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  • Russians can use Ukrainian nuclear power plants only for nuclear blackmail, says German Galushchenko
    Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, posted 18 March 2022 09:08

    Russia will not be able to establish electricity supplies from the Zaporizhzhia NPP to the occupied Crimea. Instead, the aggressor state is using Ukrainian nuclear facilities to blackmail.

    This was emphasized by the Minister of Energy of Ukraine German Galushchenko.

    The Minister said that as a result of belligerent and combative actions by the russian occupiers, the transmission lines of the Zaporizhzhia NPP had been damaged.

    "Accordingly, the station load was reduced - now the capacity is 1,500 MW, before that this nuclear power plant produced 2,000 MW," he explained.

    At the request of a journalist, German Galushchenko commented on rumors that the Russians might use the captured ZNPP to establish electricity supplies to the occupied Crimea: "There was no such technical possibility even before the war. And now there is absent a separate line to the Crimea."

    "The key issue for us is the safety of nuclear facilities. This is what we are constantly talking about with our partners, international institutions. The military must not be present at nuclear facilities," the Minister stressed.

    German Galushchenko stressed that it is currently unknown whether the occupiers disposed of all the ammunition they had brought to ZNPP. "The way they dispose of it is in facr the same as they came to the station when they fired at everything that was at hand. In fact, they simply took the ammunition out of the perimeter of the station and blew it up near a training center 50 meters from the station."

    The Minister of Energy reminded that Ukraine had repeatedly appealed to international organizations, including the IAEA, to intervene in the situation and ensure the safety of Ukrainian nuclear power plants during the war.

    "We also appealed to the IAEA to demand that NATO close the skies over Ukraine, taking into account, among other things, the geography of nuclear power plants, because they cover the entire country geographically," said German Galushchenko.