Kyiv officials say the final pair of working reactors at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant were briefly cut off from Ukraine’s power grid yesterday.

Ukraine’s nuclear agency said the problem was caused by nearby fires that damaged overhead electricity lines.

It comes amid claims from Kyiv that Russia is trying to divert power from the occupied plant to its own grid.

There is also growing concern over fighting near the complex, which is the largest nuclear plant in Europe.

The fires, at a nearby coal power plant, interfered with the power lines, temporarily cutting Zaporizhzhia off from the national grid for the first time in its history, Ukraine’s state nuclear agency said yesterday.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warned that having “a secure off-site power supply from the grid is essential for ensuring nuclear safety”.

Washington officials condemned any bid by Moscow to redirect the power generated by the Zaporizhzhia plant away from Kyiv’s national grid.

Credit: BBC

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