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Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant restored energy

Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant restored energy

Artillery shelling destroyed two high-voltage electricity lines. This means that workers at the plant had to use diesel generators for two days, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The nuclear power plant is the largest in Europe. It lost its power supply several times during the war. The power plant is currently not operational, but the plant still depends on electricity to keep cooling systems running and prevent a nuclear accident.

We must act before it is too late

The frequent power outages clearly demonstrate the extremely dangerous nuclear safety situation facing a large nuclear power plant, says International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi.

The International Atomic Energy Agency believes that a safety zone should be established around the power plant to avoid the risk of nuclear accidents.

– We can’t afford to lose any more time. We must act before it is too late, Grossi says.

Russian soldier guarding the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. Photo: AP/NTB

Attack in the area

The Russian-occupied town of Melitopol in the Zaporizhzhya region in southeastern Ukraine was hit by several explosions on Thursday night. Each time an area is attacked, the risk of an accident around the nuclear power plant increases.

On the same day, the nuclear power plant of the same name was disconnected from the power grid. This happened after Russian attacks hit the remaining high-voltage power lines in the area.

According to Energoatom, the power plant has enough fuel to run on the aggregate for more than two weeks. But now the force is back.

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