Zaporizhzhia: Russia ‘kidnaps’ head of Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant in ‘annexed’ region of Ukraine

A soldier with a Russian flag on his uniform stands guard near the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in August. (Photo: Alexander Ermochenko/ Reuters)

Ukraine’s state nuclear company said the power plant boss was blindfolded and taken to a undisclosed location on Friday

Ukraine’s nuclear power provider has accused Russia of kidnapping the head of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.

Russian troops have long occupied the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant and seized director general Ihor Murashov at around 4pm on Friday, according to Ukrainian state nuclear company, Energoatom.

Energoatom said that Russia forces stopped Mr Murashov’s car, blindfolded him and took him to an unknown location.

Energoatom President Petro Kotin demanded Mr Murashov’s immediate release, warning that his detention “jeopardizes the safety of Ukraine and Europe’s largest nuclear power plant”.

Claims of Mr Murashov’s detention have not been acknowledged by Russia or by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Repeated shelling of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant during the course of the war has sparked concerns of a nuclear disaster.

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