Azarov: A Technological Disaster and Second Chernobyl Awaits Ukraine November 10, 2016 Analysis Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard 19:45:02 10/11/2016 antifashist.com Kiev continues to destroy everything in its path, including major strategic objects, without caring at all about what this means for the country. Such a policy of the current authorities may end with a second “Chernobyl”. This was pointed out by the former Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov on air of the program of the author Andrey Karaulov. Ukraine has moved into first place in the world for mortality, which was impossible to imagine just five to seven years ago. Therefore, a repetition and a second “Chernobyl” cannot be considered an exaggeration at all, and should not be dismissed. This is reinforced by a negligent attitude towards nuclear energy, which is demonstrated by the Kiev authorities. As was noted by Mykola Azarov, in Soviet times, between 1930 and 1940 thousands of factories and enterprises were built in Ukraine, which shaped the Ukrainian industrial base, at that time as well as the present day. In addition, five nuclear power plants were created, which are the largest in Europe. But Ukraine, having gained independence, wasn’t able to do much, only to modernise one energy block of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and accomplish a 80% utilisation rate at the two Soviet time energy blocks at the Rivne and Khmelnitsky power stations. “Today from 15 nuclear energy blocks, 12 need their service lives extending. But the government says there is no money. And me, I ask why did I have money for such routine security work, after all, the country’s security comes first. But them, they have money for new uniforms for the police,” noted the former Prime Minister in the program “Moment of Truth” on Russian Channel 5. Azarov gave as an example the condition of the Dnieper hydroelectric station (DneproHES) – the largest hydropower plant in the South of Ukraine. “Me, as Prime Minister, I was always worried about the issue of DneproHES, because this is a huge and powerful machine. In 2011, we replaced all the turbines at the DneproHES. We started to build a bridge that would have relieved movement, because the dam suffered greatly – has twice exploded. But the bridge is not completed at the moment. Not a single kopeck has been invested in DneproHES. Everything became miserable. Wear of assets is very significant, there are more and more cracks. Of the 15 blocks only 7 work. And now the regime in Kiev does not think about it. It continues to break, to run down,” he said. Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.