Zaporizhzhya NPP completely shut down after Russian shelling, says nuclear operator

8 October 2022, 05:06 PM
Zaporizhzhya NPP (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Zaporizhzhya NPP (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

The Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), occupied by Russian military forces, completely ceased operations overnight on Oct. 8 after a fresh shelling by Russian troops, Ukraine’s nuclear operator Energoatom reported on the Telegram messenger.

According to Energoatom, emergency power generators for the station’s cooling systems turned on automatically, but the available supplies of diesel fuel for their work in this mode will last only for 10 days.

It is emphasized the need to repair and restore the operation of the lines linking the ZNPP with the Ukrainian electrical grid.

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However, Energoatom said, “plans to turn on the reactors amid shelling and damage to all lines are unrealistic.”

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin on Oct. 5 signed a “decree” on the transfer of the occupied ZNPP to Russian state ownership.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry called such Putin’s move void.

At the same time, Energoatom earlier called these dictator’s plans “the agony of the aggressor country.”

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