Ukraine Live Updates: Residents Flee Town Near Nuclear Site as Shelling Continues

The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, along the banks of the Dnipro River, is occupied by Russian forces.Credit…David Guttenfelder for The New York Times

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — Artillery fire resumed on Sunday from the direction of a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, with shells streaking into a town from which the Ukrainian army has been unable to return fire, for fear of causing a meltdown or releasing radiation at the plant.

Hours before the barrages, there were reports that conditions were unraveling in and near the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. The flight of civilians from the area accelerated on Saturday.

The plant is the first active nuclear power plant in a combat zone. The United States and European Union have called for the formation of a demilitarized zone, as the fighting in and around the plant and its active reactors and stored nuclear waste has sparked particular worry.

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, said in his nightly address on Saturday…

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