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Kiev shows again Zaporozhye NPP regarded as political instrument only, says Rosenergoatom

Earlier, Ukraine's Energoatom that previously managed the NPP, has refused to acknowledge the appointment of Yury Chernichuk and announced his dismissal from the organization

MELITOPOL, December 2. /TASS/. The Ukrainian authorities are demonstrating again that they are not interested in security at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant (ZNPP), and that they regard the plant as a political instrument only, adviser to the chief executive of Russia’s Rosenergoatom nuclear power plant operator Renat Karchaa told TASS when commenting on the reaction of Ukraine’s Energoatom to Yury Chernichuk’s appointment CEO of the Zaporozhye NPP.

Energoatom that previously managed the NPP, has refused to acknowledge the appointment of Chernichuk and announced his dismissal from the organization.

"The Kiev regime has yet again demonstrated that it is not interested in nuclear energy and the quality of management of the nuclear facility, and it continues using the plant as a political instrument only, being involved in blatant blackmail. They would have behaved differently if they were concerned about the NPP, its team, as well as security," Karchaa said.

On Wednesday, Karchaa said that the former chief engineer of Zaporozhye NPP Yury Chernichuk had been appointed First Deputy CEO of the JSC Operating Organization of the Zaporozhye NPP and CEO of the Zaporozhye NPP. According to Karchaa, all vacancies in the new management team of the Zaporozhye NPP have been filled by previous staffers, who have signed a new employment contract.

The ZNPP is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. Russia took it under control on 28 February. In October, the JSC Operating Organization of the Zaporozhye NPP was granted the right to run the facility. The new company’s objective is to ensure the safe operation of the nuclear power plant and the professional activity of the existing personnel with support from the JSC Rosenergoatom Concern (part of the electric power division of Rosatom). In November, all ZNPP personnel received their first paychecks as full-fledged members of the Russian nuclear power community.