"Russian Troops Seize Site Of Nuclear Plant Fire; West Condemns Attacks

"The fire at Europe's largest nuclear power plant was extinguished Friday after Russian shelling lit ablaze a building on its site and prompted international fears of a nuclear disaster.

No radiation has been released at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant after a Russian "projectile" hit a training center that is "not part of the reactor," said Rafael Mariano Grossi, the head of the United Nations’ atomic watchdog agency.

The office of Enerhodar Mayor Dmytro Orlov told the Associated Press that Ukrainian firefighters were allowed on the site overnight. The plant's Ukrainian staff remains in control of the reactor, Grossi said, but Ukrainian officials have said Russian troops took control of the overall site. Only one reactor is operating at around 60% capacity, the U.N. said."

Celina Tebor, Joel Shannon, and Ryan W. Miller report for USA TODAY March 4, 2022.


"Fire Extinguished At Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant, Europe's Largest" (Reuters)

"Russians Seize Europe’s Largest Nuclear Plant, but Fire Is Out" (New York Times)

"Seizure of Ukraine Plant Sparks Worries About Radiation Monitoring" (Reuters)

Source: USA TODAY, 03/04/2022