In May 2023, the presentation of the first volume of the book “Voices of Ukraine” (VoU) organized by the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) took place in Vienna.
“Voices of Ukraine” is an important and unique project on which the WiN Ukraine team, under the auspices of the World Institute for Nuclear Security, worked fruitfully throughout 2022 from different parts of the world.
The presentation of the project took place with the participation of the co-authors of the book — President of WiN Ukraine Margaryta Rayets, Vice President of WiN Ukraine Anastasiia Nechytailo — as well as WINS executive director Lars van Dassen, senior project manager Rhonda Evans, together with diplomatic representatives Laura S. Holgate, the US ambassador to the UN Vienna branch and the International Atomic Energy Agency, Ambassador Yevhenii Tsymbalyuk, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to international organizations. Representatives of Ukraine took part in the panel discussion, namely the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management, the State Specialized Enterprise “Central Enterprise for Radioactive Waste Management” , the national operator, Rivne NPP, South-Ukraine NPP (all of them are heroes of the “Voices of Ukraine” project). In general, representatives of diplomatic missions of more than 40 countries of the world joined the presentation of the book!
According to the co-author of the book, Margaryta Rayets, “the Voices of Ukraine project is more than just a collection of stories.” For WiN Ukraine, this is a contribution to the fight against nuclear terrorism on the diplomatic and informational fronts. Thanks to the publication, the world will hear unique and sometimes impressive facts about how, despite all the difficulties, the Ukrainian nuclear sphere works and develops, and why it is so important to record these stories for future generations!”
At the same time, Anastasiia Nechytailo who is also a VoU Project Lead for WINS notes that the “Voices of Ukraine” collection will have 3 volumes. The second volume will contain the testimony of ZNPP workers, which they will be able to give after de-occupation, and the third volume will be written after our Victory 🇺🇦”
The project was made possible in particular with the support of the governments of Canada, Norway, Sweden and the USA.