Ukraine: One of the reactors of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant shut down

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One of the reactors at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, which is under the control of Russian forces, has stopped working, the Ukrainian atomic energy company said today, following bombings blamed on each other by Kyiv and Moscow.

“After the attack on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the emergency protection system was activated in one of the three operating reactors, and its operation was interrupted,” the state-owned Ukrainian nuclear power company Energoatom said in a statement on Telegram.

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According to this source, the bombings “caused severe damage” to a station containing nitrogen and oxygen and to an “auxiliary building”. “There are still risks of leaking hydrogen and radioactive substances and the risk of fire is also high,” he added.

“The shelling (…) caused a serious risk to the safe operation of the plant,” Energoatom continued, indicating however that it continues to generate electricity and that Ukrainian personnel continue to work there.

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Ukrainian authorities on Friday accused Russian forces of carrying out three strikes near a reactor at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, although Moscow has controlled that area since the invasion began.

The Russian military, for its part, claimed that Ukrainian forces were responsible for these bombings, which caused a fire that was extinguished.

Source: AMPE

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