Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Wednesday to bring Ukraine’s Zaporozhye nuclear power plant under Russian state control — and to amend the country’s constitution by allowing new regions to join the Russian Federation.
Putin also directed the cabinet to determine how to regulate and operate the Zaporozhye plant, which has been under Russian military control since March, by 2028.
remember: The annexation of Zaporozhye and the other three regions has been widely condemned by the international community as a “scam”, with an overwhelming majority of governments describing it as a violation of international law.
The confrontation over the state of the nuclear power plant and the shelling that damaged some of the facilities there led to the intervention of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
As Putin signed the decree, Ukraine’s state nuclear power operator, Energoatom, said its president would assume the duties of the plant’s director general.
“Based on current legislation, approvals and regulatory documents, I have decided to assume the post of Director General of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant,” Energoatom President Petro Kotin said in a video address to plant employees.
After Russian officials detained the factory’s general manager, Ihor Mulashov, management of the factory would be transferred directly to Kyiv, he said. The official also noted that operational issues at the plant will be resolved by technicians through an agreement with the company’s central office.
“There is no doubt that our work, our destiny, our homeland and our future are with Ukraine as always. We will continue to work in the Ukrainian energy system, in Energoatom, in accordance with Ukrainian law. Do not doubt! ‘ Curtin pointed out.
More context: On Tuesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Murashov would not continue his mission at the nuclear power plant after he was released from Russian custody.
The nuclear power plant has six reactors, the largest in Europe. It continues to be run by Ukrainian technicians, but the forced annexation of Zaporozhye means it is now on Russian soil under Russian law.