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Last Working Reactor at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Taken Offline

This satellite image from Planet Labs PBC shows the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant occupied by Russian forces, in Ukraine on Aug. 28, 2022.
This satellite image from Planet Labs PBC shows the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant occupied by Russian forces, in Ukraine on Aug. 28, 2022.

Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has been disconnected from the electricity grid due to Russian shelling, according to Ukraine’s state-run nuclear company.

“Today, as a result of a fire caused by shelling, the (last working) transmission line was disconnected,” Energoatom said in a statement on Telegram.

Ukrainian Energy Minister German Galushchenko said on Facebook that Energoatom was not able to make repairs while fighting raged around the facility.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Ukraine informed the agency that the backup power line itself, which was disconnected Monday, is not damaged. The IAEA said Ukrainian experts plan to reconnect power but that it will take several days.

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