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 military offensive has impacted Ukraine'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: A guide: Nuclear power in Ukraine

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


WNN: IAEA calls for nuclear safety exclusion zone around Zaporizhzhia (7 September 2022)

The IAEA has called for the establishment of a safety and security zone around Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which has been occupied by Russian military forces since early March.


WNN: Bulk of IAEA team leave Zaporizhzhia, two stay behind (5 September 2022)

Four of the six International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts involved in the mission to the Russian-occupied nuclear power plant in Ukraine have now left the site after a five-day visit.


WNN: IAEA 'to maintain presence at Zaporizhzhia' (2 September 2022)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi says its experts are "here to stay and will maintain a continued presence" at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.


WNN: IAEA’s Grossi and team at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (1 September 2022)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi and his team of inspectors arrived at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine on Thursday afternoon, following delays and despite the on-going conflict in the area.


WNN: IAEA mission heads for Zaporizhzhia (30 August 2022)

Following months of negotiations, a team of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts and inspectors - led by IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi - is on its way to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine to ensure nuclear safety and security there.