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On Friday, Ukrainian authorities announced that they had extinguished the fire at the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, which had been ignited by Russian bombs, while Russian forces brought the site under control.
Box No. 1 of the Zaporozhye plant in Enerhodar was damaged, but it did not affect the security of the power sector, the regional military administration said in a statement. He said operational personnel had ensured his safety and Ukrainian authorities said radiation levels in the area were not dangerous.
The beginning of the attack
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a Russian military base as the Russian military stepped up its offensive against the city of Ukraine, a major energy producer.
Then, on a live broadcast and attached security camera from the front of the Zaporoshie station, armored vehicles entered the facility’s parking lot and illuminated the building where the camera was mounted.
Leading nuclear officials were concerned about the damage to the power plant – but did not panic.
However, the attack led to telephone calls between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky, US President Joe Biden and other world leaders.
As a precautionary measure the US Department of Energy implemented the Nuclear Incident Response Team.
None of the victims
Earlier, nuclear plant spokesman Andrei Tuz told Ukrainian television that the bombs had fallen directly on the facility and that one of its six reactors had caught fire. The reactor was refurbished and not working, but said there is nuclear fuel inside.
The government’s emergency services said in a statement on its Facebook page, “The fire was extinguished at 06:20. No casualties were reported.”
The measurements, taken at 7 a.m. Friday, show that radiation levels in the area are “unchanged and do not endanger the lives and health of civilians”, according to the regional military administration in Zaporozhye.
InnerHother Mayor Dmitro Orlov announced on his Telegram channel on Friday morning that “the (nuclear plant) fire has already been extinguished.”
His office told The Associated Press that the information came from firefighters who were allowed into the site overnight.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the blaze did not affect basic equipment and did not cause any changes in Ukraine’s regulatory radiation levels. The U.S. Atomic Energy Agency agreed that the latest radiation levels were within normal background levels.
According to an internal report received by Reuters, the power plant is operating within a portion of its capacity. In an internal statement to the agency said:
– Unit 1 “at interval”.
Units 2 and 3 are disconnected from the grid and the nuclear facility is cooled.
Unit 4 “operates with a capacity of 690 MW”.
Units 5 and 6 are “refrigerated”.
Worrying about a “disaster”
The attack renewed fears that the invasion would destroy one of Ukraine’s 15 nuclear reactors and trigger another emergency, such as the 1986 Chernobyl accident.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council “in the coming hours” to raise the issue of Russia’s attack on the nuclear plant, his office said in a statement.
In a scathing speech at midnight, Zelensky said he feared an explosion, saying “all is over. Europe’s end. Europe’s exodus.”
He said: “Only European emergency measures can stop Russian forces. Do not allow Europe to die in the nuclear disaster.”
But most experts found nothing to indicate an impending catastrophe.
The Russian Defense Ministry has accused the attack on Ukrainian saboteurs at the site of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine of being a brutal provocation.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the plant was operating normally and had been under Russian control since February 28.
He added: “Last night, near the power plant, the Kiev nationalist regime made a brutal attempt to provoke.
“At around 2:00 am, a nomadic national police patrol was attacked by a Ukrainian subversive group while on patrol near a nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia.”
“Severe small arms were fired at the soldiers of the Russian National Guard from the windows of several sites of a training complex located outside the power plant,” he said.
He said Russian patrols opened fire to repel the attack and set fire to the “sabotage team” training camp as it exited.
Facts about Zaporizhia Station
Here are 5 facts about the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, the largest in Europe in terms of production capacity, which was captured by Russian forces, according to local Ukrainian officials.
Zaporizhia is the largest of Ukraine’s four nuclear power plants, providing half of the country’s electricity.
– The International Atomic Energy Agency says this is the first time war has erupted in a country with such a large nuclear program.
According to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s database, each of the six units in Zaporizhia has a capacity of 950 MW or a total of 5.7 GW. The first unit was connected to the network in 1984 and the last in 1995.
The power plant operates within a portion of its capacity.
The power plant is of strategic importance to Russia, as it was located 200 km from Crimea in Moscow in 2014.
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