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Zaporizhzhia Suffers Another Blackout as Missiles Rain Down on Ukraine, Killing at Least 9

HeadlineMar 09, 2023

In Ukraine, the International Atomic Energy Agency says the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has once again lost its connection to external power and is relying on diesel generators as a last line of defense against a nuclear meltdown. The plant’s operator said it was the sixth time since Russia’s invasion the plant has had to turn to emergency backups to maintain critical cooling systems for its six reactors. The nuclear plant’s outage came as Russia fired a barrage of missiles across 10 regions of Ukraine, killing at least nine civilians and knocking out electricity supplies. On Wednesday, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres visited Kyiv for talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky. Both leaders said it was “critically necessary” to global food security that Russia extend an agreement allowing Ukraine to export grain from its Black Sea ports.

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