Zaporizhia: We were one step away from a radioactive disaster

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the target of bombings of which Moscow and Kyiv mutually accuse each other, is “completely disconnected” from Ukraine’s power grid after the damage to communication lines.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky recently noted that “Russia has put Ukrainians and all Europeans one step closer to radioactive disaster.”

Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is disconnected from the electricity grid The two reactors of the plant in operation were disconnected from the grid. As a result, the actions of the Russians caused a total shutdown of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant from the electricity grid, for the first time in its history. Fires in the area of the Zaporizhia thermal power plant, located near the nuclear power plant of the same name in southern Ukraine, twice caused a shutdown of the last communication line that connects the site to the electricity grid. The Ukrainian president said emergency diesel generators had been activated to prevent a “radioactive disaster”.

The supply of electricity to the nuclear power plant itself, the largest in Europe, is made from the thermal plant, according to the Ukrainian operator Energoatom, which added that “operations are underway to connect a reactor to the grid”.

For weeks, Moscow and Kyiv have accused each other of several bombings aimed at this nuclear power plant, which has six reactors with a total capacity of 6,000 megawatts, and which has been under the control of Russian troops since March.

Ukraine also accuses Russia of storing heavy weapons at the Zaporizhia nuclear plant and using it as a base for attacks on Ukrainian positions.

The Russian military has controlled the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant since the early days of its military intervention in Ukraine, which began on February 24.

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