The largest nuclear power plant in Europe faces the possibility of a catastrophic radiation leak that will be brought about more by 'fake news' than by a saboteurs bomb or well-placed missile strike.
Consumers of North American, European and Ukrainian media are of the opinion that Russian forces are shelling the nuclear plant and that Russia is blocking attempts by the United Nations, International Atomic Energy Agency to enter the facilities.
According to that same media there is a Russian plan to destroy the plant themselves in order to blame the Zelensky government in Kiev for thousands of deaths and the migration of millions of Europeans trying to escape the fall-out. Ukrainian leader Zelensky warned on the 17th of August of just such a 'false flag' operation by Russia and introduced nuclear safety drills and the distribution of iodine tablets to to the public in those areas of the Ukraine still governed by Kiev. (LINK), (LINK), (LINK), (LINK),
This latest fear is compounded by the fact that in March of this year the United Nations raised an alarm over Russia's control of nuclear material in the Ukraine, an announcement which quickly lead to claims by western media that Russia would carry out a false flag attack on the Chernobyl nuclear facility. British media went so far as to claim that Russia was stock-piling the bodies of Ukrainians to blame for the nuclear facility attack, an attack which Russia would then use to justify their retaliatory use of chemical weapons on Ukrainians. (LINK), (LINK), (LINK), (LINK), (LINK),
While all of this was going on, the prestigious think-tank Atlantic Council reported that Russia was bombing the country of Belarus from Ukrainian air space in an effort to draw Belarus into the conflict on the side of Russia. In a March 14, 2022 article for the Atlantic Council, associate director Lukas Andriukaitis reprinted a 'tweet' from user “Kyiv Independent” reporting that a Russian aircraft attacked the Belarusian border village of Kopani from Ukrainian airspace in an attempt to make it appear that Ukraine had attacked Belarus. (LINK), (LINK),
This is odd and not just because such an important western think tank would base their 'thinking' on the information contained in a 'tweet'. This is odd because even before Russia's military move into the Ukraine on February 24 of this year the Atlantic Council was reporting that Belarus had already joined forces with Russia and was hosting Russian forces in Belarus;
“ Viktor Gulevich, head of the Belarusian army, previously stated on February 21 that the withdrawal of Russian troops from Belarus would depend on regional NATO troop withdrawals. According to Reuters reporting, Gulevich said Minsk believed it was within its rights to demand that US and NATO member forces withdraw from near Belarusian borders, including from near borders with neighboring countries Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania. “ (LINK), (LINK),
None of the above, widely broadcast Russian 'false flags' have taken place. In fact the IAEA Director General Grossi headed a mission to the Chernobyl site on the 26th of April and confirmed that Russian engineers were successfully maintaining the plants cooling and storage systems and no nefarious Russian plots existed. (LINK),
If this news comes as a surprise to you that is because those same media reporting on the 'possibility' of Russian false-flag attacks have not published follow-up stories to apologize for publishing 'rumours' and fear mongering their audience. At one time in the not too distant past our media would challenge western leaders and lawmakers on their stand related to an issue but today the utterances of even the most minor of political figures becomes the new truth. (LINK),
Two important objectives of Russian forces when they entered the Ukraine were control of Ukrainian air space, which they did very quickly, and control of nuclear facilities which Ukraine state energy company Energoatom operates and maintains. There are three working nuclear power plants and four which have been shut down, including Chernobyl. Of those seven only three, Chernobyl, Kharkiv and Zaporozhye have become accessible to Russian forces but they continue to push for control of Ukraine's fissionable material which Kiev and Energoatom won't willingly give up. (LINK),
Through all of this, Russia has kept the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) informed of their actions, including at Chernobyl. On March 2nd of this year, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi announced that Russia notified them in writing that, “...its troops took control of the area around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in Ukraine and the radiation levels at the NPP are normal.” (LINK), (LINK),
Over the four months since that letter was written, Russia has been operating the plant using most of the original Energoatom staff and delivering electricity to the Ukrainian grid. Although the government in Kiev and Energoatom management have constantly railed against Russian presence at the plant, nothing about the plants safe and continued operation under the Russians has made it into western press. What is more troubling is that since the plants occupation by Russia, the IAEA has continued to rely on Ukraine's Energoatom for information on plant operation and on the continuing missile strikes.
It is troubling for the fact that during a June 6th meeting of the IAEA board of governors, Director General Grossi said that the agency was working on creating conditions for sending a mission to the Zaporozhye site but a major stumbling block was Energoatom itself. Management of Energoatom spoke out against the IAEA visit arguing that it had not invited Grossi to the nuclear power plant and had previously denied him this visit because they believed his presence to be a Russian plot. (LINK),
July 18th the attacks began with shelling from across the Dnieper River and on the 20th , three Ukrainian kamikaze drones struck the Zaporozhye power plant. According to local media, “...the station’s reactors were undamaged and the radiation background was normal. The Ukrainian army’s strikes injured 11 employees of the Zaporozhye NPP, with four of them in severe condition.”
One week later a drone strike damaged outer buildings of the facility and then on the 30th of July drones fired on a convoy delivering food, spare parts and supplies to Energodar staff, destroying the vehicles and damaging three apartment blocks, a food store, and plant staff quarters. Russia was blamed for firing on its own men and material.
On August 5th attacks on the nuclear power plant began to intensify with the Ukraine forces firing British Brimstone and American M31 GMLRS missiles at the reactor buildings and fuel storage ponds. When confronted with missile name plates and part numbers by Russia, Ukraine's response was that Russia had used foreign missiles in order to blame Ukraine for the attack.
By the 8th of August Russia had became convinced that the Ukrainian Defense Ministry was preparing to destroy the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant after Ilya Kiva, retired deputy of Ukraine's parliament threatened Russia through Telegram, a Twitter alternative. Kiva revealed that the Ukrainian authorities, “...have already begun information preparation for the future terrorist attack. As an example, the politician cited the statements of the Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Denis Monastyrsky who has been talking about the possibility of a "tragedy" at the power plant.” (LINK), (LINK), (LINK),
Shelling and drone attacks on the plant and its supporting infrastructure have continued through the month of August with western media either forgetting to mention who was attacking the plant, implying that Russia was at fault, or outright lying and blaming Russia for attacking its own people with western-made weapons from positions held only by Kiev forces. (LINK), (LINK), (LINK),
It won't take much to ignite the spent fuel in those ponds. Although the reactors have heavy concrete structures designed to withstand most rocket attacks, the spent fuel ponds have only a relatively light cover. One lucky strike out of the dozen or more projectiles hurled at the plant each day could create a 'Fukushima-like' toxic cloud; two or three lucky strikes and the horror will truly begin for Europe, for the Ukraine and for Russia.
For tens of millions of people down wind of the plant the 'who done it' won't matter as they struggle to leave the irradiated area or cope with the sickness, death and long-term genetic damage from the nuclear cloud. For the United States and Great Britain who will not be feeling the direct effects of a plant disaster the 'who done it' is already known before the fact and they will use their convictions to justify a 'retaliatory' nuclear strike on Russian territory.
The danger is real but it is not the Russians who are ignoring it. At this writing the Russians have given up on their demands that the IAEA visit the Zaporozhye plant through territory they control which means that Director General Grossi's long awaited visit can begin in a day or two. What remains to be seen is if Energoatom's, and therefor Kiev's animosity towards the IAEA still burns because if it does then there may very well be one more false-flag event for with Grossi has a front row seat. (LINK),
Pray for common sense and the Love of Humanity.
August 29; The Ukrainian forces are now bombing Hydro-electric power in an effort to remove auxiliary power from the nuclear reactor cooling systems. (LINK),