The risk of nuclear incident remains very high

Mykhailo Samus, director of the New Geopolitics Research Network: “The risk of nuclear incident at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP) remains very high”.

Mykhailo Samus, director of the New Geopolitics Research Network from Kyiv, gave an interview to Defense and Security Monitor and MEDIAFAX during the Black Sea and Balkans Security Forum 2022 conference, which took place on September 2 and 3 in Bucharest.

The conference brings together experts, officials, representatives of academia, business and the media in a series of debates on the most pressing security issues in the Black Sea and Balkan region. “Ukraine is waging a fierce struggle with Russia. The problem is that Russia has a very large stockpile of weapons, so Ukraine has to resist asymmetrically. Therefore, we need all possible support. Romania helps us in many areas. I think there are many areas where we may cooperate. I believe that further cooperation between Romania and Ukraine will be especially successful in the Black Sea”, – said Mykhailo Samus.

“When it comes to the specific help we need, we mean weapons and ammunition”, – he continued. “There is a very high risk associated with a nuclear incident. This is the first time in history that someone occupied a nuclear power plant by military means. Russian troops must withdraw from the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power station area. I am convinced that the demilitarization of the nuclear facility is the only way out. We hope that the UN will help to withdraw the Russian troops from there. The presence of Russian troops on the territory of the nuclear plant is very dangerous for our region and for global security as a whole”, – said the director of the New Geopolitics Research Network.

Regarding the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the Kherson region, Mr.Samus said that this is a “war of a new generation” and at the moment we can talk about “preparation of the battlefield for the withdrawal of Russian troops from the right bank of the Dnipro river.”

Mykhailo Samus

NGRN Director

After 20 years in media as well as in security and defence analysis and consultancy, Mykhailo is an experienced researcher in the sphere of international relations, national resilience and new generation warfare. Served 12 years in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, he gained his Master’s Degree in International Journalism from the Institute of Journalism, Kyiv Shevchenko National University (2007). Having started his career as a journalist at Defense Express, he became the Editor-in-Chief of the Export Control Newsletter magazine, and then the Deputy Director of the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies.

He was the founder (2009) of the EU CACDS office in Prague (Czech Republic), and was responsible for the coordination of CACDS international activities, its regional sections, and projects with NATO and the EU. Mykhailo also was the member of the editorial border of the CACDS Analytical Bulletin Challenges and Risks.

Now Mykhailo is a chief and one the drivers of new international project – The New Geopolitics Research Network which is an independent and nonpartisan initiative to provide a think tank platform for researchers, academics, experts, journalists, intellectuals who aspire to shape a new facets of geopolitics.

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