War in Ukraine: the last reactor of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant disconnected

War in Ukraine: the last reactor of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant has died plugged in

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KYIV | The last reactor in operation at Ukraine's Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe and occupied by Russian forces, was disconnected from the grid on Monday, Ukrainian state operator Energoatom said.

“Reactor number 6 has been shut down and disconnected from the network,” Energoatom said on Telegram, citing a fire “which broke out because of the bombardments” and damaged a power line connecting this unit to the Ukrainian network.

This reactor was the only one to operate among the six units of this plant. On Saturday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), whose experts are on site, had already announced the shutdown of reactor number 5, also due to the damage of a power line following a bombardment. 

War in Ukraine: The Last Reactor of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant disconnected

War in Ukraine: Last reactor of Zaporizhia nuclear power plant unplugged

The other four reactors at Zaporizhia have been offline for weeks.

This latest incident comes after an IAEA delegation visited the plant on Friday. , which has been at the heart of tensions between Kyiv and Moscow for months and whose site has been bombed several times, raising fears of a nuclear disaster. For several weeks Russians and Ukrainians have been accusing each other of these bombings.

Lead by IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi, most of the mission left the plant the same day. Of the six experts who remained on site, four left Monday morning while two others should be present there permanently, Energoatom said in a separate statement.

With six reactors with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts each, this plant fell into the hands of Russian troops in March, shortly after the launch of the invasion of Ukraine.