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Europe’s Other Energy Problem: Relying on Russian Nuclear Fuel

  • Rosatom fuels atomic power plants for 100 million Europeans
  • Countries seeking to diversify currently have few options
Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in south-eastern Ukraine.
Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in south-eastern Ukraine.Source: Google Maps

A day before Russia invaded Ukraine, it sent four highly-trained armed guards across the border on a special mission to deliver fuel to an aging nuclear power facility.

Reactors based on Soviet designs generate power across the former Cold War bloc, accounting for more than half of all electricity in Ukraine and around two-fifths in a swath of territory arching from Finland to Bulgaria. So the fuel shipment was routine enough -- until President Vladimir Putin ordered his army to war.