Ukrainians claim a nuclear reactor was once again cut off from the grid, following Russian shelling
Russian attacks were recorded across a significant portion of Ukraine on Thursday, Shelling and missile strike damaging infrastructure, including the electrical supply to Europe’s largest nuclear reactor.
On Thursday, Russian attacks were recorded across a significant portion of Ukraine. Shelling and missile strike reportedly damaged infrastructure, including the electrical supply to Europe’s largest nuclear reactor.
After Russian shelling damaged the last high voltage lines, leaving it with only diesel generators, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power facility in southern Ukraine was once more cut off from the electricity grid, according to the Ukrainian nuclear company Energoatom.
According to Energoatom, the facility, which is owned by Russia but staffed by Ukrainian employees, has enough fuel to run the generators for 15 days. To keep the fuel within cold and avoid a meltdown, its reactors require power.
According to a top official in Moscow, Russian special troops stopped the Ukrainians from attacking the factory. The close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev further stated that Ukrainian forces “continue to shell the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant with Western weaponry, which could lead to a global disaster.”
Both sides have consistently accused one another of shelling the plant, although both sides refute these claims.
Additionally, reports of Russian strikes came from Sumy and Kharkiv in the northeast and Kriviy Rih in the centre of Ukraine. The eastern parts of Luhansk and Donetsk saw intense fighting.
According to the general staff of Ukraine, “the enemy is seeking to keep the temporarily gained regions, concentrating its efforts on restricting the actions of the Defence Forces in some places.”
Russia claims that as part of its “special military operation” to weaken the Ukrainian military and eliminate what it sees as a possible danger to Russia’s security, it has attacked infrastructure.
As a result, in recent weeks, citizens in Ukraine have experienced water shortages and power outages. Despite the fact that thousands of people have died, millions have been displaced, and some Ukrainian cities are in ruins, Russia continues to deny targeting civilians.
When the G7 group of wealthy democracies meets on Thursday in Germany, the foreign ministers will consider the best way to coordinate future support for Ukraine.