A 'nuclear timebomb': tensions rise over Ukraine power plant

Greenpeace accuses Vladimir Putin of threatening an 'unprecedented escalation' of war

Photo collage of Russian tanks driving in front of the cooling towers of Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. In the background, there's line drawings of vintage light bulbs; one of them is exploding.
(Image credit: Illustration by Julia Wytrazek / Getty Images)

The UN's nuclear watchdog has demanded that Russia withdraw its forces from Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant two years after it captured the facility.

Greenpeace described the occupied plant as a "nuclear timebomb" and accused Vladimir Putin of threatening an "unprecedented escalation" if the Russian president orders the reactors to be restarted.

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