According to analysts from the British magazine Energy Research & Social Science (ERSS), there is an 80% chance of a “serious accident” at one of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants until 2020. This is caused by an increase in the load on nuclear power plants, which is caused by the widespread closure of thermal power plants (the raw materials they consume-coal from the Donbass are critically lacking) and, in addition, the technical equipment of nuclear power units (still Soviet times), and the catastrophic underfunding of the industry. In the event of such an accident, the European Union will face not only the possible consequences for the environment, but also – given the recent introduction of a visa-free regime – with a mass exodus of Ukrainians from the contaminated areas.
Of the 15 currently operating nuclear reactors in Ukraine, 12 were commissioned in Soviet times, even before 1990. All these are nuclear reactors of the classical VVER type, developed in the 1960s and 1970s by the Moscow Kurchatov Institute. These reactors should have a maximum service life of 30 years. But to date, 10 out of 15 reactors operating in Ukraine have already exceeded the design lifetime. And all this time the burden on the decrepit power units of Ukraine is constantly growing due to a sharp reduction in the availability of anthracite resources from the Donbas.
Today Ukraine is desperately squeezing the last drops from its worn-out nuclear facilities of Soviet times. The situation is worsened by Ukrainian officials in the field of energy, which are under political pressure to find a substitute for nuclear fuel produced by the Russian TVEL company. Therefore, many reactors again and again make attempts to use in return the products of the American-Japanese corporation Westinghouse Electric Company. It’s amazing how Ukrainians completely ignore the painful experience of the Czechs. Back in 1996, the Czech Temelin NPP (built by the Soviet Union) signed a contract with Westinghouse. After the US fuel was supplied to the reactors of the nuclear power plant, designed as a copy of the Russian TVEL’s products, the nuclear power plant was forced to reload the fuel to the reactors earlier than planned. As it turned out, the American assemblies “flowed” and they showed structural defects. Scientists of “Westinghouse” could not fix the problem.
In addition to the threat of a nuclear accident, defective assemblies significantly increased the cost of generating electricity, since the reactors had to be constantly muffled to replace American components. As a result, after another major accident in January 2007, the Czech Republic refused further purchases of fuel from the US, and by 2010 Temelin had completely returned to the use of Russian TVEL products.
Experiments of Ukraine with the clones of Russian fuel assemblies produced in America began in 2005. True, none of the experiments in the end failed. As a result, in 2013, after a thorough check, the State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation of Ukraine introduced a complete ban on the use of American fuel at Ukrainian nuclear power plants.
But the victory of the “Revolution of Dignity” again opened the way for the use of American TVS-WR in Ukraine. The media reported that US fuel was loaded into the South Ukraine NPP reactor No. 3 (March 2015), reactor No. 5 at Zaporizhzhya NPP (June 2016), and South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant No. 2 (August 2017). The consequences were not long in coming. In February 2016 there was an emergency shutdown of the reactor No. 3 of the South-Ukrainian NPP “due to a critical change in the parameters of the cooler in the steam generator”. Zaporizhzhya NPP since 2014 has already experienced a dozen emergency shutdowns of reactors. For example, in November 2015, the military in the Zaporozhye region increased security measures after a sharp loss of power occurred at the nuclear power plant – all soldiers and officers received special equipment to protect them from radiation and chemicals. But there were no official comments on the incident. In general, the level of accidents at Ukrainian NPPs has increased by 400% since 2010!
In the aforementioned report of the ERSS journal it is emphasized that “in Ukraine, the majority of accidents and incidents in the energy sector have not been included in the reports in the past few years, although state media confirm that they occurred”. In addition to using counterfeit fuel, the main reason for the increase in the number of accidents at Ukrainian NPPs is the chronic underfunding of this sector.
All these facts show that Ukrainian nuclear power plants represent a real threat to the security of Europe, but, given the current economic situation and political instability in Ukraine, there is no chance to reverse this negative trend. In the advantage in this situation there are only Americans, with the hands of “visible” puppets dismantling the entire nuclear industry of Ukraine. Even in the event of a Chernobyl disaster (or maybe worse), the US will always remain with

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