ZNPP head to leave his post after release from Russian captivity, says IAEA

5 October 2022, 11:33 AM
Ihor Murashov (Photo:Energoatom / Telegram)

Ihor Murashov (Photo:Energoatom / Telegram)

The Director General of the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), Ihor Murashov, will be resigning from his position, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced on Oct. 4. 

Murashov has now been reunited with his family in Ukrainian-controlled territory, and "will not be continuing with his duties at ZNPP,” the agency stated, adding that it is not yet known who will replace him in the position.

The IAEA also announced that IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi will arrive in Kyiv this week and then head to Moscow, continuing his attempts to persuade the Russian authorities to create a demilitarized zone around the occupied nuclear plant.

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Russian forces detained Murashov on Sept. 30, taking him to an unknown location. According to law enforcement officers, the Russian military stopped Murashov's car on the road between the ZNPP and the nearby occupied city of Enerhodar, and took him away by force. On Oct. 3, Ukrainian nuclear operator Energoatom reported that Murashov had been released to Ukrainian-controlled territory.

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