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War-Hit Ukraine Atomic Plant Poses Risks to Europe’s Energy Grid

  • Shelling puts a fifth of Ukrainian power capacity at risk
  • International monitors still seeking access to verify claims
A Ukrainian Emergency Ministry rescuer attends an exercise in the city of Zaporizhzhia on Aug. 17. 

A Ukrainian Emergency Ministry rescuer attends an exercise in the city of Zaporizhzhia on Aug. 17. 

Photographer: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

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Diplomats concerned about an atomic accident at a war-damaged nuclear power plant in Ukraine should also turn their attention to a larger and looming danger, according to engineers who study critical infrastructure.

Already only two of six reactors at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant are operating, potentially leaving Ukraine’s electricity grid facing collapse this winter, with the crisis spilling into neighboring European Union energy markets.