Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant which is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe has come under attack by Russian forces. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba in a tweet said “Russian army is firing from all sides upon Zaporizhzhia NPP.”
“Fire has already broke out. If it blows up, it will be 10 times larger than Chornobyl! Russians must IMMEDIATELY cease the fire, allow firefighters, establish a security zone!,” Kuleba
According to report by Ukrinform, Zaporizhzhia NPP Spokesperson Andrii Tuz told their correspondents via Telegram that “Russia’s military vehicles are shelling Zaporizhzhia NPP,” and he made it known to the correspondents that it is a “real nuclear threat” and that Russian forces need to be stopped from firing “on Zaporizhzhia NPP’s power units with heavy weapons!”
Russian army is firing from all sides upon Zaporizhzhia NPP, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. Fire has already broke out. If it blows up, it will be 10 times larger than Chornobyl! Russians must IMMEDIATELY cease the fire, allow firefighters, establish a security zone!
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) March 4, 2022
On March 3, 2022, more than 100 military vehicles entered Enerhodar. The city has been defended by more than 20,000 people over several days. On March 3, 2022, Russians fired on the checkpoint and civilians.
The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station in Enerhodar, Ukraine, is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and among the top 10 largest in the world.
The plant is located in Southeastern Ukraine near the city of Enerhodar, on the banks of the Kakhovka Reservoir on the Dnieper river. It has 6 VVER-1000 pressurized light water nuclear reactors, each generating 950 MWe, for a total power output of 5,700 MWe. The first five were successively brought online between 1985 and 1989, and the sixth was added in 1995. The plant generates nearly half of the country’s electricity derived from nuclear power, and more than a fifth of total electricity generated in Ukraine. The Zaporizhzhia coal power station is also located nearby.
In 2017 modernization work was completed on unit 3, enabling a 10 year life-extension to 2027. In 2021 modernization work was completed on unit 5, enabling a 10 year life-extension.