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"We believe that the safest outcome would be a controlled shutdown of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant reactors, that this would be the least risky course of action in the near term."

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USA considers controlled shutdown of ZNPP units to be safest outcome | Interfax Ukraine |

U.S. Calls For 'Controlled Shutdown' Of Zaporizhzhya Plant As IAEA Inspectors Seek Access | RFERL |

Appears to be goal of the UA and US military strategy.

The nuclear plant is located along the Dnieper river in Oblast Zaporizhzhya, not in the large city by that name. The town where the nuclear reactors are located is Enerhodar.

Nuclear Power in a More Dangerous World

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 31st, 2022 at 05:58:39 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 31st, 2022 at 05:59:22 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 31st, 2022 at 06:00:19 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 31st, 2022 at 06:01:06 PM EST
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Ukraine: EU donates 5 million potassium iodide tablets to protect Ukrainians from potential radiation exposure

On 26 August, the EU received a request for potassium iodide tablets from the Government of Ukraine as a preventative safety measure to increase the level of protection around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. The potassium iodide tablets would be used in limited scenarios to avoid that inhaled or swallowed radioactive iodine is absorbed by the thyroid.

In response, the Emergency Response Coordination Centre swiftly mobilised 5.5 million potassium iodide tablets ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 31st, 2022 at 06:01:44 PM EST
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It was not immediately clear if the team would be allowed access to the nuclear site by occupying Russian forces.
This statement is incorrect.

Let's recap. The RF captured the Chernobyl NPP 24 Feb (while all 5 Eyes were on Ki*v). No Ukrainian NPP employees were injured or relieved of their duties. The RF transferred maintence of the decomissioned plant to Ukraine by 31 Mar. The RF captured the Zaporizh* NPP 4 Mar (while all 5 Eyes were on BUCHA!). IAEA published Chernobyl inspection in end of April without fanfare.  

Zaporizh* was generating power until 25 Aug, when Ukrainan engineers disconnected the plant from the regional grid. The RF requested Zaporizh* inspection in June and has since delivered packages to Grossi et al. of what they believe to be documentary evidence of Ukraine (misguided) artillery fire into the plant and surrounding residential area under RF missile-defense systems.

And not to put too fine a point on that RFERL's studied ignorance, DOD's anonymous SENIOR DEFENSE OFFICIAL admitted (above)

we also have U.S. scientists that are monitoring radiation sensor data at the power plant
by Cat on Wed Aug 31st, 2022 at 06:34:22 PM EST
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RFERL America's Voice In the World ... of course pure propaganda.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 31st, 2022 at 06:40:26 PM EST
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a PAKISTAN affiliate recently turned up in my radar. FFS!
by Cat on Wed Aug 31st, 2022 at 08:16:52 PM EST
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AP of VOA -- leak
9 Aug Ukrainian resistance[/ guerillas/Special Ops] grows in Russian-occupied areas
"'We are giving the Ukrainian military precise coordinates for various targets, and the guerrillas' assistance makes the new long-range weapons, particularly HIMARS, even more powerful," Andriy told the AP. "We are invisible behind the Russian lines, and this is our strength.'"

Rwanda, DR Congo, Syria, Libya, Pakistan, Myanmar, HK SAR, Ukraine: NED "political literacy"
US Proxy War Against China Rages in Myanmar, A/V (EN) running time 00:21:25

by Cat on Wed Aug 31st, 2022 at 11:14:45 PM EST
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UN Nuclear Inspectors Arrive In Zaporizhzhya Ahead Of Mission [sic] To Russian-Held Plant
• Grossi said inspectors were likely to reach the nuclear complex on September 1 and the initial inspection should last "a few days," but he hopes to establish a permanent mission in Ukraine

• the Russian-installed officials in Enerhodar[Energodar], the town where the plant is[], said the IAEA team could stay anywhere from one to eight days.

• [Ukrainian] Yevgeny Balitsky, the Moscow-appointed [governor] of Ukraine's southeastern Zaporizh* region, told Interfax that the IAEA inspectors "must [sic] see the work of the station in one day."

• Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia's representative to international organizations JCPOA negotiation in Vienna, welcomed the possibility that IAEA experts could stay at the plant on a permanent basis.

Shelling dangerously close to the reactors, exhausted workers held at gunpoint, and disconnections have intensified fears of a Chernobyl-style disaster that could spread radioactivity far and wide.
The United States this week said a "controlled shutdown" of Zaporizh* is the "safest option" and urged Moscow to agree to a demilitarized zone around the site, echoing an earlier call from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
yahoo! Ukrayinska Pravda | Russian occupiers give IAEA 1 day to complete Zaporizh* Nuclear Power Plant inspection as its mission sets out from Kyiv to Zaporizh*
quoting RFERL

yahoo! Ukrayinska Pravda | Occupiers ostentatiously capture "Ukrainian terrorists" on eve of IAEA mission arrival at Zaporozh* Nuclear Power Plant
"A soldier is seen leisurely approaching a person who is lying face down and shows no resistance, and starts hitting their lumbar spine (or pretending to do so)."

by Cat on Wed Aug 31st, 2022 at 11:54:21 PM EST
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UN inspectors near Ukrainian nuclear plant on mission to avert an accident (Wrapup)
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team reached the city 55 km (34 miles) away from the plant, where they were likely to spend the night before arriving at the facility on Thursday.
"If we are able to establish a permanent presence, or a continued presence, then it's going to be prolonged. But this first segment is going to take a few days," its chief, Rafael Grossi, told reporters in Zaporizh*. "It's a mission that seeks to prevent a nuclear accident," he said.
Russia has said it has no intention of withdrawing its forces for now.

Asked about a demilitarised zone, IAEA's Grossi said this was a political matter for the countries engaged in the conflict.

Russia had said it welcomed the IAEA's stated intention to set up a permanent mission at the plant.

But Yevgeny Balitsky, head of the Russian-installed administration in the area, told the Interfax news agency the IAEA inspectors ["'They are supposed to look at the plant's operation in one day' ... the plan is for the delegation to enter the territory controlled by Russia through Vasilyevka near the contact line and immediately go to Ener*odar, and it is supposed to leave by the evening of the same day, before dark"].

by Cat on Thu Sep 1st, 2022 at 12:09:49 AM EST
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Energy Intelligence | IAEA: Ukraine Puts Grossi in the Firing Line Over Davos Statements, 3 June
Ukraine State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) criticism, Grossi's professional ambition, "odious lies of Russian propaganda are being broadcast at a high level by a top IAEA official"
by Cat on Thu Sep 1st, 2022 at 02:48:55 PM EST
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