Fears for Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant as Russian forces dig in ahead of Ukrainian counter-offensive

Russian soldiers guard the entrance to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant during a visit of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission. Photo: Alexander Ermochenko/File Photo/Reuters© REUTERS

Tom Balmforth

Russian military forces have been enhancing defensive positions in and around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine in recent weeks, four witnesses said, ahead of an expected counteroffensive in the region.

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