RUSSIA-UKRAINE LIVE: Volodymyr Zelensky calls on Vladimir Putin for peace talks, no airspace and calls for more sanctions on oligarchs as buyers hunt down Ukrainian vodka while UK stores reject Russian products.
Russian forces have today bombed Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused the country of “nuclear terror”.
Mr Zelensky said he feared an explosion at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant would be “the end of everyone, the end of Europe, the evacuation of Europe”.
The attack sparked phone calls between Mr. Zelensky and world leaders, and the U.S. Department of Energy activated its nuclear incident response team.
Vladimir Putin’s forces have attacked hundreds of missiles and artillery against cities and other areas around Ukraine and have made significant gains in the south.
The Russians have announced the capture of the southern city and the Black Sea port of Kherson, the first major city to collapse since the invasion began last week.
Heavy fighting continued outside another strategic port, Mariupol, in the Sea of Azov, which has hit the city’s electricity, heat and water systems.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that Russia’s bombing of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant “could directly threaten the security of the whole of Europe”.
And the West fears that the Russian president will unleash a horrific attack on major Ukrainian cities, which could result in devastating civilian deaths.
In the meantime, the exit from Ukraine continued, with the UN saying so far more than a million people had fled, and a figure that could soon rise to four million.
And as British supermarkets pledge to stop selling Russian-made vodka because of the war, UK shoppers are now looking for alternatives to Ukraine.
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RUSSIA-UKRAINE LIVE: Volodymyr Zelensky calls for peace talks with Vladimir Putin
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