Ukraine war and nuclear energy

In February 2022, Russia launched a military offensive against Ukraine. This page brings together the latest information, news and statements from World Nuclear Association

Information from World Nuclear Association

Ukraine: Russia-Ukraine War and Nuclear Energy

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has impacted the country's nuclear power facilities. This page provides a summary of the latest developments.

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Ukraine is heavily dependent on nuclear energy – it has 15 reactors generating about half of its electricity.

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Chernobyl Accident

The Chernobyl accident in 1986 was the result of a flawed reactor design that was operated with inadequately trained personnel. Two Chernobyl plant workers died on the night of the accident, and a further 28 people died within a few weeks as a result of acute radiation poisoning.

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Statements from World Nuclear Association

Global Nuclear Community backs IAEA call for safety zone at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (8 September 2022)

A nuclear safety and security protection zone should be established immediately around ZaporizhzhIa Nuclear Power Plant, as recommended by the IAEA.

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Global Nuclear Community calls for immediate IAEA access to Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (11 August 2022)

Representatives of nuclear industry trade associations and professional societies have issued a statement regarding Zaporizhzhia

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Statement from World Nuclear Association on recent events at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (8 August 2022)

World Nuclear Association calls on parties to cease hostilities in the vicinity of the plant.

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World Nuclear News articles

WNN: IAEA inspectors to be based in more Ukrainian sites (28 October 2022)

​Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are to be deployed to the Khmelnitsky, Rivne, South Ukraine and Chernobyl nuclear power plant sites in addition to those already at Zaporizhzhia, where efforts to bring in a protection zone continue.


WNN: WANO resolution stresses unity in supporting Zaporizhzhia ( 26 October 2022)

The WANO board of directors has passed a resolution that "every effort" be taken to "ensure there be no interference in the operator’s ability to safely perform their work" and resolves "to maintain WANO unity in supporting the Zaporizhzhia power plant and ensures that no member nuclear power station becomes isolated from the industry".


WNN: Ukraine invites IAEA inspectors to verify nuclear materials (25 October 2022)

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is sending inspectors to two locations in Ukraine to carry out a safeguards check that there are no undeclared nuclear activities and material. The checks are to take place at the request of Ukraine as it rejects allegations made by Russia.


WNN: Efforts to create Zaporizhzhia safety zone continue amid fresh concerns (19 October 2022)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has reiterated the urgency of establishing a safety zone around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine.


WNN: IAEA's Grossi holds talks with Russia's President Putin (11 October 2022)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The talks were arranged as part of efforts to establish a safety and security zone around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.


WWN: Zaporizhzhia power supply restored, situation 'remains fragile' (10 October 2022)

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Ukrainian engineers had restored external power to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, a day after it lost connection to the last operating power line, which had forced the use of emergency diesel generators.