Ukraine claims Russia ‘kidnapped’ two top officials at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant: report

Energoatom, which is the state nuclear power company of Ukraine, said on Tuesday that Russia had “kidnapped” two top officials at the nuclear plant in southern Ukraine that is controlled by Russia and called it Zaporizhzhia. Oleh Kostyukov, the power plant’s IT director, and Oleh Oshek, the director’s assistant, was allegedly kidnapped on Monday, according to Energoatom.

Ukraine accused Russia of kidnapping the head of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, which is the largest in Europe, last month.

Energoatom says that Russian authorities caught the facility’s general manager, Ihor Murashov, on September 30 as he was going from the power plant to the town of Enerhodar.

According to the state nuclear energy corporation, Russian forces allegedly stopped Murashov’s vehicle, blindfolded him, and took him to an unidentified location.

After that, the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Murashov was “temporarily detained to answer questions,” according to information from the Russian government.

During the eight-month conflict in Ukraine, the Zaporizhzhia facility was often in the middle of the fighting and was taken over by Russia. Russia did the annexation so that the areas controlled by Moscow would become part of Russia.

Explosions were heard in Kyiv, strikes hit Zhytomyr

According to Ukrainian officials, Russian soldiers allegedly attacked power infrastructure in northern Kyiv, causing a large amount of smoke to rise from the power plant.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, who is the deputy head of the president’s office, said that Russia hit three times a power plant that was not named.

At least four people were killed on Monday when explosions shook Kyiv for the second time in a week. This happened after Russian drones attacked buildings near the city’s main train station during rush hour.

Russian airstrikes near Zhytomyr, which is about 140 km west of Kyiv, have cut off the city’s power and water.

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