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The Russian controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant Ukraine has halted operations as a safety measure, according to a statement on Sunday from Energoatom, the state-run company responsible for the plant.
The plant was “completely shut down” after Energoatom No. 6 power unit was disconnected from the grid around 3:40 a.m., the report said.
“Arrangements are underway for its cooling and conversion to cooling,” the company said.
On Wednesday, Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, urged residents Russian occupied territories Evacuation around the plant is required for safety reasons.
Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of shelling a nuclear power plant and risking a nuclear holocaust.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky It has demanded that the surrounding area be militarized.
Energotam said it had restored communications to the power system to operational capacity on Saturday. The company said the line was damaged by Russian shelling that allowed the plant to operate through Ukraine’s energy system.
“Hence, it was decided to shut down Power Unit No. 6 and put it in a safe state – cold shutdown,” Enerkottam said.
The company said the risk of the line sustaining further damage “remains high”.
The company explained that the plant would be “powered by diesel generators, the duration of which is limited by technical resource and the amount of diesel fuel available”.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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