Russia captured the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in the opening days of the war on March 3rd of this year when Russian troops fought it out with Ukrainian security forces at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant which supplies 25% of Ukraine’s electricity.

Ukraine’s security forces were routed and Russian troops took control of the facility.  On March 12th, the Ukrainian technicians running the nuclear facility were informed that the power plant was now owned by Rosatom, the nuclear power company of the Russian Federation.  The staff were informed that they would be remaining at the plant to run it for the new owners indefinitely.

No choice.

Since that time the plant workers and their families have lived as virtual hostages.