Ukraine warns of 'nuclear terrorism' after strike near plant

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Russian missile struck close to reactors at a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, not damaging them but hitting other equipment in the same industrial complex.

Ukrainian authorities denounced Monday's attack as an act of “nuclear terrorism."

Video footage showed large fireballs erupting one after the other in the dark. Ukraine's nuclear operator said the missile struck within 300 meters (328 yards) of reactors at the Pivdennoukrainsk plant, also known as the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant.

The strike followed warnings from Russian President Vladimir Putin of possible stepped-up attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure after his forces suffered humiliating battlefield setbacks. It also renewed fears of a possible radioactive disaster in the near seven-month war.

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