Chernobyl nuclear power plant suffers ‘complete blackout’ as fears grow over site

Mar 9, 2022

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant ( Image: Russian Defence Ministry/TASS)

Ukraine’s national nuclear energy company says the lack of power at Chernobyl risks sending radioactive substances into the air

Russian forces have disconnected the Chernobyl nuclear power plant from the national grid, Ukraine has said.

Ukrenergo said the plant, which has been captured by Russian forces, now has no power supply.

It added: “Because of the military actions of the Russian occupiers, the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl was fully disconnected from the power grid.

“The nuclear station has no power supply. The military actions are in progress, so there is no possibility to restore the lines. Slavutich city is also out of power supply.”

Ukraine’s national nuclear energy company says the lack of power at Chernobyl risks sending radioactive substances into the air.

Radioactive substances could be released from the plant because it cannot cool spent nuclear fuel after its power connection was severed, Ukraine’s state-run nuclear company Energoatom said.

Russian servicemen guards in front of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on Monday ( Image: RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY PRESS SERVICE/HANDOUT HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Work to repair the connection and restore power to the plant, which has been occupied by Russian troops, has not been possible because fighting is under way, it said.

Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said today that the Ukrainian authorities do not know what the radiation levels are at the power plant, as they have not heard about what is happening there since it was seized by Russian troops.

He said Ukraine also had no control over what was happening at the occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, where it said 400 Russian troops were stationed.

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