Russian strike blasts nuclear plant in Ukraine as Putin vows to end war ASAP

Vladimir Putin hinted the war in Ukraine could come to an end before striking a nuclear power plant.

In an act of "nuclear terrorism", Russian forces launched an attack on the Pivdennoukrainsk plant in the Mykolaiv region – Ukraine's second-biggest power plant – causing an explosion a mere 300 yards away from reactors.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky took to the social media app Telegram following the incident, commenting: "The invaders wanted to shoot again, but they forgot what a nuclear power plant is.

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"Russia endangers the whole world. We have to stop it before it's too late."

The attack damaged power plant buildings, a nearby hydroelectric power plant and transmission lines, and shattered more than 100 windows.

CCTV footage captured not far from the plant shows a huge explosion which lit up the night sky following the strike in the early hours of this morning (September 19).

Ukraine's state nuclear company Energoatom said following the incident: "Currently, all three power units of the [Pivdennoukrainsk Nuclear Power Plant] are operating normally.

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"Fortunately, there were no casualties among the station staff."

Meanwhile, the Zaporizhzhia power plant in Ukraine – Europe's biggest nuclear power plant – was shut down earlier this month thanks to constant attacks by Russian forces, prompting fears of a nuclear disaster.

Both sides have blamed each other for shelling at the plant, which is currently held by Russian forces but continues to be operated by Ukrainian staff.

This comes following news that Putin was planning to bring a halt to the war "as soon as possible".

The Russian dictator has lost control of swathes of land after the besieged nation reclaimed control of more than 2,300 square miles in the northeast after Ukrainian troops began successfully fighting back in Kharkiv.

During a meeting in Uzbekistan, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said to the dictator that "today's era is not an era of war".

Putin responded: "I know your position on the conflict in Ukraine, the concerns that you constantly express.

"We will do everything to stop this as soon as possible."

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