Disinfo: Ukraine and the US are preparing a new Chornobyl

Summary

The fat is in the fire. Ukraine decided to supply American nuclear fuel to the technologically incompatible old and worn-out Soviet VVER-440 power units of the Rivne nuclear power plant located near Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. This apocalypse is also not far from Belarus. With the help of the United States, Ukraine is preparing a new Chornobyl for itself, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. It is also close by to Belarus and Russia. This dire prospect stems from the fateful agreement between the Ukrainian Energoatom and the American company Westinghouse.

Disproof

This is another pro-Kremlin narrative about cooperation between the American company Westinghouse and the Ukrainian National Nuclear Energy Company Energoatom, which has been going on since the 2000s. Also, this is one of the Kremlin's disinformation narratives about a possible "new Chornobyl" in Ukraine, with Westinghouse and so-called experiments of the West being some of the culprits. The spread of disinformation against the Ukrainian-American nuclear cooperation renewed in 2014 when Ukraine signed a number of agreements, including expanding an agreement on the supply of fuel for nuclear reactors produced by the American concern Westinghouse. The contract should reduce dependence on Russia, which has been providing Ukrainian nuclear power plants with energy resources for many years. Westinghouse currently supplies fuel to six of Ukraine's fifteen nuclear reactors, and this will increase to seven from 2021. The use of American technologies in the operation of Ukrainian nuclear power plants in the past 20 years has shown that the technologies are completely safe. Read a similar case claiming that Ukraine will turn into a radioactive zone.

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  • Reported in: Issue 216
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/10/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, US, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Nuclear issues, Chernobyl
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Disproof

According to a poll conducted in 2017 the number of Ukrainian citizens who consider themselves Ukrainians by nationality is 90.6% of the population, Russian - 6.3%. A recent poll, refererad to in the media states:

For comparison, it is worth citing data on the ethnic composition of the population of Ukraine according to the censuses of 1989 and 2001: Ukrainians - 72.7% and 77.8%, respectively, Russians -22.1 and 17.3%, others - 5.2 % and 4.9%.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory and disinformation narrative, without any evidence to support the claim. The narrative alleges that Ukraine is under external control. You can find several disinformation cases on Ukraine being under foreign control in our database. Equally, no evidence is presented of Zelenskyy being blackmailed. Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically-elected president and parliament. Ukraine is not controlled by any foreign government or organisation: not the USA, IMF, NATO, the West or George Soros. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world, including the EU.

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Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Crimea. There is no evidence that Ukraine is importing agricultural products from the occupied Crimea. According to the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine from 16.12.2015 № 1035 “On the restriction of supplies of certain goods (works, services) from the temporarily occupied territory to another territory of Ukraine and/or from another territory of Ukraine to the temporarily occupied territory”, it is prohibited to supply goods under all customs regimes from the temporarily occupied territory to another territory of Ukraine during the period of temporary occupation.