ZNPP employees pressured to sign contracts with Russia’s Rosatom
Zaporizhzhya NPP seized by Russian occupants since March 4 (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)
Moscow-appointed “governor” of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, and Deputy Kremlin Chief-of-Staff, Sergey Kiriyenko, arrived at Russia-occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), and are pressuring employees to sign contracts with Russia’s Rosatom, Ukraine’s nuclear operator Energoatom said in a Telegram post on Oct. 28.
“They (Kiriyenko and Aksyonov) are looking to be able to report any kind of success by convincing ZNPP employees… to sign contracts with a subsidiary of Rosatom,” the message said.
Out of 6,700 employees, only about 100 have agreed to sign with Rosatom – most of them under pressure from Russian “officials” – while 4,300 ZNPP workers left for Ukraine-controlled territory.
Earlier media reports said Kiriyenko and Aksyonov arrived in Russia-occupied Kherson.
Zaporizhzhia 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 occupying troops.
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