KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant was cut off from the country’s electricity grid, setting off a mass power outage in the adjacent area after fires damaged.

Emergency backup systems kicked in and helped sustain crucial operations, but the incident heightened fears of a disaster at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP)

The largest atomic energy plant in Europe and is located in an area occupied by invading Russian forces.

Fighting in the vicinity of the plant has led to acute worries of a potential catastrophe and to urgent calls from many world leaders for U.N. nuclear experts to be allowed to visit the site.

Russian and Ukrainian officials traded blame for shelling at the plant, which they said had resulted in the disconnection from the power grid.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the backup systems had already narrowly prevented a radioactive calamity.

The first time in history, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant stopped,” Zelensky said

“The emergency protection of the power units worked, after the last working line of the plant’s power return to the Ukrainian power system was damaged by Russian shelling.”

Diesel generators were immediately activated to provide energy to the plant itself, to support it after the shutdown,” Zelensky continued.

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