Ukraine: The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) has been disconnected from the main power grid for the first time in its history, as per the country’s nuclear operator. The Ukrainian Nuclear Operator, Energoatom, stated the fires at a nearby thermal plant to be the reason behind cutting off the power supply twice. Moreover, three of the plant’s lines had already been damaged in the Russian disputes.
Although the power supply has been restored, six reactors in the plant are still disconnected from the Ukrainian energy grid, as per International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The nuclear operator Energoatom has clearly blamed it on Russia. “The actions of the invaders caused a complete disconnection of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant from the power grid; the first in the history of the plant,” it stated.
On the contrary, the Russian-installed governor has named the Ukrainian forces for the damage. Further, he has ensured of recovery of the power supplies as he announced an underway power unit in the city.
Zaporizhzhia is one of the major power sources that cater to at least one-fifth of the energy requirements of Ukraine. Any such incidents at ZNPP can pose a major challenge for Ukrainians as the winter approaches.
The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant has been running under Russian control and directions since March. The Russian troops have been directing the Ukrainian researchers and technicians working in the plant. Any kind of act of war near the crucial areas of the plant can pose a major threat.
Both countries have been blaming each other for the nuisance at the plant. Ukraine has blamed Russia for using the plant for staging attacks over Ukraine, while Russia claims the plant to have been damaged by shelling from Ukrainian forces.