Leopolis, Ukraine - The Ukrainian state nuclear energy company Energoatom today denounced the arrest and disappearance of the general director of the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant, Ihor Murashov, and urged Russia to release him immediately.
In a message on Telegram, picked up by the Unian agency, the president of Energoatom, Petró Kotin, specifies that on Friday around 04:00 pm (local time) a Russian patrol stopped on the road to Enerhodar the vehicle in which Murashov was traveling, who was detained, blindfolded and taken to an unknown location, Efe highlighted.
"At the moment there is still no information about the whereabouts and fate of Ihor Murashov," the statement added.
Kotin recalls that Murashov is "the main and top official responsible for nuclear and radiological safety at the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant" and stresses that "his detention poses a threat to the operation of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe."
It demands that the Russian military in control of the Zaporiyia plant and employees of the Russian state-owned company Rosatom, "also illegally present" at the facility, "put an end to acts of nuclear terrorism against the management and staff" of the plant.
It also urges them to "immediately release" Murashov and "return him to his official duties to maintain the safe operation" of the nuclear power plant.
It also calls on the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, and the President of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), Tom Mitchell, to take all possible measures for Murashov's prompt release and return to his official duties.
Information from Efe.