The day before, a field and undergrowth caught fire in the vicinity of the nuclear power plant due to shelling. The security systems went off at the station and the power supply was interrupted. Later it was restored
Forests are burning in the area of the Zaporizhzhya NPP, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration of the Zaporozhye region, said on his Telegram channel.
He attached satellite images to the message. They show one fire near the nuclear power plant and a plume of smoke from it.
The day before, the security system went off at the nuclear power plant. The military-civilian administration of Energodar explained that the cause was a fire in the surrounding area, which began due to shelling from the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The grass on the field caught fire, as well as the undergrowth. After that, a short circuit occurred in the network, and the indicators of the power system “completely sank”, they claimed there. This led to a power outage to some cities in the region.
In the afternoon of August 25, Rogov reported that the power supply had been fully restored.
Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant— Europe's largest nuclear power plant in terms of installed capacity and the third largest in the world. It is located on the banks of the Kakhovka reservoir on the Dnieper, not far from Energodar in the Zaporozhye region of Ukraine. The station consists of six VVER-1000 power units, the first of which was put into operation in December 1984, the sixth— in October 1995.
Zaporozhye NPP is connected to the united energy system of Ukraine by three power lines 750 kV and one 330 kV. It supplies electricity to Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhye, Nikolaev, Kherson and Odessa regions, and until November 2015— also to the Crimea (in 2015, a power line was blown up on the border with the Kherson region, through which energy was supplied to the peninsula). According to its own data, the nuclear power plant supplied electricity to 10 million people, as well as dozens of large industrial enterprises.
On February 28, 2022, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the Zaporozhye NPP was taken under control. Formally, the station is still under the control of Ukrenergoatom.
Russia and Ukraine have repeatedly stated that the opposite side is at risk of causing a global catastrophe due to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky at a meeting of the UN Security Council said that Russia should stop “nuclear blackmail” and without any conditions to leave the territory of the station. He also called on the IAEA mission to establish full control over the nuclear power plant.
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Moscow in its own the queue accused Kyiv of deteriorating safety conditions at a nuclear power plant. Vasily Nebenzya, Russia's permanent representative to the UN, said that the Ukrainian military “almost daily” bombard the territory of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and Energodar, “creating a real risk of a radiation accident.” Russia also denied the use of the station for military purposes.
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