Chernobyl nuclear plant power line damaged by Russian forces -grid operator

A satellite image shows an overview of Chernobyl, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Ukraine, March 10, 2022. Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS

LVIV, Ukraine March 14 (Reuters) - A high-voltage power line to Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear plant was damaged by Russian forces not long after electricity supplies were restored to the facility, grid operator Ukrenergo said in a statement on Monday.

It did not say if all external power supply to the plant had been lost as a result of the damage, but demanded access to the area to carry out repairs.

Ukrenergo did not produce evidence of the damage or the actions of the Russian forces and Reuters was unable to independently verify the extent of the damage or the cause of it.

Russian forces occupied the plant soon after invading Ukraine on Feb. 24.

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Reporting by Natalia Zinets; writing by Alessandra Prentice; editing by Jason Neely

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