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Russian forces seize control of Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, the largest nuke-plant in Europe

Russian forces attacked the plant in the early hours of Friday, setting an adjacent five-story training facility on fire.

Russian troops have seized control of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, in southeastern Ukraine, according to local officials and the Ukrainian nuclear inspectorate.

The inspectorate said staff at the facility, which is the largest of its kind in Europe, were continuing to operate the reactor and supply power according to normal safety rules.

Lebanese and Ukrainians living in Lebanon carry placards during a protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, near the Russian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon February 24, 2022. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Russian forces attacked the plant in the early hours of Friday, setting an adjacent five-story training facility on fire.

The key port city of Mariupol remains under Ukrainian control but has been encircled by Russian forces, according to the United Kingdom’s defence ministry.

In its latest daily intelligence update, the ministry said the city’s civilian infrastructure had been “subjected to intense Russian strikes”.

Meanwhile, Russia’s media watchdog says it has restricted access to several independent media websites, including the BBC, following a request from prosecutors.

Roskomnadzor said other websites that it was limiting access to are the independent news website Meduza, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, and the Russian-language website of the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Svoboda.

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