More Ukrainian power plants shut down

KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 28 (UPI) — A winter storm in Ukraine downed or short-circuited more power lines Tuesday, causing the automatic shutdown of two more nuclear reactors and threatening the collapse of the national power grid as thousands of homes remained without electricity for a second day.

On Tuesday morning, eight of Ukraine’s 14 nuclear reactors were out of action, cutting power by some 25 percent, as engineers warned that the power frequency in the grid was dropping to dangerous levels that could result in a massive blackout.

Reports from central and southern Ukraine said reactors at the Chernobyl, Yuzhna and Zaporizhia plants were affected by the shutdown, although engineers were able to restart one of the reactors by Tuesday evening, and coal-powered plants boosted production to cover part of the energy shortfall.

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