The Zaporizhzhya NPP supplied electricity equivalent to 70 million rubles to the territories of Ukraine controlled by Kyiv. per day, but shelling forces to redirect power to the regions occupied by Russian troops, the VGA reported
Electricity generation at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is minimal, and if shelling continues, it will be mothballed, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration (CAA) of the region, said on the air of Rossiya 24. This authority was formed after the occupation of the region of Ukraine by Russian troops.
According to Rogov, the nuclear power plant daily supplied the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities with an amount of electricity equivalent to 60-70 million rubles.
“Soon they will not receive anything. Because, of course, we will save the nuclear power plant, mothball it, bring the loads that we have to the liberated territories»— he said.
According to Rogov, power supply problems will soon begin in the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities. Now there is a policy of “preserving what is, so that nothing happens,” — stressed a member of the main council of the Zaporozhye CAA.
Zaporozhye NPP, located in Energodar, — Europe's largest nuclear power plant in terms of installed capacity. It has six VVER-1000 power units. The first was put into operation in December 1984, the sixth — in October 1995. The Russian military has been in control of its territory since February 28. However, Ukrainian operators still operate the station.
The Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is under the control of the Russian side, the plant has been under attack since July. Moscow and Kyiv mutually accused each other of shelling. The day before, on August 11, the nuclear power plant was again under fire. The Zaporizhzhia Military Administration said that at least three shells fell close to the storage facility for radioactive isotopes. On the morning of August 12, the authorities reported that the projectile fell 10m from the nuclear waste storage, but “from the point of view of nuclear safety, everything is in order. <…> The critical infrastructure of the nuclear power plant was not damaged, the operation of the reactors was not disrupted,” the CAA said in a statement.
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Foreign Ministers of the G7 countries (G7: Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, Great Britain and the USA) demanded that Russia immediately transfer the Zaporizhzhya NPP to Ukrainian control, indicating that otherwise the risk of a nuclear accident is high. “Russia's permanent control over the nuclear power plant endangers the region,” — said in a G7 statement.
The UN urged to urgently agree on a “secure demilitarization perimeter” Zaporozhye NPP, such an initiative was put forward by Secretary General António Guterres. He emphasized that a nuclear facility cannot be used “as part of any military operation.” The United States supported the creation of a demilitarized zone around the nuclear power plant.
At the same time, the idea of Guterres met with misunderstanding in the Russian mission to the UN. “I don't understand what he means by this sentence. Let him explain what he means by this perimeter,— Vasily Nebenzya, permanent representative, said. He argues that Russia does not use nuclear and civilian facilities for military purposes, accusing Ukraine of such tactics. Nebenzia believes that the withdrawal of Russian troops from the nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye will cause “monstrous provocations” by the authorities of Ukraine.
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