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Adopted at the Fifth Session
of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
on June 28, 1996
Amended by the Laws of Ukraine
№ 2222-IV dated December 8, 2004,
№ 2952-VI dated February 1, 2011,
№ 586-VII dated September 19, 2013,
№ 742-VII dated February 21, 2014,
№ 1401-VIII dated June 2, 2016
№ 2680-VIII dated February 7, 2019
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, on behalf of the Ukrainian people - citizens of
Ukraine of all nationalities [sic], ...
by Cat on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 12:07:32 PM EST
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Oilprice | Russia Halts Oil Pipeline Exports To Europe Via Ukraine, 9 Aug
The EU, when announcing the embargo on Russian oil imports--to come into force at the end of this year--exempted imports of Russia crude and petroleum products via pipeline because several landlocked countries, such as Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, are highly dependent on pipeline oil supply from Russia. EU member states dependent on Russian pipeline oil were given a temporary exemption to import Russian crude via pipeline until the EU Council decides otherwise, but were not allowed to resell such crude oil and petroleum products to other Member States or third countries.
yahoo! Reuters | Russia's Transneft says Ukraine halted oil flows to Europe over payment issue, 9 Aug
International benchmark Brent crude jumped by $2 per barrel to trade near $98 as the news added to concerns about reduced energy supplies.

Transneft said it made payments for August oil transit to Ukraine's pipeline operator Ukrtransnafta on July 22, but the money was sent back on July 28 as the payment did not go through. It said the shipments were halted from Aug. 4. Gazprombank, which handled the payment, said the money was returned because of European Union restrictions, Transneft said in a statement.

Way to stick it to RUB-paying, REPowerEU scofflaws, Ukraine!
Ukriform | Ukraine and the World Bank sign $4.5 billion grant agreement
The grant funds were provided by the United States and directed to the World Bank's Multi-Donor Trust Fund as part of the Public Expenditures for Administrative Capacity Endurance in Ukraine
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by Cat on Tue Aug 9th, 2022 at 01:43:18 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 01:13:57 AM EST
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euractiv | Latvia seeks to join Kyiv in ECHR case against Russia, 10 Aug intervenor
"On 15 March, Latvia's security service opened a criminal investigation into Russian war crimes in Ukraine, citing articles in Latvia's war crimes and crimes against humanity laws which have no territorial limitation."
ukriform | Zelesk* has another important phone call, 10 Aug
"Had the 1st conversation in the history of bilateral relations with Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo [8 Aug]. Talked about supporting Ukraine in international organizations, including UNSC; Ukraine's willingness to guarantee food security in the region. We're actively enhancing cooperation with Africa!" Zelensky posted on Twitter.
almayadeen | No grain ships from Ukraine ports will reach Africa: NYT, 10 Aug
by Cat on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 03:56:41 PM EST
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Readovka | The problem with the transit of Russian oil to Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia was solved in a day, 9 Aug
"And so it happened: there was no change in the sanctions regime, but less than a day later, the Hungarian MOL and the Slovak Slovnaft simply introduced necessary payment"
by Cat on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 10:12:05 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Zelenskyy begs [G7] for total ban on Russian travelers, 8 Aug
In an interview with the Washington Post, Zelenskyy argued that the current sanctions on Russia are "weak" compared to the message that would be sent by a travel ban and a total embargo [sic] on Russian energy.

"The most important sanctions are to close the borders -- because the Russians are taking away someone else's land," he said, adding that Russians should "live in their own world until they change their philosophy."
"It's not right that at the same time as Russia is waging an aggressive, brutal war of aggression in Europe, Russians can live a normal [?] life, travel in Europe, be tourists. It's not right," [PM  Prime Minister Sanna Marin] told Finland's national public broadcaster Yle.

Times of India | From flight of capital to PLUMMETING imports: How sanctions are destroying Russia, 4 Aug stretch goals!
by Cat on Tue Aug 9th, 2022 at 02:13:29 PM EST
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Ukriform | Two more dry cargo ships load with grain leave Chornomorsk port, 9 Aug
"This morning, Liberian-flagged OCEAN LION departed from Chornomorsk to South Korea [AFRICA!] carrying 64,720 tonnes of corn. Turkish-flagged RAHMİ YAĞCI also departed from Chornomorsk to deliver 5,300 tonnes of sunflower cake to Istanbul [AFRICA!]," the Ministry of Defense of Turkey posted on Twitter.
Zelensky holds phone conversation with DR Congo president, 9 Aug
"Had a conversation with President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Felix Tshisekedi. During the first ever talks between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ukraine, I stressed the need to overcome food crisis caused by the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine. I noted the importance of the Democratic Republic of Congo support for Ukraine, particularly in the UN"
Al Jazeera | DR Congo expels UN peacekeeping mission [MONUSCO] spokesman after protests, 3 Aug
by Cat on Tue Aug 9th, 2022 at 02:25:12 PM EST
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S&P Global | Ukraine's wheat exports slump 53% on year to 325,000 mt in MY 2022-23, 1 Aug comme ci, comme ça
As of July 29, Ukrainian farmers harvested 8 million mt wheat, down 52.7% on the year, according to ministry data. The data showed Ukraine had harvested around 16.9 million mt wheat till the same period last year.

The Ukrainian Grain Association has its Ukraine wheat output estimate for MY 2022-23 at 20.8 million mt, 37% below the previous year's level. The USDA, in its July World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report released July 12, pegged Ukraine's wheat harvest at 19.5 million mt in MY 2022-23. Platts Analytics sees Ukraine's wheat production in MY 2022-23 at 20 million-22 million mt.

S&P Global | Corn bulk ship leaves Chornomorsk port for South Korea; concerns over quality, 9 Aug
"For the case of Ocean Lion, there is a risk of being rejected as she was not loaded freshly recently. Part of the cargo was already loaded [prior to the invasion]," said a trader.

The aflatoxin content is an important specification requirement for corn arriving in South Korea.

"Aflatoxin is a critical toxin, if it is over 20 ppb, we cannot use it [for feed production] and will have to reject the cargo," said a South Korean feed buyer.

Earlier, the Razoni -- the first bulk ship to leave Ukraine's deepsea ports Aug. 1 -- did not arrive at Lebanon's Tripoli port as scheduled.

The Embassy of Ukraine in Lebanon has said that "the buyer in Lebanon refused to accept the cargo due to delays in delivery terms (more than 5 months). So, the shipper is looking for another consignee to offload his cargo either in Lebanon/Tripoli or any other country/port" via a post on the embassy's official Facebook page. The Razoni was carrying about 26,000 mt corn.

USDA | EU Grain Summer Update 2022, 29 July: "MY 2022/23 EU total grain production is forecast at 273.8 MMT, down from the 293.1 MMT estimated for the previous marketing year."
by Cat on Tue Aug 9th, 2022 at 10:57:44 PM EST
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wut: "Jaohar Ranim is the first Ukrainian ship carrying grain to reach Albania since Russia invaded Ukraine in February."
by Cat on Thu Aug 11th, 2022 at 04:02:34 PM EST
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euronews | Wheat export ships leave ports!, 12 Aug
Two more ships left Ukraine's Black Sea ports on Friday, including one laden with the first Ukrainian wheat to be exported under a UN-brokered deal, Turkey's defence ministry said.
•  Belize-flagged Sormovsky, departs Chornomorsk, 3,050 mt of wheat, destination: Tekirdag, TR
• Marshall Island-flagged Star Laura, departs Pivdennyi, 60,000 mt of corn, destination: Iran
• UN WFP-flagged MV Brave Commander, arrives Odesa port, ? mt of wheat, destination: Ethiopia [!]
So far most of the cargoes under the deal have carried grain for animal feed or for fuel, heading to Turkey or Western Europe. ..."[Brave Commander will be] the first delivery of humanitarian food aid under the Black Sea Grain Initiative," WFP spokesman Tomson Phiri told a news briefing earlier in Geneva. The WFP hopes there will be regular humanitarian shipments thereafter.
by Cat on Sat Aug 13th, 2022 at 04:04:48 PM EST
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UN | JCC Progress report, 1-15 August 2022, 19 Aug
From 1 to 15 August, the JCC has authorized a total of 36 movements of vessels (21 outbound and 15 inbound) through the maritime humanitarian corridor in the Black Sea to facilitate the safe exports of grain, foodstuffs and fertilizer, including ammonia, from Ukrainian ports.

• 451,481 MT of corn [comestible and coarse?]
• 50,300 MT of sunflower meal
• 41,622 MT of wheat
• 11,000 MT of soya beans
• 6,000 MT of sunflower oil
• 2,914 MT of sunflower seed

"According to information provided to the JCC, the preliminary destinations of Ukrainian food exports so far include":

• Türkiye: 26%
• Iran: 22%
• Republic of Korea: 22%
• China: 8%
• Ireland: 6%
• Italy: 5%
• Republic of Djibouti!: 4% [23,000 MT of wheat!]
• Romania: 2%
• To be determined: 5%

by Cat on Fri Aug 19th, 2022 at 10:07:54 PM EST
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UN tabulation, 3-25 Aug JCC outbound UKRAINE "grain" vessels
• Djibouti    Wheat    23,300    21-Aug-22
• Egypt       Corn      45,000    TBD
• Sudan      Wheat    65,340    TBD
• Egypt       Wheat    25,500    24-Aug-22

of 43 total
Slava Ukraini!

by Cat on Sat Aug 27th, 2022 at 04:36:53 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Aug 30th, 2022 at 05:44:54 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 10:08:15 PM EST
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RFERL | The Dead Of The 64th: A Notorious Russian Army Unit And Its High Casualty Rate, 10 Aug
In all, 44 soldiers and officers are shown on the wall, according to a photograph that was initially posted to the Russian social media site VK and confirmed by RFE/RL.

The wall does not say where they were killed, only that they were all awarded the prestigious Order of Courage. Aleksei Astashov, the man who posted the photograph, told RFE/RL where: Kyiv, Izyum, and Slovyansk in Ukraine, where Russia's invasion is in its sixth month and where Western intelligence says Russia has suffered more deaths than it did in the entire decade of the Soviet war in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
Last month, however, CIA Director William Burns estimated Russian losses were at least 15,000 killed and about 45,000 wounded, a figure echoed on August 8 by Colin Kahl, U.S. undersecretary of defense for policy.

"I think it's safe to suggest that the Russians have probably taken 70,000 to 80,000 casualties in less than six months," Kahl told reporters. "Now, that is a combination of killed in action and wounded in action, and that number might be a little lower, a little higher. But I think that's kind of in the ballpark, which is pretty remarkable considering that the Russians have achieved none of [Russian President] Vladimir Putin's objectives at the beginning of the war."
In all, RFE/RL was able to corroborate the deaths of 30 out of the 44 soldiers featured on the memorial wall using publicly available information from official publications, social media, and media reports. ...

by Cat on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 10:41:48 PM EST
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Ukranews | AFU destroy enemy command post in the south, occupiers suffer significant losses, 11 Aug
This was reported by the South Operational Command.

"During the day, the enemy carried out 8 airstrikes by helicopters and attack aircraft along the contact line to test our positions. They proved to be strong. No casualties reported. Halitsynove was shelled with heavy 152-caliber artillery. No losses and significant destruction were detected. All the hits came outside the village. During the combat day, we carried out 6 airstrikes. Twice the work of assault aircraft was ensured against a strong point and a cell of the enemy's manpower, weapons and equipment in the Beryslav district," the statement says.

APsplainin | Ukraine wants donors to give more money to 'stop Russia', 11 Aug
"The sooner we stop Russia, the sooner we can feel safe," Zelenskyy said while addressing defense leaders at a Denmark conference aimed at strengthening financing for weapons, training and demining work in his country.

"We need armaments, munitions for our defense," he added, speaking via a live link from Ukraine. The conference in Copenhagen is a follow-up to an April meeting at a U.S. air base in Germany that established the U.S.-led Ukraine Defense Contact Group, which coordinates international military support for Ukraine.[...]
Before the conference started, the Danish government said it would give Ukraine an extra 820 million kroner ($113 million), which would bring Denmark's total contribution to the war effort to more than 3 billion kroner ($413 million). Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called it "a huge donation." Part of the money would pay for 130 Danish troops to help train Ukrainian forces in Britain over the coming months.

by Cat on Thu Aug 11th, 2022 at 01:29:13 PM EST
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euractiv | EU, Ukraine sign 'strategic partnership' on raw materials, 13 July 2021
a view to develop an entire value chain of the extraction, refining and recycling of minerals in Ukraine to supply the EU market for electric cars and digital equipment [downstream].
The EU-Ukraine partnership on raw materials has a wider global significance. As Russia completes construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany, Kyiv is expected to lose out on gas transit revenues. And raw materials could provide a [untapped!] source of income for Ukraine.
1991-2022 balance of trade, because ...?
The Commission sees clear opportunities from forging closer ties with Ukraine. Europe is currently heavily dependent on imports of key raw materials, with China providing 98% of the EU's supply of rare earth elements, a key component for magnets used in electric car batteries, smartphones and wind turbines.
"There are 30 of them and 21 of these critical raw materials are in Ukraine, which is also extracting 117 out of 120 globally used minerals," [EC Vice-President Maroš] Šefčovič said. "We're talking about lithium, cobalt, manganese, rare earths - all of them are in Ukraine," he explained.
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On Tuesday, Kyiv will be invited to join the EU's industrial alliance on batteries as well as the bloc's alliance on critical raw materials launched in September. The alliance aims to strengthen the EU's "strategic autonomy" on raw materials by identifying obstacles, and investment opportunities at all stages of the mineral value supply chain - ranging from mining to processing and waste recovery - while trying to minimise the environmental and social impacts < wipes tears >, the Commission said.
What G7 really wants
WaPoo | In the Ukraine war, A BATTLE for the nation's mineral and energy wealth, 10 Aug 2022 maps
After nearly six months of fighting, Moscow's SLOPPY WAR has YIELDed at least one big reward: expanded control over some of the most mineral-rich lands in Europe. Ukraine harbors some of the world's largest reserves of titanium and iron ore, fields of UNTAPPED lithium and MASSIVE deposits of coal. Collectively, they are worth tens of TRILLIONS of dollars.

The lion's share of those COAL deposits, which for decades have powered Ukraine's critical steel industry, are concentrated in the east [Donbas], where Moscow has made the most inroads. That's put them in Russian hands, along with significant amounts of other valuable energy and mineral deposits used for everything from aircraft parts to smartphones, according to an analysis for The Washington Post by the Canadian geopolitical risk firm SecDev.

Reactors? Which reactors??
Russia possesses VAST amounts of natural resources. But DENYING Ukraine its own has strategically undermined the country's economy, FORCING Kyiv to IMPORT COAL to keep the lights on in cities and towns. Should the Kremlin succeed in annexing the Ukrainian territory it has seized -- as U.S. officials believe it will try to do in coming months -- Kyiv would permanently LOSE ACCESS to almost two-thirds of its deposits....
Bloomberg | Ukraine Cut to Default by S&P[, Fitch] After [G7, Paris Club, IMF] Creditors OK Debt-Payment Delay, 12 Aug VICTORY!
Ukraine is rated Caa3 by Moody's Investors Service.

Separately, Ukraine's road agency Ukravtodor and power grid NPC Ukrenergoon Wednesday also received approvals from their bondholders for similar debt restructuring deals.

by Cat on Sat Aug 13th, 2022 at 05:14:25 PM EST
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Ukraine will target Russian forces at Zaporizh* nuclear power plant, says Zelenskiy, 14 Aug A/V Plan B
Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelensk*, has vowed to target Russian troops at Zaporizh* nuclear power plant who fire on Ukrainian towns and cities. 'Every Russian soldier who either shoots at the station or shoots under the cover of the station must understand that they are becoming a special target for our intelligence, for our special services, for our army,' said Zelensk* in a video statement on Saturday evening. Both Ukraine and Russia have accused one another of shelling the nuclear plant, which is the largest in Europe, following multiple incidents in recent weeks. Russian troops captured the station early in the war. G7 nations have called on Moscow to withdraw from the plant to avoid < wipes tears > risking nuclear catastrophe

Note: the headline of video was edited on 14 August. The word forces was changed to soldiers.

IEIA | Nuclear Safety, Security, and Safeguards in Ukraine, 28 Apr, 20 pp

archived Plan A, Dirty Bombs and Dialects Defend Democracy 2 March

Ukranews | 236,000 consumers remain without gas supply, 616,000 without electricity - Ministry of Energy, 13 Aug

by Cat on Sun Aug 14th, 2022 at 06:02:57 PM EST
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in it to win "temporarily occupied territory"
euractiv | Ukraine, UN agree parameters for IAEA mission to nuclear plant, 19 Aug
Zelenskyy told a news conference after the talks in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv that Russia should immediately withdraw its forces and stop shelling from the nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.
"We agreed with the secretary general the [possible] conditions of a possible mission by the IAEA to the Zaporizh* nuclear plant, in a legal way, via territory free from occupiers [shelling UAF shelling EUROPE'S LARGEST NUCLEAR POWER PLANT]," Zelenskyy told reporters. "Russia should immediately and unconditionally withdraw its forces from territory of Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, as well as stopping any provocations and shelling," he said.
NOT ONE INCH. NOT ONE IAEA ENGINEER. Stand your ground, Uncle Volody!
The crowded news conference lasted nearly an hour, with the three leaders and well over 100 journalists straining in the heat. Zelensk*, clad in his trademark khaki T-shirt, appeared visibly frustrated when the simultaneous translation failed, slowing down the news conference considerably [but not artillery exchange over EUROPE'S LARGEST NUCLEAR POWER PLANT].
by Cat on Sat Aug 20th, 2022 at 08:07:59 PM EST
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ABC | UN nuclear agency again asks to visit Ukraine nuclear plant, 23 Aug accessories
Ukraine's U.N. Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya welcomed the readiness of the IAEA's Grossi to send a mission to Zaporizh*. He said earlier Tuesday Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba responded to Grossi's letter with the proposed IAEA itinerary saying it is in compliance with Ukrainian legislation "and in general might be accepted."

"Further arrangements are to be made based on the security conditions and require communication of detailed route plans and other logistical aspects as soon as possible," Kyslytsya said.

Ukraine's social director
After last week's high-level meeting in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv involving U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the presidents of Ukraine and Turkey, it appeared progress had been made on an IAEA mission to the plant. But there had been no sign of progress until [U.N. political chief Rosemary] DiCarlo's announcement [23 Aug].

Kyslytsya stressed that Ukraine would like to see the IAEA mission bolstered by incorporating "military and political components," and having IAEA experts remain at the plant until it is returned to Ukraine.

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by Cat on Tue Aug 23rd, 2022 at 11:21:35 PM EST
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euro-cities | Russia agreed to the IAEA visit to the Zaporozh* NPP, 23 Aug
The French Foreign Ministry announced Russia's consent to the IAEA mission at the Zaporozh* NPP. Sergey Lavrov, in a conversation with a French colleague, is "fundamentally committed" with the intention to send the experience to the station as soon as possible, declared in Paris.

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the fact of holding a meeting of foreign affairs. It took place at the initiative of the French side. The interlocutors discussed in detail the situation around the Zaporizhzh* NPP and the possibilities for the IAEA mission to visit the station, they said on Smolenskaya Square.
IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said today in an interview with the BBC that he hopes to visit the Zaporozh* NPP in the very near future, to convey TASS. According to him, the IAEA mission could arrive at the station "within days, not weeks." At the same time, Grossi did not specify how exactly the specialists would get to the Zaporozhye NPP.

IAEA | Update 93 - IAEA Director General Statement on Situation in Ukraine, 23 Aug
Ukraine said shelling on Monday (22 August) damaged the transformers of the nearby thermal power plant, causing a disconnection of the power line linking this plant to the ZNPP lasting several hours before it was restored later the same day.

"These incidents show why the IAEA must be able to send a mission to the Zaporizh* nuclear power plant very soon. I'm continuing to consult very actively and intensively with all parties so that this vital IAEA mission can take place without further delay. The IAEA's presence will help stabilise the nuclear safety and security situation at the site and reduce the risk of a severe nuclear accident in Europe. The mission is expected to take place within the next few days if ongoing negotiations succeed," Director General Grossi said.

US News | IAEA Says It Could Visit Russian-Held Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant in Days, 23 Aug
Russia's foreign ministry said Moscow had given the go-ahead for a mission on June 3 and blamed Kyiv for trying to disrupt the promised inspection.
by Cat on Tue Aug 23rd, 2022 at 10:33:26 PM EST
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RIA Novosti | NYT: IAEA formed a mission to visit the Zaporozh* nuclear power plant, 27 Aug mistinformation
The International Atomic Energy Agency has appointed a group of experts to visit Europe's largest Zaporozh* nuclear power plant, writes The New York Times. The list of the IAEA , which the newspaper got acquainted with, included 14 people, mostly from neutral countries. Among the members of the delegation is the head of the organization, Argentinean Rafael Mariano Grossi. There are no US and UK representatives in the mission. The NY [Yella Cake] says the visit is planned for next week.
The Zaporozh* Nuclear Power Plant is located on the left bank of the Dnieper next to Energodar. This is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe in terms of the number of units and installed capacity . Since March, it has been under the protection of the Russian military.
RIA Novosti | Energy supply from the ZNPP to the territory controlled by Kyiv resumed, 27 Aug
The fifth and sixth power units of the Zaporozh* NPP are currently generating electricity, which is supplied to the territories liberated and controlled by Kyiv, said Vladimir Rogov, a representative of the regional administration.

"The fifth and sixth power units are in operation. They are not operating at full capacity. Electricity is supplied on both sides of the Dnieper (both to the territory controlled by Kyiv, the right bank, and to the [RF] liberated territories, the left bank - ed.)," Rogov told RIA Novosti. [He] said earlier that Energodar was shelled [again] on Saturday morning.

by Cat on Sun Aug 28th, 2022 at 01:28:08 AM EST
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Late Breaking OOPS!(to me)

Readovka | Zaporizhzhia NPP threatens world with an atomic catastrophe for 7 years, 19 Aug anonymous Ukrainian whistleblower

The Zaporizh* nuclear power plant requires an urgent intervention of the plant's creators, the Russian power engineers. The service life of the nuclear power units expired back in 2015-2018, and the continued operation of the rusty equipment threatens to be disastrous even without shelling by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
During a visit to the NPP of Head of Operational Safety Section of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Fuming Jiang on January 16, 2020, the technician literally ran after Mr. Fuming the entire inspection warning about the approaching disaster at the nuclear power plant. The man has been struggling to say that the shelf life of the nuclear reactors went out five years ago (unit 1 and 2 in 2015, unit 3 in 2017, unit 4 in 2018, and the fifth in 2020). The operation of all reactors had to be halted urgently, and the Soviet equipment (the units were launched in the 1980s-1990s) had to be inspected by the plant's designers - Russian nuclear specialists, the technician warned. Nevertheless, Fuming along with the plant management pretended that the inspection went smoothly and there was no itchy employee with a panicked mood. The official verdict of the IAEA's 2020 inspection was "no violations detected, equipment is operating properly." The NPP's management fired the technician, but his preoccupation with the situation made him write a letter with an appeal to the European public and environmental international organizations, the text of which was made available to Readovka.
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...According to the Ukrainian legislation and the IAEA regulations these reactors must be dismantled or it is necessary to perform the work for the extension of their operation. Such work cost billions of US dollars. To do this, you need to attract the design and construction organizations that built these reactors—and these firms are from Russia, the aggressor country that is fighting against Ukraine! There can be no question of cooperation with the Putin regime. Ukraine is part of Europe[,] and we must solve such problems together. ...
After appeals of the NPP employee to the IAEA small changes did occur—the press service of Zaporizh* NPP suddenly reported that power unit No. 4 will be shut down for 125 days for overhaul. "Allegedly this is previously planned work," says the author. But power unit No. 4 already underwent an overhaul in 2019, it needs [Westinghouse fuel assembly] equipment replacement, not an overhaul, insists the NPP employee.
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Kyiv had reportedly regularly allocated money to ensure safety at the station, though the sums of money were so small that it sufficed only for the warning systems, because it needed billions of dollars to repair the units, which Ukraine did not have. Moreover, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the ruling party have other reasons to turn a blind eye to the barely making ends meet. ....
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by Cat on Thu Sep 1st, 2022 at 02:37:38 PM EST
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It can be revealed: Suits on the ground!, 12 Aug
Since the war started in late February, six Senate Republicans have traveled to Ukraine, as well as one Senate Democrat, 11 House Democrats, and four House Republicans, according to a tally by The Hill.    
What PUTIN who? wants
"It was [an] emotional experience," the person said of shuttling the lawmakers between meetings with Zelensky in Kyiv and to the suburbs to speak with civilians who survived the Russian occupation.

"When they hear the sirens and see how the people stay ... they understand it's not just through the TV screen, but real, real experience, this is a real, horrible war," the person said.

"It's a big problem if people forget about Ukraine, about this war, this is what [Russian President Vladimir] Putin wants," the person said. "I'm also worried if the people of United States are just tired from the war and forget about it, this is important."

by Cat on Fri Aug 12th, 2022 at 04:02:34 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Sep 1st, 2022 at 04:47:50 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Aug 17th, 2022 at 02:36:56 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 17th, 2022 at 03:45:08 PM EST
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Under the radar, the Polish Avenger series now includes president of the central bank picking a deep state DE "plot" to expropriate antebellum ancestral lands in lieu of paying WWII reparations. Never mind, flouting accumulated EU infringment fines. vdL may have met her match in the ill-conceived solidarity department.
by Cat on Wed Aug 17th, 2022 at 05:21:19 PM EST
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Poland's central bank chief warns of German designs on Polish territory
[Glapiński] warned that Berlin's designs are being pushed by Donald Tusk, the leader of Civic Platform, Poland's main opposition party, and a former Polish prime minister and president of the European Council.

"For a year it's been said that the task set by Brussels for Tusk is not only for him to overthrow Poland's existing government and put our country on course for the eurozone," Glapiński said. "Once these tasks are accomplished, Tusk is to return to Brussels, become head of the European Commission and pursue an accelerated effort to build a European state."

It's all part of a broader scheme by Berlin to exert control over the Continent, warned Glapiński, a close friend of Poland's de facto leader Jarosław Kaczyński and head of the National Bank of Poland since 2016. In an earlier interview, Glapiński said: "Tusk was sent with a plan to incorporate Poland into the German European empire." ...

archived in practice we will all be collecting brushwood, opposition politicians, About Plexit
by Cat on Thu Aug 18th, 2022 at 09:36:10 PM EST
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MENAFN | [FM Zbigniew Rau]: optional use of euro, 23 Aug
The foreign minister declared that "the equality of member states requires the restoration of equal opportunities for their development, which, in turn, should lead to the reform of the Eurozone. The radicalism of this reform cannot a priori exclude any solutions, such as ... a temporary or permanent return of some of the Eurozone member countries to national currencies."

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland's current Law and Justice Party, has repeatedly claimed that adopting the euro would cause the nation's citizens to become drastically poorer

MSG* Rzeczpospolita | "Freedom and equality of nations are the only defense against the Threat of imperialism", 22 Aug

parity watch
PLN:USD, 1:0.20
PLN:EUR, 1:0:20
PLN:UAH, 1:7.70
EUR:UAH, 1:36.75
USD:UAH, 1:36.86

* monosodium glutamate

by Cat on Tue Aug 23rd, 2022 at 09:41:58 PM EST
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Ukriform | Zelensk* opens Alley of Courage near Verkhovna Rada, 23 Aug
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky took part in the opening ceremony together with President of Poland Andrzej Duda, whose name was the first to appear on the Alley, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"Today I want to open the Alley of Courage in the presence of President of Poland Andrzej Duda. The name of President of Poland Andrzej Duda will always be on this alley. It is a symbol of courage, a symbol of friendship, a symbol of support for Ukraine when it is really needed," Zelensky said.

Slava Ukraini!
Ukraine Gate | For friends of Ukraine: Zelenskyy and Duda opened the Alley of Courage in Kyiv, 23 Aug
The alley was laid on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of Ukraine's independence. As noted, the place was not chosen by chance. It was on the Constitution Square opposite the Verkhovna Rada that modern independent Ukraine was born.
Andrzej Duda played a particularly important role in strengthening Ukraine's defense capabilities in the early days of a full-scale Russian invasion. He arrived in Ukraine, called Russia's actions an unprecedented violation of international law and stressed that by doing so it excludes itself from the international community.

Poland was one of the first EU countries to become a new home for millions of internally displaced persons from Ukraine. The Polish government and the Sejm have simplified as much as possible the procedures for crossing the border and further including Ukrainians in a friendly European community.

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by Cat on Tue Aug 23rd, 2022 at 10:08:39 PM EST
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RIA Novosti | Poland demands $1.3 trillion in reparations from Germany, 1 Sep
said the head of the ruling party of the Republic "Law and Justice" (PiS) Yaroslav Kaczynski.
"The amount that was presented as the cost of damage is six trillion two hundred billion zlotys (1.3 trillion dollars. - Approx. ed.)," [Yaroslav Kaczynski] said, presenting a report on Poland's military losses. ...
by Cat on Thu Sep 1st, 2022 at 05:01:07 PM EST
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Kyiv Independent | Receiving, distributing Russian humanitarian aid in occupied territories to be considered collaborationism, 16 Aug
The law on collaboration[] came into force on Aug. 16.
Ukriform | The Ministry of Internal Affairs said who will be considered a collaborator in the territories captured by the Russian Federation, 16 Aug
"It should be determined on a case-by-case basis. It is mostly difficult to establish, because people who are served with suspicion in absentia are in temporarily occupied territories. Often cooperation with the occupiers is based on the fact that people are promised leadership positions, and it can also be a financial reward," [spokeswoman of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Alyona Matveeva] said.  Also, according to her, people can cooperate with the aggressor in order to obtain some benefit for themselves or through revenge.
According to her, the punishment for collaboration with the Russian Federation is also determined separately in each case. "For example, if a person called to support the military of the Russian Federation or provided some information, took humanitarian aid (from the Russians - ed.) and distributed it--this is one punishment, if it is about some more serious actions of a person, for example, when a person's collaborative activity had such an impact that someone died because of it--the term in this case can be more serious, even up to life imprisonment," the spokeswoman said.
by Cat on Wed Aug 17th, 2022 at 02:09:39 PM EST
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Kyiv City Prosecutor's Office | She denied the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, 17 Aug
residents of Irpen were informed of the suspicion
According to the materials of the pre-trial investigation, the suspect, living in the Kyiv region and being aware of the fact of the temporary occupation by the armed forces of the Russian Federation of part of the territories of our state, including the Kyiv region, in telephone conversations with citizens of Ukraine denied the facts of murders and violence against the civilian population of Ukraine by Russian military personnel, as well as their commission of other crimes in the temporarily occupied territories....
Readovka | 1st. 436-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine
by Cat on Wed Aug 17th, 2022 at 06:35:42 PM EST
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Although this Newsweek story attributes UA counter-intelligence work product derogating MSM "dissindents" to a "Ukrainian Center for Countering Disinformation" (2021), the Myrotvorets "black list" (of white "influencers") has been circulating UA civil defense agencies and so-called Pro-Russia social media "messaging systems" far longer than Russia has occupied Ukraine ("About the Center", 23.08.2014 08:46 + NATO imprimatur) and NATO allies formally instituted telecom censorship. In consideration of hours of A/V interviews with terrified, reluctant Donbas civilians, countless ICC, ICJ human rights complaints filed under the radar of TRUMP treason, and recent purge of SBU and prosecutor offices, it occurs to me that now, this subthread, is a the correct place to acknowledge the irresistable services of a free press and "democratic processes" in a war against AUTHORITARIANISM.

Newsweek | Tulsi Gabbard, Rand Paul Placed on List of Russian Propagandists by Ukraine, 26 July

The list was compiled by the Ukrainian Center for Countering Disinformation, founded in 2021 by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* to study the impact of Russian disinformation. The center is part of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council.
Other Americans on the list are: political and business advisor Harlan Ullman, author Paul Pillar, economists Jeffrey Sachs and Steve Hanke, political analyst Brian Berletic, academics Patrick Basham and Clifford Kiracofe, former army officer David Payne, ex-diplomat Michael Springmann, retired intelligence officer Scott Ritter, finance specialist Jason Ross, businessman Mike Callicrate, politicians Geoff Young and Diane Sare, journalists Caleb Maupin and Tony Magliano, retired business consultant George Koo, Republican former Senate staffer Jim Jatras, former CIA officer Ray McGovern, former Virginia State Senator Richard Black and political analyst Graham Fuller...
GRAPHIC WARNING: myrotvorets-center searchable database (UA machine translation), purported Langley, VA, USA-Warszawa, Polska mirror sites, alias
Center for Research of Signs of Crimes against the National Security of Ukraine, Peace, Humanity, and the International Law Information for law enforcement authorities and special services about pro-Russian terrorists, separatists, mercenaries, war criminals, and murderers
by Cat on Sat Aug 20th, 2022 at 04:18:32 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Aug 24th, 2022 at 03:17:59 PM EST
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CBS | Arming Ukraine, A/V (EN), running time 00:23:26
CHARLES KUPCHAN, CFR: NATO is not directly at war with Russia, but a nuclear-armed Russia is at war with a NATO-armed Ukraine. It's conceivable that war could widen. We don't know, but this a hot war, not a cold war.
by Cat on Thu Aug 18th, 2022 at 01:10:28 PM EST
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ICYMI: WaPoo |
In the interview with The Post, published Tuesday [16 Aug], Zelensky cited his fears that Ukrainians would panic, flee the country and trigger economic collapse as the reason he chose not to share the stark warnings passed on by U.S. officials regarding Russia's plans.

"If we had communicated that ... then I would have been losing $7 billion a month since last October [?!], and at the moment when the Russians did attack, they would have taken us in three days," Zelensky said.

oh. OK.
Sevgil Musaieva, editor in chief of Ukrainska Pravda, a Ukrainian news site, posted on Facebook that she was "personally offended" by Zelensky's explanation, saying it called into question the intelligence of Ukrainians. She wouldn't have fled, she said, and the $7 billion a month potential cost to the economy has to be weighed against the lives lost, the swift capture by Russia of parts of southern Ukraine and the fear and intimidation of civilians who unexpectedly found themselves under Russian occupation.
The lack of warning for civilians living in the threatened areas [Donetsk and Luhansk?], and especially those with children, the elderly and people with impaired mobility, was "not a glitch, not a mistake, not an unfortunate misunderstanding, not a strategic miscalculation -- it is a crime," said Ukrainian author Kateryna Babkina.
language of psychopathy
DW | Are attacks on nuclear plants legal under international law?
If you have to ask .... sure, do it. Why not. Degrees of atrocity and whathaveyou
by Cat on Fri Aug 19th, 2022 at 02:26:23 PM EST
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For an actor he is smart ☹️ #braindrain #martiallaw #shutborders #ableman #16-60yrs

WaPo: Putting Pressure On, Zelensky to Blame

No one told Volodymyr it was going to be hard and last for months, not weeks. The cakewalk turned out into a complete disaster

2-days earlier an intelligence officer, WaPo could not use his name, put the blame of the war crisis on France and Germany for their reluctance to join. The same troubles (add Turkey too) of the Iraq War and UNSC infamy for asking questions about false intelligence and illegal decision to invade a sovereign nation ...

Road to War: U.S. Struggled to Convince Allies

Once again putting blame on European allies Germany and France who were intend to prevent the outbreak of hostilities. Reminds me of the lies in 2002/2003 to begin an illegal war in Iraq. Then too, Joe Biden was a vigorous war hawk.

This also shows a breaking of the so-called unity in NATO made under duress. Still very important the position of Turkey whether the White House manages to keep Erdogan on board.

We have seen the most staunch war supporters in London, Warsaw and Vilnius. Already today the Polish FM pushed the identical narrative.

Choice of America was never in doubt, this chance to punish Putin through a proxy war ... debt of Europe WW2 - Old and New - for freedom won under the banner of 🇬🇧 . 🇺🇸.

oops and 🇦🇺. 🇨🇦. 🇲🇦. 🇵🇱 and the major force Red Army of the Soviet Union, now 🇷🇺 .

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 19th, 2022 at 03:27:34 PM EST
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malice aforethought in The gloves are off

standard. operating. procedure.

by Cat on Fri Aug 19th, 2022 at 03:56:13 PM EST
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vOLdEMoRT: In his resignation statement, al-Sadr referenceded to the retirement on Sunday of Shi'ite spiritual leader Ayatollah Kadhim al-Haeri, who called on his followers to support Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in his stead. Al-Sadr claimed that al-Haeri's resignation was "not of his own volition," seemingly implying covert Iranian influence.

Al-Sadr is a vocal critic of foreign influence in Iraq, and has long sought to curb the influence of Iran-backed Shia militias in the country. After his political bloc won 73 seats in the 329-seat Iraqi legislature last year, he failed to form a government, due to opposition from the Coordination Framework Alliance, a Shia bloc allied with Iran, and al-Sadr's desire to exclude its members from a potential ruling coalition.

Al-Sadr's supporters have occupied the Iraqi Parliament since late July to prevent this rival bloc from forming a government of its own.

Mustafa al-Kadhimi, an ally of al-Sadr, remains Iraq's caretaker prime minister. Al-Sadr has called for the dissolution of parliament and fresh elections, and Iraq's Supreme Federal Court is scheduled to meet this week to decide whether parliament should be disbanded.

by Cat on Tue Aug 30th, 2022 at 12:51:08 AM EST
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wut: "Russian President Vladimir Putin's threat to use nuclear weapons in the war against Ukraine has opened the eyes of a Ukrainian woman living in Hiroshima to the horrors of nuclear warfare, pushing her to take a stand in solidarity with her compatriots."
by Cat on Mon Aug 22nd, 2022 at 10:40:13 PM EST
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GOOG and UN Sec General have successful suppressed UNGA vote on latest UN Amb. Sergey Kislitsa (UA) resolution to condemn Russian war of aggression, 24 Aug, coinciding with Zelensk* UNSC zoom call! (rumored UNGA roll call, YES:58, NO: ?, AB: ?)

president.gov.ua | Russia must be held accountable for the crime of aggression against Ukraine, the corresponding resolution will be submitted for consideration by the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, 24 Aug 76th session

This is Volodymyr Zelenskyy's third speech at the UN Security Council since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia. The participation of the President of Ukraine in this meeting was endorsed by 13 out of 15 delegations to the Security Council.
UNGA | Digital Library System
UNSC | August 2022 calendar, 9115TH MEETING (AM), SC/15004, 24 AUGUST 2022
UNSC | 9115TH MEETING (AM): SC/15004, 24 Aug
unofficial record of procedural vote, select member briefings (synopses)
by Cat on Sat Aug 27th, 2022 at 02:47:11 PM EST
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tai kwan do "Russian embargo" fu

Goooooo, Ooooosula!

by Cat on Tue Aug 30th, 2022 at 07:50:09 PM EST
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