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Ukraine: Nuclear workers protest over seized Energoatom accounts01:16

Ukraine: Nuclear workers protest over seized Energoatom accounts

Ukraine, Kiev
May 31, 2016 at 12:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

More than 1,000 nuclear workers marched to the Presidential Administration building in Kiev, Tuesday, to protest against the Ukrainian government's inaction in addressing the issue of the seizure of the National Nuclear Energy Generating Company's (Energoatom) assets.

As a result of the seizure, employees' wages have been affected and payments for nuclear fuel, nuclear materials and the removal of used nuclear fuel have all stopped. Protesters are also concerned that Energoatom will be turned into a corporation and that staff will be laid off.

Energoatom's assets, including accounts and property worth $7.95 billion (€7.15 bln) were seized in March, 2016, after a court ordered the repayment of debt amounting to 127.3 million hryvnia (roughly $5 million /€4.5 million). Energoatom is a Ukrainian state company that currently operates all four of the country's nuclear power plants.

Ukraine: Nuclear workers protest over seized Energoatom accounts01:16
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More than 1,000 nuclear workers marched to the Presidential Administration building in Kiev, Tuesday, to protest against the Ukrainian government's inaction in addressing the issue of the seizure of the National Nuclear Energy Generating Company's (Energoatom) assets.

As a result of the seizure, employees' wages have been affected and payments for nuclear fuel, nuclear materials and the removal of used nuclear fuel have all stopped. Protesters are also concerned that Energoatom will be turned into a corporation and that staff will be laid off.

Energoatom's assets, including accounts and property worth $7.95 billion (€7.15 bln) were seized in March, 2016, after a court ordered the repayment of debt amounting to 127.3 million hryvnia (roughly $5 million /€4.5 million). Energoatom is a Ukrainian state company that currently operates all four of the country's nuclear power plants.

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