Europe’s largest nuclear power plant was on fire Friday after Russian strikes hit the Ukrainian facility, a spokesman said.
Russia is now in control of the plant, as it intensifies strikes across the country.
There are fresh reports of civilian casualties and devastating damage.
That’s despite Moscow agreeing to Ukraine’s request for humanitarian corridors to allow terrified residents to flee conflict areas.
There was no sign of any move toward a ceasefire, with Ukraine’s President Volodymr Zelensky urging the West to step up military assistance and provide planes.
US Senator Ed Markey released a joint statement of the US Congress Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control Working Group, which he co-chairs.
It condemns ”President Putin’s threats to escalate a conflict of his own creation into nuclear war.”
The statement calls on the United States, Russia and all nuclear powers to back a No First Use nuclear policy.
This in order to ensure that the crisis in Ukraine, or any other conflicts involving nuclear armed states, do not escalate into a nuclear war.