Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant is under attack.
Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia - on the banks of the Dnipro River in southeastern Ukraine - is home to six reactors, supplying energy to roughly four million homes.
Explosions at the plant, some within metres of the site's safety and security systems, prompted the head of the UN nuclear watchdog Rafael Grossi to make an urgent appeal for calm.
"Whoever’s behind this," he said, "you are playing with fire."
Russian state media said 15 shells had been fired at the plant from the Ukrainian side of the Dnipro, but no radioactive emissions had been detected.
The warring factions blame each other for the shelling. Report by Braybrooks. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency will, very soon, be visiting two sites in Ukraine. The inspectors will examine the sites for signs of "undeclared nuclear activities".And this development comes after the Russian claim that Ukraine is reportedly planning to use ''dirty bombs at these sites. Kyiv has denied any such allegations and has agreed to the UN's request to let the inspections happen. However, up until this moment the location or the names of the sites have not been disclosed. Ealier, the IAEA said it had received an invitation from the Ukrainian government to carry out "verification activities" at two unspecified locations, adding that the agency's inspectors already have been visiting both sites regularly.
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Civilian and energy infrastructure was targeted in the regions of Kyiv, Odessa, Vinnytsya, and Zaporizhzhia. A few hours before this wave of missiles, Ukrainian forces likely conducted strikes on Russian strategic airbases.
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Crossing from Russian-occupied areas to the rest of Ukraine is difficult and dangerous. But there's one place about 30 kilometers south of the city of Zaporizhzhia where civilians pass through an informal corridor, albeit one with police checkpoints.