We’re edging towards worst-case scenarios.

Last night, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed Zaporizhzhia will now be a state zone, meaning it can claim the entire region as part of its own. Russian lawmakers expedited the process of formalizing the annexation of different regions to officially wage “war” on Ukraine after months of saying their attacks were a simple “special military mission” to carve out Nazis living in Ukraine.

“The only way to save the inhabitants living in the territory of the four subjects is joining the Russian Federation,” Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the State Duma, told parliamentarians. “This day was awaited for a long time, 30 years.”

And with this, Russia is pushing to isolate Zaporizhzhia even further by gaining control over the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP).