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: Emergency generators in use as Zaporizhzhia loses off-site power (9 March 2023)

Europe's largest nuclear power plant, Zaporizhzhia, is relying on emergency diesel generators to provide power essential to safety functions after it lost all off-site power on Thursday morning following missile strikes on Ukraine.


WNN: Differences over Zaporizhzhia safety zone prospects (7 March 2023)

A senior Russian diplomat says that talks on a security zone around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant "are losing momentum" while Ukraine's energy minister says that diplomatic steps to return it to Ukraine have "reached a dead end".


WNN: Delayed rotation of IAEA experts at Zaporizhzhia takes place (3 March 2023)

The changeover of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) staff at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has taken place, following a month-long delay, with the experts having to make part of the journey across the frontline by foot.


WNN: IAEA to continue Zaporizhzhia safety zone efforts as war enters second year ( 24 Feb 2023)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general Rafael Mariano Grossi said the agency will do all it can to ensure nuclear safety, as it publishes a report covering the events of the past year.


WNN: Grossi's appeal over delay to IAEA staff rotation at Zaporizhzhia (21 Feb 2023)

The planned rotation of the three International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Support and Assistance Mission to Zaporizhzhia (ISAMZ) staff has now been delayed for more than two weeks.


WNN: Cameco to supply Ukraine's uranium needs to 2035 (9 Feb 2023)

Ukraine's state-owned nuclear energy utility Energoatom and Cameco Corporation have agreed commercial terms for a major supply contract that would see Cameco meeting Ukraine's needs for natural uranium for nuclear fuel until 2035.