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    Russia has detained leader of Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant


    October 2, 2022 - Axios

     

      Russian forces have detained the leader of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, according to Energoatom, the company that runs the station.

      Why it matters: The detained director, Ihor Murashov, maintains nuclear and radiation safety for the plant, which has been a subject of concern amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine.


      Details: Petro Kotin, the president of the company Energoatom, said in a Telegram post that Murashov was arrested while on his way into the nuclear power station.

      • He was covered by a blindfold and driven to an unknown location, Kotin said.
      • Kotin called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to secure Murashov's release.
      • “His detention by the ruscists jeopardizes the safety of operation of Ukraine and Europe’s largest nuclear power plant,” Kotin said.

      The big picture: There has been international concern about the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant's safety since there has been heavy shelling outside of it between Russia and Ukraine.

      Go deeper: Nuclear watchdog warns of possible disaster in Ukraine

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