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One of the six reactors at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, which was disconnected from the Ukrainian power grid yesterday, has been reconnected, Reuters news agency reported. Earlier, the news agency based on the Ukrainian state-owned core company Energoatom had already announced that there were no problems with the machines and safety systems at the plant.
Yesterday a fire broke out near the nuclear power plant, after which the reactors were separated for safety reasons. The area has witnessed frequent shelling in recent weeks. Ukraine and Russia have long blamed each other for the attacks. This is also the case now: Zelensky and Russian officials have pointed fingers at each other.
The plant is run by Ukrainian employees, but it has been occupied by Russia since March.
In his daily video message, Zelensky announced that Ukraine and Europe had survived a nuclear catastrophe. “Every minute that Russian forces are at the nuclear power plant, there is a chance of a global nuclear catastrophe.”
The plant is the largest in Europe and produced 20 percent of Ukraine’s electricity until Russia invaded the country in February.
The supervisor of the International Atomic Energy Agency intends to inspect the station in the future. It is not yet clear when the inspection will take place.
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