Day 194: Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant cut off from grid because of shelling, fake referendum on hold in Kherson

Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant cut off from grid, as remaining power line disconnected

At the occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, unit no.6 was disconnected from the grid after a fire broke out following shelling from Russian forces. The unit now only feeds power into the plant. 

“Today, on September 5, 2022, as a result of a fire caused by shelling, the 330 kW power line ‘Zaporizhzhia thermoelectric power plant – Ferosplavna’ was disconnected from the grid. That was the last transmission line that connected the power nod ‘Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant – Zaporizhzhia thermoelectric power plant’ to the Ukrainian power grid,” Ukraine’s nuclear power company Energoatom said. As a result, unit no. 6 was unloaded and disconnected from the grid. It currently supplies the plant’s own needs, Energoatom said. 

“Any repairs of the power lines are currently impossible as fighting rages around the station,” Ukraine’s Minister of Energy Herman Halushchenko said in a statement posted to Facebook.

“The world is once again on the brink of nuclear disaster. Deoccupying the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and creating a demilitarized zone around it is the only way to nuclear safety,” Halushchenko proceeded.

In the past three days, the Russian occupying forces continued intense shelling of the area around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Energoatom said. 

© Energoatom

In Kherson region, Ukrainian counteroffensive puts fake referendum on hold

In Kherson region, a fake referendum on joining Russia was “paused”, the Russian state-owned news agency TASS said, quoting Russian-installed official in Kherson region Kyrylo Stremousov.

“We’ve prepared for the voting. We wanted to hold the referendum in the nearest time, but because of everything that’s happening now (Ukraine’s counteroffensive – edit.), we’ll pause for now,” Stremousov said.

Even without a referendum, “Kherson is Russian forever,” he added. People will eagerly vote, he said.

Ukrainian intelligence destroys FSB base, warehouse of “ballots” for fake referendum

Special operations forces of the Ukrainian intelligence destroyed a base of the Russian security service (FSB) and a warehouse of “ballots” for a fake referendum in occupied Kamyanets-Dniprovskyi, in Vasylivskyi district of Zaporizhzhia region.

The number of victims was not immediately available. The survivors and wounded are evacuated toward Crimea. The occupying forces imposed a curfew. Military helicopters were spotted above the town. The operation resulted in no civilian casualties, the Ukrainian intelligence said. 

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