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Mapping Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant | Russia-Ukraine war News


Zaporizhzhia accounts for almost half of the total electricity generated by Ukraine’s nuclear power plants and a fifth of the country’s annual electricity production.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine has been disconnect from its last external power line. However, the facility is still managing to supply power to the grid via the backup line.

Both Ukraine and Russia accuse each other of continuously shelling the plant. The UN IAEA warns that damage to the facility could lead to a nuclear disaster.

By 2021, more than half (55.5 percentUkraine’s electricity is produced by nuclear energy, followed by coal (23.6%), hydroelectricity (6.7%), and gas (6.6%).

Ukraine has 16 nuclear reactors across 4 nuclear power plants (NPPs). Zaporizhzhia accounts for almost half of the total electricity generated by Ukraine’s NPPs and one-fifth (20 percent) of the country’s annual electricity production.

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Zaporizhzhia is of strategic importance to Russia as it is only about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014. The plant was captured by Russian forces in March but is still operated by human technicians. Ukraine operated.

It is located in the south Ukrainian steppe on the Dnieper RiverIt is 550 km (342 mi) southeast of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and 525 km (325 mi) south of Chornobyl, the site of the world’s worst nuclear power plant accident in 1986.

This hand-held satellite image shows the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Enerhodar
A satellite image shows the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in the city of Enerhodar, with the roof of an adjacent building with several damaged reactors. [Maxar Technologies via AFP]



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