Chernobyl nuclear plant is without power

Ukraine blames Russia for power cut at Chernobyl nuclear plant and says it could cause "nuclear discharge"

Ukrainian government warned Wednesday that, Chernobyl nuclear power plant and other nuclear facilities near it controlled by Russian forces no longer have electricity after a power line was damaged.

A loss of power at the plant could disrupt the cooling of radioactive material stored there, risking radioactive leakage that can be carried by wind to other parts of Europe.

One of the plant's reactors suffered a meltdown in 1986, sending radioactive contamination across Europe.

About 20,000 spent fuel assemblies are stored in the spent nuclear fuel storage facility-1. They need constant cooling. Which is possible only if there is electricity.

If it is not there, the pumps will not cool. As a result, the temperature in the holding pools will increase," the Ukrainian government said.

After that evaporation will occur, that will lead to nuclear discharge. 

 The wind can transfer the radioactive cloud to other regions of Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Europe. In addition, there is no ventilation inside the facility,

Director general said, it was no longer receiving data monitoring systems installed at plant and other facilities, that handling of nuclear material in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone had been put on hold.

Director general said, it was no longer receiving data monitoring systems installed at plant and other facilities, that handling of nuclear material in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone had been put on hold.

Russian forces took control of the plant early on during Moscow's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine's Ministry of Energy said Friday that Russian troops have been holding staff at the nuclear facilities hostage.

The six reactors at Zaporizhzhia are now under the control of Russian forces.

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