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Russia-Ukraine War Live: G7 Condemns Russian ‘kidnapping’ Of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Leaders

G7 condemns Russia’s ‘kidnapping’ of nuclear plant leadersThe Group of Seven industrialised nations condemned Russia’s kidnapping of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant leadership and called for the immediate return of full control of the facility to Ukraine.

“We condemn Russia’s repeated kidnapping of Ukrainian ZNPP [Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant] leadership and staff,” Reuters reported the G7 nonproliferation directors general as saying in a statement on Saturday.

We urge Russia to immediately return full control of the ZNPP to its rightful sovereign owner, Ukraine.

Russian forces captured the nuclear plant – Europe’s largest – in early March.

On Wednesday, Ukraine’s state nuclear energy agency accused Russia of detaining two senior employees at the plant.

Energoatom said Russian forces on Monday “kidnapped” the head of information technology, Oleg Kostyukov, and the plant’s assistant general director, Oleg Osheka, and “took them to an unknown destination”, Agence France-Presse reported.

Energoatom had called on International Atomic Energy Agency chief, Rafael Grossi, “to make every effort” to secure their release.

The agency announced that another plant official, Valeriy Martyniuk, had been released.

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in south-eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

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