NetBlocks, which monitors internet service disruptions, reported a major disruption to communications at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in Ukraine.
Amid Russian hostilities, the nuclear power plant has been “completely disconnected from the grid,” Netblocks said, providing metrics to support the claim.
“The latest disconnections have raised concerns over nuclear security and come amid a series of outages and network disruptions as Russia targets telecommunications infrastructure and as power is lost in regions seeing the heaviest combat,” Netblocks said. “Work is ongoing to assess the incidents and their contexts. Telecoms disruptions in Ukraine have so far been attributed to power outages, cyberattacks, sabotage, and kinetic impacts.”
It’s not the first time that the Zaporizhzhya region is experiencing disruptions to its connectivity.
In March, fixed-line internet and some mobile service providers in and around the nuclear power plant were knocked off the grid, raising concerns over public safety as the International Atomic Energy Agency couldn’t monitor the radiation levels.
Around the same time, a power blackout in the Soviet-era Chernobyl nuclear power plant resulted in a major disruption to telecommunications services and significant concerns over nuclear safety.
In May, Ukraine accused Russia of disabling the internet in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.
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