5 December 2022

Kyiv : A deputy head of the Russian – occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine has been kidnapped by Russian forces and is being detained in an unknown location Ukraine’s state nuclear energy company Energoatom said on Tuesday.

In a post on Telegram, Energoatom said the official, Valeriy Martynyuk, had been seized on Monday.

Zaporizhzhia N - plant: Ukraine
Zaporizhzhia N – plant: Ukraine

Energoatom called on International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi to take ” all possible measures ” to help free Martynyuk. The IAEA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Grossi was due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, according to the Kremlin.

The incident follows the detention of the plant’s then-chief, Ihor Murashov, on October 1. Grossi announced his release on October 3, after which the IAEA said Murashov would not return to his duties as the plant’s head.

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