Shelling forces Ukraine nuclear plant off grid as Zelensky warns of ‘disaster’

SpaceWar.com reports: “The last working reactor at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant was disconnected from the grid after shelling caused a fire, with the UN’s atomic watchdog due to brief the Security Council about the crisis on Tuesday.

Soon after it invaded in February, Moscow largely took control of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of southern Ukraine and is now aiming to absorb them into Russia through referendums — as it did with Crimea in 2014.

Russia also blamed Western sanctions for its halting of gas supplies to Germany and on top of the crisis in Europe, there are fears of a nuclear disaster at Zaporizhzhia — Europe’s biggest atomic facility.

‘Today the last power transmission line connecting the plant to the energy system of Ukraine was damaged due to another Russian provocative shelling,’ Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an address on Monday.

‘Due to Russian provocation, the Zaporizhzhia plant is one step away from a radiation disaster.’

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant (ZNPP) has been shelled in recent weeks, with Ukraine and Russia blaming each other for the attacks as fears grow of a possible nuclear incident…”

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