A British MP has said the shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant is “an affront to the world at large” and Downing Street said the deliberate targeted attack could “directly threaten the safety of all of Europe.”
Overnight Russian troops shelled the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and a fire broke out after a Russian projectile hit, the fire was eventually put out by firefighters.
The British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said that international community must “come down hard on Putin.”
Raab told Times Radio, “It is clearly reckless, irresponsible and not only the fact they were shooting, bombarding that particular site, but when the Ukrainian emergency authorities were trying to put out the fire, the shelling continued.
“It must stop.
“We support the Ukrainians in dealing with the security situation there but also I think come down hard on Vladimir Putin.”
He added, “It is an affront to the world at large.”
Raab told Sky News the Russians had inflicted a heavy bombardment on a “very sensitive, precarious and dangerous facility” in Zaporizhzhia.
He said, “The fact that the Russians kept on bombarding after there was the fire and the Ukrainian emergency rescue team were trying to get to that makes it doubly reprehensible.”