Russian invaders block passes of Zaporizhzhya NPP workers who refuse to sign contracts

29 January, 02:57 PM
Russians continue to put pressure on ZNPP employees (Photo:REUTERS / Alexander Ermochenko)

Russians continue to put pressure on ZNPP employees (Photo:REUTERS / Alexander Ermochenko)

Russian invasion forces have blocked the passes of workers at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant who have refused to sign contract with occupation authorities, Ukrainian military’s General Staff wrote on Facebook in its latest summary on Jan. 29.

The Russian invaders are doing this to continue to exert moral, psychological and physical pressure on local residents, the General Staff said.

Furthermore, the workers who did sign the contract were given a pay cut, with the Russian invaders citing the fact that the plant – the biggest nuclear power plant in Europe – was not working.

Video of day

All six of the plant’s nuclear reactors have been shut down since Russia seized and occupied it on March 3 last year. The Russians have used the plant as a firing base to attack Ukrainian positions across the Dnipro River, Ukraine alleges.

Video has also emerged of Russian military equipment being stored in one of the reactor’s turbine halls – the fact of this later being verified by a mission from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency.

A recent report from the IAEA mission at the plant also says that team members “almost daily” hear the sounds of explosions, likely military activity, close to their office in the plant, with blasts rattling the windows.

As previously reported, the Russian invasion forces have also compelled 3,000 workers of the Zaporizhzhya NPP to obtain Russian passports.

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