Diary of War

4 March 2022

Day nine

Oleksandr [Zaporizhzhia]

My father’s brother lives in Enerhodar, 50 kilometres from here. It’s a nice town with beautiful parks. It’s also home to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant—the biggest nuclear plant in Europe.

And today, it’s in the hands of Russian forces. I contact my uncle. Luckily, he’s not on duty today. He’s hiding in the basement with his family. Looking at the news scares my whole family. The nuclear power plant is near our city! We would be the first to experience a tragedy far worse than Chernobyl. 

Eventually, Russians breach, killing and injuring multiple people. Next up in Russia’s route would be Zaporizhzhia, my city.