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    Russia illegally detains director of Zaporiyia nuclear power plant, Ukraine


    October 2, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      A spokesman for the UN nuclear agency reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was notified by the Russian Army about the temporary detention of the head of Ukraine's Zaporiyia nuclear power plant, Ihor Murashov, "to answer an interrogation".

      According to Reuters, Ihor Murashov was detained while on his way from the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant to the town of Enerhodar at about 16:00 yesterday.

      This was confirmed in a statement by Petro Kotin, head of the state-owned Energoatom, who explained that "he was taken out of the car and blindfolded and driven in an unknown direction and currently, there is no information either about his whereabouts or his destination."

      Kotin assured that the detention of Ihor Murashov poses a danger to the operation of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe as "he is a person who is licensed to work and has the main and exclusive responsibility for the nuclear and radiological safety of the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant".

      On the other hand, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry condemned the illegal detention of Murashov, which it described as "one more act of state terrorism by Russia and represents a serious violation of international law".

      The nuclear plant is located in a territory controlled by Russia, in Zaporiyia, a city that Vladimir Putin's government formally annexed yesterday together with three other Ukrainian territories: Donetsk, Lugansk and Kherson.

      Meanwhile, so far the Russian government has not commented on the issue.

      DGM

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