences throughout the continent.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has repeatedly raised the threat of nuclear war over Europe, said Friday that he has “no ill will” toward neighboring countries but advised against doing anything that could “flame the situation.”

With the invasion now in its second week, Assad has stepped up his assault on Ukraine and tightened his grip on domestic dissent.

Despite some progress in discussions between the two nations, Russian military advanced in Ukraine’s south and encircled major cities, causing a severe humanitarian crisis.
The fire at the power plant, which erupted after severe fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces, was put out many hours after it sparked concern across the globe.

According to the head of the UN’s nuclear agency, a Russian “projectile” hit a training center at the plant, but no radiation was emitted.

Russian military were present at the plant, but the reactor was under Ukrainian administration, according to IAEA Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi. The site had been “occupied” by Russian forces, according to Ukrainian authorities.

The plant was also running smoothly, according to Russia’s military ministry, and its forces were in charge, but the fire was caused by a “monstrous attack” by Ukrainian saboteurs. It provided no proof to back up the claim.

The tragedy brought back memories of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, which occurred in 1986 in Chernobyl, Ukraine. Russian soldiers have now taken control of that location as well.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russian soldiers of purposefully targeting the Zaporizhzhia power facility in an emotive video address.

“They know where they’re shooting,” he added in a Telegram chat.

“It is the end of the world for all of us if there is an explosion. Europe’s demise. Europe is being evacuated.”

As the tragedy triggered a flurry of late-night activity from world leaders, President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke with Zelenskyy.

The bombardment “simply underscores the irresponsibility of this war, the need of stopping it, and the importance of Russia withdrawing all its soldiers and acting in good faith in diplomatic attempts,” said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Following appeals from the United States and others, the United Nations Security Council was slated to conduct an emergency meeting on the subject later Friday.

Enerhodar, a vital energy-producing city near the Zaporizhzhia plant, was only one of the fronts in Ukraine’s south where Russian forces were pushing.

The key Dnieper River port city of Kherson fell under Russian control on Thursday, marking the first major city taken by the Russians since their invasion began last week. Mariupol, a big city on the Azov Sea, remained in Ukrainian control along the shore, but Russian soldiers encircled and blockaded it. It was under heavy shelling and had no electricity, heat, or running water.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov stated on Friday that the country’s situation has reached a “critical juncture.”

“The situation in the south remains challenging, ” he said, and hard decisions had to be made about where to deploy the country’s forces.”

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