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The latest Russian blitz on Ukraine has left the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in an “increasingly precarious and challenging” situation, Rafael Grossi, the UN’s atomic energy chief has said. The plant was subject to shelling over the weekend, and following strikes on Ukraine’s power grid yesterday, was forced to rely on backup diesel generators to avoid a meltdown.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement: “Reactors need power for cooling and other essential nuclear safety and security functions also when they are in shutdown mode and do not produce electricity anymore.

“In the case of an external power loss, they have emergency diesel generators that can provide back-up electricity for a limited period of time, at least for 10 days in the case of the ZNPP.”