Ukraine Analytica 30, 2023


At the first stage of the full-scale invasion in February 2022, Ukraine’s nuclear energy facilities were among the main targets of the Kremlin. The Russians managed to seize Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) and Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP). After a series of military defeats, Russia has been trying to “sell” their control over the ZNPP as a victorious outcome of the war. This article analyses the main narratives of Russian propaganda regarding the issue of the ZNPP. The author determines the importance of the topic for Russian propaganda in the international dimension, and indicates Moscow’s plans to use the nuclear plant as a tool to blackmail the West and Ukraine.

, PhD in Philosophy, Analyst of the New Geopolitics Research Network, Executive Director of the Balkans Ukraine Cooperation Platform NGO, member of the Advisory Group of the Political Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. His main areas of interest are international security, and the foreign policy of Ukraine

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