The Russian occupiers have denied the access to Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) to about 1,500 of employees who have refused to obtain Russian passports, Ukraine's General Staff reported on its morning update of Jan. 11.
"The Russian occupiers are exerting moral and physical pressure on people in the temporarily occupied areas," the update reads.
Up to 1,500 ZNPP employees who refused to obtain Russian passports and sign contracts with Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom were banned from entering the plant — their passes were seized, the General Staff reported.
Invading authorities are looking for new employees within Russia and preparing housing for them through the so-called "nationalization" of apartments of local residents who have left.
At the beginning of December, Ukrainian nuclear power operator Energoatom reported the growing toughness of Russian repression of ZNPP's workers.
For example, they brutally beat two employees and afterwards took them to an unknown location.