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Ukraine Latest: US Defense Chief Warns About Potential Nuclear Spiral

A RS-24 Yars strategic nuclear missile during a Victory Day rehearsal in Moscow, 2020

A RS-24 Yars strategic nuclear missile during a Victory Day rehearsal in Moscow, 2020

Source: Bloomberg

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Powerful blasts shook the area of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant over the past day, including more than a dozen on Sunday morning, the UN’s atomic agency said. Some buildings and systems have been damaged, but none critically so far. 

Russian special services plan “provocations” on targets in Belarus, including the Ostrovets nuclear power plant near the Lithuanian border, Ukraine’s defense intelligence said. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin warned of a potential “dangerous spiral of nuclear proliferation” spinning off from Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.