War in Ukraine, live: explosions in Zaporizhia and Mykolaiv, one dead in Crimea

War in Ukraine, live: explosions in Zaporizhia and Mykolaiv, one dead in Crimea


The Russians will connect the Zaporizhia power plant to Crimea (Ukrainian operator)

Russian troops occupying Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant are preparing to connect with Crimea, a peninsula annexed by Moscow in 2014, damaging it in this reorientation of power generation, the Nationale alarmed on Tuesday, August 9 Company of Ukrainian Nuclear Power Generation, Energoatom.

“The Russian military present at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is implementing the program of (the Russian operator) Rosatom, which aims to connect the power plant to the power grids of Crimea,” Energoatom President Petro Kotin told Ukrainian television. “To do this, you must first damage the power lines of the facility connected to the Ukrainian power system. From August 7 to 9, the Russians have already damaged three power lines. At the moment the plant works with a single production line, which is an extremely dangerous way of working,” he added.

“When the last production line is shut down, the plant will be powered by diesel generators. Everything will then depend on their reliability and fuel supplies,” Mr Kotine also warned.

Located near the town of Enerhodar, on the Dnieper River, not far from the Crimean Peninsula (southern Ukraine), Europe’s largest power plant has six of Ukraine’s fifteen reactors, capable of supplying 4 million homes. It came under the control of Russian troops on March 4, shortly after the start of the February 24 invasion of Ukraine.