Legal Implications of the Military Operations at the Chernobyl and Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plants

Author: Tibisay Morgandi
Published: 15.04.2022
With the seizure of the Ukrainian Chernobyl and Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plants by Russian armed forces on 24 February and 4 March, Europe has once again become haunted by the spectre of radioactive contamination. On 31 March, Ukraine notified the IAEA that while Russian forces maintain uninterrupted control of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, they have left Chernobyl and have returned control of the plant to its Ukrainian personnel. Russia’s reasons for seizing these power plants are unclear. The Ukrainian ambassador to the UK said that Chernobyl was a weak spot in Ukraine’s defences, since, as a radioactivity exclusion zone,…