Russian forces kidnapped Zaporizhzhia NPP director general
Russian forces have kidnapped Ihor Murashov, Director General of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP). His whereabouts are currently unknown.
“Ihor Murashov, Director General of the Zaporizhzhia NPP was detained by a [Russian] patrol around 16:00 on September 30, 2022, on his way from the [ZNPP] to Enerhodar. His car was stopped, and he was forcibly detained, blindfolded, and taken in an unknown direction,” stated Petro Kotin, Head of Energoatom, a Ukrainian state enterprise operating nuclear power plants in Ukraine.
“His detention by (Russia) jeopardizes the safety of Ukraine and Europe’s largest nuclear power plant,” said Kotin demanding the director’s immediate release.
The power plant has been repeatedly caught in the crossfire of the war. Ukrainian technicians continued running it after Russian troops seized the power station, and its last reactor was shut down in September as a precautionary measure amid ongoing shelling nearby.