Three Ukrainian nuclear power plants were “disconnected” from the power grid on Wednesday after Russian strikes targeted power infrastructure and caused massive power outages, the national operator, Energoatom, announced.
“Due to a drop in frequency in the Ukrainian power system, the emergency protection system at the Rivne, Pivdennoukrainsk and Khmelnitsky nuclear power plants was activated. This led to the automatic disconnection of all generating units,” Energoatom said in Telegram.
According to the Ukrainian operator, “(the level) of radiation in the adjacent sites and territories has not changed” and “all indicators are normal.”
“As soon as the operation of the electrical system is normalized, the supply of electricity from the nuclear power plant will resume,” Energoatom said.
Supply stopped in Zaporozhye
The operator also indicated that the supply to the Zaporijjia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, located in southern Ukraine and occupied by Russian forces, had been cut off from the Ukrainian grid.
The Zaporozhye power station. [Alexander Ermochenko – Reuters]
“All (emergency) diesel generators are working. The radiation level at the site of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is still normal,” he said.
The Zaporizhia power plant has been deprived of power several times since the start of the Russian invasion in February following attacks that Kyiv and Moscow blame each other for.
The one in Pivdennoukraïnsk, in the south, had also been affected by a strike that fell a few hundred meters from the plant in September.
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