Russia’s Goal in Attack on Nuclear Plant: Take the Electricity, Ukraine Says

The primary signal of hazard got here when the dwindling crew of Ukrainian technicians operating the Zaporizhzhia nuclear-power station observed that officers from Russia’s state atomic vitality firm had left the premises with out clarification. It was Aug. 5, and Russian troopers had been patrolling the ability.

Then, at 2:40 p.m., explosions rocked {an electrical} switchboard, triggering the shutdown of one in every of solely two remaining energy traces operating from the plant into southern Ukraine, in response to plant staff. Exterior, smoke billowed from a crater a couple of hundred yards from a substation; inside, technicians raced to test the backup diesel mills that may be wanted to chill nuclear gasoline susceptible to overheating in an accident.