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Russian Military Actions at Ukraine's Nuclear Power Plants [Updated March 31, 2022]   [open pdf - 744KB]

From the Document: "Russian military forces have seized two of Ukraine's nuclear power plants as part of the invasion that began on February 24, 2022. The four-unit Chernobyl nuclear plant, whose last operating reactor permanently closed in 2000, was occupied on the first day of the invasion. Russian forces then attacked and captured the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, with six operational reactors, on March 4, 2022. Shelling caused damage [hyperlink] and loss of power to the building housing the Kharkiv subcritical research reactor, which was shut down. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has assessed [hyperlink] that the 'physical integrity of facilities, the ability of operational staff to work without undue pressure, and the access to off-site power … have been seriously compromised.' Congress may wish to consider what actions the U.S. government could take to support international efforts to secure the safety and security of nuclear facilities in Ukraine."

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CRS Insight, IN11883
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2022-03-31
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