The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant has disconnected the last reactor that was still in operation from the Ukrainian electricity network after a fire generated by new attacks in the area, according to the Ukrainian state company Energoatom.
“Today, September 5, 2022, as a result of a fire caused by shelling, the transmission line – number 6 – was disconnected, that is, the last line that connected the node with the Ukrainian energy system,” He has indicated in a statement on his Telegram profile.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced the disconnection of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant from the main power transmission line this Saturday, September 3, saying that the plant continued to operate through its reserve line.
Ukrainian Energy Minister Hermann Galushchenko warned that it is not possible to repair the line, as any such task is currently impossible due to fighting in the area. “The world is once again on the brink of nuclear disaster,” the minister said in his Telegram account.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly demanded the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops who have had control over the atomic plant for months.
The IAEA mission arrived last week in Zaporizhia, after reaching an agreement with Moscow and kyiv to make possible the work of their experts, led by the Argentine Rafael Grossi. After the withdrawal of this team, a permanent mission of said UN agency, made up of two representatives, has remained at the plant.
This week the IAEA Director General is expected to issue a report on the nuclear safety situation in Ukraine, which will also include his conclusions from his visit to the plant last week.
Russian and Ukrainian authorities have accused each other of endangering the Zaporizhia plant with artillery shelling.
Zaporizhia power station is the largest in Europe and has six reactors commissioned between 1984 and 1995. It has been controlled by Russian forces since March this year, shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began.