“Because of the actions of the occupiers [Zaporižios AE] was completely disconnected from the power grid – for the first time in the history of the power plant,” the Enerhoatom agency announced on the Telegram platform.
The Zaporizhia power plant in southern Ukraine, which is Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, was seized by Russian forces in early March, shortly after the start of the Russian invasion.
The recent intensification of fighting around this facility has raised fears that another nuclear disaster similar to the 1986 tragedy at Chernobyl could occur in Europe.
Enerhoatom said the plant was disconnected from Ukraine’s national electricity supply system after fires at the nearby thermal power plant’s ash dump caused a power transmission line to disconnect twice.
Three other power transmission lines “were previously damaged in terrorist attacks by Russian forces,” the energy operator said.
As a result, two of the plant’s six remaining reactors “were disconnected from the system,” according to Enerhoatom.
The operator indicated that “the work of connecting one of the reactors to the system is starting”.
Ukrainian officials have said they believe Moscow seized the Zaporizhia NPP in order to divert electricity produced at the plant to Crimea, which was annexed in 2014.