FFs put out fire at Ukraine nuclear power plant complex
Authorities said despite the flames, no radioactive material was released
By Leila Merrill
KYIV, Ukraine — Local firefighters put out the fire at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear complex in Enerhodar, Ukraine, authorities announced Friday, saying there was no release of radioactive material, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Russian forces have control of the plant while local staffers continue to operate it.
Earlier reports showed that firefighters had been shot at while trying to extinguish the fire, which was reportedly at a training facility within the complex.
The Zaporizhzhia plant contains six of Ukraine’s 15 nuclear energy reactors, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The Russian government has routinely and without evidence claimed the Ukrainian government is staging “provocations” to provoke a military response by Western governments.
The Zaporizhzhia plant contains six of the country’s 15 nuclear energy reactors, according to the IAEA.
Russian officials said the fire was started by local saboteurs, the Times reported.
Ukraine’s energy minister refuted that.
“Could you imagine this craziness — I mean, to fire against our [own nuclear] stations?” German Galushchenko told Sky News. “That’s a typical play from Russia.”