Ukraine's Energoatom lays off 3 employees for taking part in Immortal Regiment march

Ukraine's Energoatom lays off 3 employees for taking part in Immortal Regiment march

Three employees who took part in an Immortal Regiment procession are laid off by the Ukrainian energy company.

Ukraine s national nuclear power plant operator Energoatom has fired three employees of the plant's Zaporozhye plant for taking part in an Immortal Regiment march during commemorations of the 77th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany on May 9.

The decision was made on Wednesday by the company's Telegram channel, which said that the three former workers of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant can now make any other institution happy with their presence. Energoatom considers any joint celebrations with those who are killing Ukrainians today to be unacceptable, while honoring the memory of those who defeated Nazism with infinite respect. The Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant - the largest in Europe - is located in the city of Energodar in the Zaporozhye Region of Ukraine, where Russian forces took control of several cities in early March.

On 9th May, people from the regions of Harkov, Kherson and Zaporozhye took part in the Immortal Regiment procession, which is traditionally held in Russia and some other countries on Victory Day in remembrance of those who laid down their lives during the Second World War. The marches were held in Kherson, Melitopol, Mariupol and other cities in the region.

Russia launched an offensive against Ukraine in late February, after Kiev s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied that it was planning to take the two republics by force.