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The Zaporozhye nuclear power plant was “completely disconnected” from the electricity grid, the Ukrainian operator announces

The announcement was made on Thursday by the Ukrainian operator Energoatom, AFP and Reuters inform.

The two reactors of the plant in operation were disconnected from the grid. Consequently, the actions of the aggressors caused a total disconnection of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant from the electrical grid, for the first time in its history“, the state group Energoatom pointed out on Telegram.

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The plant, located on Russian-controlled territory, was also bombed last week. Moscow blames Ukrainian forces for the heavy shelling.

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The Zaporizhia plant is 550 kilometers from Kyiv and 200 kilometers from Crimea, the peninsula annexed by the Russians in 2014.

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Russian forces occupied the area around the Zaporizhia power plant in March, shortly after Russia sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine. The plant, still operated by Ukrainian personnel, remains close to the front line and has been hit by shells several times in recent weeks, raising fears of a nuclear disaster.

Since August 5, Kiev and Moscow have been accusing each other of the bombings, in the context in which the shots hit once close to a radioactive material storage building and another time caused the automatic shutdown of a reactor.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned Russian soldiers who direct fire at the plant or use it as a base to fire from there that they will become a “special target” for Ukrainian forces.

The recent strikes on the plant, triggering fears of a nuclear catastrophe, prompted a meeting of the UN Security Council.

If a shell were to penetrate the safety structure of one of the reactors, the consequences would be catastrophic. Not necessarily the explosion itself, but the radioactive cloud that would form afterwards, which can be carried by the wind across Europe and Asia.

According to experts, in the event of an explosion, there will be large-scale evacuations of the population after the generation of a radioactive cloud, which is not visible, but is detectable with specialized equipment, and most likely the devastating effects will be felt in several years. They can be acute exposures to radiation of the population, at the moment, but in the long term, an evolution of cancerous conditions.

Then, due to the geographical position of the Zaporozhye plant, a radioactive wave could reach all corners of Europe. Because it is located in the center of Europe, no matter how the wind blows, there will still be contaminated people. No such predictions can be made at this time, but the biggest risk is military activities near the plant.

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