Ukrainian Nuclear Engineers Protest the Criminal Order of the Ministry of Energy


March 19, 2016

Journalistic Truth

Alexander Rogers

Translated by Kristina Kharlova

The world must not allow a second Chernobyl in the former Ukraine

Troops with a UN mandate must, at a minimum, take control of particularly dangerous objects, from nuclear power plants and to hydropower plants

It’s time to admit that Ukraine is a failed state. None of the functions of the state described in any textbook is working, monopoly on violence is lost, the economy continues to disintegrate. Instead of properly operating state institutions – cargo-cult, imitation, formal picture of activity without essential content.

Two years after the “Euro-coup” the population of Ukraine has decreased from 45 million to around 32-33 million. Two million “sailed away” together with Crimea, and about six million with Donbass, and a few million simply fled to other countries. As a result the post-Maidan Ukraine beat the world records for depopulation.

Over 80% of population according to the norms of the UN are below the poverty line (living on less than 2.5 dollars a day, not counting utilities). In two years more than 2.5 million jobs have been destroyed.

The state’s monopoly on violence is hopelessly lost. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of illegal armed gangs (or even legalized, which only complicates the fight against them) which regularly kill, loot, rape, blow up and so on.

So much so, that 20 times more people die from homicide in the “peaceful” Kiev  than from UAF artillery shelling in Donetsk.

All this allows to confidently describe what is happening in Ukraine as a humanitarian disaster that the current illegal regime (even if we recognize its legitimacy) can not deal with.

This may be followed by an ecological disaster, because the crazy Russophobes in Kiev demand the nuclear engineers to daily adjust the nuclear capacity. Although worldwide it is done with hydro and thermal power plants and similar “maneuvers” may produce accidents and large-scale disasters comparable to Chernobyl accident in 1986 (which in a month will be 30 years old).

Nuclear engineers wrote a collective letter [see below] in protest against such insane orders in which they refuse to execute such orders. But the looneys from Kiev regime are crazy enough to try to coerce them, with blackmail or outright force.

Therefore, I believe that it is time to talk about the urgent need to introduce external control over the territory of former Ukraine carried out by international contingent under the jurisdiction of the UN. Troops with a UN mandate must, at a minimum, take control of particularly dangerous objects, from nuclear power plants and to hydropower plants. Because an accident, for example, at DneproGES in the framework of the “decommunization” can lead to flooding of a large area, thousands of deaths and environmental disaster.

The next stages to implement:

a) plan for the total demilitarization of disaster zone “Ukraine”;

b) plan for the implementation of universal basic employment of population (at least in agriculture and construction of infrastructure similar to American “labor armies” of the Great Depression).

And all this must be done without the participation of current “authorities” (as no one is going to involve the leaders of Somali pirates in the normalization of the situation in Africa), and even better – to condemn them before the international criminal tribunal for crimes against humanity and humanitarian disaster.

Either the UN will take the territory of former Ukraine under control, or soon radioactive clouds will stretch towards the European Union (not to mention several million possible refugees from Ukraine who will be ready to aggravate the situation with migrants in the EU).


March 17, 2016

Nuclear engineers refuse to follow the order of the Minister of Energy 

Nuclear engineers argue that reactors of Ukrainian nuclear power plants constructed during the Soviet era can’t be constantly used for daily adjustment of power. 

Trade union of workers of nuclear energy and industry of Ukraine is strongly against the order of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry about adjusting of nuclear units with daily decrease to 75% of power, the Central committee of Nuclear Trade Union has written to Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk. 

“On behalf of the staff of  “Energoatom”, which consists of highly qualified specialists in the field of nuclear energy, we warn: experiment with the use of power units of Ukrainian NPPs for leveling power of the integrated power system can lead to a catastrophe”, – stated the document signed by the Chairman of Nuclear Trade Union, Valery Matov. 

Nuclear engineers argue that reactors of Ukrainian nuclear power plants were constructed during the Soviet era and technically can’t be constantly used for daily power adjustment.

“To reduce and increase the capacity of nuclear reactors several times a day, as suggested by the Ministry – is a crime,” insist the authors of the appeal and call to abandon a potentially dangerous decision. 

“Please remember about the experiment 30 years ago in Chernobyl. Nuclear engineers and people remember it” – they reminded. 

As reported, in its action plan, the Cabinet plans  to begin maneuvering units of nuclear power plants for the daily regulation of capacity of the integrated energy system before December 31. This will lead to accelerated wear of NPP equipment and may result in a disaster, energy experts believe.

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