The leadership of the European Nuclear Safety Regulators (ENSREG) in cooperation with the European Commission is studying the situation in the Ukrainian nuclear energy sector in the face of open aggression by the Russian Federation.
Ukraine is represented at the extraordinary session of ENSREG, which will take place on June 20-21, 2022, by the Acting Chairman of the SNRIU - Chief State Inspector for Nuclear and Radiation Safety of Ukraine Oleh KORIKOV.
During the conference, he acquainted European experts with the situation at nuclear power plants, in particular, those who were forced to work under occupation. These are the consequences of the occupation for the Chornobyl NPP and the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. In addition, attention was drawn to the shelling of the Source of Neutrons in Kharkiv.
Among the urgent issues is the current work of the Zaporizhzhia NPP, although managed by Ukrainian personnel, depends on access to the station by the Russian military.
Oleh KORIKOV notes that the Russian Federation ignores all international obligations to comply with nuclear safety standards, and placing its troops, military equipment and ammunition on the site of the Zaporizhzia NPP threatens emergencies.
According to him, the situation with the seizure of nuclear power plants in Ukraine is unprecedented and the expert community must develop new standards in the field of nuclear safety.