Ukraine Says Blackout At Nuclear Plant Risked Accident
Faizan Hashmi Published December 02, 2023 | 07:14 PM
Ukraine said on Saturday that two power lines connecting its electricity grid to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant were cut overnight, putting the plant at risk of an "accident"
Kyiv, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Dec, 2023) Ukraine said on Saturday that two power lines connecting its electricity grid to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant were cut overnight, putting the plant at risk of an "accident".
The plant has been at the centre of fighting since it was captured by Russian forces last year, and both sides have accused each other of compromising its safety.
AFP was not able to immediately verify Ukraine's version of events.
The plant's Russian-installed operator confirmed it resorted to diesel generators overnight, but said that it had operated within safe limits and that no safety violations were reported.
The incident marks the eighth time the plant has been cut off from external power since the conflict began last year, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warned.
"The most recent external power outage is yet another reminder about the precarious nuclear safety and security situation at the plant, which can be affected by events far away from the site itself," IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said.
Since last year IAEA officials have been on the ground monitoring safety at the plant, which requires constant maintenance to prevent overheating.
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