The director general of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power facility is seize by a Russian patrol on Saturday, according to Energoatom, the state-owned firm in control of the plant.
Around 4 p.m. (1300 GMT) on Friday, Ihor Murashov was stop on his route from Europe’s biggest nuclear reactor to the town of Enerhodar, according to a statement from company president Petro Kotin.
There is currently no information on Murashov’s whereabouts, Kotin stated on the Telegram messaging app. “He is pull out of the automobile, and with his eyes blindfold he is transport in an unknown direction.”
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Russia’s seven-month invasion of Ukraine has focused on the Zaporizhzhia plant as Moscow and Kiev accuse one another of bombarding the facility, endangering the nation’s nuclear stockpile.
Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the president of Ukraine, has urged for the demilitarization of the region around the company, which employs Ukrainians.
According to Kotin, Murashov “bears primary and sole responsibility for the nuclear and radiation safety” of the facility, and his incarceration “threatens the safety of operation of Ukraine and Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant.”
He urged the Russian military to free Murashov and “stop immediately the acts of nuclear terrorism targeting the management and workers” of the facility.