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[Campaign update] Protestors take to Kyiv to demand action from agribusiness giant encroaching on their lands

On 22 February, more than 70 activists and residents from the Chyhyryn region south of Kyiv protested outside the headquarters of Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP), the Ukrainian agribusiness conglomerate owned by one of the country’s richest billionaires. The protesters were airing their grievances against MHP’s plans to greatly expand its poultry operations in Chyhyryn, which locals believe will have a devastating effect on the small and medium sized farmers and the tourist potential of the area.

Ukraine’s addiction to nuclear energy poses a decades-long threat to Europe

Despite an urgent need to rebuild and reshape its highly inefficient and outdated energy sector, Ukraine has recently presented a draft of its new energy strategy that looks more like of the same. While the strategy makes mention of modern renewable energy sources, targets for these are low, and nuclear energy still maintains its leading position in the mix. The country’s 15 Soviet-era reactors are expected to bridge the gap in the so-called energy transition until 2035, meaning that they would need to operate twenty years beyond their designed lifetime, posing a threat to neighbouring countries in Europe and beyond.

Cu ochii pe reactoarele de la Cernavodă

Source: Catalin Balan, Digi24

Cu cele două reactoare nucleare ale sale, România nu poate sta departe de controversele legate de explozia de la Cernobîl. Mii de români au suferit din cauza radiaţiilor de acum 30 de ani. Alţii se tem de un posibil nou accident. Autorităţile spun totuşi că în ţara noastră accidentele nucleare sunt imposibile. Pe plan internaţional, terorismul este văzut ca principala ameninţare pentru o centrală atomică, iar în România s-au făcut doar calcule teoretice privind rezistenţa reactoarelor de la Cernavodă.

Le conseguenze dell’atomo

Source: Matteo Tacconi, Laser / RSI

Il 26 aprile del 1986, nel corso di un esperimento, si registrò un’esplosione al reattore numero 4 della centrale di Chernobyl. Una quantità enorme di sostanze tossiche contaminò l’ambiente.

Атом и уголь устарели, будущее за возобновляемой энергией, — эксперт НЭЦУ

Source: Лариса Денисенко, Ольга Веснянка, Громадське радио

Эксперт НЭЦУ Алексей Пасюк считает, что приоритетным вопросом в области энергетики Украины является потребление и энергоэффективность.

В 30-ую годовщину аварии на ЧАЭС говорим о будущем энергетики в Украине с руководителем топливно-энергетического направления Национального экологического центра Украины Алексеем Пасюком.

Ольга Веснянка: Является ли уголь альтернативой атомной энергетике?

Four big reasons not to sell uranium to Ukraine

Source: Noel Wauchope, Independent Australia

As the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster approaches, Noel Wauchope outlines just a few compelling reasons why the Coalition Government's uranium deal with Ukraine may have further disastrous consequences.

WHAT AMAZINGLY insensitive timing. As the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe approaches, Australia makes a deal (at the Nuclear Security Summit) to sell uranium to Ukraine.

This is such a bad idea for so many reasons — it's hard to know which to pick first!

Economics: simply because uranium exporting is not really economically worthwhile.

Chernobyl nuclear disaster marks 30-year anniversary with 'extreme tours', boom in wild animals

Source: Elle Hardy, ABC News

Thirty years after the world's most catastrophic nuclear accident, the abandoned Ukrainian town of Pripyat, home to the infamous Chernobyl nuclear reactor number four, has been transformed.

From the ashes of the site has emerged a $US200 per person "extreme tourism" theme park.

Each week more than 1,000 tourists are taken through security and radiation checkpoints, before being allowed to walk through the abandoned buildings, including the swimming pool complex, kindergarten and police station.

Ukraine needs European values and Europe's solidarity

Ahead of a referendum in the Netherlands on the association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, Olexi Pasyuk from the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine discusses the agreement’s importance for Ukraine’s civil society and why Europe must still improve how it engages with the country.

Ради Westinghouse США готовят на Украине второй Чернобыль. Перспективы атома

Source: Ольга Шелкова, News24UA

Украинская атомная энергетика практически полностью связана с российским атомным комплексом. Все 4 станции с 15 энергоблоками оборудованы реакторами производства РФ ВВЭР-400 и ВВЭР-1000. До 2011 г. все ядерное топливо поставлялось из России компанией ТВЭЛ. Но тренд «гэть від Москви» в полной мере коснулся и этой отрасли, которая на протяжении многих лет в ущерб безопасности подвергается жестоким и опасным экспериментам.

Thirty Years After Chernobyl, Ukraine Doubles Down On Nuclear Power

Source: Tony Wesolowsky, RFE/RL

Nearly 30 years after Chernobyl spewed nuclear dust across Europe and sparked fears of fallout around the globe, a strapped, war-torn Ukraine is opting for "upgrades" rather than shutdowns of its fleet of Soviet-era nuclear power reactors.

Kyiv is planning to spend an estimated $1.7 billion to bring the facilities, many of which are nearing the end of their planned life spans, up to current Western standards.

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