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    A NUCLEAR catastrophe worse than Chernobyl is facing Europe as fighting rages around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, Ukraine has warned. The plant – which is Europe’s largest – was seized by Russia in the early days of the war and it claims Ukrainian shells have landed just 10 metre from buildings at the facility. 4Russian soldiers stands guard at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plantCredit: AP 4Smoke rising above the plant as fighting rages there It comes as new video footage shows smoke rising from around Zaporizhzhia. Both Russia and Ukraine blame each other for the fighting amid fears of a new nuclear horror. A Russian appointed local officials claimed Ukrainian shells fell 10 metres from the plant, the Russia-24 TV channel reports. Ukraine claims Vladimir Putin’s forces have turned the site into a military base in the expectation Kyiv’s military will not retaliate. Oleksandr Starukh, head of the military administration of the Zaporizhzhia region, warned of catastrophic consequences if the rockets do hit the plant. “It won’t be another Chernobyl because this station is even bigger. It will be even worse,” he...
    A nuclear catastrophe was "miraculously" avoided following the shelling of Europe's largest nuclear power plant, Ukraine's state-owned nuclear company said. Energoatom reiterated accusations that Russian forces shelled the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant last week, under Russian control, as an act of "nuclear terrorism," saying it was a "miracle" nuclear disaster was averted. "This time a nuclear catastrophe was miraculously avoided, but miracles cannot last forever. The actions of Russian nuclear terrorists must be urgently put to an end in order to protect Ukraine and the world from a nuclear disaster," the company said in a Telegram post. ZELENSKY ACCUSES RUSSIA OF SHELLING OWN POSITIONS AT NUCLEAR PLANT "Artillery shelling of the Zaporozhye NPP is a terrorist act intended to destroy the plant’s infrastructure, disrupt all of its power lines that feed electricity into Ukraine’s power grid and cut off power in the south of the country," Energoatom said. "These actions indicate Russia’s turn to a new scenario: one of destruction and of [potential] nuclear and radiation disasters at the ZNPP. This is why the attacks...
    Photo by SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images Ukrainian officials said Sunday that power is restored at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, averting a “possible nuclear catastrophe.” Officials had warned on Wednesday that damage by Russian troops caused the station to be “disconnected” from outside power, forcing it to rely on generators and backup power. Ukraine’s energy minister, Herman Galushchenko, said in a statement that the Chernobyl plant is no longer operating on backup power and has resumed normal operations, according to AFP. “Today, thanks to the incredible efforts of [Ukrainian energy] specialists, our nuclear power engineers and electricians managed to return the power supply to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which was seized by the Russian occupiers,” he said. “Our Ukrainian energy engineers, by risking their own health and lives, were able to avert the risk of a possible nuclear catastrophe that threatened the whole of Europe,” he added. Russian forces seized control of Chernobyl in late February, less than a week into Vladimir Putin‘s invasion. At the time, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry warned that the 1986 nuclear disaster at Chernobyl could “happen...
    VLADIMIR Putin is plotting a false flag terror attack on Chernobyl to create a worldwide "catastrophe", Ukraine has claimed. The country's intel chiefs believe the warmongering Kremlin is prepared to commit "nuclear blackmail" on the world should his ongoing invasion of Ukraine fail. 4An armed soldier at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant as Ukraine warns Putin could be planning a false flag attackCredit: Alamy 4Ukrainian intel chiefs believe Putin is 'ready to commit nuclear blackmail' on the worldCredit: AFP 4Ukrainian forces have lost contact with ChernobylCredit: EPA A stark warning was issued on Ukraine's Intelligence Directorate's Facebook page today that they believe Putin is planning a "technological catastrophe" at the power station that will be blamed on Ukrainians. "According to the available information - Vladimir Putin ordered the preparation of a terrorist attack at the Chernobyl nuclear station," the statement reads. "The creation of a technological catastrophe is planned at the controlled Russian forces of the CAEC, the responsibility for which the occupiers will try to translate to Ukraine." It comes after Ukrainian authorities lost all communications with the former...
    RUSSIAN troops are 20 miles away from another nuclear plant, sparking fears Vladimir Putin's forces could trigger a "nuke catastrophe" in Ukraine. The US ambassador to the UN said soldiers were now "closing in" on the Yuzhnoukrainsk plant south of Kyiv. 7Russian troops are now 20 miles away from the Yuzhnoukrainsk nuclear plantCredit: EPA 7Surveillance camera footage shows Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant during shellingCredit: Twitter 7 "Russian forces are now 20 miles, and closing, from Ukraine’s second-largest nuclear facility," Linda Thomas-Greenfield said in a chilling statement. "This imminent danger continues." Thomas-Greenfield begged Moscow to halt any further use of force that puts at risk all 15 reactors across Ukraine. "Nuclear facilities cannot become part of this conflict," she added. "Mr. Putin must stop this madness, and he must stop it now." The warning comes as the Russian despot was labelled a "threat to the entire world" after his troops recklessly bombed a nuclear power plant on Friday. Most read in The US SunLOOK UP Huge ‘potentially dangerous’ asteroid bigger than Empire State passed Earth TODAYHORRORS OF WAR Heartbreaking picture shows...
    Russian forces reportedly seized control of a Ukrainian nuclear power plant on Friday shortly after a fire broke out at the facility, intensifying global fears of a massive and unprecedented radioactive disaster. The fire, which Ukrainian officials said was sparked by Russian shelling, was extinguished Friday morning, but concerns remained about the potential for a leak of radioactive material if operators at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant are unable to safely cool power units at the site. During a press conference Friday morning, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the blaze started after a "projectile" hit a building within the plant complex. "The physical integrity of the plant has been compromised," said IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi, who stressed that the safety systems of the six nuclear reactors at the site were not affected by the fire and that the plant's radiation monitoring infrastructure remains "fully functional." As of yet, Grossi said, there has been no release of radioactive material. He added that as of Friday morning, a Ukrainian staff was still running the nuclear plant even after...
    UKRAINIAN forces are battling to keep control of Europe's biggest power plant, as Russian troops lay siege to the site. Vladimir Putin's forces have escalated their efforts to seize the site in southern Ukraine, despite a valiant effort from Ukrainian civilians and soldiers to slow the Russian advance. 10Enormous clouds of black smoke rising from the city of Enerhodar 10The city is home to Europe's biggest nuclear power plantCredit: Getty 10Ukraine has suffered an eighth day of heavy shellingCredit: Reuters Kremlin troops have reportedly ramped up the battle for the plant after President Putin was left infuriated by his army's slow progress. Workers at the plant in Enerhodar, 33 miles southwest of Ukraine's sixth-biggest city Zaporizhzhia, fear severe damage to the installation could trigger a nuclear disaster. Terrifying video shows black smoke rising from the outskirts of the city, amid fears some Russian soldiers have already broken through the Ukrainian line. Anton Herashchenko shared the grim development in an online post. Enerhodar's mayor Dmytro Orlov has urged people not to leave their homes and warned a major Russian convoy was...
    EXPERTS have warned of a "nuclear catastrophe" as Vladimir Putin's forces lay siege to Europe's biggest atomic plant in Ukraine. A Kyiv official said Russia risked creating "a new Chernobyl" if it goes ahead with an attack of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Southern Ukraine. 5Russian troops are laying siege to Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power in southern UkraineCredit: Getty 5Ukrainian troops have been battling to wrest control of the plant, which is the biggest in EuropeCredit: AFP 5Residents and workers barricaded the power station ahead of an expected Russian assaultCredit: East2West News Hundreds of residents and workers have been seen barricading the nuclear power station in Enerhodar on Wednesday. Government official Anton Gerashchenko said Ukrainians would fight to the last man to defend one of the country's main energy sources. "The city where the largest nuclear power plant in Europe is located is preparing for a battle with the invaders," he said. "The nuclear power plant is guarded by the heroes of the National Guard of Ukraine. "They won't give up! There will be a fight. Shells will fire next to the...
    Vladimir Putin is to get two new ultramodern 'Doomsday' planes for use during a nuclear war. The adapted Ilyushin 96-400M's allow the Russian leader to control troops and missiles during an atomic catastrophe. The first of the new airborne command and control planes is now under construction, said a source in the military-industrial sector. The flying Kremlin command aircraft will replace the existing Ilyushin Il-80 Maxdomes which are on permanent standby. Vladimir Putin is to get two new ultramodern 'Doomsday' planes for use during a nuclear war The adapted Ilyushin 96-400M's (pictured) allow the Russian leader to control troops and missiles during an atomic catastrophe
    TANZANIA – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Friday that the world is living “in the shadow of nuclear catastrophe,” fueled by growing distrust and tensions between the nuclear powers. The U.N. chief told a high-level meeting to commemorate the recent International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons that strains between countries that possess nuclear weapons “have increased nuclear risks.” As examples, Guterres has expressed deep concern at the escalating disputes between the Trump administration and China. Relations between the U.S. and Russia are at a low point. Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan are feuding over Kashmir, and India just had a border skirmish with China. And North Korea boasts about its nuclear weapons. Without naming any countries, Guterres said programs to modernize nuclear arsenals “threaten a qualitative nuclear arms race,” not to increase the number of weapons but to make them “faster, stealthier and more accurate.” Guterres also pointed to the only treaty constraining the size of the world’s largest nuclear arsenals -- the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between the United States and Russia -- which is set...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Friday that the world is living “in the shadow of nuclear catastrophe,” fueled by growing distrust and tensions between the nuclear powers. The U.N. chief told a high-level meeting to commemorate the recent International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons that strains between countries that possess nuclear weapons “have increased nuclear risks.” As examples, Guterres has expressed deep concern at the escalating disputes between the Trump administration and China. Relations between the U.S. and Russia are at a low point. Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan are feuding over Kashmir, and India just had a border skirmish with China. And North Korea boasts about its nuclear weapons. Without naming any countries, Guterres said programs to modernize nuclear arsenals “threaten a qualitative nuclear arms race,” not to increase the number of weapons but to make them “faster, stealthier and more accurate.” Guterres also pointed to the only treaty constraining the size of the world’s largest nuclear arsenals — the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between the United States and Russia — which is...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Friday that the world is living “in the shadow of nuclear catastrophe,” fueled by growing distrust and tensions between the nuclear powers. The U.N. chief told a high-level meeting to commemorate the recent International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons that strains between countries that possess nuclear weapons “have increased nuclear risks.” As examples, Guterres has expressed deep concern at the escalating disputes between the Trump administration and China. Relations between the U.S. and Russia are at a low point. Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan are feuding over Kashmir, and India just had a border skirmish with China. And North Korea boasts about its nuclear weapons. Without naming any countries, Guterres said programs to modernize nuclear arsenals “threaten a qualitative nuclear arms race,” not to increase the number of weapons but to make them “faster, stealthier and more accurate.” Guterres also pointed to the only treaty constraining the size of the world’s largest nuclear arsenals -- the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between the United States and Russia -- which...
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