Russian invaders creating sham authorities in Ukraine's Enerhodar, says Energoatom

7 April, 12:17 PM
Damaged as a result of the attack of the Russian occupiers administrative building of the Zaporizhzhya NPP in Energodar on March 4, 2022 (illustrative photo) (Photo:Press service of National Nuclear Energy Generating Company Energoatom/Handout via REUTERS)

Damaged as a result of the attack of the Russian occupiers administrative building of the Zaporizhzhya NPP in Energodar on March 4, 2022 (illustrative photo) (Photo:Press service of National Nuclear Energy Generating Company Energoatom/Handout via REUTERS)

Russian invaders are creating sham authorities in the Ukrainian town of Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhya Oblast, and have already elected the so-called "city administration," Ukraine's state-owned Energoatom nuclear energy company reported on its Telegram messenger channel on April 6.

Energoatom said that 34 members of the so-called "public council of self-organization" had gathered and elected Andriy Shevchyk "head of administration" of Enerhodar.

Shevchyk had recently been a deputy of the City Council from the banned Opposition Platform - For Life Party and was described by Energoatom as a "chief collaborator."

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Later, by his own "decree," Shevchyk single-handedly dismissed the legally elected acting mayor, Dmytro Orlov, as well as all the heads and members of the executive bodies of the city authorities.

Energoatom said such "decisions" do not have any legal force and legal meaning, and they should be disregarded.

"The only useful meaning of Shevchyk's 'actions' is the formalization of collaborators and documentation of their crimes," the company said.

"We are sure that Ukrainian justice will be swift."

Ukraine's Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant and Enerhodar have been under Russian occupation since March 4.

In addition to Russian military, over a dozen workers from Russia's state-owned Rosatom nuclear energy concern had entered the power plant and controlled it for several weeks.

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