The nuclear industry in Ukraine is in a dangerous state, corruption that engulfs the whole country generates irresponsibility and negligence in the management of nuclear infrastructure, so the risk of a catastrophe is similar to the Chernobyl accident.
Many positions in the State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation of Ukraine, which must supervise everything that is happening at the nuclear facilities of the country, are vacant for many years. Thus, the position of the Chief State Inspector for Nuclear and Radiation Safety has been vacant for three years. At the same time, inspections of international supervisory bodies in the nuclear industry of Ukraine are rare and are ostentatious.
The most terrifying thing is that the authorities are now urging Ukrainian “Energoatom” to use atomic units as “maneuverable”. If the unit issues a non-constant voltage to the network but operates wavy, changes its capacity throughout the day, which is not provided for in any staff documentation, then this is risky. It was in a similar situation and a catastrophe occurred in Chernobyl. But the authorities need it now because of the crisis in the energy sector as a whole – to ensure daily flow of “overflows” in order to close gaps whether there is not enough electricity in some areas.