Putin decrees Russia takeover of Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant
Written by Olarotimi Oshin on October 5, 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his government to take over operations at Europe’s largest nuclear power station in the Russia-annexed region of Zaporizhzhia in southern Ukraine.
Putin’s decree came as the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi said he was travelling to Ukraine for talks on the Zaporizhzhia plant.
According to reports, the power station has been occupied by Moscow’s forces since March and is close to the front line.
Ukrainian state nuclear agency Energoatom said earlier today, after the plant’s operating company was moved to Moscow, that Russia was “creating pseudo-enterprises with the names of Ukrainian companies”.
However, shelling hit the vicinity of the power station in recent months, with Ukraine and Russia blaming each other for the attacks that have raised fears of a nuclear disaster.
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