Chernobyl CIA Document on the Ukraine taking control of the area of Chernobyl nuclear power plant
Directorate of Intelligence 26 December 1991
Ukraine: Who Will Manage Chernobyl?
A pressing challenge for leaders in the newly independent Ukraine will be to reconcile the public to the fact that, although the republic may now control its political destiny, it will have to continue to defer to Russia on some economic and technical decisions. One such decision is the emotion-charged issue of the management of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the republic's overall nuclear energy industry. In the summer of 1991, the Ukrainian parliament passed a resolution asserting Kiev's right to exercise primary authority over atomic installations in the republic. Indeed, when a serious fire broke out at the Chernobyl nuclear power station a few months later, Kiev took the lead