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September 01, 2022

Ukraine Tries To Prevent IAEA Inspection Of The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

Updated below (11:30 UTC)

Over night the Ukrainian military, from positions in Vyshetarasovka, Nikopol and Marganets, again shelled the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant on the south side of the Kakhovka Dnieper reservoir.


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This was fallowed by an early morning attempt by Ukrainian forces to land a sabotage group near the village north east of the ZNPP. Some seven boats, two self-motorized barges and some 60 soldiers were involved in the suicidal mission.


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The paramilitary Russian National Guard (Rosgvardiya) which protects the plant immediately detected the insertion and attacked it. The Russian army send Ka-52 attack helicopters to help destroy the Ukrainian force. The two barges were sunk.

As the little town where the troops landed is outside of power plant there is no danger to the reactors.

An inspector team under IAEA director Rafael Grossi is on its way to the ZNPP.

U.N. nuclear safety officials who are heading to Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia power plant are facing intense shelling but will continue to travel to the facility, the team's leader said Thursday.

"There has been increased military activity, including this morning — until very recently, a few minutes ago," Rafael Mariano Grossi, the director general of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said Thursday morning. But he added defiantly: "Having come so far, we are not stopping. We are moving now," despite the fact "the risks are very very high."

Grossi concluded his press statement by saying: "Wish us luck, we are moving now ... It's very important that the world knows what's happening here."

The IAEA inspectors are expected to cross the frontline between Ukrainian-held land and Russian-occupied Ukrainian territory and reach the nuclear power, Europe's largest, later on Thursday. The U.N. inspectors will continue to advance, despite the fact intense shelling has been reported by both Ukraine and Russia around Zaporizhzhia, amid fears the risks of a nuclear accident are increasing.

Update 1:

Dima of the Military Summary Channel thinks (vid) that the Ukrainian saboteur group was tasked with laying low until the inspectors arrive. It would then take over the plant and prevent the IAEA inspectors from leaving. They would then be hostages at the plant which would guarantee that the Russian side would be unable to retake the site.

If that really was the plan it was one of the craziest I ever heard off. Then again - the Ukrainian Zelenski regime is crazy and he and his advisors are former movie producers who are trained to come up with such plots.

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The Russian Ministry of Defense has said that the planned meeting point with the inspectors had come under fire from Ukrainian artillery.

Meanwhile 'western' media continue to quote the ludicrous Ukrainian claims that the Russia is shelling the power plant which is under its troops control since early March:

On Tuesday, Ukrainian officials accused Russia of shelling the path the IAEA inspectors will take to reach the plant to force the group to pass through Crimea instead. They did not provide evidence for their claims, and Russia did not directly respond to the allegation. On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, “Russia is doing everything or even more in order to make the mission … happen, be safe, and accomplish all of its tasks.”
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“Every minute the Russian troops stay at the nuclear power plant is a risk of a global radiation disaster,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last week.

Ukrainian officials remain worried that the Kremlin’s forces will sanitize the plant ahead of the visit and intimidate workers into not telling the truth about Russian behavior, prompting the IAEA to bless the safety protocols at the plant. That would, in effect, legitimize Russia’s occupying presence, the Ukrainians fear.

“The worst-case scenario is when they come and say it’s best that the station is under Russian control [and] in general, nuclear safety protocols are followed,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told The Washington Post last week.

The nuclear inspectors were scheduled to spend the night at a hotel in Zaporizhzhia before visiting the plant first thing on Thursday morning, a spokesman for the plant said.

The U.S. military disagrees with the Ukrainian claim that Russia is shelling the ZNPP. On Monday a Pentagon background briefing touched the issue:

Q: [..] White House Strategic Communications Coordinator Kirby said earlier today that the U.S. does not have a way of -- of accounting the number of shells -- artillery shells fired around the Zaporizhzhia plant in Ukraine. I was wondering if you could give clarity on exactly what level of visibility the U.S. has on the military activity around the plant and which side is shelling at any given moment?

SENIOR MILITARY OFFICIAL: Yeah, I -- so what I know for sure is that the -- the Russians are firing from around the plant and, you know, I also know that there are rounds that have impacted near the plant. You know, the way that we're tracking the forces around the nuclear power plant -- it's not like there's a -- a constant -- it's hard to explain, I guess. It's not like there are forces in every square inch of the area around the plant. And so we also know that the Russians have fired in the vicinity of the plant.

And I don't want to say that the Ukrainians haven't fired in that vicinity either because I think there's probably a likelihood that they have, but in good -- in a number of cases, it's returning fire of the Russians who are firing from those locations.

... and in a number of other cases they target the power plant.

Update 2:

Here is another crazy issue. The Ukrainian Kherson offensive continues despite extremely heavy losses. The Rybar map shows one of the axes where the Ukrainian army still tries to press forward after having been rooted from Bruskyns'ke.


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The area is flat open steppe with no coverage for troops to hide. The Russian side is by far superior in artillery and has air supremacy. Whoever ordered the Ukrainians to press this suicidal campaign under these circumstance is guilty of murder and should go to prison for the rest of his life.

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Posted by b on September 1, 2022 at 10:19 UTC | Permalink

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The absolute irresponsibility of the failed state of the border is criminal. We cannot have another nuclear accident. And the ukies are crazy enough to hang it over collective heads and tease us with macabre degenerate shit

Posted by: Abu Aisha | Sep 1 2022 10:33 utc | 1

Best to pray that Russia can quickly locate the Ukrainian shelling, any missiles, and drones against this plant and take them out.

Posted by: young | Sep 1 2022 10:40 utc | 2

Wow. Thanks b, that is crazy.

What a bunch of lame obfuscation by the Senior Military Official.

"You know, the way that we're tracking the forces around the nuclear power plant -- it's not like there's a -- a constant -- it's hard to explain, I guess."

Posted by: Haassaan | Sep 1 2022 10:44 utc | 3

The fact that Russia even invited the IAEA spies into the building says everything you need to know, as I said before Russia is 1 step behind of every move. Before IAEA visisted the building they had a secret meeting with Zelensky.
Of course the ukranians are going to move on forward by shooting and the latest, trying to send commandos sabotaging the plant, when Russia letting down the guard like this!

Posted by: Zanon | Sep 1 2022 10:50 utc | 4

A daring commando raid by dawns early light.. how very british. Almost like Churchill himself was in charge.

Posted by: S.O. | Sep 1 2022 10:52 utc | 5

It really shows how desperate the west is to pull a stunt like this, it has British Special Ops written all over it. What a waste of elite troops.

With the looming energy crisis, there is an obvious desperation to keep that huge power plant supplying energy to Europe.

Posted by: Haassaan | Sep 1 2022 10:56 utc | 6

It really shows how desperate the west is to pull a stunt like this, it has British Special Ops written all over it. What a waste of elite troops.

With the looming energy crisis, there is an obvious desperation to keep that huge power plant supplying energy to Europe.

Posted by: Haassaan | Sep 1 2022 10:57 utc | 7

It really shows how desperate the west is to pull a stunt like this, it has British Special Ops written all over it. What a waste of elite troops.

With the looming energy crisis, there is an obvious desperation to keep that huge power plant supplying energy to Europe.

Posted by: Haassaan | Sep 1 2022 10:57 utc | 8

It really shows how desperate the west is to pull a stunt like this, it has British Special Ops written all over it. What a waste of elite troops.

With the looming energy crisis, there is an obvious desperation to keep that huge power plant supplying energy to Europe.

Posted by: Haassaan | Sep 1 2022 10:57 utc | 9

Sorry...please delete.

Posted by: Haassaan | Sep 1 2022 10:59 utc | 10

The IAEA's Board of Governors for '21-'22

The 35 Board Members for 2021-2022 are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Burundi, Canada, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, the Russian Federation, Senegal, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America and Viet Nam.

Career diplomats. Not scientists or engineers.

Posted by: too scents | Sep 1 2022 11:06 utc | 11

Report in German state media.
Support for Ukraine empties US ammunition dumps. Government officials are now sounding the alarm.
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The war in Ukraine has depleted America's ammunition stocks - so much so that the Pentagon can't keep up with stockpiles. As the "Wall Street Journal" reports, US officials are now warning that their own ability to defend themselves can no longer be guaranteed.

Posted by: mon3 | Sep 1 2022 11:07 utc | 12

Does there exist a list of IAEA's inspectors at ZNPP?

Posted by: too scents | Sep 1 2022 11:11 utc | 13

If the Ukraine and its Western patrons are concerned about a nuclear accident, then why not negotiate a deal to demilitarize the territory surrounding the plant? The Ukrainians could agree to pull their forces away, and the Russians could agree not to fire on the enemy.

I find it bizarre that Western MSM, Kiev, and US/EU state players are blaming Russia for bombings in and around the nuclear site. Russia, after all, occupies the plant. It's nonsense to believe the Russians would be firing on their own position.

It's mind-boggling to realize how severely Western MSM has distorted facts about this war since fighting started in February.

Posted by: GW | Sep 1 2022 11:22 utc | 14

According to updated data, in the coastal zone of Energodar, two barges were additionally destroyed with a landing force of 140 fighters each and about 50 fighters in the Nikopol area, preparing for the next transportation.

The total loss of the elite units of the MTR of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is about 320 people, 230 of whom were trained in the UK.

According to data requiring additional verification, 6-8 officers of the British Ministry of Defense were killed on the coast of the Dnieper near Nikopol. At the moment, there are already 4 officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in captivity.

The IAEA mission is negotiating the continuation of movement towards the ZNPP for tomorrow afternoon.

Now they are located 28 km from the nuclear power plant. It is likely that Zelensky will publicly blame the leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the failure of the operation in the near future, and this will become a reason for a series of resignations in the top leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

- Yuri Podolayaka at 11:13 today

Posted by: rp | Sep 1 2022 11:26 utc | 15

Like cartoon bad guys. The Neocons sure can pick 'em. Or maybe they are them.

Posted by: Bemildred | Sep 1 2022 11:33 utc | 16

IAEA mission has arrived at the nuclear power plant in Energodar.
They were accompanied by helicopters and military armored vehicles. https://t.me/s/legitimniy

Posted by: rp | Sep 1 2022 11:39 utc | 17

I think this shows what is to be feared by Russia about Ukraine : fanaticism.

I hope this does not turn into an Afghanistan or Vietnam in that there seems to be no end to Ukr men willing to waste their lives in suicidal attacks - whether Khersen or ZNPP. It could be quite a burden to kill a million or so men.
OTOH, maybe you could argue that this is just a winnowing, a separation of the crazies from others more rational. Or a sort of Tet offensive that looks impressive but switches to ruin. Perhaps the sane already left for EU or Russia and the crazies are left to fight.

Posted by: Eighthman | Sep 1 2022 11:42 utc | 18

The level of batsh*tcraziness in the West media is off the scale. My jaw just drops whenever I go there.

On twitter people with Ukrainian flags are cheering on an offensive that has no air support. Even Phillips O'Brien (armchair general extraordinaire) pointed out that no offensive has succeeded without air since 1939 (and possibly 1918). Cue lots of nonsense from twitterers.

Plus the IFVs are 1970's-era M113 variants. It's suicide and I feel very sorry for any non-Nazi Ukrainians.

Posted by: JulianJ | Sep 1 2022 11:43 utc | 19

Posted by: rp | Sep 1 2022 11:26 utc | 15

You would hope there will be pictures of them dead soldiers as well as their British commanders in the public soonish. Not for the fun-factor, of course, but to once again show the de-facto NATO involvement.

Posted by: CM of Berlin | Sep 1 2022 11:43 utc | 20

I too will assume the inspectors are largely or entirely spies. So far they have learned that the Ukrainian side comprehensively lies about everything. They have learned that the Ukrainians are willing to endanger them personally and will not care if they die by friendly fire. The inspectors signed up to put on a show in a combat zone. They did not sign up for this shitshow.

Posted by: oldhippie | Sep 1 2022 11:47 utc | 21

Bloomberg makes no mention of the failed UA offensive at ZNPP in their latest reporting of IAEA's arrival.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-09-01/ukraine-latest-iaea-team-presses-on-despite-military-activity

NYTimes? Same.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/31/world/europe/un-inspectors-zaporizhzhia-nuclear.html

Nothing happened.

Posted by: too scents | Sep 1 2022 11:47 utc | 22

From August 30, 2022 "The Epoch Times" Gary Heavin

The United States has been sending ever more threatening weaponry to Ukraine such as the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, a precision rocket weapon. The Ukrainians have not only begun to fire these weapons at Russian targets, but also have been accused of firing artillery at the largest nuclear energy power plant in all of Europe, located in Zaporizhzhia in southeastern Ukraine. At what point does Russia act on Putin’s threat and go nuclear?

Posted by: young | Sep 1 2022 11:50 utc | 23

I too will assume the inspectors are largely or entirely spies.
Posted by: oldhippie | Sep 1 2022 11:47 utc | 21

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Yes. Of course. Inspectors are literally spies.

But are they competent, and where do their sympathies lie?

Posted by: too scents | Sep 1 2022 11:52 utc | 24

From Russell Bentley's Telegram, Russell is righteous but triumphalist, but he has street smarts and is nobody's fool, still take with a grain of salt. The last bit if true explains a whole lot, pulls the mystery of the crazy NPP shelling over last couple weeks all together. Also explains why the RF seemed so accommodating in letting the IAEA anywhere near the place, their Soviet predecessors would have told the UN to go screw themselves. Putin and Lavrov never read Dune, could they be that naive? Apparently not:

Alexander Serykh is a highly reliable source on VK concerning military and political matters. According to updated data, in the coastal zone of Energodar, two barges were additionally destroyed with a landing force of 140 fighters each and about 50 fighters in the Nikopol area, preparing for the next transportation. The total loss of the elite units of the MTR of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is about 320 people, 230 of whom were trained in the UK. According to data requiring additional verification, 6-8 officers of the British Ministry of Defense were killed on the coast of the Dnieper near Nikopol. At the moment, there are already 4 officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in captivity. The IAEA mission is negotiating the continuation of movement towards the ZNPP for tomorrow afternoon. Now they are located 28 km from the nuclear power plant. It is likely that Zelensky will publicly blame the leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the failure of the operation in the near future, and this will become a reason for a series of resignations in the top leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Extremely interesting update! It appears the IAEA team and Grossi may be treacherous bastards who were in on the brit plan for ukrops to seize the ZNPP. IAEA team is still at ukrop checkpoint. If they fail to continue to the ZNPP, it may indicate they were part of the attack plan and working with the nazis all along.

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | Sep 1 2022 11:56 utc | 25

Tom Clancy meets George Orwell:

https://www.rt.com/news/561958-lavrov-comments-baerbock-fantastic-admission/

At a ‘Democracy’s Clear and Present Danger: How Do We Respond?’ conference, Baerbock responds with:

"No matter what my German voters think, but I want to deliver to the people of Ukraine.”

Western 'democratic' values laid bare.

Posted by: Et Tu | Sep 1 2022 11:57 utc | 26

young@23:
That Gary Heavins quote about Putin going nuclear, what a crock. The more likely move is dial up the artillery barrages even more.

Posted by: morongobill | Sep 1 2022 12:01 utc | 27

Yes. Of course. Inspectors are literally spies.

Posted by: too scents | Sep 1 2022 11:52 utc | 24

Hmmm...Scott Ritter was such an inspector once.

Posted by: rp | Sep 1 2022 12:01 utc | 28

Putin is just about to land in Kaliningrad, that is, if he is in that plane.

Posted by: rp | Sep 1 2022 12:04 utc | 29

On the morning of September 1, the Kiev regime attempted a major provocation to disrupt the arrival of the IAEA working group of experts at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.

At 6:20 a.m. on the coast of the Kakhovsky reservoir, three kilometers northeast of the Zaporozhye NPP, two sabotage groups of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with a total of up to 60 people were landed on seven high-speed motorboats. Sabotage groups were discovered and blocked in the landing area by units of the Russian Guard guarding the territory of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.

To prevent an attempt to infiltrate the nuclear power plant and destroy Ukrainian saboteurs, a unit of the Russian armed forces arrived to reinforce the servicemen of the Rosgvardiya, and army aviation helicopters were also involved. Currently, the destruction of the Ukrainian sabotage group is being completed.

At about seven o'clock in the morning, units of the Russian armed forces stopped another attempt to land troops to seize a nuclear power plant. A few kilometers from the Zaporozhye NPP near the settlement of Vodiane, an attempt was made to land a tactical landing of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on two self-propelled barges that left Nikopol. As a result of fire damage by the Russian armed forces, two self-propelled barges with tactical landing of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were sunk.

Starting at 8 a.m., the Kiev regime blocked the passage of the IAEA experts mission from the controlled territory to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. Ukrainian artillery is shelling the territory of the Zaporozhye NPP, the meeting place of the IAEA mission with Russian specialists in the area of the settlement of Vasilevka, as well as the route of their movement to Energodar. Four shells exploded at a distance of 400 meters from the first power unit of the Zaporozhye NPP.

Despite the attempts of the Kiev regime to disrupt the arrival of a group of IAEA experts at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, the Russian side confirms its readiness to accept them with full safety of further work. The situation in the area of the nuclear power plant is difficult, but remains under full control.

Posted by: RuMoDsaid | Sep 1 2022 12:05 utc | 30

It appears that all Western media have been struck dumb by the failed Energodar NPP offensive . No news of it printed at all. I am convinced that the inspectors were all in on the attacks ; as they dragged their feet getting to the NPP, demanded they come through ukro-controlled land and had meetings and photo opportunities with Zel. There on time to welcome potentially Victorious Ukro troops , and still on time to lie about , sabotage and spy on the Russians . A win/win situation for those damned ukros and NATO types.

Posted by: Brother Ma | Sep 1 2022 12:05 utc | 31

There is no doubt that Ukrainians are ready for suicide missions. The western population is already suicidal.
In The Netherlanda, at work , people already proudly talk how they reduced their showers to help Ukraine abd "fight Putin".

Ecerybody hopes thatRussia shall be defeared soon and thay even the common people would gain sonething and increase their happiness and pleasure in life.

Posted by: mario2 | Sep 1 2022 12:08 utc | 32

too scents @ 24

Are you serious? Of course they have no competency. We are talking nuclear here. Do you believe there are loose teams of competent engineer/diplomats sitting around waiting for such an occasion? In their dreams do NPP operators have enough qualified engineers to get through today. Of course whoever these inspectors are they are aligned with and sympathetic to NATO and US. They have just had an object lesson that they are disposable. Will that affect their thinking? Maybe.

An object lesson. An inspector looks like Scott Ritter. Who has come under a lot of criticism here. Whatever else you can say about him he is a Marine with basically no competency in nuclear.

Posted by: oldhippie | Sep 1 2022 12:10 utc | 33

At 5. Churchill? I though of Baldrick: I have a cunning Plan!

Posted by: NoOne | Sep 1 2022 12:13 utc | 34

Rosgvardia ain't paramilitaries, they are regulars. Best analogue is "security division" (Sicherungs-Divisionen) of a kind, tasked with protecting government buildings, crucial infrastructure and backing up police if heavy weapons are needed. Having organic artillery (122-mm howitzers and 120-mm mortars), APCs, IFVs, helicopters, including Mi-24s, and cargo aviation, they should be considered light infantry forces.

Posted by: Wiz | Sep 1 2022 12:13 utc | 35

no offensive has succeeded without air since 1939 (and possibly 1918).
Posted by: JulianJ | Sep 1 2022 11:43 utc | 19

Tet offensive, I guess. Taliban taking Kabul, a year ago? So, if Ukrainians were attacking Americans without air support... or Ethiopians...

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Sep 1 2022 12:15 utc | 36

S.O. | Sep 1 2022 10:52 utc | 5

Apparently the use of Ukrainians trained in the UK was OK'd by Boris, as a sort of "farewell gesture".
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The other "object" could have been (hearsay only) to mine the ZPP and then use it as blackmail for a total withdrawal of the Russians back to Crimea. I don't see this as totally believable, as most troops are NOT suicidal, as sitting on a mined nuclear plant would need very drugged-up pions to press the button.

Although such a situation could have allowed the US to declare the area as a "No-fly" zone because of the "danger" to Europe. They may still try to declare the zone as needing to be permanently surveilled by themselves in the disguise of "inspectors", and demand the retreat of the Russians. The incoming inspectors would be complicit in such a plan.
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PS. I wonder if anything else could be hidden there? The plans for the construction of a nuke weapon? Hidden labs? A command center for the control of the electrical grid?

Posted by: Stonebird | Sep 1 2022 12:16 utc | 37

Posted by: mario2 | Sep 1 2022 12:08 utc | 32

How sad that the Europeans who invented Rationalism, Enlightenment and Secularism have now returned to ignorance, stupidity and malice. Sure, keep having cold showers ,dress in animal skins ,huddle around fires and resort to eating one another, stupid Dutch Average Joes…

Posted by: Brother Ma | Sep 1 2022 12:17 utc | 38

In the meantime,

Jarosław Kaczyński announced on Thursday that Poland would demand compensation from Germany for damages caused during World War II, "This is our goal, which is part of the whole concept of restoring normality when it comes to the functioning of the Polish state," said Jarosław Kaczyński. The report on war reparations calculated Poland's losses at over PLN 6 trillion 200 billion (~1,3 trillion EUR).

EU/NATO are highly united.

Posted by: rp | Sep 1 2022 12:21 utc | 39

Coverage of the Ukr "counter-offensive" seems to have died down, and the mop-up of the Bay of Pigs style assault on NPP gets stony MSM silence, so I think we can conclude that Zelensky's latest Act in Four Parts has dissipated without achieving its primary goal - more foreign funding. The IAEA report should be a masterful bit of creative writing although I feel confident they will recommend turning NPP over to Zelensky (I may be biased by the Syrian OPCW experience).

Posted by: T Paine | Sep 1 2022 12:24 utc | 40

Has anyone seen a single image to back up the claims about the Ukro raid?

Posted by: Keith | Sep 1 2022 12:24 utc | 41

Stonebird@37....secret plans, hidden labs...in a nuclear plant controlled by Russia? Even a hint of anything like that would have been brought forward by Russia. The IKEA visit is just tying up loose ends. Legal stuff. Let the the IKEA inspectors experience what the Ukrainians claim, Russia is attacking the plant itself.
Are there any bigger Assholes! on the planet or has the Ukraine cornered that market.

Cheers M

Posted by: sean the leprechaun | Sep 1 2022 12:26 utc | 42

Ever since GW Bush said "we do not torture" and "these are worst of the worst", it is a recurring theme to use the combo of arguments

1. Our side did not do it, and besides
2. It was fully justified (in the case at hand, grainy video of Russian trucks at the plant etc.)

I think that this method was tested, and it works for an amazing proportion of the recipients of the message. If I had to theorize without cold facts at hand, I would surmise that the combo should convince part of the 1% of the population that has profound mental problems or cognitive impairments, but it is definitely a much larger percentage.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Sep 1 2022 12:27 utc | 43

МИНСК, 1 сен - РИА Новости. Президент Белоруссии Александр Лукашенко заявил, что в скором времени конфликт на Украине ждет развязка, по его словам, между Владимиром Зеленским и украинскими военными зреет конфликт.
Лукашенко 1 сентября проводит открытый онлайн-урок для всех школ и вузов страны.
"Украину делят, там конфликт зреет между президентом и военными, только они могут рукой ударить и сказать: давайте договариваться или Украину сотрут с лица земли. В ближайшее время развязка будет", - заявил Лукашенко во время урока. По его словам, сейчас слово в конфликте между Украиной и Россией должны сказать сами украинцы. "Президент там уже не скажет слово, все зависит в Украине уже не от президента, зависит от военных - они погибают там, они видят, что это бесперспективно", - подчеркнул Лукашенко.

Posted by: mon3 | Sep 1 2022 12:27 utc | 44

Sorry

MINSK, September 1 - RIA Novosti. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that the conflict in Ukraine will soon be resolved, according to him, a conflict is brewing between Vladimir Zelensky and the Ukrainian military.
On September 1, Lukashenka is holding an open online lesson for all schools and universities in the country.
"Ukraine is being divided, there is a conflict brewing between the president and the military, only they can shake hands and say: let's negotiate or Ukraine will be wiped off the face of the earth. There will be a denouement in the near future," Lukashenka said during the lesson. According to him, now the word in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia must be said by the Ukrainians themselves. "The president will not say a word there, everything in Ukraine no longer depends on the president, it depends on the military - they die there, they see that it is futile," Lukashenka stressed.

Posted by: mon3 | Sep 1 2022 12:30 utc | 45

Once again, NATO "advisors" were behind the planning of the Energodar raids.

Ukrainian channel Legitimate:

"Our source confirms fights in the villages bordering Energodar and on the shore of the reservoir. What a "brilliant" idea - a landing party of 100-200 people near Energodar transferred from the side of Nikopol/Marganets without support of aviation and artillery.

The source reports that President's Office calls this tactics as "tactics of thousand cuts", the purpose of which is to destabilize and sow panic among the civilian population and to create illusion of attacking for the mass media. The source indicates that this strategy was prepared by NATO specialists. The Russians, of course, have already eliminated almost all of this Ukrainian landing force. There was no chance of survival. Bankovaya sent them to certain death."

The Russian report on this action implies that the landing barges along with the landing force were destroyed!

"Two barges with a landing force of 140 soldiers each in the coastal zone of Energodar and about 50 soldiers preparing for the next crossing in the area of Nikopol were additionally destroyed. Total losses of elite units of the AFU SSO and GUR: about 320 people, 230 of whom were trained in the UK.

According to data that requires additional verification 6-8 officers of the British Ministry of Defense were killed on the Dnieper coast in the Nikopol area. 4 AFU officers have been captured. The IAEA mission is conducting negotiations on the continuation of the movement in the direction of NPP tomorrow."

https://t.me/denatofication/3152

Posted by: unimperator | Sep 1 2022 12:31 utc | 46

rp @39

Yes, what a show of unity in the pro-Ukraine front! Poland must be strapped for cash. Have they hit up Russia for WW2 reparations yet? Payment must be in Euros, not Rubles, or we'll refuse!

Posted by: aquileia | Sep 1 2022 12:32 utc | 47

keep having cold showers ,dress in animal skins ,huddle around fires and resort to eating one another, stupid Dutch Average Joes…

Posted by: Brother Ma | Sep 1 2022 12:17 utc | 38

If it were so simple! I could massacre all neighboring squirrels and Mr. Woodchuck in my immediate neighborhood, and get one sleeve... Open fires are forbidden by the fascistic management... I must admit, there are better option, stealing corn and soybeans from farmers ... one can cook at the fire sites in the forest... finding an abandoned cabin... In short, one should survive of Social Security alone (but good bye to Internet)

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Sep 1 2022 12:35 utc | 48

This whole affair begs the question: Why didn't the IAEA inspectors come to the site via Crimea with escort from Russia, instead of having to go through a line of contact by transiting from Ukraine? The trip would have been far less hazardous, and their arrival could have been hidden.

Posted by: Mike R | Sep 1 2022 12:42 utc | 49

The nuclear inspectors trying to get to the plant have been held up by Ukraine's military for "three hours," says IAEA spokesman. "Grossi has personally negotiated with Ukrainian military authorities to be able to proceed."

ref Washington Post's John Hudson ==> https://twitter.com/John_Hudson/status/1565316637024215040

Posted by: too scents | Sep 1 2022 12:44 utc | 50

https://bigserge.substack.com/p/the-russo-ukrainian-war

Big Serge from Twitter on first 6 months of war.

Posted by: Tobie | Sep 1 2022 12:44 utc | 51

Ok, it is easy to say they are spies. It is also plausible to say that they are align with the USA…etc. The basic question really is - why Russia insists on this inspection. I vaguely remember reading sometimes ago that the issue is Ukrainians possible illegal enrichment of uranium in the power plant. Does anybody recall this part of the story?

Posted by: Lubica | Sep 1 2022 12:45 utc | 52

Posted by: Mike R | Sep 1 2022 12:42 utc | 49

Just IMO, but the IAEA may be compromised and unreliable. Like OSCE observers who were acting as spotters for Ukrainian artillery in the Donbass. I hope they are closely kept an eye on while they are near the plant.

The fact that IAEA excursion held this widely reported meeting with Zelensky is a major red flag. Followed by these raids and shellings. Some sort of incident occurring might've been agreed on, beforehand, then these would most likely be related..

Posted by: unimperator | Sep 1 2022 12:46 utc | 53

@Lubica | Sep 1 2022 12:45 utc | 52

Grossi let slip at the WEF that Urkaine

has "30,000 kilograms of plutonium, 40,000 kg of enriched uranium and my inspectors do not have access to that."


https://www.energyintel.com/00000181-20cc-db9d-a9eb-f7ef22ac0000

Posted by: too scents | Sep 1 2022 12:54 utc | 54

I wouldn't doubt that there are spies amongst the IAEA group, but there is really nothing to spy on. Maybe the location of a couple minor Russian military positions for targeting, but that is a lot of effort to do what a drone could do.

Posted by: Haassaan | Sep 1 2022 12:57 utc | 55

I wouldn't doubt that there are spies amongst the IAEA group, but there is really nothing to spy on. Maybe the location of a couple minor Russian military positions for targeting, but that is a lot of effort to do what a drone could do.

Posted by: Haassaan | Sep 1 2022 12:57 utc | 55

Spy can direct guided munitions or help scheme out sabotage later.
V Putin should stop diplomacy attempts with the West. It doesn't work. Ask Iran with their JCPOA IAEA.

Posted by: Lucci | Sep 1 2022 13:03 utc | 56

During the day, the Kiev regime continued unsuccessful attempts of offensive actions in the (Kherson) Mykolaiv-Krivoy Rog direction.

The Russian Aerospace Forces aviation, rocket troops and artillery inflicted a significant defeat on the advancing units and reserves of the Ukrainian troops.

Over the past day alone, during the fighting in this direction, the enemy lost 31 tanks, 22 infantry fighting vehicles, 18 other armored combat vehicles, 8 pickups with heavy machine guns, 17 units of special vehicles and more than 350 military personnel.

Posted by: RuMoDsaid | Sep 1 2022 13:03 utc | 57

Re: too scents | Sep 1 2022 12:54 utc | 54

you wrote: Grossi let slip at the WEF that Urkaine has "30,000 kilograms of plutonium, 40,000 kg of enriched uranium and my inspectors do not have access to that."
(quote from IAEA: Ukraine Puts Grossi in the Firing Line Over Davos Statements)

Grossi may have been referring to the plutonium that is within the spent fuel stored in the spent fuel pools at the plant. If a significant amount is missing or unaccounted for, that could indicate that it was diverted for a clandestine nuclear weapons program.

The enriched uranium may simply be Low Enriched Uranium fuel to be used in the reactor.


Posted by: Steven Starr | Sep 1 2022 13:09 utc | 58

too scents | Sep 1 2022 12:54 utc | 54

Thank you! This is really interesting - Grossi further remark: a possibility of “ finding out that a few hundred kilograms of nuclear weapon-grade material has gone missing” as well as “a plan to connect Ukraine and Moldova to the continental European grid in 2023.” The first is clearly related to the requested inspection, while the second points toward push for demilitarise zone to carry this plan.

Posted by: Lubica | Sep 1 2022 13:17 utc | 59

How is western media so perfectly controled?
how they do it?

Posted by: mario2 | Sep 1 2022 13:18 utc | 60

Can we exclude the possibility of a false flag operation stemming from the Russian side? It's easier to believe that there are no Ukrainians at all with some political benefit to the Kremlin. It's just that I don't see much benefit for the Ukrainian side to attempt to capture the plant today. Maybe sabotaging actions against military objects around the plant? Ukrainian military leadership is not that crazy. If they were that, the front-line would not be there. That's the best assumption to operate under. If Kiev could fake operations, so can Moscow. It's only fair until there's evidence from both sides or third parties to verify this.

Posted by: John Dowser | Sep 1 2022 13:22 utc | 61

Sorry, I missed that remark by Gossi about the "weapons-grade material gone missing". That would mean either Highly Enriched Uranium or plutonium that had already been separated from spent fuel.

Posted by: Steven Starr | Sep 1 2022 13:24 utc | 62

And weapons grade plutonium would not simply be reactor grade plutonium.

Posted by: Steven Starr | Sep 1 2022 13:26 utc | 63

How is western media so perfectly controled?
how they do it?

Posted by: mario2 | Sep 1 2022 13:18 utc | 60

-control their income.
-control the law enforcement.
-control their platforms.
-be vicious. Use character killing in public or murder them at night.

US about to reveal a lot of their strings to control of Media, News and Journalists with that new Ukraine ISIS kill lists.

Posted by: Lucci | Sep 1 2022 13:32 utc | 64

Ukrainian military leadership is not that crazy.
Posted by: John Dowser | Sep 1 2022 13:22 utc | 62

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UA leadership is on drugs. Designer pharmaceutica.

Posted by: too scents | Sep 1 2022 13:32 utc | 65

Will the IAEA staff be investigating the state of the plant? I saw this article about the poorly maintained, rusting equipment. The criminal negligence of successive Ukrainian governments needs to be highlighted. See the article “Zaporizhzhia threatens world with a nuclear disaster for 7 years” https://readovka.world/news/108814

Posted by: cirsium | Sep 1 2022 13:33 utc | 66

Why does an otherwise responsible government like Russia's let guardsmen of Rosgvardiya sit on a hotspot like Energodar? It boggles the mind. They ARE paramilitary and they are NOT supposed to do heavy combat. But of course, Russia's real fighting force has to stay elsewhere and not become involved, because an invasion from Mars might happen anytime.

In the future, Novorossia will need a Dniepr Flottila.

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Sep 1 2022 13:45 utc | 67

Re: Poland,
The announcement about yet another demand for compensation from Germany comes right after a Belgian politician promised that Poland will not get EU relief funds no matter how many weapons it delivered to Ukraine (source : https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/poland-will-not-get-eu-recovery-funds-warns-top-eu-parliament-politician-latest-attack)

(note : article linked is originally from a right-wing Polish site, so it's hugely partisan)

Seems to me Poland, as a professional grifter, is trying to intimidate Germany into ordering their Belgian poodles to be quiet.

Posted by: Sumguy | Sep 1 2022 14:03 utc | 68

Mike R | Sep 1 2022 12:42 utc | 49
“……Why didn't the IAEA inspectors come to the site via Crimea with escort from Russia, …”
Because.
It was a piece of performance art. A circus. With a superfluity of clowns

Posted by: Melaleuca | Sep 1 2022 14:03 utc | 69

Can one of you barflies enlighten me on the deaths of Ravil Maganov & Alexandr Soebbotin (Lukoil), Leonid Sjoelman & Aleksandr Tjoeljakov (Gazprom), Vladislav Avajev (Gazprom bank) and Sergej Protosenja (Novatek )? Thanks in advance!

Posted by: oscar | Sep 1 2022 14:06 utc | 70

Ritter has said that he feels that the outcome at Mariupol, predicted the outcome of the conflict - I suspect the reasoning being the two sides went head to head full strength, best resources and Russia dominated.

I suspect that this event will mark the climax of the conflict - writing on the wall, clock ticking. Presumably Biden wants to get to midterms before accepting defeat - to be blamed on factors outside our control.

Just in time to pivot to Taiwan - to ramp up arms shipments to Taiwan. Maybe they should pause to test themselves on a less formidable adversay.

Tragically, it seems that hard won conflict is the only means to effect real and lasting change in geopolitical sphere. Europe less indirectly US to suffer lasting humiliation.

Economy not terrible in the US at present, but I suspect ice is getting thin. We will know more after midterms.

I feel that one of the positive outcomes of last 10 years (since western finacial collapse) is just how completely our government and media collude to decieve the public. Its not a matter of democracy its just that contented cows are more productive.

Posted by: jared | Sep 1 2022 14:08 utc | 71

Posted by: Steven Starr | Sep 1 2022 13:09

"The enriched uranium may simply be Low Enriched Uranium fuel to be used in the reactor."

Yeah.
It was the Low Enriched (!) Uranium a.k.a. THE FUEL that is missing (40 tons of it)-- but Rossi prefers to call it just "enriched uranium".
So he's worried that maybe someone had stolen the FUEL from Zaporozhie -- not the weapon-grade nuclear material.
Whoa!
What a bullshit.

Posted by: LongCovid | Sep 1 2022 14:12 utc | 72

ASB Military News
Ukrainian-military linked telegram:
“Our source in the OP said that now there are 7 groups of DRGs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Energodar, who are waiting for support from Nikopol.
The operation was prepared by MI-6 specialists who have extensive experience, they landed in 5 places at the same time, near Ivanovka, the Dachi Volna NPP dispensary, a holiday village near the state district power station and 2 groups at the Zaporizhzhya NPP.
The total number of participating in the operation is 700 special forces.
It turned out that yesterday military helicopters were transferred to Dneprovka, which means that the operation became known to the Russian special services.
The entire coast is being shot at by Russian military helicopters, which were not destroyed by HIMARS at the bases, but they calmly took off and cleared out the summer cottages near the coast of the Dnieper.”
https://t.me/asbmil/4590

Posted by: Melaleuca | Sep 1 2022 14:13 utc | 73

For 72: We know as much as you do! But the Guess isnt hard. ( Hint: Moscow Incasso. 🤷

Posted by: NoOne | Sep 1 2022 14:20 utc | 74

Some research reactors use HEU, but commercial reactors run on LEU (or in the case of CANDU reactors, natural uranium dioxide). So I would have to wonder why HEU or plutonium would be stored at Zaporozhye.

Posted by: Steven Starr | Sep 1 2022 14:21 utc | 75

I saw posting on zh claiming that the "great resignation" has been losing steam and posting on rt the other day saying that it is worsening. Seems to me is a stealth national strike - spontaneous and resolute. The gaurdians of the owners will not want this to become widely recognized. Americans can be very effective at being unproductive and disorganized.

Relates to the Ukraine in that it is primarily a vehicle for economic war.

Somewhat heartening to know that the side which has just cause tends to prevail, within limits of whats possible. Those who are not aware are missing an inspiring story.

I cannot see why Russia still makes reference to international agreements - clearly these are pointless and give rise to false security and so poor planning. It works in business but not geopolitics. Clearly the US does not benefit from conflict (in general) but at present, the owners do - mic, energy, owo.

Posted by: jared | Sep 1 2022 14:27 utc | 76

Imagine if there really is SOMETHING hidden at the power plant ... what could it be?!

Posted by: Potty Time | Sep 1 2022 14:28 utc | 77

I really, really wish Russia would now start to wipe every Uke off the map that's within 100 miles of that plant, and start moving north. Their extreme patience is commendable, but a bit infuriating at times.

And maybe start hitting all the US/NATO "volunteers" all over that godforsaken, pathetic excuse of a country.

Posted by: Michigan Dude | Sep 1 2022 14:30 utc | 78

What I was trying to say was that I could see no reason for "weapons-grade material" to be located at the plant. I found it disconcerting that Gossi was quoted as saying that inspectors were concerned that it could be "missing". Here is the paragraph from the Energy Intelligence article:

"Grossi described the plant as Europe's largest with six reactors, and said it has "30,000 kilograms of plutonium, 40,000 kg of enriched uranium and my inspectors do not have access to that." He also said that the current situation at the plant, which though controlled by Russian forces is still operated by Energoatom, is both "unprecedented" and "unsustainable" and that inspectors needed to visit the site "to prevent that either there is a problem or we end up finding out that a few hundred kilograms of nuclear weapon-grade material has gone missing."

Posted by: Steven Starr | Sep 1 2022 14:34 utc | 79

Can we exclude the possibility of a false flag operation stemming from the Russian side? It's easier to believe that there are no Ukrainians at all with some political benefit to the Kremlin. It's just that I don't see much benefit for the Ukrainian side to attempt to capture the plant today. Maybe sabotaging actions against military objects around the plant? Ukrainian military leadership is not that crazy. If they were that, the front-line would not be there. That's the best assumption to operate under. If Kiev could fake operations, so can Moscow. It's only fair until there's evidence from both sides or third parties to verify this.

Posted by: John Dowser | Sep 1 2022 13:22 utc | 62

You sound like the typical brain dead American who looks for any excuse to try and blame the Russians for shelling themselves. Ukraine has been committing war crimes since the start of this conflict. Anybody with a brain and 5 minutes of research can see that.

If you are American, I hope to see scum like you spanked someday just like the Ukes.

Posted by: Michigan Dude | Sep 1 2022 14:35 utc | 80

The fact that Russia even invited the IAEA spies into the building says everything you need to know, as I said before Russia is 1 step behind of every move. Before IAEA visisted the building they had a secret meeting with Zelensky.

Posted by: Zanon | Sep 1 2022 10:50 utc | 4

Correct, the IAEA is a Trojan Horse. It is naive to thing that any report from a globalist organization will report anything in Russia's favor. The upside is it will only be a hollow PR victory in the west.

Posted by: Opport Knocks | Sep 1 2022 14:37 utc | 81

Jared @ 78

My supposition is that Russia is signaling to the rest of the world (the 85% not sanctioning Russia) that it is complying with or trying to comply with international law and binding contracts. This makes the a trusted and reliable partner for business and international agreements.

Posted by: Objective Observer | Sep 1 2022 14:38 utc | 82

Posted by: Objective Observer | Sep 1 2022 14:38 utc | 84

Yes, it's been so long since we cared about our reputation, that we don't understand the idea any more. This is what comes of relying on bullshit to make your way in life.

Posted by: Bemildred | Sep 1 2022 14:41 utc | 83

Posted by: Melaleuca | Sep 1 2022 14:13 utc | 75

If there were really 5 landings and Russia has already liquidated 2 of them, this would be an atrocious breach of OPSEC. In any case, what a catastrophe for UKR.


Posted by: John Dowser | Sep 1 2022 13:22 utc | 62

I would put no deception past either side. However, in this case, UKR sources are confirming the raid as well as losses, and some of the first unconfirmed pictures/videos are coming up now. Think this was a botched attempt at something really nefarious.

Posted by: dask | Sep 1 2022 14:42 utc | 84

Being reported State side that six Brit officers were eliminated on the north bank of the river. It would appear they were directing the attack on the NPP.......

Cheers M

Posted by: sean the leprechaun | Sep 1 2022 14:42 utc | 85

Thanks, MrBig!

Posted by: Keith | Sep 1 2022 14:46 utc | 86

Melaleuca | Sep 1 2022 14:03 utc | 71

"It was a piece of performance art. A circus. With a superfluity of clowns"

Still mopping up the spilled coffee here. Thanks for the laugh!

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jared | Sep 1 2022 14:08 utc | 73

"Economy not terrible in the US at present, but I suspect ice is getting thin. We will know more after midterms."

Read some pieces on RT and also ZH this week, that a default on the USD is in the cards. You know, astronomical debts, rising inflation, rising interest rates, the need for quantitative tightening and so on. The way to do it is to confiscate Chinese dollar holdings, like they did with Venezuela, Russia etc. - that's what they said.

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Sep 1 2022 14:46 utc | 87

Of course I wouldn't know, but here's what one Telegram channel has to say: (You probably could find out if All 64 DRGs have recently completed training in the UK and traveled from Warsaw to Odessa on 29 August.)


The Kremlin was aware of the plans of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to take advantage of the arrival of the IAEA mission and carry out an amphibious landing in order to try to seize the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant, and make statements for days that it was Russian special forces. Under ideal conditions for the work of the DRG, they calculated the task of taking the IAEA mission itself hostage, and keeping the nuclear power plant under mines, making demands for the complete withdrawal of Russian troops to the territory of Crimea.

"Boris Johnson brought the plan of operation and some of the instructors with him as a demobilization chord of his premiership." But if the GUR was successful, he would have refused to transfer power, referring to an international emergency threatening a catastrophe on a planetary scale. At the moment, 47 DRG fighters have been destroyed, three have been taken prisoner (!), Two are in serious condition between life and death. A group of 12 people is blocked on three sides and cut off from the water and boats, by 15:00 CTO will be over. (They're all killed now.) Zelensky's statement on this situation is expected in the late afternoon, the head of the IAEA Mission has already been notified of the situation, as well as UN Secretary General Guterres. The operation was coordinated by MI6 officers from their headquarters in the suburbs of Kyiv.

All 64 DRGs have recently completed training in the UK and traveled from Warsaw to Odessa on 29 August. If this is happening [attacks on Zaporizhzhya NPP], it means that someone needs it to solve some important issues.

I think this is the beginning of a big attack on the world leader in the energy sector - Rosatom

Posted by: Globvaladvances | Sep 1 2022 14:47 utc | 88

Posted by: Steven Starr | Sep 1 2022 14:34

"What I was trying to say was that I could see no reason for "weapons-grade material" to be located at the plant."

OK, I partly agree with that.
The reason might be that the Russians were too quick to take possesion of Zaporozhie NPP -- presumably on the very first day of the SMO.

Posted by: LongCovid | Sep 1 2022 14:49 utc | 89

TV news, internet and newspapers have turned sedate, law-abiding citizens into Putin-haters, yearning to defeat Russia in war. This is going to end in tears.

Posted by: Passerby | Sep 1 2022 14:49 utc | 90

Can one of you barflies enlighten me on the deaths of Ravil Maganov & Alexandr Soebbotin (Lukoil), Leonid Sjoelman & Aleksandr Tjoeljakov (Gazprom), Vladislav Avajev (Gazprom bank) and Sergej Protosenja (Novatek )? Thanks in advance!

Posted by: oscar | Sep 1 2022 14:06 utc | 72

It is highly likely that some of these deaths were faked and they are living abroad with new identities.

Posted by: Opport Knocks | Sep 1 2022 14:52 utc | 91

@ Posted by: Objective Observer | Sep 1 2022 14:38 utc | 84

What is this "international law" - is there in fact such a thing? Law exists only to extent it is writen and enforceable and enforced.

Posted by: jared | Sep 1 2022 14:52 utc | 92

Wait a minute, Ukraine is crazy enough to admit it was raiding the plant just before the inspectors arrived? Because if that's the case, then it's time to publicly declare they're unfit to control that plant.

About that Kherson offensive, in that map, it seems that the big push to Kostromka and beyond goes across a river, with mere pontoons allowing passage of troops. Exactly the kind of problem that's mentioned about Russian troops north of the Dniepr. Nice to see that Ukraine are great at taunting Russia with threats of cutting them off from their rears, yet are doing exactly the same dumb move. I expect these Ukrainian pontoons to go off in flames in the next couple of days.

Posted by: Clueless Joe | Sep 1 2022 14:53 utc | 93

Holy crap! That map! The Russians are going to pinch that bulge off so hard and fast when they decide enough Ukies have stuck their dicks into the grinder. Maybe the Ukrainians are good with it - gives them a chance to surrender without getting shot in the back by their own side.

Posted by: Maxda | Sep 1 2022 14:56 utc | 94

@Opport Knocks | Sep 1 2022 14:37 utc | 83

If IAEA reports that the npp isn't in working condition and Russia turns it off, Ukr and EU will have much to lose, not Russia. They said they wanted to send some of the power to Crimea but I'm sure they can live without it. That won't stop the shelling of fuel storage but it's progress in the good direction.

Also, from today's news, G7 have agreed for an oil price limit. And Russia responded, again, they won't sell any oil or petroleum products to anyone that supports a price limit. It will be so fun to see oil price go high

Posted by: rk | Sep 1 2022 14:57 utc | 95

@ Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Sep 1 2022 14:46 utc | 90

The US cannot default except by choice, since as a sovereign state (unlike members of EU), it prints its money.

However, it cannot print cedibility.

Posted by: jared | Sep 1 2022 14:58 utc | 96

Career diplomats. Not scientists or engineers.
Posted by: too scents | Sep 1 2022 11:06 utc | 11

Mostly career brown nosing arse kissers.

Posted by: Jimmy Flies By | Sep 1 2022 14:58 utc | 97

I think the Ukraine still operates npp's from which it could take nuclear material, if that were it intent.

More likely material would be stolen for resale.

Posted by: jared | Sep 1 2022 15:01 utc | 98

The Guardian reports ...

“shorter than planned”

The head of the UN nuclear watchdog, Rafael Grossi, had previously said the planned visit was expected to last “a few days” and that the agency planned to establish a permanent presence at the plant.

But on Tuesday, the head of the Russian-installed local administration said the visit was designed to take just one day.

Yevgeny Balitsky, who on Monday said he did not expect much from the IAEA visit, told the agency the inspectors “must see the work of the station in one day”.

Posted by: too scents | Sep 1 2022 15:04 utc | 99

British landscape gardener, 48, killed by Russian forces in Ukraine. 1 September,
An inoperable cyst near his brain meant he failed a medical examination to join the British Army, and he became a landscape gardener and a tree surgeon
After an accident involving a chainsaw left him in constant pain, he decided to volunteer to join the Ukrainian war effort as a medic leaving the UK on March 24.
He returned briefly in April for a spell of leave before starting a second tour with a volunteer squad in Ukraine at the beginning of August.
Lorna of Thetford said: ‘He told us this would be his “last hurrah” before “coming back to Blighty to be a gardener” in October.’
She added: ‘It had always been his dream to serve in the armed forces, and watching the conflict unfold and seeing the devastation, he decided he wanted to go out to help people.
……> His family have now launched a gofundme appeal to try and raise the money to bring his body home.
Writing on the gofundme page, which has so far raised more than £4,100, Lorna said: ‘ Please help us bring this war hero home.
‘Our brother bravely volunteered to go to the (Ukraine) as a medic to help save lives in this war torn country. In the line of duty, helping others he lost his life.
‘This selfless man is currently stranded in a morgue in Ukraine and there is no help to get him home.
We have spoken to an international funeral provider and it’s going to cost around £4,000 to have him repatriated back to the UK.
‘He gave his life to save others and he needs to come back home to have the service he deserves. A true hero’s service surrounded by his family and friends.
Please, please help to bring our hero home.’
……> Mr Mackintosh’s other sister Claire said: ‘We still don’t understand the full picture. We’ve been offered scraps of information from kind-hearted volunteers giving us what they know.
‘We feel there has been a serious lack of support to help return his body to England and to those volunteering on the front lines.’
Turner Funerals of Thetford is making arrangements to bring Mr Mackintosh’s body back to his home town.
The firm’s director Lydia Turner said her partner Mal Offen and another member of staff would be driving more than 1,700 miles through France, Germany and Poland to collect his body from a mortuary in the town of Lozova.
She said: ‘It is impossible to fly to Ukraine so we will be driving there. We are having to fill out a lot of paperwork. But the British Consulate is helping us to get everything we need.
‘The main thing is that his family were worried about him being on his own on the trip back here. We have been able to assure them that that we will accompany him all the way.’
Mr Mackintosh’s friend George Dyson who served with him as a medic in Ukraine said on social media that he had been killed when his unit was ‘pinned down’ and taking casualties.
He said his friend was ‘assisting in helping his fellow soldiers and running across open ground’ when he ‘was unfortunately shot by Orcs’.
My Dyson added: ‘This man deserves a medal and more. I spoke to Craig every day leading up to going back into Ukraine for a second time.
‘He was great guy with a big heart and had an amazing sense of humour. I’ve just spoken to one of the guys that was attached to Craig’s team and he said that Craig fought with great bravery and honour and was a very brave man.
‘If anyone wants to help this brave man out … on repatriating is body back to England please help out.
[Fucked around. Found out. On headstone?]

Posted by: Melaleuca | Sep 1 2022 15:05 utc | 100

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