Australia Slams Russian Attack on Ukrainian Nuclear Plant

Australian officials have expressed deep concern over shelling and fire at the largest nuclear power plant in Europe as fighting escalates in Ukraine.

“Deeply concerned about reports of shelling and fire at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant,” Foreign Minister Marise Payne tweeted.

“The recklessness and dangers of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s war is demonstrated by the direct threat and risks Russia is posing to critical infrastructure in Ukraine, including nuclear power facilities,” Payne added.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison met online with Quad nation leaders from the United States, India, and Japan to discuss unified action against Russia.

“Russia has, through President Putin, self-nominated as a pariah state. We can line them up with North Korea and others, and they should be treated accordingly,” Morrison said.

Morrison said all nations violating the international rules-based order should face a “heavy transactional cost in reputation and economic terms and potentially even militarily.”

Labor leader Anthony Albanese also said that democratic nations must unite in calling out Russian aggression.

On Friday, Russian forces in Ukraine shelled the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, sparking a fire that led to the US activating its nuclear incident team as a precaution.

Ukrainian authorities reported that Russian forces were shooting at firefighters seeking to put out the blaze.

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