Fire sparks outside Europe’s largest nuclear power plant as Russian forces continue shelling

Fire sparks outside Europe's largest nuclear power plant as Russian forces continue shelling.

A fire broke out outside Europe’s largest nuclear power plant during intense fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces, Ukraine’s state emergency service said on Friday.

This incident triggered a series of phone calls between Ukrainian President Zelenskyy and U.S. President Joe Biden and other world leaders.

However, the same sources confirmed that they had been able to put out the fire successfully, without stirring any serious panic among nuclear authorities.

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said there was no indication of elevated radiation levels at the Zaporizhzhia plant, which provides more than a fifth of total electricity generated in Ukraine.

Earlier, a video that emerged from the plant showed shelling and smoke rising near a five-storey building at the plant compound.

The footage shot at night showed one building aflame, and a volley of incoming shells, before a large candescent ball lit up the sky, exploding beside a car park and sending smoke billowing across the compound. It was not immediately clear who was in control of the plant.

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