Defence of Ukrainian NPPs means defence of whole Europe

On July 13, 2022, the first round table was held as part of a series of conferences dedicated to Ukraine’s recovery.

The event was organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a credible organization bringing together politicians, leading experts and heads of private sector companies. And it is fitting that it was dedicated to nuclear industry, because the restoration of Ukraine's energy safety now means the safety of whole Europe.

The round table conference was attended by the President of SE «NNEGC «Energoatom» Petro Kotin, the President of Westinghouse Energy Systems David Durham, representatives of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Energy Agency, the Institute of Nuclear Energy, Holtec, URC-CRS, etc.

The main topic for discussion was russian aggression in Ukraine. Petro Kotin spoke in detail about the actions of the occupiers at the nuclear power plants of our country, in particular about the occupation of the Chornobyl and Zaporizhzhya NPPs as well as the attempt to seize the South Ukraine nuclear power plant.

Separately, they discussed the situation at the Zaporizhzhya NPP, in particular the systematic abuse of the power plant's personnel, who, despite the danger, do not leave the critically important facility.

The panelists were fully engaged in discussion of all issues and tried to clarify the situation that has arisen in the nuclear industry of Ukraine due to the full-scale invasion of the russian federation.

Furthermore, Petro Kotin thanked the strategic partners of Energoatom, in particular the Westinghouse company, for constant cooperation even in such a challenging time for the country and the energy sector, and spoke about the main achievements and accomplishments of this partnership. He also expressed his gratitude to all those present for supporting Ukraine and emphasized the importance of assistance under martial law.

"International aid is crucial for the entire country in general and for our Company in particular. We seek for greater clarity and a greater impetus from the IAEA in liberating the ZNPP from the russian occupiers," Petro Kotin stressed.