The head of the United Nations nuclear agency called, on Saturday, for the release of the director general of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, who was detained by Russia, saying that his arrest “has a very significant impact” on the safety of the Russian ship. Controlled facility.
The general manager, Ihor Murashov, is responsible for nuclear and radiological safety, according to the Ukrainian national energy company Energoatom. At around 4 pm on Friday, a car carrying Mr. Murashov was stopped on the road to the factory, he was blindfolded and taken to an unknown location, the company said.
The Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael M. Grossi, in a statement On Saturday, Mr. Murashov’s arrest “has an immediate and serious impact on the decision-making process in ensuring the safety and security of the plant.”
He added that the sudden arrest put a psychological pressure on the rest of the factory workers.
Russian forces took control of the nuclear plant, Europe’s largest, in March but it is run by Ukrainian engineers. Fighting nearby It raised international concerns about an accident. The bombing sometimes caused the plant to be disconnected from Ukraine’s power grid, which Ukraine’s energy minister said puts critical cooling systems at risk of relying solely on emergency backup power.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called in the current situation It urged Russia to release Mr. Murashov immediately and urged the UN nuclear agency to take “decisive measures”.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has had two inspectors at the plant since September. said in statement On Friday, there have been a series of landmine explosions near the factory in recent days threatening safety and security at the facility.
The latest explosion, the sixth in a week, damaged a low-voltage cable outside the perimeter of the fence, the agency said. The statement said the explosion was close to an oxygen and nitrogen facility and indirectly damaged a voltage transformer in one of the reactors. earlier in the week, The agency said It looks like the landmines were blown up by animals.
Ukrainian and Russian military forces accused each other of using the specter of nuclear disaster to brink the war by launching attacks near the station. Mr. Grossi has repeatedly urged the establishment of a security zone in the area.
The plant is located in the Zaporizhzhia region, part of the segment of eastern and southern Ukraine that Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to illegally annex on Friday.
Ukrainian officials note Fatigue and stress of Ukrainian control room employeessaying that Russian soldiers subjected them to harsh interrogations, including torture with electric shocks, and suspected sabotage or reported activities at the plant to the Ukrainian military.
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