Russia makes gains in south Ukraine after seizing major nuclear plant; Putin cracks down on dissent at home

The blaze at the Zaporizhzhia plant, in Ukraine’s southeast, was extinguished Friday but not before it spread fears of catastrophic fallout across the continent.

Russian forces took control of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant Friday after their attack on the site sparked a fire and fears of nuclear meltdown, but seemingly released no radiation.

The blaze at the Zaporizhzhia plant, located in Ukraine’s southeast, was extinguished early Friday but not before it spread concerns about the potential for catastrophic fallout across the continent.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who previously raised the specter of nuclear war over Europe, said Friday he had “no bad intention” toward neighboring countries but warned against doing anything that might “escalate the situation.”

With the invasion entering its second week, he has intensified his assault on Ukraine and deepened a crackdown on dissent at home. Russian forces made gains in Ukraine’s south and besieged major cities, worsening a grave humanitarian crisis despite some progress in talks between the two countries.

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