The Zaporozhye power plant has been disconnected from the grid again, the IAEA said

The Zaporozhye power plant has been disconnected from the grid again, the IAEA said
The Zaporozhye power plant has been disconnected from the grid again, the IAEA said

Vienna – The Zaporozhye nuclear power plant was disconnected from the last main line connecting it to the Ukrainian distribution network on Friday evening, but it supplies electricity through a backup line, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported. The power plant has been occupied by Russian invasion units since March, and the facility was also disconnected on August 25.

The Ukrainian side, according to AFP, said Europe’s largest nuclear power plant had been disconnected from the grid after further bombing in the area.

Since Thursday, a group of IAEA representatives have been at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant, who traveled there together with a delegation led by the head of the agency, Rafael Grossi. Today, plant staff told them that it had been disconnected from the last main line, but that it was using a back-up line that connects it to a nearby thermal plant and is now supplying the generated energy to the grid. This line can also be used to supply energy to the power plant if necessary.

A report by experts on the situation at the plant is due to be published next week, but Grossi said shortly after his visit that the physical integrity of the plant had been breached, several times.

The Russian Defense Ministry said today that Ukrainian forces attempted to capture the power plant on Friday evening. Both sides have repeatedly accused each other of shelling this nuclear facility, which is occupied by Russian invasion troops, but is still operated by Ukrainian technicians. The claims of hostile parties cannot be verified from independent sources under conditions of war.

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