© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – A view shows the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant during the Ukraine-Russia conflict outside the Russian-controlled city of Enerhodar in Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine August 22, 2022. REUTERS / Alexander Ermochenko
KYIV (Reuters) – The Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant resumed power supply to Ukraine on Friday after two of its six reactors were reconnected to the Ukrainian electricity grid, the nuclear company said. State Energoatom said.
Kyiv said earlier that Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, located in southern Ukraine, was disconnected from the Ukrainian power grid on Thursday after an artillery fire damaged a power line.
“Therefore, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, despite numerous provocations by the occupiers, continues to operate inside the Ukrainian energy grid,” Energoatom said in a statement after the second reactor. two are reconnected.
Russia, which invaded Ukraine in February, took control of the nuclear plant in March, although it is still operated by Ukrainian technicians working for Energoatom.
Energoatom said the first reactor was reconnected at 2:24 p.m. local time (1104 GMT) and the second at 9:15 p.m., Energoatom said. Two is the only operating reactor out of six at the plant.
The facility provided more than 20% of Ukraine’s electricity needs before the war, and its loss will add new strains to the government, which is already bracing for a difficult wartime winter with a potential shortage of electricity. energy shortage.