In one village in the Rivne
region, milk samples showed radioactive contamination up to 16 times higher than the accepted norms, Greenpeace said.
This would be so, were it not accompanied by the stated intention of the EU and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to provide Ukraine with loans (worth $1 .475 billion in total) for the completion of a second reactor unit at Khmelnitski and a fourth reactor unit at Rivne
Reactor No 2 at the Rivne
nuclear power plant was stopped for three hours after its automatic safety system suddenly shut down one of the reactor's turbine generators.
Kiev also plans to make a reactor (R4) in the Rivne
plant operational by the end of the year, before starting to build a third new reactor.
The Ukraine has still to complete the construction of two controversial nuclear reactors at the Khmelnitsky and Rivne
power stations, the notorious K2R4 project for which the EBRD and the European Commission have not sourced Western loans.
On energy, the Ukrainian side simply reiterated its commitment that the new nuclear reactors in Rivne
and Khmelnitsky (K2R4) "will be completed according to the internationally-accepted safety standards".
The Ukrainian Government is set to go it alone to complete the controversial construction of two new nuclear reactors at Rivne
and Khmelnitsky (K2R4), even if it does not obtain loans from the EBRD, the country's Energy Minister Serhiy Ermilov said.
She said the talks would focus on a loan aimed to help Ukraine complete work on two nuclear reactors at the Rivne
and Khmelnytsky nuclear power plants.