The activities of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant have been completely stopped. This was announced by the Ukrainian nuclear agency “Energoatom”.
The connection between the plant’s sixth reactor and Ukraine’s electricity grid has been shut down, and according to the agency, it will gradually cool down.
The plant is under Russian control, and over the past month Moscow and Kyiv have exchanged accusations of shelling it.
A few days ago, the head of the Ukrainian nuclear energy operator Energoatom accused Russia of trying to steal Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, the Zaporizhia NPP, by disconnecting it from the Ukrainian electricity grid and leaving it on the brink of a radiation disaster.
Meanwhile, Energoatom chief Petro Kotin explained that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has been without an external power source since Monday (5 September) and is receiving power for its own safety systems from the only one of its six reactors that remains in operation.
He admitted that they are trying to keep this unit running as much as possible, but eventually it will have to be stopped. When that happens, the station will switch to diesel generators, Kotin said, adding that such generators are the station’s last line of defense before a radiation accident.
In recent weeks, Ukraine and Russia have traded blame for shelling that damaged parts of the plant as well as power lines that connect it to Ukraine’s power grid and provide power for critical cooling systems needed to prevent a meltdown.
And during an inspection by an IAEA team, it reported that all seven components guaranteeing its nuclear safety were violated at the Zaporizhia NPP.