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Ukraine war: Power back on at huge nuclear plant in Zaporizhzhia

By Amanda Caroline  •  September 19, 2022  •  13

The UN's nuclear watchdog (IAEA) says Ukraine's huge Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has begun receiving power from the national grid once again.

Shelling in the area damaged power lines connected to the plant.

All six of its reactors are in a state of cold shutdown, but the plant needs external power to cool its reactors and defend against the risk of a meltdown.

The IAEA says the situation of the plant, which is held by Russian forces, has improved but remains precarious.

The trip followed increasing calls from Ukraine and the international community for a safety inspection following reports of shelling.

Russia and Ukraine both blamed each other for the shelling of the facility in south-east Ukraine.