Ukraine and Russia have traded blame over the shelling of the Zaporizhzhia plant with world leaders calling for the area to be demilitarised amid concerns of a catastrophic incident.
Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said are “very, very close” to being able to visit the plant.
However, workers have claimed that Russian forces are torturing personnel at the Russian-occupied plant.
Speaking to The Telegraph one worker said the army is “weak” but they have moved to tactics including taking control room staff to the basement.
The engineer said: “Our management keeps silent about it, not to create panic, but people who return after those basement ‘conversations’ don’t say anything at all. It will be no surprise if during the mission they will suddenly start saying what they were told to say.”
They added that staff members have even been arrested at home or on their way to work.
Speaking about the possibility of a visit from the IAEA, another engineer said forces will “set up some provocations and then blame them on Ukraine”.
“They grabbed our management by the balls: for the period of the visit, they plan to minimise the presence of our staff, and put a couple of their representatives in every control room, who will loudly shout how they were waiting for ‘liberation from the Kyiv regime’,” he continued.
Reports now suggest Putin plans to disconnect the plant from Ukraine’s power grid.
Speaking to the Guardian, Petro Kotin, head of Ukraine’s atomic energy company warned: “You cannot just switch from one system to another immediately, you have to … shut down everything on one side, and then you start to switch on another side.”
It comes just a day after a deadly day for Ukraine as at least 25 people were killed and 50 more injured as Ukraine celebrated 31 years of independence from Soviet rule.
Russian troops fired missiles at a train station in the Dnepropetrovsk region. and hit a passenger railroad car in Chaplyne station were four carriages were on fire.
Russia’s defence ministry confirmed it has hit a military train but denies targeting civilians on what it calls a “special military operation”.