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Russia seizes nuclear plant in Ukraine and makes profits in the south

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Russia seizes nuclear plant in Ukraine and makes profits in the south

Mr Putin “must stop this madness, and it must stop now,” she said.

Britain’s ambassador, Barbara Woodward, said the shelling was “the first time a state has attacked a fuel-powered and operating nuclear power plant.”

The Ambassador of Russia, Vasily A. Nebenzya denied that the country’s military had targeted the plant, and accused Ukraine and its Western allies of inciting an “artificial frenzy”.

Mr Nebenzya said Russian forces patrolling outside the nuclear plant had come under fire from Ukrainian militants inside a training building and retaliated. He said Ukrainians then set the building on fire. Ukraine’s UN ambassador, Sergei Kislitsia, accused Mr Nebenzya of lying that Russian shelling had started the fire, calling it “nuclear terrorism”.

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael M. Grossi, who has been pushing for access to nuclear facilities occupied by Ukraine, said that, “from a technical point of view,” the Zaporizhzhya plant was operating “normally” after the fire.

But he added, “As I have emphasized to the IAEA’s board of governors, the situation is not normal when there is a military force in charge of the site.”

At a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, Coalition Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Russia had used anti-personnel cluster bombs and had seen “reports of other types of weapons that would violate international law.”

But Mr Stoltenberg rejected a call by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to impose a no-fly zone on Ukraine, warning that it could draw the coalition, which does not include Ukraine, into a wider war with Russia. .

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