Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of shelling Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant.
Shells hit a high-voltage power line at the Zaporizhzhia plant, prompting operators to disconnect a reactor despite no radioactive leak being detected.
The plant was captured by Russian forces back in March, but is still run by Ukrainian technicians.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Moscow of committing “an open, brazen crime” and “an act of terror” – and is calling for fresh sanctions on the entire Russian nuclear industry.
In a late night address, he said: “It is a purely a security issue. Those who create nuclear threats to other nations are certainly not capable of using nuclear technologies safely.”
Ukraine’s foreign ministry warned: “The possible consequences of hitting an operating reactor are equivalent to the use of an atomic bomb.”
Meanwhile, Russia’s defence ministry claimed Ukraine’s armed forces were to blame, and said it is a matter of…