Russia accused of having “kidnapped” the head of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant

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Russia accused of having “kidnapped” the head of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant
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Kyiv, Ukraine — Ukraine’s nuclear power supplier on Saturday accused Russia of “kidnapping” the head of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, a facility now occupied by Russian troops.

Russian forces seized the general manager of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Ihor Murashov, around 4 p.m. Friday, Ukrainian nuclear company Energoatom said.

Energoatom said Russian troops stopped Murashov’s car, blindfolded him and then took him to an undisclosed location.

“Its possession by (Russia) jeopardizes the security of Ukraine and of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant,” said Energoatom Chairman Petro Kotin.

Kotin called on Russia to release Murashov immediately.

Russia did not immediately admit to seizing the plant manager.

The Zaporizhzhia plant has repeatedly been caught in the crossfire of the war in Ukraine. Ukrainian technicians continued to operate it after Russian troops seized the power plant. The plant’s last reactor was shut down in September amid ongoing shelling near the facility.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, which has staff at the plant, did not immediately acknowledge Energoatom’s claim about Murashov being captured by the Russians.

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