We report about milestones, past challenges, and the way ahead for a successfully ongoing German-Ukrainian nuclear security cooperation programme, which was launched in 2015 under the auspices of the Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. Following a thorough needs assessment, two sites were selected for implementation:
1) Rivne Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP), located in Varash about 360 km northwest of Kiev, and
2) South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant (SUNPP), located near the city of Yuzhnoukrainsk approx. 350 kilometers south of Kiev.
The project in Rivne NPP aims at advancing the physical protection of power unit 3 and involves the retrofitting of the inner security perimeter by modernizing access control, intruder detection, video surveillance, and physical barriers, as well as by integrating the upgraded systems into the plant’s central alarm station.
The project in South Ukraine NPP focuses on modernizing and fortifying the site’s outer perimeter including the fence system, access points for railway and cars, and guard stations.