Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday repeated his plea for NATO to enforce a no-fly zone to protect his increasingly beleaguered country after claiming Russia attacked Europe’s largest nuclear plant.
Russian forces allegedly seized the site overnight after a building at the complex was set ablaze during intense fighting with Ukrainian defenders, according to claims contained in multiple news agency reports.
Zelenskyy invoked the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion and fire to raise alarm about further Russian attacks as his country fought on alone.
The plant “could be like six Chernobyls. The Russian tanks knew what they were shelling … This is terror on an unprecedented level,” he said.
Any attempt by European air forces in general or NATO in particular to impose a no-fly zone would likely severely escalate the conflict despite Zelensky’s plea for Russian civilians to express outrage about the plant attack.
“Radiation does not know where the Russian border is,” he warned.