The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station in Ukraine has reportedly been cut off from the last external power line, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The facility can still supply electricity to the grid through a reserve line. Russia and Ukraine both accuse the other of shelling the plant repeatedly. The UN’s IAEA fears that a nuclear calamity could result from damage to the site.
Nuclear energy produced more than half (55.5%) of Ukraine’s electricity in 2021, followed by coal (23.6%), hydropower (6.7%), and gas (6.6 percent). In four nuclear power plants in Ukraine, there are 16 nuclear reactors (NPPs). Nearly 50% of the electricity produced by Ukraine’s NPPs and 20% of its yearly electricity production comes from Zaporizhzhia.
Russia views Zaporizhzhia as strategically significant due to its proximity to Crimea, which it annexed in 2014. Although the Russian military took control of the factory in March, its Ukrainian specialists are still in charge. It is situated on the Dnieper River in the steppe region of southern Ukraine, 550 kilometers (342 miles) southeast of Kyiv, the country’s capital, and 525 kilometers (325 miles) south of Chornobyl, the location of the worst nuclear power plant accident in history in 1986.
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