According to the Ukrainian State Enterprise National Nuclear Energy Generating Company “Energoatom,” the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine has been completely cut off from the power grid as a result of Russian forces shelling the area. This has forced it to rely on backup diesel generators.
According to Reuters, the business claimed that on Wednesday’s shelling had damaged the final lines tying the power plant to the grid. Prior to the last line being struck, all six reactors were shut down, but they still require a continuous power supply to avert a catastrophe.
“The final two high-voltage wires that connected the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power facility to the Ukrainian electrical grid were damaged yesterday. The station entered complete blackout mode at 11:04 p.m. 20 diesel generators in all were turned on “Energoatom stated in a Telegram message that Reuters saw.
The communication lines of the [Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant] in the direction of the temporarily controlled Crimea and Donbas will be repaired and connected in the near future, according to Russia.
The power facility, which is controlled by the invading Russian army, has only 15 days’ worth of fuel left to run the generators that power the reactors after running on emergency generators for the past two weeks.
Earlier, Energoatom said that Russia had targeted substations that were linked to Ukrainian power plants on purpose.
“Such nuclear blackmail by a terrorist country should not go unanswered by the world community,” Ukrainian Energy Minister German Galushchenko said according to Yahoo! Finance, following a similar attack. “Ukraine needs protection of the skies above its energy facilities”.
Russia allegedly intends to link the power plant to its own grid, according to Energoatom.