Russian Invasion of Ukraine

APS Decries Attacks on/near Ukrainian Nuclear Facilities

March 8, 2022

The American Physical Society decries the Russian military operations upon or near all nuclear facilities in Ukraine and especially the recent attacks upon the Zaporizhzhia power plant. Nuclear facilities contain highly radioactive nuclear material. Attacks upon or nearby any nuclear facility could result in direct damage to its safety systems or indirect damage to its support systems. Such combat risks the release of radioactive material and potential danger to millions of people. The APS underscores its support for the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Director General's call for "restraint from all measures or actions that could jeopardize the security of nuclear and other radioactive material, and the safe operation of any nuclear facilities in Ukraine."1

1. Liou, Joanne; IAEA Office of Public Information and Communication, "IAEA Director General Calls for Restraint, Reiterates Need to Ensure Safety of Ukraine’s Nuclear Facilities and Their Staff"

APS Condemns the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

February 26, 2022

The American Physical Society (APS) condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine and is gravely concerned about its impact. APS stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian physics community and all people whose safety has been jeopardized, and whose homes, families and careers have been disrupted by the violence. As APS seeks ways to serve its members in Ukraine and Russia during this difficult time, it underscores its commitment to the principles expressed in the APS Statement on the International Nature of Science and International Scientific Cooperation and declares its support for the rights and freedoms conveyed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for all people. APS calls for a halt to hostilities and a peaceful end to the crisis.