Russian Forces Transform Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant into Military Base

The Russian occupation of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine has led to the transformation of the facility into a military base, with Russian military personnel now outnumbering the plant’s staff by a significant margin. The presence of Russian soldiers making critical decisions on-site, along with the establishment of a fake operational organization based on Rosatom, the Russian state-owned nuclear energy monopoly, has raised concerns about the safety and security of the plant.

The increased number of Russian troops, which has now exceeded 2,500, and the restrictions imposed on the plant’s personnel, including the prohibition of mobile phones and other communication devices, further indicate the militarization of the site. The ongoing involvement of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its efforts to create a security zone around the plant demonstrate international concerns about the situation and the potential risks associated with the militarization of a nuclear facility what could be identified as a war crime.

The transformation of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant into a military base not only poses a threat to Ukraine but also raises broader concerns about the safety and security of nuclear facilities in the region and the potential for a major nuclear accident with far-reaching consequences. Moreover, NPP have to be under protection of international convention and hostage -status to the Russian military presence underscores the gravity of the situation and the urgent need for international attention and action to address this critical issue.


  • Valeriy Chaly, Chairman of the UCMC Board, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine
  • Yuriy Kostenko, Minister of Environmental Protection and Nuclear Safety of Ukraine (1995-1998), Member of the Commission on Nuclear Policy and Environmental Safety under the President of Ukraine (1997-2000)
  • Olha Kosharna, Nuclear Power Expert

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