Ukrainian Officials Say Power Has Been Restored to Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

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Ukrainian officials said power has been restored to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on Sunday, after warning of an increased risk of radiation leaking after Russian forces reportedly knocked the plant off the energy grid earlier in the week.

Ukrainian atomic energy ministry said in an online post on Sunday that cooling systems would operate normally after relying on backup power, Reuters reported.

Ukrainian officials had warned about a potential radiation leak if a high voltage power line connected to the plant wasn’t repaired, according to Reuters.

Russian forces took control of the Chernobyl nuclear site at the beginning of Moscow’s invasion about three weeks ago.

“It is impossible to say the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is safe after a totally pointless attack by the Russians,” President Zelensky’s adviser Mykhailo Podoliak said at the time. “This is one of the most serious threats in Europe today.”

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SOURCE: The Hill, Olafimihan Oshin