- Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, has lost its last remaining external energy source, the UN nuclear watchdog said on Saturday.
- All six reactors at the plant are shut down but they still require electricity for cooling and other safety functions.
- The outage was the result of renewed shelling and the plant is now dependent on emergency diesel generators.
Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, has lost its last remaining external power source as a result of renewed shelling and is now relying on emergency diesel generators, the UN nuclear watchdog said on Saturday.
International Atomic Energy Agency Told that the link of the plant with 750 kilovolt line was cut at around 1 am on Saturday morning. It cited official information from Ukraine as well as reports from IAEA experts on the site, which is held by the Russian military.
All six reactors at the plant are shut down but they still require electricity for cooling and other safety functions. The IAEA said plant engineers have begun work to repair the damaged power line and the plant’s generators – not all of which are currently being used – each with enough fuel for at least 10 days.
IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi said in a statement: “It is extremely irresponsible to fire at the plant’s only source of external power.”
big tour Kyiv on Thursday. He said he would visit Russia soon, then make another trip Ukraine, to further his effort to establish a “nuclear safety and security protection zone” around the plant, which he has advocated for weeks. “It is an absolute and urgent imperative,” he said.
The IAEA did not place blame for the shelling.
Zaporizhzhia is one of four regions that Russian President Vladimir Putin has occupied in violation of international law.
While the nuclear plant has been under Russian control for months, the city of the same name is under Ukrainian control.
Putin signed a decree on Wednesday announcing that Russia was acquiring the plant. Ukraine’s foreign ministry called it a criminal act and said it considered Putin’s decree “null and void”. Ukraine’s state nuclear operator Energoatom said it would continue to operate the plant.
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