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IAEA head seeks release of Ukrainian nuclear plant head

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IAEA head seeks release of Ukrainian nuclear plant head

IAEA'S RAFAEL GROSSI. International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi gestures during a news conference at an IAEA Board of Governors meeting in Vienna, Austria, September 13, 2021.

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The IAEA is in contact with relevant authorities seeking clarifications on Ihor Murashov's temporary detention, which it says had a 'very significant impact' on him and nuclear safety and security standards

ZURICH, Switzerland – The head of the UN nuclear watchdog called for the release of the director-general of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, saying his detention posed a threat to safety and security.

A Russian patrol detained Ihor Murashov on Friday, September 30, the state-owned company in charge of the plant said on Saturday, and the International Atomic Energy Agency said Russia had confirmed the move.

“IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi expressed the hope that Mr Murashov will return to his family safely and promptly and will be able to resume his important functions at the plant,” the agency tweeted late on Saturday.

The IAEA has been in contact with relevant authorities seeking clarifications on his temporary detention, which it said had a “very significant impact” on him and nuclear safety and security standards.

Grossi is expected to hold talks in Moscow and Kyiv next week on the creation of a protection zone around the Zaporizhzhia plant, the watchdog said on Saturday. – Rappler.com

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