Another nuclear power plant (NPP) in Ukraine that has a dangerous emergency situation, after the PLTN in Zaporozhye, now the Kakhovka PLTA has also become very disaster-prone.
It is being claimed that Ukrainian forces were trying to take it in their lap.
Arseny Zelensky, deputy director of the Kakhovka Facility for Reconstruction, said the shooting of the Kakhovka Hydropower Plant by Ukrainian forces risked a “nuclear catastrophe”.
According to Zelensky, as quoted by TASS, Kakhovka is now operating in a “very dangerous” emergency mode.
The Kakhovka plant is located in the Kherson region in southern Ukraine, which was occupied by Russian troops in the early stages of the Moscow military campaign.
Along with the Russian-controlled Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, it has been attacked by Kyiv forces – using Western-supplied weapons – according to regional officials.
“If there is a problem with the Kakhovka hydroelectric dam, there will be a big problem at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. This can lead to a nuclear catastrophe,” said the deputy director of the Kakhovka plant, Saturday (13/8/2022).
He explained to reporters that if the dam were to be destroyed, the nuclear facility would lack the water needed to cool its reactors.
He revealed that the station had been operating in emergency mode “since the first days of hostilities”.
“The station’s requirement itself, the 6 kV reserve, is exhausted, we are operating in a very dangerous mode,” he said, adding that one of the turbines had to be shut down after the Ukraine rocket attack.