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'Don't let this be the end for Europe' – Zelensky calls for support amid fire at nuclear plant

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned it will be the “end for Europe” if an explosion occurs due to Russian forces shelling the continent’s largest nuclear power plant.

A fire at Europe’s biggest nuclear plant ignited by Russian shelling has been extinguished, Ukrainian authorities said.

Russian forces have now taken control of the Zaporizhzhia plant in the city of Enerhodar.

Regional military officials said there had been some damage to the compartment of reactor number one in the shelling, but it does not affect the safety of the power unit.

Ukrainian officials said radiation levels in the area were not at dangerous levels, and most experts saw nothing to indicate an impending disaster.

Local officials added that operational personnel are ensuring the site’s safety. No information was immediately available about casualties.

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