In a statement, the nuclear agency the United Nations (UN) says that, after being informed of the detention by Ukraine, it contacted the “competent authorities”, in an apparent reference to Russia, having been informed that Ihor Murashov “is temporarily detained”. ”.
In accordance with its nuclear safety and security mandate, according to IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi, the agency looks forward to a prompt and satisfactory resolution of this matter.
The statement reads that the detention has a “very significant” impact on the safety and security of the nuclear plant, which has been occupied by Russian troops since March.
“The detention of a member of the plant’s team is a source of great concern, also due to the psychological impact and pressure on the rest of the team, which jeopardizes nuclear safety”, said Rafael Grossi.
The IAEA Director General also stated that “its absence [de Ihor Murashov] It also has an immediate and serious impact on decision-making to ensure the safety and security of the plant.”
IAEA experts at the Zaporijia nuclear power plant today reported several explosions, which, however, had no direct impact on safety systems.
Rafael Grossi continues to make efforts to agree and implement a nuclear safety zone around that nuclear plant as soon as possible.
For this, according to the IAEA, he is expected to travel to Kiev and Moscow next week.
The Zaporijia nuclear power plant has been occupied since March 4 by Russian troops and, in recent months, it has been hit by bombings of which Kiev and Moscow mutually accuse each other.
Ukraine today accused Russia of having kidnapped the director of the Zaporijia nuclear power plant, hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin formalized the annexation of that Ukrainian region.
The state-owned company Energoatom, which manages Ukraine’s nuclear power plants, said Russian troops stopped Ihor Mouracov’s car on Friday afternoon, blindfolded it and took it to an unknown location.
“His detention jeopardizes the security of Ukraine and Europe’s largest nuclear power plant,” said Energoatom president Petro Kotin, quoted by the US news agency AP.
Kotin demanded Mouracov’s immediate release.
Russia has yet to comment on the accusation.
Ukraine has four nuclear power plants in operation, with a total of 15 reactors, six of which at Zaporijia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed, on Friday, the treaty of integration of Zaporijia in the Russian Federation, together with the regions of Donetsk, Lugansk and Kherson.
The decision followed wartime referendums whose legitimacy was rejected by Ukraine and the international community.
Russia used the same method to annex Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014.
The current conflict in Ukraine was triggered by the Russian invasion of the neighboring country on February 24 this year.