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External power to Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant restored: IAEA chief

The external power supply to the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine has been restored after an outage that forced it to switch to diesel generators, the International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi reported.

“I’ve been informed by our team on site that external power to Zaporizhzhya NPP is restored. ZNPP’s operator says this morning’s outage was caused by shelling damage to a far-off sub-station, highlighting how precarious the situation is,” Grossi said on Twitter.

He is on his way to Kyiv after holding talks with Russian officials on setting up a protection zone around the power plant.

“After my meetings in St Petersburg, I am coming back to Kyiv. The work on the establishment of nuclear safety and security protection zone around Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant continues,” he said.

A Russian-installed official says safety zone at Ukraine nuclear plant will not be possible until the front line moves at least 100 km away.

The Russian-installed leader of the region Yevgeny Balitsky warned that it would not be possible for a quick relaunch of the plant, amid fears shelling could further compromise its safety.

“It’s not a toy, you can’t just turn it on and off like a switch. There are runaway processes, there is cooling and so forth,” Balitsky said.

IAEA has been pushing for a demilitarised security zone around the plant, Europe’s largest, which remains close to the frontlines between Russian and Ukrainian forces. Both Moscow and Kyiv have accused each other of shelling the plant and the facilities around it, thereby risking a possible nuclear accident.

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