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The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant has been reconnected to the electricity grid. Backup generator, emergency started

Fortunately, the back-up generator started and the plant was subsequently reconnected to the electricity grid. In other news, the United States will appoint an American general to coordinate military aid to Kiev and training of the Ukrainian military.

Due to a fire that affected power lines, the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant was completely disconnected from the Ukrainian electricity supply network for several hours.

Probably caused by Russian bombing, the fire broke out in the slag pits of the coal-fired power plant that supplies the nuclear plant with electricity.

Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine: “If the diesel generator had not started, if our automatic systems and technicians had not been working immediately after the shutdown, we would now be facing a radioactive emergency.”

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The two reactors remain offline, but have been safely shut down.

The diesel generator is the only option in an emergency. After just 90 minutes without power, the reactors would reach a dangerous temperature and begin a meltdown.

Petro Kotin, ENERGOATOM president: If there was a major fire in the turbine room, it would damage the fuel tank, damage the cooling pumps and melt radioactive material.

Reporter: Are you talking about the risk of a reactor meltdown?

Petro Kotin: It could happen, because the fire cannot be extinguished.

The biggest risk of the Zaporozhye plant, the decrease in water supply

The Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant has six Soviet-designed, water-cooled reactors containing uranium-235, which has a half-life of over 700 million years. The biggest risk to the reactors is the decrease in the water supply. It is the first time a nuclear target has reached the front line in a major conflict.

Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency: Everyone agrees that we have to be there, we have to go as fast as possible. Kiev accepts, Moscow accepts. We have to go and we will get there, hopefully, as soon as possible.

Reporter: Does “fast” mean days or weeks?

Rafael Grossi: Days.

Experts, however, point to notable differences from the 1986 accident.

Russia burns $10 million worth of natural gas every day

Mark Wenman, Lecturer in Nuclear Materials, Imperial College London: “It’s a pressurized water reactor, very different from the one at Chernobyl. The main difference is that the Zaporozhian reactors have an insulating structure, an extremely solid one, made of concrete with a thickness of at least one meter”.

Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin signed a decree to increase the army by 10%, up to 1,150,000 people. “The Russians need to buy even more body bags“, the Ukrainian Minister of Defense reacted succinctly.

On the other hand, Russia continues to empty, daily, millions of cubic meters of gas, through an open flame, directly into the atmosphere, just so as not to send them through the Nord Stream to Germany. According to experts, at Portoyava, not far from St. Petersburg and the border with Finland, gas worth 10 million dollars is burned every day.

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