Ukraine conflict 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 military offensive has impacted Ukraine's nuclear power facilities. This page provides a summary of the latest developments.

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Ukraine

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

Statement on the IAEA Framework for the Safety and Security of Ukraine’s Nuclear Power Plants (10 March 2022)

World Nuclear Association supports the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Framework for the Safety and Security of Ukraine’s Nuclear Power Plants

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Statement on the attack on the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (4 March 2022)

A statement from World Nuclear Association on developments at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in south-eastern Ukraine,

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World Nuclear News articles

WNN: A guide: Nuclear power in Ukraine

This WNN report presents a brief overview of Ukraine's nuclear power industry.

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WNN: EBRD puts cost of Russian occupation of Chernobyl at EUR100 million (19 May 2022)

EBRD has asked for international donors to help repair the damage left after Russian forces' control of the Chernobyl area.

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WNN: Ukraine planning for post-war nuclear power plants (16 May 2022)

CEO Petro Kotin says that construction work on two AP1000 units at Khmelnitsky "will begin as soon as the war is over".

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WNN: Zaporozhe switches to supplying electricity for own use (28 April 2022)

The plant has switched to producing electricity for its own use after damage to external power lines, Energoatom said

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WNN: IAEA mission to Chernobyl (22 April 2022)

A mission from IAEA will arrive at Chernobyl to assist Ukrainian managers returning it to routine operation.

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WNN: Ukraine's centralised used fuel storage facility 'ready' (21 April 2022)

The Centralised Spent Fuel Storage Facility (CSFSF) is ready and could start accepting spent fuel

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