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Ukraine energy chief: Russia trying to 'steal' nuclear plant, 9 Sep radiation disaster
The Zaporizh* Nuclear Power Plant has been without an outside source of electricity since Monday and receives power for its own safety systems from the only one of its six reactors that remains operational, Enerhoatom [remote] chief Petro Kotin told The Associated Press.

"We are trying to keep this unit running as much as possible, but eventually it will have to be shut down [!] and then the station will switch to diesel generators," he said, adding that such generators are "the station's last defense before a radiation accident."
Kotin said the Russians "have a crazy idea to switch the ZNPP to the Russian power system; in fact they are trying to steal the Zaporizh* Nuclear Power Plant of Ukraine and steal all the electricity it produces." He said the Russians gave the plant management a 10-page plan about three or four weeks ago to connect the plant to the electricity grid in ["temporarily occupied"] Crimea, which Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014.

CNN | Ukraine admits it was behind three explosions in Crimea. Here's what we know, 17 Aug
...The incidents both took place around the Dzhankoi area, described by the British Ministry of Defence as 'a key road and rail junction that plays an important role in supplying Russia's operations in southern Ukraine.'"...
Reuters | Prepare bomb shelters in Crimea, Zelensk* adviser tells residents, 5 Sep
..."In particular, to prepare a bomb shelter, stock up with sufficient amounts of water and charge powerbanks. Everything will be Ukraine," [Mykhailo Podol*ak] wrote on Twitter.
On the same day, the Russians started shelling the power lines that connect the plant to the Ukrainian [?] grid, and on Monday, the last line was cut, Kotin said.
Kotin said the plant has enough diesel fuel for 10 days. After that, about 200 tons of diesel fuel would need to be brought in daily for the generators, which he said was "impossible" while the plant was occupied by Russian forces. He said connecting the plant to the Russian [?] grid also was practically impossible given the hostilities in the area.

"There is no other solution than the de-occupation of the ZNPP, the transfer of the plant to the control of the Ukrainian side or international security organizations," Kotin told AP.

Pravda.ua | Ukraine can return Crimea within the next year - the US general, 9 Sep
Source : Hodges in a Newsweek commentary on the sidelines of the Tbilisi International Conference of the McCain Institute

Direct speech : "Ukrainians saved their country... They set the conditions under which they can restore full sovereignty, including Crimea, I think, within the next year."...

by Cat on Sat Sep 10th, 2022 at 12:09:46 AM EST
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