The Russian military detained the general director of the Zaporozhye NPP

Zaporozhye / Photo Andrey BORODULIN / AFP / Profimedia

The general director of the Russian-occupied Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye has been detained by a Russian patrol, the Ukrainian state agency in charge of the Energoatom plant announced today.

Igor Murashov was detained yesterday at around 16 pm local time on the way from the largest European nuclear power plant to the city of Energodar, according to the company's announcement.

He was taken out of the car and blindfolded and taken in an unknown direction, the statement said.

"His detention by (Russia) threatens the security of Ukraine and the largest nuclear power plant in Europe", said the president of "Energoatom" Petro Kotin and asked Russia to release Murashov immediately.

Russia has not yet confirmed that it has detained the director of the plant.

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