ZAES Director General Murashov admitted that he had passed information about the plant to an employee of the SBU
Director General of the Zaporizhzhya NPP Igor Murashov admitted to having links with the Ukrainian special services. He spoke about this in a story on the Russia 24 TV channel.
Thus, Murashov said that he communicated through messengers with an employee of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Igor Kazemirsky, to whom, in particular, he transmitted information about the current state of affairs at the nuclear power plant. In addition, he confirmed that the shelling of nuclear power plants, which were conducted by the Ukrainian military from the cities of Nikopol and Marganets, could lead to emergencies. “Station personnel have been in danger and continue to be in danger as they rebuild the station after these shellings,” he added.
The director general also said that he forbade publishing the appeal of the station staff to Russia, Ukraine, the UN, the IAEA demanding to stop the shelling, as “did not coordinate it with Kyiv”, and this “could hurt the state interests of Ukraine.”
It is noted that the CEO was expelled to the territory controlled by Ukraine, as he is accused of “carrying out activities aimed at discrediting Russian authorities.”
The other day it became known about the detention of Murashov
The fact that Murashov was detained by a Russian patrol on his way to Energodar was announced on October 1 by the head of the National Atomic Energy Generating Company of Ukraine Energoatom Petr Kotin. The reasons for the detention were not reported.
However, already on October 3, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, said that Murashov had been released from custody. “I received confirmation that Mr. Murashov returned safely to his family,” he shared, welcoming the move.
The shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant continues
On September 30, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) continue provocations at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant to create a threat of a man-made disaster. Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, said that over the past 2.5 months, Ukrainian forces have tried to attack the station more than 30 times.
Against this background, on October 1, the IAEA announced the visit of Rafael Grossi to Moscow and Kyiv next week. The IAEA Director General also announced his readiness to visit Russia and Ukraine for talks on the situation at the ZNPP at the end of August.
Andrei Kortunov, director general of the Russian International Affairs Council, suggested that a possible purpose of Grossi’s visit could be the creation of a security zone around the station. “In fact, this means that any military activity must be stopped within some agreed-upon boundaries of the perimeter of the nuclear power plant,” he explained. However, Ukraine and Russia have different positions regarding the situation at the ZNPP, the political scientist recalled.
On September 1, an IAEA mission arrived at the ZNPP, which is located in the Russian-controlled city of Energodar. Agency specialists examined the emergency systems, units and diesel generators of the station and recorded the facts of shelling of the station. All ZNPP facilities were included in special protocols.