Ukraine: The last reactor of the Zaporizhia power plant was shut down
Ukraine announced on Sunday the shutdown of the sixth and final reactor operating at the Zaporizhia (South) nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe and occupied by Russian forces.
“Today, September 11, 2022, at 3:41 a.m., block number 6 of the (power plant) was disconnected from the power grid,” says a statement from the Ukrainian operator Energoatom. “Preparations for its cooling are underway,” adds the operator.
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Bombings around the power plant
Located in the city of Enerhodar, about 120 kilometers from the eponymous city of Zaporizhia, the nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, fell under Russian control in early March, shortly after the start of the offensive in Ukraine. However, the operation is still ensured by Ukrainian technicians.
The area surrounding the power plant has been the subject of repeated bombing for several weeks, for which Russians and Ukrainians deny responsibility, fueling fears of a nuclear catastrophe and prompting several countries and international organizations to call for the establishment of a demilitarized zone.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Rafael Grossi, who conducted an inspection of the plant last week, reiterated on Friday that the situation at the site was “unsustainable”.
(With AFP and Reuters)
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