On the 36th anniversary of the Chornobyl tragedy, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy presented state awards to employees of the Chornobyl NPP who provided safety at the nuclear power plant even in the difficult conditions of Russian occupation and saved the world from another man-made disaster.
"We are grateful to those who saved the world from the second catastrophe in 2022. I would like to thank the staff of the Chornobyl station and all the workers of the Exclusion Zone who worked, stayed at the station and ensured uninterrupted work at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant in truly inhumane conditions - under occupation and direct threat to their lives. In conditions when the Russian invaders turned out to be so barbaric that they did not understand where they came and what radiation safety is,” the President said during a meeting with Chornobyl workers at the Office of the President of Ukraine.
"Our specialists have worked really professionally, to the maximum, to maintain the normal operation of all Chornobyl facilities," he added.
The President also thanked the Ukrainians who under occupation ensure the operation of the Zaporizhzhia NPP, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.
"After that terrible night, when Russian tanks fired at the buildings of the Zaporizhzhia NPP, the safety of this facility is ensured only by the professionalism and integrity of our nuclear specialists - real heroes," said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
For loyalty to the Ukrainian people, significant personal contribution to overcoming the consequences of the Chornobyl disaster, courage and dedication shown in ensuring the operation of Chornobyl facilities under occupation during the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, conscientious performance of professional duties the President presented state awards to ChNPP employees.