The Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant has been reconnected to the power grid and produces electricity for the needs of Ukraine, the Ukrainian concern Enerhoatom announced on Friday. One power unit is connected to the grid.
As reported by the operator of the Ukrainian nuclear power plants Enerhoatom, one of power blocks disconnected on Thursday Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant was connected to the grid. He added that there are currently “no objections to the operation of security equipment and systems.”
The press release stressed that Ukrainian specialists are “real heroes”. Ukrainian personnel are still working in the occupied gym and – as Kyiv assures – it is mainly thanks to these specialists that they manage to ensure the safe operation of the facility.
On Friday morning, Enerhoatom reported that all power units of the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant remain disconnected from the power grid, and the plant meets its own needs thanks to the renovated power system line Ukraine.
The power plant has reconnected to the Ukrainian power grid
Earlier, the International Atomic Energy Agency announced that the plant has reconnected to the Ukrainian power grid, but that all power units (six) are disconnected.
President of Ukraine on Thursday Volodymyr Zelensky in his evening address to the nation, he stressed that that day, for the first time in history, the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant, now occupied by the Russians, was disconnected from the grid. This was due to the failure of the last working line connecting the power plant with the Ukrainian power grid – he added. As he assessed, Russia put Ukraine and Europeans one step away from a nuclear disaster.
The Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant in southern Ukraine – the largest in Europe – was seized by Russian forces on the night of March 3-4 and has been under Russian control since then. Russian soldiers are stationed on the premises, and employees of the Russian company Rosatom are also stationed there.
According to the Ukrainian side, the actions and provocations of the authorities and occupation forces pose a serious risk of a nuclear catastrophe. Kyiv accuses the Russian side of nuclear blackmail.
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