Russia completely shuts down Zaporizhia nuclear power plant


Lviv (Ukraine), October 8 (EFE).- Russian troops have completely disconnected the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, under the control of the Russian army since March and which Russia appropriated on Wednesday by decree, the company reported Ukrainian state energy company Energoatom.

“Tonight, at 00:59, due to a new shelling by Russian troops, the last power line connected to the power system – the 750 kilowatt Dnipovska line – was damaged and disconnected from the power system,” the report said. of Energoatom, collected by the Ukrinform agency.

He clarified that “as a result, the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant was completely disconnected” and that “the diesel generators ignited automatically”.

Russian soldiers at the entrance to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, EFE/EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY

The Ukrainian state company adds that the available diesel reserves will be enough for its operation in this mode for 10 days, so it is necessary to repair and restore the plant’s power lines that connect to the energy system.

He further points out that the plans to connect power units under shelling conditions and with damage to all lines are unrealistic.

The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, said during his visit to Kyiv on Thursday that the Zaporizhia power plant, seized by Russia, remains a Ukrainian company.

The director general plans to discuss with Russia during a trip to that country a possible agreement to create a protection zone around the plant in order to avoid a nuclear accident, which remains “a very, very clear possibility “, as he said during a press conference in the Ukrainian capital.

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