On 24 February, Russia invaded Ukraine and launched the largest ground campaign in Europe since the World War Two. This series of weekly events offers insight and analysis from experts and policymakers on how the war is affecting Ukraine, the region, and the world.
This event explores nuclear realities and threats to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion. The nuclear threat is two-fold, from nuclear reactors at power plants in Ukraine and from nuclear weapons in Russia’s possession.
One week after the invasion, Russia attacked the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station, the largest in Ukraine. While the reactors remained intact, the attack is considered a war crime by the international community and raises concerns about larger attacks.
The other clear threat is Russia’s deployment of nuclear weapons in their arsenal, and how much, or little, the world knows about the size and condition of weapons at Vladimir Putin’s disposal.
This event considers:
What are Russia’s nuclear weapon capabilities?
What threats do potentially unstable nuclear reactors pose in the conflict?
How could the nuclear threat be manipulated to escalate, or de-escalate, the war?