After being fired upon by Russian troops, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant suffered a power outage.
It is feared that the outage at the Zaporizhia site could trigger a radiation leak.
Ukraine’s state-owned power generation company Energoatom said the outage was due to Russian shelling of an external power line overnight.
The Dniprovska power line in Ukraine provides power for the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, now controlled by Moscow.
To avert a catastrophe, diesel generators were soon switched on in the plant.
But the fuel supply is only enough for ten days – and the external power supply is essential to supply the pumps in the power plants with the cooling of the core material.
If the external power supply is not restored within this period, it “could endanger the nuclear and radiation safety of the whole world,” reports the Ukrainian site 7dniv.
It came just weeks after Vladimir Putin sparked a “maniac panic” when he ordered the mass evacuation of a town near the power plant.
The United Nations nuclear regulatory agency warned of a “major nuclear accident” after Moscow ordered the evacuation of 18 towns and villages near the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, where most workers live.
Ukrainian officials said there was a five-hour wait as thousands of cars fled the area after Putin’s orders sparked a “insane panic” over an impending nuclear disaster.