Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant went offline on Wednesday after a “Russian bombing raid,” according to Energoatom, which damaged high-voltage power lines that were still operational and made it dependent on its diesel generators.
That nuclear power plant from Zaporizhia, the largest in Europe, was unplugged after a “Russian bombardment,” Energoatom, Ukraine’s public nuclear energy company, said by telegram on Thursday.
\u26a1\ufe0fEnergoatom: Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in full blackout mode.
As a result of Russian shelling on November 2, the last two high-voltage communication lines with Ukraine’s power system at the plant were damaged, Ukraine’s state nuclear operator Energoatom said.
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The last remaining high-voltage lines were damaged in the incident, leaving the plant dependent solely on its diesel generators, according to Energoatom. The facility has 15 days of fuel to run the generatorssays the group.
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“We once again call on the international community to take urgent measures to demilitarize the site as soon as possible, to withdraw all Russian soldiers from the site of the power plant and the city of Enerhodar, and to return the military to Zaporizhia nuclear power plant under full control of Ukraine (…) “, continues Energoatom.
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