A view of the Zaporizhzhya NPP, which was captured by Russian troops in March. Photo August 4, 2022. One of the reactors at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant was shut down due to shelling of a power line
Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of shelling Europe's largest nuclear power plant
A high-voltage power line that supplies electricity to the largest Ukrainian nuclear power plant, seized by Russia, was damaged on Friday as a result of artillery fire. This forced plant operators to turn off the reactor despite no leakage of radioactive materials.
Energoatom, Ukraine's state-owned nuclear energy company, has accused Russia of damaging Europe's largest nuclear power plant, the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. Earlier this week, the United Nations nuclear watchdog requested access to a power plant that Russia says in Washington is using it as a shield on the battlefield.
The puppet administration of the nearby city of Energodar, which is occupied by Russian troops, said that Ukrainian artillery shelling damaged power lines leading to the plant, which was seized by Russia in early March.
This is not the first time that hostilities have taken place. cause concern regarding the Zaporozhye NPP. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly reported the loss of communication with the monitoring systems of the station.
The administration said in a statement that a fire had broken out and that power needed to keep the reactors running safely had been cut off. The plant is still run by Ukrainian specialists.
Energoatom said the plant, located about 200 kilometers northwest of Russian-controlled Mariupol, is still operating and no radioactive release has been detected.< /p>
It was decided to disconnect one reactor from the network due to damage to a high-voltage power line with a capacity of 330 kilowatts, connecting the plant with a thermal power plant, the report says.
In turn, in eastern Ukraine, both opposing the sides are claiming little success, while Russian artillery continues to bombard towns and villages in the Donbas using familiar tactics. .
Russian troops and separatist units continue attacks on the outskirts of the cities of Bakhmut and Avdiivka in Donbass.