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Published on A socialist in China, Aug 10, 2022:

This post from A Socialist in China covers four items:
* A news report from Russian media, translated by A Socialist In Canada (with a headline news update)
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A report published by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
* Analysis by Scott Ritter
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Russian foreign ministry condemns attempts by Ukraine regime to intimidate the workers of the Zaporozhzhya Nuclear Power Plant

Report in RIA Novosti, Aug 9, 2022  (translation by A Socialist In Canada, original Russian here)

United Nations, New York, Aug 9, 2022—By striking at the Zaporozhya nuclear power plant, Kiev wants to intimidate the plant personnel in order to create problems at the plant, said Igor Vyshnevetsky on August 9 while attending the tenth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) being held in New York City. He is the deputy director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

“We are forced to respond to the incessant statements of the Ukrainian delegation, to absolutely absurd allegations, that the Russian Armed Forces are shelling the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP),” Vyshnevetsky said.

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He pointed out that Kiev has never been able to really explain why the Russian military would “shell themselves at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, which they have controlled since early March 2022.”

“The Ukrainian side has serious motives. Why is this being done now? Because the NPT Review Conference here in New York is underway, and there is very close attention to the situation in Ukraine.”

Vishnevetsky paraphrased, “The Ukrainian side is saying, ‘The world is following our work. We need to attract attention, which is clearly starting to wane.’ “

According to him, the Ukrainian regime now needs money and weapons, “and it is obvious that Kiev thinks that by attracting the attention of the international community by such actions, they will receive their dividends.”

“In addition, the Ukrainian side is engaged in outright terrorism. They are shelling not only the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant but also the city of Energodar [population 55,000, adjacent to the ZNPP], where the personnel serving the power plant live. It is obvious that they want to intimidate people there so that they do not go to work and that problems are created in operation of the plant.”

The Ukrainian military is constantly shelling the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, which is adjacent to Energodar. The city has been guarded by the Russian military since early March, but the plant is operated by the Ukrainian operator. On the night of August 7, the Ukrainian army attacked the station using Uragan multiple launchers. According to the Energodar authorities, fragments and a rocket engine fell about 400 meters from an operating power unit, the dry storage area of ​​​​spent nuclear fuel and the automated control post for radiation situation.

As noted by the administration of Energodar, damage to the power unit threatens the lives of hundreds of thousands of residents not only in Ukraine but also in Europe and even Asia. In the event of a human-made disaster, the cities of Nikopol, Zaporozhye and Krivoy Rog as well as most of the western regions of Ukraine will be in the radius of radiation damage.

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, has expressed concern and called for an end to the shelling. He also stated that he was ready to lead a mission to the ZNPP composed of IAEA experts on safety, protection and safeguards at nuclear power plants. Russia has signalled its readiness to assist in organizing this visit.


Remarks by Igor Vishnevetskii, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the Russian Federation to the Tenth NPT Review Conference in New York, speaking on the current situation at the ZNPP on August 8, 2022

Published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Aug 9, 2022  (translation by A Socialist In Canada, original in Russian here)

Madam Chairman,

With regard to another allegation against Russia, we would like to state the following. At the beginning of March, Russian troops entered the surroundings of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) as the plant happened to be in the territory coming under our control. It could not be left without an armed guard. Otherwise, there would be a threat of access to the site by non-state actors and the risk of leakage of radioactive materials. Non-proliferation assurances and normal functioning of the plant certainly had to be provided.

We have already said it before and we will say it again: Russia cooperates closely with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and is preparing a visit to the ZNPP together with the agency. The responsibility for the fact that this trip has not yet taken place lies solely with Kiev and those who support it. Therefore, we reject the cunning appeals to Russia to allow IAEA inspectors to enter the plant as untenable. These must be addressed not to us, but to the other parties on whom it depends.

There has been disturbing news in recent days. We have already informed the Conference that on 5 August the Ukrainian armed forces shelled the ZNPP industrial site with large-caliber artillery. The shells fell in the area of the general plant facilities. A high-voltage power line was damaged. For this reason, it was decided to reduce the capacity of ZNPP units 5 and 6.

On 6 and 7 August, the Ukrainian armed forces shelled the ZNPP again. The territory of the plant was hit by shells of the Uragan multiple rocket launcher and again by large-caliber artillery. There was a dry storage facility for spent nuclear fuel near the impact zone.

Irresponsible actions of the Kiev regime could lead to a large-scale disaster at the ZNPP, with consequences not only for Ukraine but also for neighboring European countries. This must be stopped immediately. Russia has already called on international organizations, the UN and the IAEA to take the necessary steps, using their authority, to curb the insane actions of the Ukrainian authorities.

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi made a statement about this, expressing his deep concern about what is now happening around the ZNPP. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also spoken out in this regard, calling what is happening a suicide. But this is not enough. There must be tough demands to the Kiev authorities, directly to president Vladimir Zelensky, to stop attacking the largest operating nuclear facility in Europe.

We have photos and videos showing the consequences of these attacks on the ZNPP. Russia is ready to share them with all interested members of the international community and international organizations that can influence Ukraine and compel its leadership to stop what constitute terrorist acts against the ZNPP.

The cynicism of Kiev’s statements, including those made by president Zelensky, that Russian troops allegedly hit the ZNPP, is striking. It seems that the common sense of the current Ukrainian leaders has completely gone. They are trying to convince the world that the Russian military is shelling itself because they are the ones guarding the plant right now. Furthermore, Kiev propagandists also claim that representatives of the Russian state corporation Rosatom are allegedly coordinating these shellings in order to cut off the ZNPP from the Ukrainian energy system.

These monstrous lies are eagerly picked up by the sponsors of the Kiev regime. In particular, Josep Borrell, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, says the EU condemns Russia’s military activity around the ZNPP since it is allegedly another example of disregard for international norms. We hear such allegations from certain European states, namely Poland, Germany, Sweden and others. The authorities of the Western countries continue to endanger their own citizens for the sake of endorsing the Ukrainian provocations.

The international community must speak in one voice in this situation. There can be no disagreement that weapons should never be used against large nuclear facilities such as nuclear power plants under any circumstances. This is a crime. And it must be prevented. We venture to hope that an understanding of the critical nature of the situation, and the real danger which it poses will prevail over political predilections.


Analysis: Ukraine and its Western backers should be held accountable for the ‘suicidal’ attack on Europe’s largest nuclear powerplant, by Scott Ritter, RT, Aug 12, 2022  U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken hoped to make Russia look like a ‘nuclear terrorist’. Instead, he implicated himself.

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