Ukraine Energy Company Says Russia To Relocate Nuclear Power Plant Staff

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Ukrainian energy company Energoatom says that 2,700 Ukrainian staff at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, along with their families, are to be relocated to Russia. The workers signed contracts with Russia’s nuclear agency Rosatom after the plant was captured by Russian forces shortly after the Russian invasion.  Energoatom said that by removing the staff, it creates a potential  “catastrophic lack of qualified personnel” which would “exacerbate the already extremely urgent issue” of staff shortages.  Russia’s governor in the region already called for all civilians to evacuate the area but did not disclose the reason.  While the plant has been shut down for months, staff are still needed to control cooling of the plant as well as maintenance. Without enough staff to operate the safety systems or if fighting damages the plant, there are fears that it could result in a nuclear accident like the one at Chernobyl in 1986.