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Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations have agreed to impose tougher sanctions on Russia if it does not stop its assault on Ukraine, and demanded in particular that Moscow halt attacks in the vicinity of nuclear power plants.

The meeting Friday in Brussels, which Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi joined online, took place as Russia's attacks on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, the largest in Europe, briefly fueled fears of a devastating nuclear catastrophe.

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