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Ukraine. Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant – message after blowing up the dam in Nova Kakhovka.

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The situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is “under control”, there is no immediate threat, reassured the Ukrainian company Enerhoatom, which is responsible for the power plant occupied by the Russians. The experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency staying at the power plant also spoke on this matter, because water from the Kachowski Lagoon is used to cool the reactors. The Dnieper dam in Nowa Kakhovka was blown up on Tuesday.

The Russians blew up the dam in Nowa Kakhovka. The hydroelectric power plant located on the dam has been completely destroyed, the water level in the lagoon created by the dam is falling, and the evacuation of the areas below the dam is underway.

The Ukrainian concert Enerhoatom reported that the situation at the Zaporozhian nuclear power plant, which uses water from the lagoon for cooling, is “under control”. The water tank at the power plant is full, he told Enerhoatom and assured that he was “monitoring the situation” together with organizations such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

At the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, which is occupied by Russian troops, there are experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency. “IAEA experts at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant are closely monitoring the situation. There is no immediate threat to nuclear safety at the power plant,” the organization said in a Twitter post.

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Zaporizhia Nuclear Power PlantLev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images

Reactors shut down but still need water

Head of the IAEA Rafael Grossi warned on Tuesday that if the water level in the Kakhovsky Reservoir drops below 12.7 meters, it will not be possible to pump water cooling the reactors from it. The last active reactor of this largest nuclear power plant in Europe was shut down in September last year. Although the reactors are not operating, water is still needed to cool them and prevent the cores from melting.

The Enerhoatom concern assured that there is an action plan for the work of the power plant and its personnel in the event that the water from the Kakhovsky Reservoir is not enough to supply the reservoir.

“There is an algorithm of actions for the work of the Zaporozhian nuclear power plant and its employees in the event that the water from the Kakhovsky reservoir will recede,” said the head of Enerhodar, Petro Kotin, quoted by the Ukrinform agency.

He warned that the “degradation” of the power plant was progressing due to the Russian occupation and the presence of Russian military personnel on the premises. In his opinion, blowing up the dam in Nowa Kachówka is “a further deterioration” of the situation.

Main photo source: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images

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