Ukraine: The general director of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant has been released, according to the IAEA

Ukraine: The general director of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant has been released, according to the IAEA

The director general of Ukraine’s Zaporijia nuclear power plant, arrested on Friday by Russia, which controls the site, has been released, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has experts on site, said on Monday. “I welcome the release of Igor Murachov,” tweeted the UN body’s director-general, Rafael Grossi. “I received confirmation that he returned home safe and sound.”

“Drived blindfolded to an unknown destination”

The plant’s director was arrested by a “Russian patrol” as he was walking into the Russian-controlled city of Ernogodar, according to Ukrainian operator Energoadom. The vehicle the plant director was in was stopped and he was extricated from the car and then “driven blindfolded to an unknown destination,” according to the same source.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kouleba on Saturday condemned this “illegal detention” for an unknown reason. “This crime is another act of Russia’s state terrorism and constitutes a serious violation of international law,” he said.

The facility near the demarcation line

The Zaporijia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, has been occupied by Russian troops since early March, but is not far from the demarcation line between Kyiv-controlled and Moscow-held areas. It is located in the Zaporizhia region, one of the Ukrainian territories officially annexed by Russia on Friday.

A delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited the site in early September. Two of his inspectors are still there. With regular bombardments raising fears of a serious nuclear accident, the UN agency advocates establishing a security zone around the site. With this in mind, Rafael Grossi has started consultations with Kyiv and Moscow on where “he should go this week,” the IAEA said this weekend.


Reference: www.europe1.fr