ZNPP under occupation for two years now

March 05, 2024

On March 4, 2022, a nuclear power plant for the first time in human history was seized by armed terrorists, directed by the President of the Russian Federation.

Over this period, the power plant's safety dropped sharply and reached a critical pre-emergency state. From September 2022, ZNPP does not supply electricity to the grid. One unit is in a state of hot shutdown, the facility's power lines regularly come under fire, and Ukrainian personnel are forced to work in conditions similar to a concentration camp. Orders of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine and decisions of the IAEA are not implemented.

The Kremlin uses the ZNPP for nuclear blackmail targeting not only Ukraine, but the whole world. The main risk of an accident stems from the presence of Russian terrorists at the station. So, they, together with representatives of Rosatom, should leave this station — it must be transferred under the complete control of Ukraine (NNEGC Energoatom and the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate), according to the resolutions of the IAEA Board of Governors.

However, the Kremlin has been deliberately ignoring the decisions of this organization for almost two years and does not intend to implement them. Despite this, no serious international sanctions have been imposed on Rosatom. This criminal organization continues to build new power units in Turkey, China, India, Hungary, and to supply uranium and uranium enrichment services to the world market, earning billions of dollars to undermine international security.

The weak reaction of the leading world powers to the open nuclear terrorism of the Russian Federation owes to the serious dependence on Russian technologies and uranium. At the same time, this is a bad precedent that creates the basis for the spread of nuclear terror globally. The solution to this problem should be found in the unity of efforts of the USA, the EU, and the People's Republic of China involving sanctions and political pressure on the Kremlin terrorists for the return of the ZNPP under the Ukrainian jurisdiction.

There can be no tradeoff or disregard of the problem. The first step for the liberation of the station from the occupiers should involve strict personal sanctions against Rosatom's leadership and freezing the bank accounts of this criminal organization around the world.


Volodymyr Omelchenko

Director, Energy Programmes

Born in 1967 in Kyiv

Education: Kyiv Politechnic Institute, Department of Chemical Engineering (1992)

Author of over 50 scientific works and op-ed publications. Took part in development and implementation of international energy projects and scientific research in international energy policy


1992 – 1996 — worked in different positions in the mechanical engineering industry

1997 – 1998 — Head Expert of the Division of Oil, Gas and Petroleum Refining Industry of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine

1998 – 2003 — Naftohaz Ukrayiny National Joint-Stock Company, in Charge of Oil Transportation Section

2004 – 2007 — Chief Consultant at the National Institute of International Security Problems of Ukraine’s NSDC

since February, 2007 — Leading Expert, Razumkov Centre. Director of Energy Programmes since 2013

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