At least three people were killed in Russian attacks on the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Wednesday. Six other people were injured. The Kiev region was left without electricity after the attacks and the water supply was also cut off. Municipal services worked hard to restore the power supply. Three Ukrainian nuclear power plants that were disconnected from the grid have already been reconnected, including the one in Zaporizhia.
“Electricity is supplied practically to all regions of Ukraine,” said deputy presidential bureau Kyrylo Tymoshenko. However, that does not mean that all households will get power again. He did not say how many Ukrainians actually have electricity again.
The state operator Energoatom explained on Telegram on Wednesday that the emergency system of the three nuclear power plants Rivne, Pivdennoukrainsk and Khmelnytska had been activated as a result of the Russian shelling. As a result, all reactors were automatically disconnected from the power grid. The Russian-occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant was also reconnected to the external power supply. The diesel generators were turned off.
Protection area around nuclear power plants
The Russian nuclear authority Rosatom spoke out in favor of establishing a protection zone around Zaporizhia – albeit on Moscow terms. According to the Interfax news agency, Chief of Authorities Alexei Lichatschow also explained how he envisioned the protection zone:
According to this, Ukraine is not allowed to shoot at the location nor try to recapture it: “In return, it is clear that Russia will not station offensive weapons and troops there, but will only use resources for physical protection and surveillance of the facility.” at the same time, the Rosatom director reports that all electrical wiring around the nuclear facility has been damaged. Shutting down the reactor in the cold state only provides “relative safety,” he warned.
More than two-thirds of Kiev are still cut off from supplies, Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said Thursday. The water supply has been restored. “But it will take some time for the water supply system to return to full capacity,” he warned.
In view of the blackouts, the European news agency alliance EANA has bought a generating set for its member Ukrinform, which should enable the Ukrainian news agency to continue its activities.