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.

Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, points on a map of the Ukrainian Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant as he informs the press about the situation of nuclear powerplants in Ukraine during a special press conference at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria on Friday..
Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, points on a map of the Ukrainian Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant as he informs the press about the situation of nuclear powerplants in Ukraine during a special press conference at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria on Friday.. (Joe Klamar/AFP via Getty Images/Tribune News Service)

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.”

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