Plant workers – nearly all of whom have fled into Ukrainian territory in recent days and weeks – described deteriorating security conditions at the plant, explosions with no warning and an atmosphere of fear. Staff members have disappeared, camera phones have been banned and representatives of Russia’s state nuclear power company Rosatom attend company meetings, he said. The exodus adds labor shortages to a long list of concerns about factory operations.
“Everything has changed. Our lives have been turned upside down,” former plant accountant Svitlana, 53, told the Post after she and her extended family moved to the southern Ukrainian region of Zaporizhia. “You work under constant stress,” she added.