Director General of Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant is abducted by invaders, whereabouts unknown

1 October 2022, 12:08 PM
Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Ihor Murashov, the director general of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, the Zaporizhzhya NPP, was abducted by Russian invasion forces on Sept. 30, Petro Kotin, the president of the state enterprise has told media.

Kotin said Murashov had been apprehended by Russian patrol police at around 4.00 p.m. on his way from the station to the nearby town of Enerhodar. There is currently no information concerning his whereabouts or what has happened to him.

"His car was brought to a stop, he was forcibly detained, blindfolded, and taken to an undisclosed location," the Energoatom official said.

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Kotin said that the director general of the ZNPP was a licensed expert who is solely responsible for the plant's nuclear and radiation safety and that his abduction “endangers the operation of Europe's largest nuclear power plant.”

“I demand that the Russian military, which at present controls the Zaporizhzhya NPP, and Rosatom employees, who are also illegally present at our nuclear facility, immediately cease all acts of nuclear terrorism against the plant's management and personnel,” Kotin said.

You must free the plant's Director General, and return him, so he can carry out his official duties at the NPP," Kotin stated.

He also urged International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi and World Association of Nuclear Operators Director General Tom Mitchell to take all available measures to release Murashov from Russian occupation and return him to his official duties as quickly as possible.

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