Europe nuclear meltdown fears as Russia 'kidnaps officials' at Zaporizhzhia power plant

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Ukraine’s state nuclear energy company accused Russia on Tuesday of “kidnapping” two senior staff at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine. The power station’s head of information technology, Oleh Kostyukov, and Oleh Oshek, an assistant to the plant’s director, were seized on Monday, Energoatom wrote on the Telegram app on Tuesday.

“At present, nothing is known of their whereabouts or condition,” Energoatom’s statement said.

Russian shelling near the plant caused it to be disconnected again from Ukraine’s power grid, Ukrainian state energy firm Energoatom said on Moday.

It was soon connected to a backup system, the International Atomic Energy Agency (AEA) said.

Russia has long blamed Kyiv for shelling at the plant.

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