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Zaporozhskaya nuclear plant (Photo from http://www.npp.zp.ua)

There has been an accident at a nuclear plant in the southeast of Ukraine, Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk has revealed during the first session of his new Cabinet.

A minor accident occurred at Zaporozhskaya nuclear plant, the largest in Europe, last Friday, according to the facility’s website. A reactor was switched off and put to maintenance as a result.

The incident was not made public until Wednesday, when PM Yatsenyuk asked the energy minister to report on what happened and how the ministry is handling the situation.

Ukraine’s energy minister, Vladimir Demchyshyn, said that the accident posed no risk.

“There is no threat … there are no problems with the reactors,” Demchyshyn said at briefing, adding the accident affected the power output system and“in no way” was linked to power production itself.

Demchyshyn said that the reactor would be restarted December 5.

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The accident left several dozen towns and villages without electricity, Russian media reported, citing local officials.

Four more reactors at the plant remain operational, according to the facility’s website. One is undergoing planned repairs.

Read more at RT News

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