The United States Embassy in the Kyiv the capital of Ukrainian capital of said Friday the attack by Russia on a nuclear power plant in Ukraine amounts to a “war crime.”
“It is a war crime to attack a nuclear power plant,” US Embassy Kyiv said on Twitter. “Putin’s shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear plant takes his reign of terror one step further”.
Russia earlier has taken control of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Zaporizhzhia NPP, which is also among the world’s 10 largest nuclear power plants.
The United Nations Security Council is set to hold an emergency meeting over the attack on Zaporizhzhia.
Located in southeastern Ukraine near the city of Enerhodar, the plant generates 20% of Ukraine’s electricity.
A total of six reactors, each with a net capacity of 950 megawatts, can supply energy to nearly 4 million households with a total electricity production of 5,700 megawatts.
Russia’s war on Ukraine, which began on Feb. 24, has been met with international outrage, with the EU, US, and UK, among others, implementing tough financial sanctions on Moscow.
More than 1.2 million people have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries, according to the UN refugee agency.