Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia halts operations

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Nuclear power plant operations ukrainian Zaporizhzhia, controlled by Russia, were completely shut down as a safety measure, the state agency responsible for the plant, Energoatom, said on Sunday (11).

The plant “is completely stopped” after the agency disconnected power unit number 6 from the grid at 3:41 am (local time), it said in a statement. “Preparations are underway for its cooling and transfer to a cold state.”

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Kiev on Wednesday urged residents of Russian-occupied areas around the plant, Europe’s biggest, to withdraw for their own safety.

Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of bombing the nuclear plant, creating the risk of a nuclear disaster. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called for the demilitarization of the surrounding area.

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On Sunday, the International Atomic Energy Agency said a backup power line for the nuclear power plant had been restored, providing the external electricity needed to cool its reactors.

Source: CNN Brasil

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