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. The incident follows the detention of the plant’s then-chief, Ihor Murashov, on October 1. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi announced his release on October 3.
Energoatom called on Grossi to take “all possible measures” to help free Martynyuk. The IAEA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. According to Kremlin, Russia President Putin on Tuesday told Grossi that he was “open to dialogue” on Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

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