Ukraine war: Zelensky warns Russian soldiers at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

Any Russian soldiers who shoots at or under the cover of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant is a “special target” for security services, Ukraine has warned.

In a video address, President Volodymyr Zelensky also accused Moscow of using the plant – Europe’s largest – as “nuclear blackmail”.

Russia seized the facility in southern Ukraine in early March.

The plant has been shelled in recent days, with Ukraine and Russia blaming each other for the attacks.

The six-nuclear reactor Zaporizhzhia plant is located in the city of Enerhodar, on the left (eastern) bank of the Dnieper River (Dnipro in Ukrainian). Russia has kept Ukrainian personnel to operate the facility.

During his address late on Saturday, Mr Zelensky said Russia had engaged in “constant provocations” by firing on the plant and said forces stationed there had used it as a base to shell the cities of Nikopol and Marhanets – on the other bank of the river.

“Every Russian soldier who either shoots at the plant, or shoots under…

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