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Zaporizhia nuclear power plant’s last reactor shut down

According to Ukrainian operator Energoatom, the shutdown was caused by a fire caused by bombing. In this regard, Emmanuel Macron spoke with the President of Ukraine.

In southern Ukraine, the last operational reactor Zaporizhia Nuclear Power PlantThe largest in Europe and occupied by Russian forces, was cut from the network on Monday, September 5, Ukrainian state operator Energodom said.

«Reactor number 6 was shut down and disconnected from the network“, referring to Energodam Island in Telegram”It declared itself due to explosionsIt also damaged the power line connecting the unit to the Ukrainian grid.

This reactor was the only one of the plant’s six units to operate. On Saturday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), whose experts are on site, had already announced the shutdown of Reactor No. 5 due to damage to power lines following the bomb attack. The other four reactors at Saporigia have been shut down for several weeks.

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The nuclear power plant was mentioned during an interview between Volodymyr Zelensky and Emmanuel Macron.He recalled the need to protect the safety and security of nuclear power plants, which could only happen with the withdrawal of Russian forces.».

The interview came after an IAEA delegation visited the plant on Thursday, which has been at the center of tensions between Kyiv and Moscow for months and whose site has been bombed several times, raising fears of a catastrophe. For weeks, Russians and Ukrainians have blamed each other for the bombings.

Led by IAEA Director General Rafael Croci, most of the work left the plant the same day. Of the six experts on site, four left on Monday morning and two are expected to stay on permanently, Enerkotom said in a separate statement.

With six reactors of 1,000 megawatts each, the plant fell into the hands of Russian troops in March, shortly after the invasion of Ukraine began.

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