In Ukraine, high-voltage cables in and around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant were damaged today by shelling. Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of “nuclear terrorism”. It is not clear whether the proper functioning and safety of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant would be jeopardized in this way.
Near the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, some high-voltage cables have been damaged by today’s shelling. The area is being fought by Ukrainian and Russian forces. A power plant on the south bank of the Dnieper has been occupied by Russian forces since March, but Ukrainian forces are advancing across the river.
There has been much concern recently about the safety of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, and today it appears that some of the plant’s high voltage cables were damaged by shelling. Ukrainians and Russians accuse each other, and Moscow even talks of “nuclear terrorism.”
It is never clear what the consequences will be for plant operations and safety. However, one of his six reactors is currently shut down. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recently warned that little information is available from nuclear power plants.
So far, none of the six reactors have been hit or damaged, and no increase in radiation levels has been observed in the vicinity. Zaporozhia’s reactors are far more modern and much more powerful in construction than the former Soviet Chernobyl power plant, which suffered a catastrophe in 1986. That said, a plant needs power to operate safely, and problems can arise if that power is lost, or at least for a period of time.
The International Atomic Energy Agency now wants a team of experts to get to the factory as soon as possible, but it is not clear how that should be done in wartime. It means to continue. The power plant is now run by Ukrainians, but they are under Russian control and are likely also very concerned about their safety during combat.