Video taken from inside Ukraineâ€™s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant during the Russian assault earlier this week shows workers pleading with their attackers over a loudspeaker system to stop in order to avoid catastrophe.
â€œStop firing at the nuclear facility!â€ someone says, according to a translation from The New York Times, which says it verified the clipâ€™s authenticity.
The message is punctuated by gunfire.
â€œYou are endangering the safety of the entire world,â€ the person says multiple times.
The videographer pans around a room featuring floor-to-ceiling control panels and other computer equipment.
CNN also aired the clip during a Friday-evening broadcast, with live translation by reporter Sam Kiley. The power plant worker said that if a certain part of the facilityâ€™s operations were disrupted, staff would not be able to restore it, per Kiley.
A fire that broke out near the Zaporizhzhia plant â€• Europeâ€™s largest nuclear site â€• was ultimately contained on Friday.
Ukraineâ€™s foreign affairs minister, Dmytro Kuleba, had highlighted the stakes, saying that â€œif it blows up,â€ the resulting disaster would be â€œ10 times largerâ€ than the meltdown at Chernobyl in 1986.