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The UN nuclear watchdog has condemned fresh shelling near Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which has just disconnected it from Ukraine’s power grid, its operator said.

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi said on Saturday in a Press Release.

The last power line connecting the plant to the Ukrainian grid crashed and disconnected on Saturday due to attacks by Russian forces, according to Ukrainian nuclear operator Energoatom. The plant currently relies on diesel generators.

“Continuing shelling, hitting the plant’s only external power source, is extremely irresponsible. The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant must be protected,” said Grossi on Saturday.

“All plant safety systems continue to receive power and operate normally, IAEA experts have been informed by senior Ukrainian operational staff at the site,” he added in the statement. fox.

“Although the six reactors are in a state of decommissioning, they still need electricity for critical nuclear safety and security functions. Each of the plant’s diesel generators has enough fuel for at least ten days. ZNPP engineers have begun work to repair the damaged 750 kV power line,” according to the release.

Grossi stressed that the plant “must be protected” and added that he would “soon go to the Russian Federation, and then back to Ukraine, to agree on a nuclear safety and security protection zone around it” factory. This is an absolute and urgent order.”

What Russian officials sayVladimir Rogov, a senior pro-Russian official in the regional Zaporizhzhia government said: The plant can be put back into operation.

“Currently, the nuclear power plant has been returned to emergency operation mode. The last power line connects it to the right bank, with territories controlled by [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky’s regime has been cut. Currently, nuclear power plants can only be powered by diesel generators and this is an unusual vehicle,” Rogov said while speaking before the Kremlin pro-Kremlin “Soloviev Live” program on Thursday. Seven.

He added: “We have every possibility to restore the nuclear power plant and bring it into operation.

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