Ukraine’s international minister Dmytro Kuleba confirmed the studies on Twitter.
“(The) Russian military is firing from all sides upon Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant,” he tweeted.
“Hearth has already broke out. If it blows up, it is going to be 10 instances bigger than Chernobyl. Russians should instantly stop the hearth, enable firefighters, set up a safety zone!”
Mr Shalkivskyi echoed the international minister’s fears.
“I can remind that Chernobyl, that occurred in 1986 close to Kyiv, was only one reactor – within the Zaporizhzhia, we’ve got six nuclear reactors,” he stated.
Mr Shalkivskyi stated as a result of continued shelling by Russian troops, firefighters have been unable to succeed in the plant.
“That is the primary time in world historical past that one nation intentionally is making an attempt to assault and create a nuclear accident on the territory of one other nation,” he stated.
“In fact, it is of very grave concern, very severe concern for everything of Europe.
“That is only a clear instance of how far Mr Putin himself can go with the intention to obtain his objectives.
“They’ve to alter their techniques and now we witness he’s threatening with destruction over complete territory of Ukraine with the intention to achieve his place, in his plan to point out the world how highly effective he’s.
“Beneath such circumstances, it leaves us actually small room for negotiations.
“Kremlin want to destroy, to kill us. How can we attain an settlement underneath such circumstances?”
Mr Shalkivskyi stated Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has spoken with US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson concerning the unfolding state of affairs, because the nation calls on its Western allies for pressing assist.
“He additionally spoke to the top of the (Worldwide) Atomic Vitality Company,” Mr Shalkivskyi stated.
“We’ve personnel, vitality specialists in place.
“A few of them are literally wounded and we do not need chance to ship emergencies to that place as a result of the lively shelling continues.
“We name for assist to the worldwide neighborhood to intervene.”
Ukrainian authorities stated the hearth was extinguished at 3.20pm (AEDT).