Head of the Ukrainian nuclear plant controlled by Russia has been released, according to a UN watchdog

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi says IAEA chief Ihor Murashov has been released . Murashov was arrested by a Russian patrol on Friday on his way from the plant to Energodar .

VIENNA (via France)-The detained commander of Ukraine's Russian-owned nuclear power plant has been released, according to the head of the UN nuclear watchdog.On Twitter, Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said I am very happy to see Ihor Murashov, the director general of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, released.Kyiv called for Murashov's immediate release on Saturday, condemning his unethical detention.Recent tensions have erupted in Zaporizhzhia, Europe's largest nuclear power station, after Moscow and Kyiv accused each other of attacking the plant on and near the plant, sparking fears of an atomic explosion.

Murashovs car was stopped, he was taken out of the car and driven in an unknown direction with his eyes blindfolded, he said.Ukraine's foreign ministry issued a statement announcing that it condemns the unconstitutional detention in the most extreme terms.According to Kotin, Murashov bears the primary and exclusive responsibility for the Zaporizhzhia plant's nuclear and radiation protection.The nuclear plant is located in the Russian-controlled region of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia district, which Russia annexed on Friday with three other Ukrainian territories, Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kherson.

In early September, a UN observatory team visited Zaporizhzhia, and the IAEA has been urging Kyiv and Moscow to agree to establish a security zone around the plant in order to prevent nuclear accidents.Grossi said over the weekend that he would fly to Kyiv and Moscow this week to address this issue.

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