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The Zaporizhzhia power plant reconnected to the Ukrainian network

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The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was reconnected to the Ukrainian electricity grid. This was announced by the national energy company, Energoatom. The reconnection to the grid took place at 2:04 pm local time (12 am Italian time). This morning the power line that had failed yesterday was “restored”, causing the first disconnection from the national power grid in 40 years.

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“The power line of the power plant to the Ukrainian energy system has been restored and work is underway to prepare the connection to the network of the two power units”, the reactors, is added on Telegram, explaining that no problems are reported with the system. security and that the power plant receives the energy necessary for its internal needs “through a line coming from the Ukrainian electricity system”.

A pro-Russian official, Vladimir Rogov, claims that due to what he calls attacks by the Ukrainian armed forces on Energodar, all four lines of electricity supply from the nuclear power plant to the Ukrainian territory controlled by the authorities have been cut at the moment. of Kiev. This was reported by Tass citing a statement by Rogov on Russian state TV. According to the source, the situation at the plant is under control and energy is being supplied to areas of Ukraine occupied by Russian troops. Moscow and Kiev accuse each other of attacks in the central area.

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Meanwhile, while energy costs in European countries skyrocket, Russia is burning large quantities of natural gas in its Portovaya plant, near the Finnish border: this is what emerges from an analysis by the Norwegian company Rystad Energy shared with the BBC. . The British broadcaster today publishes some images of the large flames rising from the plant, including one in color taken from a satellite showing the infrared radiation caused by the combustion of the gas.

According to some experts, the burning gas was destined to be exported to Germany and every day it goes up in smoke gas worth 10 million dollars (about 10 million euros). Rystad Energy estimates that approximately 4.34 million cubic meters of liquefied natural gas (LNG) are burned per day at the plant north-west of St. Petersburg. Finnish citizens were the first to report that something was wrong, after noticing a large flame on the horizon in early summer.

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The new alarm signal on the nuclear power plant arrived yesterday when the plant disconnected from the Ukrainian electricity grid, amid the mutual accusations of Moscow and Kiev of having caused the accident with the continuous bombing of the area.

Zaporizhzhia is “totally disconnected”, Energoatom announced earlier in the day, explaining that the “two reactors in operation have been disconnected from the grid”. And even though the security system held up, the Kiev National Energy Agency pointed the finger at the “actions of the invaders”, whose repeated attacks caused fires that blew up the last line twice. communication with the network. Three other lines of communication had previously been damaged by the Russians as well. After the maintenance operations, Energoatom made it known that the power line had been restored. The version of the incident by the pro-Russians who have occupied the plant since March is different. The disconnection problem, which was later solved, was caused by the “massive Ukrainian bombing” which left most of the Russian-controlled regions in the provinces of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson in the dark for several hours. At this point the hope, expressed by the director general of the IAEA Rafael Grossi, is that his agency will be able to inspect the plant “within days”. The major concern is that the safety mechanisms could blow if the plant loses all its power.

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K Russia “has brought Ukraine and the rest of Europe to the brink of a nuclear disaster”: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in the usual evening message quoted by the Kiev media. Ukraine “is doing everything possible to avoid a catastrophe in the Zaporizhzhia power plant,” Zelensky stressed.

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For the US, the White House reiterated, the only solution is for Moscow to demilitarize the plant. Not far from Zaporizhzhia, in the Dnipropetrovsk region, the Ukrainian authorities have updated the death toll of the Russian raid that hit a railway station on independence day. At least 25 dead, including 2 children, and about thirty injured: a massacre of civilians, reminiscent of the one at the Kramatorsk station last April, also condemned by the United States and the EU. According to the Moscow Ministry of Defense, however, it was an attack on a train headed “to combat zones” in the Donbass, which killed over 200 Ukrainian soldiers. From Kiev, President Volodymyr Zelensky, who on the eve of August 24 had warned against possible “cruel” actions by the Russians, continued to weave his web with Western allies. And after receiving British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he welcomed Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio. Thanking him for the support provided so far by Rome.

Then, the planned telephone conversation with Joe Biden, after the new maxi package of US military aid for 3 billion dollars. Vladimir Putin responded from Moscow by signing a decree to increase the strength of the armed forces by 137,000 to over 1,150,000, an increase of 10%. So far the conflict has cost very dearly in terms of losses for the Army. Western officials estimate that at least 70,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded in Ukraine. The Tsar, in this challenge to Ukraine and its NATO allies, can also count on the ever closer partnership with China. Beijing has announced that the interchange with Moscow will hit a new record this year, and above all preparations are being finalized for the joint military exercises, from 30 August to 5 September next, in which other countries such as India and Belarus will participate. The Baltic countries are in a completely different position, among the most staunch supporters of the Ukrainian resistance. In Riga, the memorial of the Soviet Victory against the Nazis, a symbolic monument of Latvia when it was still part of the USSR, was dismantled. Among the protests of the large Russian community in the country. Finally, the Economist takes stock of the war on sanctions, which unfortunately for the West does not go as hoped: after a first moment of disarray, and the analysis of the British weekly numbers in hand, the Russian economy has stabilized, the knockout blow did not occur, “while in Europe the energy crisis could trigger a recession”.

Source: Ansa

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