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War Causes Europe's Largest Nuke Plant to Lose Power

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Just as many experts had been publicly fearing, there is big trouble at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant this week, and it threatens to bring death and destruction far beyond the theater of war.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been haphazard and brutal, to put it lightly, with under-trained and often unwilling soldiers causing all sorts of havoc via their naiveté and their simple disregard for human life.

Now, as the war approaches an unfathomably dangerous facility, the world is on high alert.

The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Saturday that the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine was disconnected to its last external power line but was still able to run electricity through a reserve line amid sustained shelling in the area.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi said in a statement that the agency’s experts, who arrived at Zaporizhzhia on Thursday, were told by senior Ukrainian staff that the fourth and last operational line was down. The three others were lost earlier during the conflict.

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Things are not dire…yet.

But the IAEA experts learned that the reserve line linking the facility to a nearby thermal power plant was delivering the electricity the plant generates to the external grid, the statement said. The same reserve line can also provide backup power to the plant if needed, it added.

“We already have a better understanding of the functionality of the reserve power line in connecting the facility to the grid,” Grossi said. “This is crucial information in assessing the overall situation there.”

In addition, the plant’s management informed the IAEA that one reactor was disconnected Saturday afternoon because of grid restrictions. Another reactor is still operating and producing electricity both for cooling and other essential safety functions at the site and for households, factories and others through the grid, the statement said.

Ukraine and Russia have been publicly bickering over which nation’s actions have been more detrimental to the plant’s operation, each blaming the other for shelling in the vicinity.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.