War in Ukraine: Putin annexes Europe’s largest nuclear power plant by decree


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By decree, Putin annexes Europe’s largest nuclear power plant

A Russian soldier a section of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine.  Photo: -/AP/dpa

A Russian soldier a section of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine. photo

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Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant has repeatedly been the focus of hostilities. It has been effectively controlled by Russia since March. Now Putin wants to take the next step.

Russia’s President Wladimir Putin has instructed the government in Moscow to nationalize the Ukrainian nuclear power plant Zaporizhia, which is occupied by his troops.

“The government is instructed to ensure that objects for the use of nuclear energy from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and other property necessary for its operation are taken into state ownership,” reads the decree published on Wednesday. Zaporizhia NPP is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.

Russia has actually controlled the nuclear power plant since the beginning of March, when Moscow’s troops occupied large parts of southern Ukraine in the course of the war of aggression. The power plant has come under fire several times during heavy fighting in recent months and even had to be shut down.

the Ukraine and Russia blame each other for the damage. The shelling has sparked international concerns of a nuclear catastrophe.

In a procedure that violates international law, Russia recently annexed four Ukrainian regions, including the Zaporizhia region, in which the nuclear power plant lies. Despite threats from Russia, Ukraine has declared that it will continue to fight for the liberation of all its regions.

dpa



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