13:55 25 Feb 2024

Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant powered by single power supply line for five past days


Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant has been on a single power line for five days now, as a result of damage to the power line caused by shelling, the energy ministry reports.

On February 21, the plant was left with only one power line due to the de-energization of a 330 kV high-voltage power line in the Zaporizhzhia region during hostilities.

IAEA experts also recorded powerful explosions at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is temporarily seized by Russian forces.

In February, the IAEA rotated its missions to four Ukrainian nuclear power plants. The UN Nuclear Energy Agency says that frequent power outages remain a source of serious concern for nuclear safety at Zaporizhzhia NPP.

Russian forces seized Zaporizhzhia NPP at the beginning of the full-scale war on March 4. They are not only disrupting the plant's operation, but are also using the storage facilities to store equipment and deploy manpower.

Ukrainian officials have repeatedly reported the risks of an attack at the plant. Energy Minister Herman Galushchenko said that Russia could create conditions that would cause a nuclear incident after the libation of the Zaporizhzhia NPP by Ukrainian troops.

The IAEA confirmed the presence of mines at the Zaporizhzhia NPP, which were previously installed by the invaders.


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