March 3, 2022

Ukraine decries Russia’s seizure of Chernobyl NPP as “nuclear terrorism,” asks IAEA to urgently appeal to NATO

Ukraine is asking the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to call on NATO to close access to the airspace over the country’s nuclear facilities….

“In order to reestablish legal regulation of safety of nuclear installations within the Chernobyl NPP site and within the Exclusion zone we insist that immediate decisive measures be taken,” the appeal of March 2 reads.

The officials urge the IAEA to appeal to NATO with a request to establish the A2/AD zone (Anti Access/Area Denial) over the territory of Ukraine, taking into account the risks and geography of the location of NNEGC Energoatom.

The appeal was signed by the Minister of Energy Herman Halushchenko, Head of the State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation Oleh Korikov, and NNEGC Energoatom CEO Petro Kotin.


“The seizure of the world-famous Chernobyl nuclear power plant by the Russian Federation has all indications of an act of nuclear terrorism committed against Chernobyl nuclear facilities and its personnel by the Russian military,” the appeal stressed.