Ukraine’s grid under cyber-attack, according to Poroshenko

From Fort Russ
February 17, 2017
Sebastien HAIRON in Peuples-Libres-nouvelle-russie, translated by Tom Winter –

Le Figaro relays this despatch of Reuters which tells us that Russian hackers have broken in to Ukraine’s power grid! Really !

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:

  1. Russian hackers elected Trump — at least in the mainstream press.
  2. Russian hackers are hijacking power stations in Ukraine.
  3. In France, Russian hackers broke into the site of Emmanuel Macron! Oh yes, this is the latest trendy joke!
  4. 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!

http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/02/ukraines-power-emergency-russian-hackers.html

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.

Reuters:

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.

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Ukraine in full-blown collapse; nuclear reactors at extreme risk

And so the nightmare scenario for the Ukraine is a simple one. Temperature drops below freezing and stays there for a couple of weeks. Coal and natural gas supplies run down; thermal power plants shut down; the electric grid fails; circulator pumps at the 19 nuclear reactors (which, by the way, probably haven’t been overhauled as recently as they should have been) stop pumping; meltdown!
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 The U.S. leaves a ticking time bomb on the doorstep of Russia, and of course, Belarus, Poland, and all the surrounding countries. Is the milk from dairy farms in North Wales safe yet to drink post-Chernobyl? 
This is a dangerous game and a trap rigged for Russia. If Russia intervenes, the U.S. and the West will cry “Russian aggression” and attack. Yet Germany, one of the U.S.’s closest allies, has so much to lose, such a wealthy country that is unplugging from nuclear, yet has Ukraine just a hair breadth away.
Wake up, Poland! The anti-Russia slander shows only how bereft of sanity some Poles are. Your future hangs in the balance, and your well-paid officials will flee to their faraway lairs if nuclear disaster erupts. 
But where can one flee on this small Earth from nuclear fallout? And if all 19 reactors go….? What then?
Your “allies”, the U.S. and Canada, are broad oceans away. This is part of the “away game.” They leave others and even their own soldiers (who they repeatedly abandon) to be at Ground Zero, while they plot from a distance. Who is their next domino?
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Global Research, December 27, 2016
ClubOrlov 22 December 2016

With all the action in Syria, the Ukraine is no longer a subject for discussion in the West. In Russia, where the Ukraine is still a major problem looming on the horizon, and where some 1.5 million Ukrainian refugees are settling in, with no intentions of going back to what’s left of the Ukraine, it is still actively discussed. But for the US, and for the EU, it is now yet another major foreign policy embarrassment, and the less said about it the better.

In the meantime, the Ukraine is in full-blown collapse—all five glorious stages of it—setting the stage for a Ukrainian Nightmare Before Christmas, or shortly after.

Phase 1. Financially, the Ukrainian government is in sovereign default as of a couple of days ago. The IMF was forced to break its own rules in order to keep it on life support even though it is clearly a deadbeat. In the process, the IMF stiffed Russia, which happens to be one of its major shareholders; what gives?

Phase 2. Industry and commerce are approaching a standstill and the country is rapidly deindustrializing. Formerly, most of the trade was with Russia; this is now over. The Ukraine does not make anything that the EU might want, except maybe prostitutes. Recently, the Ukraine has been selling off its dirt. This is illegal, but, given what’s been happening there, the term “illegal” has become the stuff of comedy.

Phase 3. Politically, the Ukrainian government is a total farce. Much of it has been turned over to fly-by-night foreigners, such as the former Georgian president Saakashvili, who is a wanted criminal in his own country, which has recently stripped him of his citizenship. The parliament is stocked with criminals who bought their seat to gain immunity from prosecution, and who spend their time brawling with each other. Prime Minister Yatsenyuk was recently hauled off the podium by his crotch; how dignified is that? He seemed unfazed. Where are his testicles? Perhaps Victoria Nuland over at the US State Dept. is keeping them in a jar. This sort of action may be fun to watch on Youtube, but the reality is quite sad: those who “run” the Ukraine (if the term still applies) are only interested in one thing: stealing whatever is left.

Phase 4. Ukrainian society (if the term still applies) has been split into a number of warring factions. This was, to some extent, inevitable. What happens if you take bits of Poland, Hungary, Romania and Russia, and stick them together willy-nilly? Well, results may vary; but if you also spend $5 billion US (as the Americans did) turning the Ukrainians against Russia (and, since they are mostly Russian, against themselves), then you get a complete disaster.

Phase 5. Cultural collapse is quite advanced. The Ukraine once had the same world-class educational system as Russia, but since independence they switched to teaching in Ukrainian (a made-up language) using nonexistent textbooks. The kids have been taught a bogus history hallucinated by rabid Ukrainian nationalists. They’ve been told that Russia is backward and keeping them back, and that they deserve to be happy in the EU. (Just like the Greeks? Yeah…) But now the population has been reduced to levels of poverty not commonly seen outside of Africa, and young people are fleeing, or turning to gangsterism and prostitution, to merely survive. This doesn’t make for a happy cultural narrative. What does it mean to be “a Ukrainian” now? Expletives deleted. Sorry I asked.

Now, here’s what it all really means. With so much going wrong, the Ukraine has been unable to secure enough natural gas or coal supplies to provide a supply cushion in case of a cold snap this winter. A few weeks of frosty weather will deplete the supply, and then pipes will freeze, rendering much of the urban areas unlivable from then on (because, recall, there is no longer any money, or any industry to speak of, to repair the damage). That seems bad enough, but we aren’t quite there yet.

You see, the Ukraine produces over half of its electricity using nuclear power plants. 19 nuclear reactors are in operation, with 2 more supposedly under construction. And this is in a country whose economy is in free-fall and is set to approach that of Mali or Burundi! The nuclear fuel for these reactors was being supplied by Russia. An effort to replace the Russian supplier with Westinghouse failed because of quality issues leading to an accident. What is a bankrupt Ukraine, which just stiffed Russia on billions of sovereign debt, going to do when the time comes to refuel those 19 reactors? Good question!

But an even better question is, Will they even make it that far? You see, it has become known that these nuclear installations have been skimping on preventive maintenance, due to lack of funds. Now, you are probably already aware of this, but let me spell it out just in case: a nuclear reactor is not one of those things that you run until it breaks, and then call a mechanic once it does. It’s not a “if it ain’t broke, I can’t fix it” sort of scenario. It’s more of a “you missed a tune-up so I ain’t going near it” scenario. And the way to keep it from breaking is to replace all the bits that are listed on the replacement schedule no later than the dates indicated on that schedule. It’s either that or the thing goes “Ka-boom!” and everyone’s hair falls out.

How close is Ukraine to a major nuclear accident? Well, it turns out, very close: just recently one was narrowly avoided when some Ukro-Nazis blew up electric transmission lines supplying Crimea, triggering a blackout that lasted many days. The Russians scrambled and ran a transmission line from the Russian mainland, so now Crimea is lit up again. But while that was happening, the Southern Ukrainian, with its 4 energy blocks, lost its connection to the grid, and it was only the very swift, expert actions taken by the staff there that averted a nuclear accident.

I hope that you know this already, but, just in case, let me spell it out again. One of the worst things that can happen to a nuclear reactor is loss of electricity supply. Yes, nuclear power stations make electricity—some of the time—but they must be supplied with electricity all the time to avoid a meltdown. This is what happened at Fukushima Daiichi, which dusted the ground with radionuclides as far as Tokyo and is still leaking radioactive juice into the Pacific.

And so the nightmare scenario for the Ukraine is a simple one. Temperature drops below freezing and stays there for a couple of weeks. Coal and natural gas supplies run down; thermal power plants shut down; the electric grid fails; circulator pumps at the 19 nuclear reactors (which, by the way, probably haven’t been overhauled as recently as they should have been) stop pumping; meltdown!

If this winter stays very, very warm, then the “19 Fukushimas” scenario just may be averted. This is not impossible: we’ve been seeing one freakishly warm winter after another, and each passing month is setting new records. The future is looking hot—as in very warm. Let us pray that it doesn’t also turn out to be hot—as in radioactive.

15 nuclear reactors at grave risk in Ukraine, with update

Source: Energoatom

Update, November 13:

A company in South Africa is now refusing to send more coal to Ukraine. A shipment of 500,000 tons of coal was delivered to Ukraine already, but 1 million tons was ordered. Ukraine is now attempting to find another company to supply coal, but so far, there has been no deal.

Source:http://www.uacrisis.com/sar-refuses-to-deliver-more-coal-to-ukraine/

Update, September 7, 2014:

The Kiev regime is buying 1 million tons of coal from South Africa due to the coal shortage in Ukraine. Prime Minister Yatsenyuk said on September 3 that the first ship was being loaded. [1]

 

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August 25, 2014

This site has a map of where the reactors are in Ukraine. Those reactors are all across the country.
http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Country-Profiles/Countries-T-Z/Ukraine/

Coal supplies 40% of the power in Ukraine. On Aug. 19, ZeroHedge reported that Ukraine had less than 3 weeks of coal left because of the US-backed war against the Ukrainian people.

Now, the supply is down to less than 2 weeks.

50% of coal mines are closed due to the war. Coal production is way down. Supply roads have been destroyed.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-19/ukraine%E2%80%99s-next-crisis-economic-disaster

Why is that important?

Nuclear reactors rely on grid power to keep reactor cores and fuel rods cool.

If the electric grid goes down, reactors have to rely on generators.

From nuclear expert Arne Gundersen:

the most likely type of a nuclear accident is caused by a loss of offsite power.  That is what happened at Fukushima:  the power system AROUND the plant broke down.  If that happens, not only will the plant not have power, but the street lights won’t work.  According to the [Nuclear Regulatory Commission], the street lights DO work.  Not only that, but your home lighting won’t work and your radio and TV won’t work.  But according to the NRC, you will be able to contact the outside world by phones or by radio or by television.   …remember the most likely cause of a nuclear accident is loss of offsite power and that has NEVER been part of an emergency plan, assuming that all of that does not work.

http://fairewinds.com/content/white-house-nrc-recommend-50-mile-fukushima-evacuation-yet-insist-us-safe-only-10

If there are brownouts or blackouts, will backup generators function and keep functioning to keep the reactor cores and fuel rods cool?

Generators aren’t maintained, and they break, like at Fukushima. They’re not built to do the work required. They must come on full power immediately and last for days, weeks, or months until grid power is restored. If generators do miraculously work, how will they be fueled until coal production resumes if roads are impassable? How will coal production resume if miners are fighting against Kiev militias, have evacuated, or have been killed?

Greg Palast writes:

A page from the notebook of an Emergency Diesel Generator expert, R.D. Jacobs, hired to monitor a test for a nuclear reactor’s back-up cooling system.

This is to record that on my last visit,….I pressed [a company executive] saying that we just did not know what the axial vibration of the crankshaft was doing to the [diesel] units. I was unable to impress him sufficiently.

The diesels were “tested” by turning them on for a few minutes at low power. They worked find. But R.D., a straight shooter, suspected problems. He wanted the motors opened and inspected. He was told by power company management to go to hell.

When we forced the plant builder [in Suffolk County, New York] to test the three Emergency Diesel Generators in emergency conditions, one failed almost immediately (the crankshaft snapped, as R.D.[Jacobs} predicted), then the second, then the third. We named the three diesels “Snap, Crackle, and Pop.”

…I knew that all these diesels were basically designed, or even taken from, cruise ship engine rooms or old locomotives. . I’m not an engineer, but I suspect a motor designed for a leisurely float n Bermuda is not fit for a life-and-death scramble. So, I asked [an industry insider], “They really can’t work at all, the diesels, can they?”

That’s when he introduced me to the phrase “crash start.”

On a ship, he explained, you would take half an hour to warm up the bearings, and then slowly build up to “critical” crankshaft speed, and only then add the “load.” the propeller…

That’s for sailing. But in a nuclear emergency, “the diesels have to go from stationary to taking a full load in less than ten seconds.”

Worse, to avoid having to buy additional diesels, the nuclear operators turbo-charge them, revving them to 4,000 horsepower in ten seconds when they are designed for half that output.

The result: snap, crackle, pop.

I learned that, at Fukushima, at least two of the diesels failed before the tsunami hit. What destroyed those diesels was turning them on. In other words, the diesels are junk, are crap, are not capable of getting up to full power in seconds, then run continuously for days….

”So, you saying emergency diesels can’t work in an emergency?”

“Actually, they’re just not designed for it.”

from Vulture’s Picnic, “Fukushima Texas” p. 294-297

Fukushima’s ongoing radiation is massively contaminating the air and ocean. See ENE News (www.enenews.com) for up-to-date information on that catastrophe. That radiation circles the world constantly. That’s from four explosions and three reactors that melted down and melted through.

Think Fukushima X 5.

Think Chernobyl X 15.

Even greedy and immoral oligarchs and American corporations, racist ultra-right Nazi thugs, and war-lusting Americans, cannot be that stupid or insane, can they?

This would doom life on earth. What planet are they planning to escape to in the event of such a disaster?

Get the word out now. Tell public officials: stop this foolish, immoral, and murderous American adventure now.

All of our lives are at stake.

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[1]

http://www.bdlive.co.za/world/europe/2014/09/03/ukraine-to-buy-1-million-tonnes-of-coal-from-sa
Ukraine to buy 1-million tonnes of coal from SA

Note: there is so much false information in this story, it is hopeful that the coal shipment is true and will get to Ukraine in time.