This endangers the 19 nuclear reactors in Ukraine because the reactors rely on the electric grid for power to keep reactor cores and fuel rods cool. Without grid power and if there is no back-up power, reactors can explode and melt-down. Chernobyl had one reactor accident. Fukushima had 3 reactors melt down. 19 is unthinkable.
Beside the nuclear issue is the immense suffering of the Ukrainian people due to the energy shortage and the high costs imposed by the Kiev regime on the population for the energy they get. How many in Ukraine have died indirectly from this or actually frozen to death this winter? Will we ever know?
From Sputnik News
11 March 2017
The organizers of the trade blockade in eastern Ukraine threaten to block all coal imports from Russia.
KIEV (Sputnik) — The organizers of the trade blockade in eastern Ukraine said Friday that they would block all coal imports from Russia beginning from April 2 in case Kiev failed to reach agreements on coal shipments from other countries by that time.
“We give the government time by April 2 to sign the contracts on coal supplies with countries which do not conduct warfare against Ukraine. We give the government time by April 2 to reconsider its trade policy with the aggressor country of Russia,” the blockade’s main organizer, Anatoliy Vynohrodsky, told reporters.
He added that beginning from April 2 the observation stations of the blockade organizers, which are to be established along all the railway transition posts, will begin the blockade’s active phase.
“First of all we will not let coal from Russia pass,” Vynohrodsky pointed out.
Vynohrodsky noted that concerning other supplies from Russia, the blockade organizers would “consult with the Ukrainian people.”In late January, a group of former participants of Ukraine’s military operation in Donbas, including several lawmakers, blocked traffic on several segments of freight rail lines running from the territories uncontrolled by Kiev. The blockade led to irregularities in supplies of anthracite coal from Donbass, leading to power shortages in Ukraine and prompting Kiev to declare an energy emergency.
Kiev’s authorities criticized the actions of the blockade organizers saying that coal shipments from Donbass were legal as coal producing plants located there had been paying taxes to the Ukrainian State Treasury Service. However, no efforts have been undertaken by the Kiev authorities to lift the blockage.
In January 2015, the Ukrainian parliament adopted a statement designating Russia as an aggressor country, as Kiev considered Russia being a party to the military conflict in Donbass. No evidence supporting this statement was provided.
Moscow denounced the statement. Russia repeatedly said it was not part to the Ukrainian conflict, had not provided military equipment to Donbass militia and was interested in the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis.
March 10, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– RusVesna – Translated by James Harmon
From Fort Russ
February 17, 2017
Except that in this case it is just once again the Kiev regime blaming Russia for Ukraine’s internal problems since the coming to power of the pro-Western putschist junta. Indeed, veterans of the army with the complicity of the neo-Nazi gang decided to organize a blockade of the Donbass on January 25 by blocking, in particular, the railways for the coal trains that deliver the coal essential to the operation of the Ukrainian power stations. Source: Pravda Ukraine
The state of Energy Emergency was set up by the Ukrainian government following this internal crisis. There would be only 14 to 100 days left of coal to allow their power stations to stay in operation.
The Figaro and Reuters (not the only ones) by relaying this vulgar propaganda worthy of a bad soap opera, thus absolve in advance the negligence into which Ukraine has fallen since the Kiev putsch of 2014. For if, unfortunately, some power stations were to cease functioning as a result of this blockade, all eyes will inevitably be directed against the ugly Russian hackers rather than against the Kiev regime.
They have been trotting out Russian hackers for months:
- Russian hackers elected Trump — at least in the mainstream press.
- Russian hackers are hijacking power stations in Ukraine.
- In France, Russian hackers broke into the site of Emmanuel Macron! Oh yes, this is the latest trendy joke!
- The Russian hackers will even threaten the elections in France and Germany!
Now that goes to show you how powerful these Russians are!
To get back to this blockade: who can make me believe that the police and the Ukrainian army can’t get this little mob off the railroad ??? RFI [Radio France International] Kiev is using these useful idiots to once again to clash with Russia and increase international pressure against Vladimir Putin. He is no longer a president, but an octopus!
Who benefits if the power grid is shut down? Not Russia. Certainly not with the nuclear reactors next door. Russia has the most to lose.
So who benefits? This is a false flag.
Oleksandr Tkachuk, Ukraine’s security service chief of staff, said at a press conference that the attacks were orchestrated by the Russian security service with help from private software firms and criminal hackers, and looked like they were designed by the same people who created malware known as “BlackEnergy.”
…He said the attacks employed a mechanism dubbed “Telebots” to infect computers that control infrastructure.
Slovakian cyber-security firm ESET used the same name in December to identify the hacking group responsible for attacks on Ukraine’s financial sector and energy industries.
ESET said it believed that Telebots had evolved from BlackEnergy, a hacking group that attacked Ukraine’s energy industry starting in December 2015 [on December 23].
The December 23, 2015 attack was a highly coordinated attack on a day that the hackers perhaps deemed significant. If so, that would indicate a EU or U.S. team responsible for the hack; they celebrate Christmas on December 24-25, and probably think everyone else does, too. Ukraine celebrates Christmas in January, and any Ukrainian and Russian would know that.
Other suspects are the oligarchs and their minions who fight against each other, and the militias in the West of Ukraine angling for control of Kiev.
Reporter: About the new coal bed we opened, it seems that we don’t have anywhere to sell coal.
Alexander Zakharchenko: Why? We have our power plants that gladly accept this coal. We’ll get electric power and provide our homes with it. Our homes will be bright, warm, and comfortable…
Reporter: How long can we stand the blockade?
Zakharchenko: For 2 1/2 years we’ve already been living within the blockade…Despite whether there is or is not a blockade, they only make it worse for themselves. If idiocy were considered a sickness, everyone there already needs therapy.
…It’s their enterprises that are suffering. There is lack of spirit and lack of leaders.
Interview with Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the DPR
From Fort Russ
|In small letters: “Truly our own.” In shield: “Made in the DPR”|
For several weeks, neo-Nazis and other Ukrainian radicals have been blocking the rails that bring coal from Donbass to Ukraine. The coal necessary for the Ukrainian power stations providing about 40% of the country’s electricity. The Donbass alone supplies 37.5% of the coal used by these power stations.
Since the blockade has been total for five days, stockpiles at Ukrainian power plants now only cover 14 to 45 days of consumption, forcing the Ukrainian authorities to declare an energy emergency, and to consider rollng power outages to face the shortage.
The situation is so catastrophic that the EU has just brutally woken up and has called for an end to the commercial blockade of the Donbass.
Should we laugh or cry in the face of the very late awakening of the “European elites” in the face of a situation that has been going on for almost three years and whose radicalization has just revealed the whole danger, and not just for Ukraine?
For we must not deceive ourselves. If the EU reacts it is not for the beautiful eyes of the Ukrainians, that they do not care a fig about. No, if the EU reacts, it’s because the risk of collapse of the Ukrainian electricity grid would have terrible consequences for the neighboring countries, which are part of the EU, and would end up paying for the broken china of their Russiaphobic policies that border on the most profound idiocy.
Faced with this situation, the response of the leader of the RPD, Alexander Zakharchenko, is not lacking spice:
He wished to point out that the coal produced in the two peoples republics always had a secure outlet: the local market. The two republics have coal-fired power stations which supply them with electricity. Power plants that consume locally produced coal.