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Explosions Rock Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

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More than a dozen explosions shook the area around Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant Saturday evening and again Sunday morning, the U.N. said. Experts stationed at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant reported “powerful explosions” overnight on Nov. 19 and on the morning of Nov. 20.

The explosions prompted the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi to issue a stern warning.

“Whoever is behind this, it must stop immediately,” he said in a statement. “As I have said many times before, you’re playing with fire!”

The reports follow earlier news from St. Petersburg, where portions of a Russian gas line exploded on Saturday.

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The International Atomic Energy Agency team at Zaporizhzhia said there was damage to some buildings, systems and equipment at the plant, but none threatened nuclear safety and security. There have been no casualty reports.

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