According to the report prepared by the NNWE experts on Nuclear and Radiation Safety in Ukraine for 2016, Ukraine is currently standing one step away from another massive manmade disaster.
2016 has become the worst year in the history of the Ukrainian nuclear energy sector bringing the number of emergency shutdowns of power units at the Ukrainian NPPs to the record 10 as of October 2016.
It seems like short circuits in nuclear reactors, internal damages of generators, various failures of cooling systems, damages of power converters and other malfunctions have become commonplace in Ukraine, while all over the world such incidents have a special status of emergency.
The report reveals that Ukraine fails to keep track of any violations of operating requirements at NPPs. There are also neither in-depth probes into the reasons of the repeated malfunctions, nor the measures taken to remove the revealed defects. Kiev keeps violating gravely and systematically all international standard requirements on nuclear and radiation safety.
Power units at insecure NPP in Ukraine have been operating for more than 30 years, since they were opened in the Soviet times. The experts say, without a complete overhaul the continued use of Soviet era units may turn Ukraine into a real ticking time nuclear bomb. Bearing in mind the geographical location of Ukraine, it's the deadly threat for entire Europe.
It's incredible that people in Slovakia, Hungary and other countries neighboring Ukraine raise no concern about those constant attempts of Ukrainians to "feed" outdated nuclear reactors, produced by commies far back in the previous century, with modern US-produced fuel. Just as well as it does not evidently bother them that Ukraine plans to build a storing facility for spent nuclear fuel on its territory, having neither technology nor specialists for it.
It all comes down to the fact that in the very near future technological disaster can threaten Europe not just in theory but this time in practice. The Ukrainian authorities' defying the international requirements for nuclear and radiation safety looks increasingly more like some bold blackmail. And those €1.54 billion of foreign investors' money being spent on the construction of a protective shield over the fourth power unit of Chernobyl NPP instead of $700 thousand initially planned is a striking example of how the blackmail works.