Moscow has shut down its main gas pipeline to Germany in a bid to damage the economy of its western neighbour UN inspectors said on Saturday after nuclear power failed amid the Russo-Ukraine war kept.
Anticipating a major disaster, Moscow has closed its main gas pipeline to Germany to try to damage the economies of its western neighbor, UN inspectors said on Saturday after a nuclear power failure in the midst of the Russo-Ukraine war. kept closed.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the last remaining main external power line at Europe’s largest Zaporizhzhia plant had been cut, although a reserve line continues to supply electricity to the grid. The agency said in a statement that only one of the station’s six reactors is operational.
The plant, seized by Russian troops shortly after the February 24 invasion, has become a focal point of the conflict, with each side blaming the other for the nearby shelling. The impasse over Russian gas and oil exports intensified last week as Moscow kept its main gas pipeline in Germany closed and G7 countries announced a planned price cap on.
Russian oil exports
The energy battle is the result of President Vladimir Putin’s six-month invasion of Ukraine, underlining the deep rift between Moscow and the West.
Russia is inflicting a decisive energy blow on all Europeans for this winter, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly address on Saturday, citing the continued closure of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.
Zelenskyy blamed Russian shelling for the August 25 cutoff. Moscow has cited Western sanctions and technical issues for the energy crisis, while European countries have accused Russia of supplying arms as part of its military offensive.
Kyiv and Moscow have exchanged allegations about the attacks on the Zaporizhzhia plant, which is still operated by Ukrainian employees.
An IAEA mission visited the plant on Thursday and some experts remained there until a report was released by the UN nuclear watchdog in the coming days.
The IAEA said Saturday that remaining inspectors noted that one reactor was still producing electricity “for cooling and other necessary safety tasks and for homes, factories and others through the grid.
Russia’s defense ministry on Saturday accused Ukraine’s military of making an unsuccessful attempt to capture the plant.