IAEA report on the situation at ZNPP in expert assessments — Ukrainian Crisis Center press conference

September 08, 2022

Excerpt from the press conference:

What should Ukraine do with the ZNPP today? In the light of the recent events, this question arises more and more often in society. Volodymyr Omelchenko, the director of energy and infrastructure programmes of Razumkov Center, answers it as follows:

"The Law on Nuclear Safety provides the following algorithm: as soon as risks arise for the physical integrity of the reactor, it must be immediately put into the state of a cold shutdown. It is the safest condition at a nuclear plant," the expert says.

Regarding the IAEA Report, he drew attention to another, more important document of that organisation: the Board of Governors Resolution dated March 4, 2022, which, in particular, says that in connection with the actions of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, including the forcible seizure of control of nuclear facilities and other violent actions against a number of nuclear facilities and nuclear and other radioactive material, which have created and continue to create serious and direct threats to the safety of installations and workers working there, the risks of a nuclear accident are significantly increased.

"The third paragraph of this resolution generally calls on the Russian Federation to immediately stop all activities at nuclear facilities in Ukraine, so that the Ukrainian competent authorities can maintain or immediately return full control of all nuclear facilities within the internationally recognised borders of Ukraine and ensure their safe operation," added Volodymyr Omelchenko.



Volodymyr Omelchenko

Director, Energy Programmes

Born in 1967 in Kyiv

Education: Kyiv Politechnic Institute, Department of Chemical Engineering (1992)

Author of over 50 scientific works and op-ed publications. Took part in development and implementation of international energy projects and scientific research in international energy policy


1992 – 1996 — worked in different positions in the mechanical engineering industry

1997 – 1998 — Head Expert of the Division of Oil, Gas and Petroleum Refining Industry of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine

1998 – 2003 — Naftohaz Ukrayiny National Joint-Stock Company, in Charge of Oil Transportation Section

2004 – 2007 — Chief Consultant at the National Institute of International Security Problems of Ukraine’s NSDC

since February, 2007 — Leading Expert, Razumkov Centre. Director of Energy Programmes since 2013

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