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Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant cut down off power system


Kyiv, Ukraine – the largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine power the plant has been cut off from the country’s power grid, installation off weight power shutdown in neighboring area after the fires damaged it last operating power line, Ukrainian nuclear power the company said on Thursday.

Emergency backup systems disabled in and helped support important operations, but the incident heightened fears of Disaster at the Zaporozhye NPP power plant (ZAES), which also largest nuclear power plant in Europe and is in en area occupied by invading Russian troops.

Struggle in neighborhood of the plant has caused acute concern of potential disaster and urgent calls from many world leaders for UN nuclear experts will be allowed to visit the facility.

Russian and Ukrainian officials exchange accusations for shelling of the plant, which, according to them, in disconnection from power grid – first the time it’s ever been cut off.

In dramatic speech on On Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said backup systems already managed to prevent a radioactive catastrophe.

“Today, for in first time in historyZaporozhye nuclear power the plant stopped,” Zelensky said. “Emergency protection of in power units worked, after last working line of plants power return to Ukrainian power system suffered from Russian shelling.

“The diesel generators were immediately activated to power the plant itself, support this is after the shutdown,” Zelensky continued. ” world must understand what a threat this is: if the diesel generators had not turned on, if the automation and our personnel of the factory did not respond after the power outage, then we would already to be forced to face the consequences of radiation accident. Russia put Ukraine and all Europeans in situation one step away from a radiation catastrophe.”

Zelenskiy and other officials have repeatedly warned in last weeks that disconnect of power and transmission lines can lead to an extremely dangerous situation, disrupting the normal operation of the station and making it difficult to cool the reactors.

“Actions of invaders caused a complete shutdown of ZNPP from power grid – for in first time in in history of NPP,” said the Ukrainian nuclear energy company Energoatom. in statement.

Thursday morning the mayor of Energodar, where the plant is located, said city was on “edge of humanitarian catastrophe” as shelling left it is without electricity and water. He later said that officials were working on recovery power to city.

Russian-installed “governor” of occupied regionEvgeny Balitsky accused Ukraine military for shutdowns. The prosecution supported the Russian RIA Novosti. news agency that announced shelling by Ukrainian security forces caused a network short circuit, resulting in in “eclipse in Zaporozhye region”.

Explosions and constant fear inside the captured Ukrainian nuclear power plant

The nuclear plant is currently powered by a nearby geothermal power plant, and Russian-owned Energodar was expected to get its power. power back in few hours representative for Energoatom said.

Ukrainian NPP workers continued to support the operation of the NPP, being under control of occupation authorities.

Zaporozhye plant is the main source of power for Ukraine. Before the Russian invasion on On February 24, he provided one-fifth of electricity of Ukraine and almost half of its nuclear power.

Inhabitants of New York, Ukraine, on August 25 told about life on front of the war, living under threat of shelling and lack of gas. (Video: Reuters)

US Deputy Secretary of State of State Bonnie Jenkins, senior official responsible for arms control and international The security service told reporters on Thursday it was aware of reports of a power tripping but couldn’t on my own confirm them.

Jenkins resumed calls for Russian military vacate the plant and allow international nuclear experts visit, speaking power failure may have “immediate impact obviously” for citizens of Ukraine.

In a statement by Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general of The International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations nuclear watchdog, said the plant twice lost power during the day, but it was currently back on.

Grossi said the incident once again underscored the “urgency need for IAEA expert mission to get to the facility. He said he was ready to go there himself in coming days.

“Almost every day there is new Incident at or near the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant power factory,” he said. “We can’t afford to lose more time. I personally intend lead IAEA mission to factory in in next a few days before help stabilize the nuclear safety and the security situation there.”

Zelensky, in his speech on On Thursday evening, he reiterated his demand that Russian troops are leaving area around the factory and is called for international support. “International pressure is needed,” he said, adding: “The IAEA and other international organizations must act much faster than they do now. Because every minute Russian troops are at the nuclear power the plant is risk of a global radiation catastrophe.

The experts were struggling to understand if the damage at the plant was caused by deliberate sabotage or perhaps result of a mistake on soldiers in in area. They said that the IAEA inspectors on- The site will improve the situation.

“At a minimum, the IAEA can assess safety of factory,” said John Wolfsthal, former senior director for arms control and nonproliferation in the National Security Council under the Obama administration.

“He can determine if there was any damage to the containment of the reactor,” Wolfsthal said. “It can determine if the backup is safety systems online and functioning. This can give confidence to both Ukrainians and Russians, and the nearby population and the rest. of Europe that several backup systems still exist in place or warn world if these systems are not in place”.

Karina Tsui in Washington and Robin Dixon in Riga, Latvia contributed to this report.

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