THE chief of Europe’s largest nuclear plant is feared to have been kidnapped by Russian forces.
Ukraine’s state nuclear firm Energoatom said Ihor Murashov was seized at about 4pm on Friday.
It was after Vladimir Putin said he was annexing four Ukraine regions including Zaporizhzhia where the plant is based.
Russia initially failed to acknowledge the kidnap of the plant director
But yesterday Moscow told the International Atomic Energy Agency that Mr Murashov was detained to answer questions.
Prior to Russia’s invasion, the plant had 11,000 employees.
Most have fled although some have remained to protect the radioactive structures and materials.
The plant has not produced electricity since fighting nearby stopped production September.
The continued fighting nearby means it is unlikely Russia will use the plant to produce electricity.
Nevertheless the plant remains strategically symbolic and has caused worldwide anxiety due to it being the only nuclear power plant acquired in modern warfare.