Ukraine Readies Plans to Evacuate Civilians Amid Fighting Near Nuclear Plant

KYIV, Ukraine—Ukraine said it is preparing plans to evacuate civilians from towns around the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in case fighting in the area and Russian restrictions on personnel cause a radiation leak.

“The power plant is not just in enemy hands, but in the hands of untrained specialists who can cause a tragedy,” Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi said, adding that the access of Ukrainian personnel has been restricted in some areas. “The level of danger is the highest. It’s hard to even imagine the scale of the tragedy if Russian activities continue there. We have to prepare for all scenarios now.”

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