War in Ukraine LIVE: Russians will connect Zaporozhye power plant to Crimea…

War in Ukraine LIVE: Russians will connect Zaporozhye power plant to Crimea…

7:00 a.m.: The Russians will connect the Zaporozhye power plant to Crimea

Russian troops occupying Ukraine’s Zaporozhye nuclear power plant are preparing to connect it to Crimea, a peninsula annexed by Moscow in 2014, damaging it in the reorientation of power generation, Ukrainian operator Energoatom warned on Tuesday. “The Russian military present at the Zaporozhye 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 the Ukrainian TV.

“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 reserves,” Petro Kotin also warned.