Ukrainian operator Energoatom accused Russia on Tuesday of having “abducted” two executives from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, which it has occupied since March in the south of the 'Ukraine.
According to Energoatom, the head of the IT department Oleg Kostioukov and the deputy director of the power plant Oleg Ocheka were taken by Russian forces on Monday “to an unknown destination”.
The Ukrainian operator called on social networks the boss of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, to “make every effort” possible to obtain their release.
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The Zaporizhia power plant is a regular victim bombardments and power cuts, raising fears for the safety of this installation.
Staff are further under pressure: Kyiv has repeatedly accused Russian forces of mistreating employees or keeping them in detention.
Last week, Energoatom was particularly concerned about the fate of the deputy director of human resources Valery Martyniouk.
In a press release published Tuesday evening, the IAEA, which has experts on site, reported “his release”.
Rafael Grossi “welcomed” this news, while deploring the detention of two new employees. “This is another worrying development which I hope will be resolved quickly,” he said, adding that consultations will continue to create a protective zone around the site.
At the end of September, Energoatom accused Moscow of having arrested and detained the director of the plant, Igor Murashov, for several days before releasing him.
Russia is militarily occupying the territory of the Zaporizhia plant and President Vladimir Putin demanded its annexation in early October, as did that of four Ukrainian regions.
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