Russian general threatens to bomb nuclear power plant

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One of Russia’s top military commanders has threatened to blow up the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Enerhodar, Ukraine after heavy shelling over the weekend sparked fears of a potential radioactive catastrophe. The facility was captured by Russian forces on March 3rd, nine days after President Vladimir Putin launched his unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

According to a Telegram post by Energoatam, a Ukrainian state nuclear agency, Major General Valery Vasiliev of Russia’s Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Protection Troops told his battalions that “there will be either Russian land or a scorched desert” in the region encompassing Europe’s largest atomic energy station.

Energoatam wrote that Vasiliev had added that “as you know, we mined all the important objects of the Zaporozhye nuclear plant. And we do not hide this from the enemy. We warned them. The enemy knows that the station will be either Russian or nobody’s. We are ready for the consequences of this step. And you, the liberating warriors, must understand that we do not have a second way. And if there is the most severe order – we must fulfill it with honor!”

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed his concerns over the deteriorating situation on Sunday.

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