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Ukraine: Russia Wants To Connect Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant To Its Own Grid

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The #Ukrainian nuclear energy corporation said that on Thursday, the #Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine was running on backup diesel generators after being cut off from the country’s electrical system by Russian shelling.

According to Energoatom, the nuclear operator in Ukraine, the facility’s final high-voltage links to the Ukrainian grid were destroyed by Wednesday’s bombardment, and Moscow desired to connect the reactor to the Russian grid.

According to Energoatom, the plant in southern Ukraine, which is the largest in Europe, has enough fuel to run the generators for 15 days.

The six reactors are offline, but they still require a steady stream of electricity to keep the nuclear fuel inside cool and avoid catastrophe.

“Yesterday … the Zaporizhzhia NPP’s (nuclear power plant’s) last two high-voltage lines connecting it to the Ukrainian power system were damaged. At 11:04 p.m., the station went into full blackout mode. All 20 diesel generators were switched on,” it said in a statement on the Telegram messaging app.

“In the near future, they (Russia) will try to repair and connect the communication lines of the ZNPP in the direction of temporarily occupied Crimea and Donbas,” said Energoatom, whose staff still operate the plant despite its occupation by Russian forces.

Before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the plant supplied nearly a fifth of the country’s electricity. Since Russian soldiers took it shortly after the war started, the facility has frequently had to run on backup generators.

For firing at the location that has destroyed structures and endangered a nuclear disaster, Russia and Ukraine have laid blame on one another. A protection zone should be established to stop future bombardment, according to the U.N nuclear watchdog.

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