Zaporizhzhia, the Ukrainian atomic agency: “Electrical blackout, we risked a nuclear accident”

The dramatic words of Petro Kotin, president of Energoatom, on Telegram

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant last night “was on the verge of an accident due to a blackout”. This was announced by Petro Kotin, president of Energoatom, on Telegram, denouncing how “the Russian occupiers” blew up the electricity in “two transmission lines”. “We therefore went from 20 functioning generators to 8, creating a serious threat to safety. A blackout accident at the nuclear power plant leads to the loss of power to the reactor coolant pumps that cool the core.” The timely intervention of Ukrainian specialists, adds Kotin, who restored the power supply to the power plant from the Ukrainian energy system, effectively saved the situation. “They will continue to create dangerous situations, blackmailing the whole world with a nuclear and radioactive accident,” said Petro Kotin, once again calling on the international community to make efforts as soon as possible to return the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to full control of Ukraine, because this is the only way to ensure the safe operation of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.

Confirmation from the national electricity company

The national electricity company Ukrenergo announced on Facebook that it had recently restored the high voltage line that supplies electricity to the plant. “Currently the power plant has already switched from the reserve power scheme to the standard one”, reported Ukrenergo, underlining that power supply during the night was guaranteed thanks to emergency generators.