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Explosions Rock Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

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Explosions Rock Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine—Explosions shook Europe’s largest nuclear plant over the weekend, prompting fears that the war could unleash a nuclear catastrophe. Located in the Russian-occupied city of Enerhodar along the Dnipro river, which divides the Russian and Ukrainian forces in the area, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is now perilously close to the front lines of the fighting. Each side blamed the other for shelling near the plant, which severed a high-voltage power line, prompting plant staff to close one of its six reactors over the weekend, according to the Ukrainian nuclear regulator, Energoatom.