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Russian missile attack on Ukraine knocks out Europe’s largest nuclear plant and kills 6

Russia carries out mass missile attack across Ukraine, cutting off the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant and claiming 6 lives.

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Russia has carried out a series of missile strikes across Ukraine, hitting residential buildings and infrastructure. The attack claimed the lives of six people and caused temporary power, heat, and water outages in the Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Dnipropetrovskina, Odesa, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Zhytomyr, and Vinnytsia regions.

The missile strike cut off power to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. As a result, all 20 of the site’s emergency diesel generators were activated. This is the sixth time Europe’s largest nuclear power site has been run on its last defense line.

The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency called for a commitment to protecting the plant as he was “astonished by the complacency.” “Each time we are rolling a dice. And if we allow this to continue time after time then one day our luck will run out,” said Rafael Grossi.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said the strikes were a response to “the terrorist acts in the Bryansk region organized by the Kiev regime on March 2nd.”

Zelenskyy condemned the attacks, stating, “The enemy launched 81 rockets, trying to intimidate Ukrainians again, returning to their pathetic tactics. That’s all they are capable of. But it won’t help them. Responsibility for everything committed will not pass them.”