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9 March, 01:12 PM

Russian occupants hold Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant staff hostages, torture the workers — Ukraine's Energy Minister

Russian forces have bee torturing the operating staff of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, forcing them to cooperate for Russian propaganda purposes, Ukraine's Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said in a statement on March 8.
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  According to Halushchenko's information, occupiers have compelled the Plant's management to record an address Russians are planning to use for propaganda purposes.

"Russia's propaganda machine aims to create one more fake for its citizens and the international community in an attempt to justify its crimes," the minister said in a video statement he published on March 8.

The operating staff of the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe located on the outskirts of Enerhodar, have been held hostage for four days.

Earlier Enerhodar City Council reported in Telegram messenger app that there are about 1000 Russian troops controlling the city's outskirts.

More than 500 Russian soldiers have created a military base on the territory of the nuclear power plant and based 50 units of heavy military equipment there.

The operating staff of the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe located on the outskirts of Enerhodar, have been held hostage for four days.

"The employees of the station are physically and psychologically exhausted. We call our international partners to take all measures to withdraw Russian occupation forces from captured nuclear objects and close the sky over Ukraine," Halushchenko said.

"A breakdown at a nuclear power plant due to the use of weapons by Russian troops will lead to a disaster for the whole of Europe. The responsibility for this will be entirely on Russia."

If a breakdown happens, the minister added, Europeans will be forced to switch the comfort of their homes to radiation shelters. "We must stop Russia's nuclear terrorism together. We must do it now – until it's too late," Halushchenko said.

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