Europe Narrowly Avoids Nuclear Disaster, For Now

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent

KYIV (Worthy News) – ’s president says narrowly avoided a radiation disaster on Thursday as a Russian-occupied nuclear plant was disconnected from Ukraine’s power grid.

President Volodymyr Zelensky added that it was due to backup electricity that the Zaporizhzhia plant could operate safely.

Fires had earlier damaged overhead power lines, cutting Europe’s largest nuclear plant off, amid ongoing fighting between Ukrainian troops and the invading Russian military.

The standoff around the station came after at least 25 people, including two children, died and dozens were injured as Russia fired rockets at a train station in southeastern Ukraine, authorities said.

“As a result of the shelling of the residential sector and the railway station, 25 people died, two of them children,” deputy head of presidential staff Kyrylo Tymoshenko said.

“An 11-year-old boy died under the rubble of a household, and another 6-year-old child died in a car fire outside the railway station,” he added.

Another 31 people were injured in the strike that hit the Chaplyne railway station on Wednesday, Ukraine’s Independence Day and the six-month milestone since the Russian invasion began.

Ukraine’s president Zelenskyy told the United Nations Security Council that “Chaplyne is our sorrow today, (…) we will see to it that the (Russian) occupiers are held accountable for all they have done. And we will certainly expel the invaders from our land,” he told the meeting.

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