Ukraine’s nuclear power plant shuts down

Operations at Russia’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine have been completely halted, said Energoatom, the state agency in charge of the plant.

The agency said it disconnected the plant’s sixth unit from the power grid on Sunday.

The plant was disconnected from the grid last week after all of its power lines were disconnected as a result of fighting in the area and operated in “island mode” for several days, generating electricity for crucial cooling systems from its the only reactor left in operation. .

Energoatom said one of the power lines was restored late Saturday, allowing plant operators to shut down the last reactor.

Kiev on Wednesday called on residents of the Russian-occupied areas around the plant, the largest in Europe, to evacuate for their own safety.

Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of bombing the nuclear power plant, risking a nuclear disaster.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has called for the demilitarization of the surrounding area.

– with PA

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