Director general of Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant detained by Russian patrol - Energoatom


  • World
  • Saturday, 01 Oct 2022

FILE PHOTO: A serviceman with a Russian flag on his uniform stands guard near the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict outside the Russian-controlled city of Enerhodar in the Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine August 4, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko/File Photo

KYIV (Reuters) -The director general of Ukraine's Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was detained by a Russian patrol, Energoatom, the state-owned company in charge of the plant, said on Saturday.

Ihor Murashov was detained on his way from Europe's largest nuclear plant to the town of Enerhodar around 4 p.m. (1300 GMT) on Friday, company chief Petro Kotin said in a statement.

"He was taken out of the car, and with his eyes blindfolded he was driven in an unknown direction," Kotin wrote on the Telegram messaging app, adding there was no immediate word on Murashov's fate.

The Zaporizhzhia plant has been a focal point of Russia's seven-month invasion of Ukraine, as Moscow and Kyiv accuse each other of shelling the facility, risking a nuclear disaster.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has called for area around the plant, which is staffed by Ukrainians, to be demilitarized.

Murashov "bears main and exclusive responsibility for the nuclear and radiation safety" of the plant and his detention "jeopardizes the safety of operation of Ukraine and Europe’s largest nuclear power plant", Kotin said.

He called on Russian forces to "stop immediately the acts of nuclear terrorism towards the management and personnel" of the plant and release Murashov.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk in Kyiv; Writing by William Mallard; Editing by Kim Coghill)

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!
   

Next In World

Peru president open to early election talks, says not the time to change constitution
UN Secretary-General calls for investigation on Nigeria forced abortions report
Iran's Raisi vows to pursue crackdown on protesters after execution
Brazil's Lula announces Fernando Haddad as finance minister
Russian opposition figure gets 8-1/2 years' jail on 'false information' charge
Griner back in U.S. in 'good spirits' as Russia's Bout lands in Moscow
UK sanctions Russian and Iranian officials, citing human rights abuses
US woman, father found dead after her toddler answers phone call from worried co-worker
Canada adds sanctions on Russia, Iran, Myanmar over human rights
France's EDF turns up nuclear as cold snap tests energy resolve

Others Also Read