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Ukraine's electricity grid needs the construction of new nuclear power units, Yuriy Boyko, the country's deputy energy minister said last week. Speaking to delegates at Atomic Energy: The Future of the Industry on 17 February, Boyko described the importance of at least three new units. Nuclear power plant operator Energoatom published  Boyko's comments on its website.

Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ukrainian-needs-new-nuclear-capacity,-says-deputy

Belarus nuclear regulator Gosatomnadzor announced on16 February that Belarus is committed to continuous improvement of safety at the Belarus NPP.  "Joint actions with ENSREG [European Nuclear Safety Regulatory Group] regarding stress tests of the Belarus NPP are carried out by our country on a voluntary basis, as a demonstration of Belarus's commitment to continuous improvement of the NPP safety level," the statement posted on Gosatomnadzor’s website said. The statement was a response to the adoption by the European Parliament on 11 February of a resolution citing concerns about the plant’s safety. The resolution, initiated by Lithuania, was supported by 642 deputies with 29 voting against, and 21 abstaining. The Ministry of Energy of Belarus in response stated that it considered the resolution to be politicised.

Date: Friday, 19 February 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbelarus-npp-confirms-commitment-to-safety-8532109

On 20 January, the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers decided to transfer direct management of nuclear utility Energoatom from the Energy Ministry to the government.

Date: Thursday, 28 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsukrainian-government-takes-over-management-of-energoatom-8475957

The completion of the third and fourth power units at the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant is "the future of Ukraine", Petro Kotin, acting president of Energoatom, said in an interview with Liga-Business at the end of last month. The project places Ukraine alongside other countries in Europe that are experiencing a "nuclear renaissance", since France, Poland, Slovakia and Romania are all now considering the further development of nuclear power, he said.

Date: Saturday, 09 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Khmelnitsky-expansion-part-of-European-renaissance

Ukrainian nuclear power plant operator Energatom says it understands the urgent decision taken by the Cabinet of Ministers on 28 December to extend regulations governing the electricity market. One of these regulations is to set a low price for electricity sold to the Guaranteed Buyer within the Public Service Obligation (PSO) mechanism.

Date: Friday, 01 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Energoatom-accepts-need-for-fixed-power-prices

Holtec International has announced that the second double-walled canister (DWC) had been loaded with RBMK reactor used nuclear fuel into the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (ChNPP) site’s Interim Storage Facility (ISF-2) in Ukraine yesterday.

Date: Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ukraine-starts-loading-RBMK-fuel-into-Interim-Stor

Kharkov-based Turboatom has already manufactured the main part of the turbine unit for the VVER-1000 at unit 3 of Ukraine’s Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant (KhNPP), Energoatom said on 1 December.

Date: Friday, 04 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsturboatom-manufactures-main-part-of-the-turbine-for-khmelnitsky-3-8391545

The preparatory stage of the project to complete units 3 and 4 of the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant in Ukraine has been completed and construction work has resumed, Piotr Kotin, acting president of Energoatom, announced last week. The project is part of a Ukrainian presidential decree of 22 September.

Date: Tuesday, 01 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Construction-work-resumes-on-Khmelnitsky-units

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced that the first canister of used nuclear fuel had been loaded into the Interim Storage Facilty 2 (ISF-2) at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

Date: Friday, 20 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfirst-canister-of-used-fuel-loaded-at-chernobyl-storage-facility-8369174