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Nine Killed and Millions Left Without Power After Attacks on Ukraine’s Power Infrastructure

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Key takeaways:

  • At least nine people killed and millions left without power due to attacks on Ukrainian power infrastructure
  • Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant disconnected from power grid due to Russian shelling
  • IAEA monitoring situation closely and providing updates as they become available

On Thursday, Ukrainian officials reported that at least nine people had been killed and millions more were left without power after a series of attacks on the country’s power infrastructure. The most significant of these attacks was on the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, Europe’s largest atomic energy facility.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that the plant had been disconnected from Ukraine’s power grid due to damage caused by Russian shelling. This was the first time the plant had lost full off-site power since November 2022.

The plant’s essential power is now being provided by eight of its emergency diesel generators, with the rest in standby mode. IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi stated that there is enough diesel on site for 15 days of operation.

The attacks, which included missiles and explosive drones, struck cities from the capital Kyiv to the port of Odesa, and all the way to Lviv in the far west.

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has been ongoing since 2014, and this latest attack has raised concerns about the safety of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. The IAEA is monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates as they become available.

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