Workers from Ukraine’s Ukrenergo energy company began critical repairs on the powerline supplying the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant and the city of Slavutych on Sunday, March 13, after both had been without electricity for several days. Invading Russian soldiers destroyed the connection again before electricity could be resupplied. “At 19:07 Ukrenergo began feeding the line to restore the Chornobyl NPP and the city of Slavutych’s infrastructure,” the firm said on Facebook.
“However, the invading soldiers destroyed the power supply again before it was entirely restored. NEC Ukrenergo’s repair staff should return to the seized zone near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant to locate and fix additional line damage. “The Chornobyl NPP is a critical plant that cannot be left without a stable electricity supply,” Ukrenergo says. The radiation dangers connected with lengthy power outages are not catastrophic, but they are substantial in the long run.
The power station was decommissioned after the greatest civil nuclear catastrophe in history, and the work to decommission it has been extraordinary. This is jeopardized by a lack of electricity. The personnel still working at the Chornobyl Power Plant, according to Ukrenergo and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), are the most vulnerable. There are currently 211 workers and guards at the plant. For the past three weeks, they have been working nonstop to keep it secure. They’ve been without electricity and running out of supplies for the past five days.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has proposed a plan to take over and help Ukraine’s nuclear plants in running them safely and securely. Dmytro Kuleba and Sergei Lavrov, the Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers, have discussed this, but it has not yet been approved. “We just cannot afford to waste any more time.” The IAEA is ready to act right away, based on our proposed framework, which requires agreement from all conflict parties before it can be implemented.
We can only help Ukraine’s nuclear sites after the agreement is inked. In a statement issued before the latest damages, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi remarked, “I’m doing all I can to make this happen very fast.” The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verifies that radiation levels at Ukraine’s nuclear plants are normal, and that safety procedures are still in place. The IAEA is still waiting for data from the monitoring system it built at Chornobyl, but it is getting it from other nuclear power plants.