Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has exposed a little-discussed weakness of nuclear power: its vulnerability to military attacks. Ukraine’s Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate has documented multiple attacks on nuclear installations, including the operating Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the Chernobyl plant (which no longer has operating reactors), radioactive waste storage and disposal facilities in Kharkiv and Kyiv, a neutron source in Kharkiv loaded with 37 nuclear fuel cells, and numerous other facilities that use or manage radioactive materials.

The Russian military’s seizure of the Zaporizhzhia ...


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