Threat to Ukrainian nuclear plant has increased | MENAFN.COM

Tuesday, 04 October 2022 06:41 GMT

Threat to Ukrainian nuclear plant has increased


(MENAFN) Arseniy Zelensky, the Kakhovka facility's deputy director for restoration, told reporters on Saturday that Ukrainian forces shelling the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station run the risk of causing a "nuclear disaster" at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.

Zelensky, as reported by TASS, claimed that Kakhovka is currently in a "extremely hazardous" emergency status.

The Kherson Region in southern Ukraine, where the Kakhovka factory is situated, was taken by Russian soldiers early on in Moscow's military campaign. According to the local authorities, Kiev's army assaulted it alongside the largest nuclear power facility in Europe, the Russia-controlled Zaporozhye plant, using weaponry from the West.

“In case of problems with the dam of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, there will be big troubles at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. [This] could lead to a nuclear catastrophe,” the deputy director of the Kakhovka plant stated.  

He told the media that if the dam were to be demolished, the nuclear power plant wouldn't have access to the water it needs to cool its reactors.

The station has been operating in emergency mode, he disclosed, "from the first days of combat."

“The station's own needs, backup 6 kV, are lost, we are working in a very dangerous mode," he asserted, noting that one of the turbines had to be turned off after Ukrainian rocket assaults. 

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