Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant Lost Power After Massive Russian Bombing

A view shows the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Reuters/Alexander Ermochenko/File photo (ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO/)

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant of Ukraine It has been left without electricity supply after a Russian strike and is running on diesel generators, the Ukrainian nuclear power operator said on Thursday.

The outage came during a new wave of Russian attacks in Ukraine that has killed at least nine people and led to power outages across the country.

“The last line of power between the NPP Zaporozhzia occupied and the Ukrainian power system was cut off as a result of rocket attacks,” Energoatom said.

The operator said it was the sixth time the facility had been disconnected from the power grid since Russian forces captured the plant last year.

The plant is being powered by diesel generators, which can provide the facility’s power needs for 10 days, it added. energoatom.

“The countdown has begun. If it is impossible to renew the station’s external power supply during this time, an accident with radiation consequences for the whole world may occur,” Energoatom said.

Russian authorities that control the plant said the generators diesel they had ignited after a “short circuit” in power lines, without providing details.

Sun rises through a cloud of smoke following a series of Russian missile attacks in kyiv, Ukraine, March 9, 2023. REUTERS/Anna Voitenko
Sunrise in a cloud of smoke after a series of Russian missile attacks in kyiv, Ukraine, on March 9, 2023. REUTERS/Anna Voitenko (STAFF/)

“There are sufficient fuel reserves to guarantee the operation of the generators,” they said in a statement, adding that all safety issues at the plant were in order.

the troops of Moscow seized the plant on March 4, 2022, a few days after invading Ukraine.

Moscow and kyiv have accused each other of bombing around Zaporizhzhyathe largest nuclear facility in Europe.

The nuclear agency of the UN, IAEA it deployed observers to the plant in September and is seeking to negotiate a demilitarized zone near the facility, but talks appear to have stalled.

At least five people died this Thursday in western Ukraine, victims of the massive bombardments carried out by Russiaas announced by the regional governor, Maksym Kozytsky,

According to the authorities, one of the Russian missiles destroyed three houses in a residential neighborhood in the Zolochiv district. “There may be more people under the rubble,” she added through his Telegram account.

President, Volodimir Zelenskyqualified as “miserable tactics” Russians, the attack that was carried out during the early morning.

“The enemy threw 81 missiles trying again to intimidate the Ukrainians, returning to his miserable tactics, ”said the president on Telegram. The attacks affected kyiv and nine other regions in the center, south and west of the country, he added.

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Ukraine’s President Volodimir ZelenskyReuters

After the Russian bombardment of critical infrastructures, 40% of the Ukrainian capital is without heating service and Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, the largest in Europe, was completely cut off from the electricity grid

Multiple explosions were recorded early Thursday morning in the Ukrainian city of Odessain the provinces of Kirovohrad and Dnipropetrovsk and in the southern region of Mykolaiv.

kyiv’s mayor also reported explosions in the capital’s Holosiivskyi district, leaving at least two people injured. “All services go to the point,” Vitali Klitschko said on social media, referring to a southern area of ​​the city.

The Governor of Odessa, Maksim Marchenkoconfirmed on his Telegram channel a massive missile attack in the region and declared that they hit energy infrastructure. “Power supply is currently restricted”, he added.

“The enemy carried out about 15 attacks against Kharkiv and Odessa. One more time, Russian troops attack critical infrastructure”, declared the governor of Kharkiv, Oleg Synegubov.

“According to preliminary information, a residential building in the Kharkiv region was hit by missiles”, he added.

So far no victims have been recorded.

The governor of the western region of KhmelnytskyiSegiy Gamaliy, urged residents to “stay in shelters”, stating that “the enemy is attacking the country’s critical infrastructure”.

(With information from AFP)

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