Russia’s objective in attack on nuclear plant: to take electricity, says Ukraine

The first sign of danger came when the small team of Ukrainian technicians who ran the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant noticed that agents from the Russian state company in charge of atomic energy had left the premises without explanation. It was August 5 and Russian soldiers were patrolling the facility.

Then, at 2:40 p.m., explosions rocked an electrical panel, shutting down one of the only two remaining power lines connecting the plant to southern Ukraine, plant workers said. Outside, smoke billowed from a crater a few hundred meters from a substation; Inside, technicians rushed to check emergency diesel generators that would be needed to cool nuclear fuel that could overheat in the event of an accident.


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