After Chernobyl

KIEV: Chernobyl, the world’s most notorious nuclear power plant, will be shut down today, fourteen years after it spewed clouds of radioactive dust into the atmosphere. Back then, Ukraine became the focus of global attention, but Ukrainians learned of the disaster much later than the rest of the world. I recall that fateful Saturday afternoon with utter clarity, strolling through Kiev with my six-year-old daughter, oblivious to the danger.

Chernobyl changed Ukraine forever, and was a catalyst for the downfall of the Soviet Union. Ultimately, Chernobyl changed the world. Now that Chernobyl will be permanently shut down, world attention again turns to Ukraine, this time in hope, not fear.

Shutting down a vital source of electrical energy, which Chernobyl remains, is no an easy task, particularly with winter upon us. Ukraine’s energy infrastructure is weak; losing 8-10% of our electricity production and $100 million in revenues will strain the system even more.

To continue reading, please log in or enter your email address.

Registration is quick and easy and requires only your email address. If you already have an account with us, please log in. Or subscribe now for unlimited access.


Log in;