Russian invaders looking for ‘specialists’ for Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant, says nuclear operator

20 January, 04:45 PM
Invaders have a catastrophic lack of staff (Photo:Alexander Ermochenko/File Photo/Reuters)

Invaders have a catastrophic lack of staff (Photo:Alexander Ermochenko/File Photo/Reuters)

Invading Russian forces have begun posting job vacancies for “specialists”at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), Ukraine’s nuclear operator Energoatom reported on the Telegram messenger on Jan. 20.

According to Energoatom, this indicates that the invaders have a catastrophic lack of staff.

“They don’t have enough of their own professional nuclear engineers, and there are critically few Ukrainians who have agreed to cooperate with the fake JSC ‘Operating Organization of the Zaporizhzhya NPP,’” the report says.

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Energoatom added the Russians were looking for highly specialized nuclear profession personnel: reactor unit operators, internal combustion engine operators, and reactor-turbine equipment repair specialists.

All these specialties require specialized education and experience, without which it would be impossible to work at the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.

“The invaders are only concerned about the number of personnel, while the quality does not seem to be in question,” the regulator said.

“The Rashists (Russian fascists) are also making raids on the apartments of nuclear workers who remain loyal to Ukraine, trying to force them to work for their Russian fake office.”

Zaporizhzhya NPP is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and has been occupied by Russian forces since March 4. Several ZNPP facilities have been damaged by Russian shelling, and the station’s employees are captives of the invading troops.

Russian troops have set up firing positions at the territory of the ZNPP and are shelling Ukrainian cities from there. Energoatom reported that the Russian military placed at least 14 units of heavy military vehicles, loaded with ammunition, weapons and explosives in one of the turbine halls at ZNPP.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has since established a permanent monitoring presence at the facility and called for a demilitarized safety zone to be established around the plant.

In early December, Energoatom reported on increased Russian repression against Zaporizhzhya NPP workers. In particular, the invaders brutally beat two employees and took them to an unknown location.

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