Head of Ukraine’s nuclear power plant ‘kidnapped by Russian forces’

Ukraine’s nuclear energy supplier has accused Russia of “kidnapping” the head of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, a facility now occupied by Russian troops.

Russian forces arrested Ihor Murashov, general director of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, around 4 p.m. Friday, Ukrainian state-owned nuclear company Energoatom said.

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

“His detention by (Russia) endangers the security of Ukraine and Europe’s largest nuclear power plant,” Energoatom President Petro Kotin said.

Mr Kotin demanded that Russia release Mr Murashov immediately.

Russia did not immediately admit to arresting the plant manager.

The Zaporizhia plant was repeatedly caught in the crossfire of the war in Ukraine.

Ukrainian technicians continued to operate it after Russian troops seized the power plant. The last reactor at the plant was shut down in September due to continued shelling near the plant.

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

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