Thought for the day

"I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered." -- Martin Luther King 

 It is necessary to establish a nuclear safety and security protection zone around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant as soon as possible, consultations on this matter have already begun, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi said on Sunday.

A couple of hours may be needed to relaunch the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant whose operations have been suspended for safety reasons but a more sparing launch may take several days, Vladimir Rogov, head of the "We are Together with Russia" civil society group told TASS.

"In order to launch the NPP, a large amount of energy and not much time are needed. The most important thing is to have intact electric transmission lines. For everything to start working mere hours are needed or mere days in order for a launch mode to be milder," he said.

The six-reactor Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (NPP) came under the control of Russian forces early in the war, but is being operated by Ukrainian staff.

The plant and surrounding areas have been repeatedly hit by shelling, raising fears of a second Chernobyl disaster. Russia and Ukraine blame on each other's forces.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called "rubbish" the allegations about the Russian army shelling itself at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP).

Putin responds to allegations about Russia shelling Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

Heavy fighting has been raging into Thursday in areas near the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station in Ukraine after Kyiv warned that it might have to shut down the plant to avoid disaster.

The General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces said in its daily morning update that some villages and communities near the plant were heavily shelled in the 24 hours to Thursday morning from "tanks, mortars, barrel and jet artillery".

Ukraine’s state nuclear company Energoatom has reported that the final working reactor at the six-reactor facility at Zaporizhzhia in southern Ukraine was disconnected from Ukraine's grid on Monday after Russian shelling disrupted power lines. The vast Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP) - the largest in Europe - was captured by Russian forces in March, but is still run by Ukrainian engineers and staff.

IAEAs Grossi didnt dare to acknowledge Ukraine shells ZNPP Russian deputy UN envoy MikeRivero Thu, 09/08/2022 - 07:13

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi did not dare to acknowledge the obvious - that the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant is being shelled by Ukrainian Armed Forces, Russian First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said Wednesday.

West aware ZNPP is shelled by Ukrainian forces, but doesnt call on them to stop envoy MikeRivero Thu, 09/08/2022 - 07:13

 Leading Western countries realize that Ukraine’s Armed Forces are behind the shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, but are too engaged to call on Kiev to stop the bombardments, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said in a televised interview with Rossiya-24 news channel on Wednesday.

 UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday he believes that the area around the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant should become a demilitarized zone, while the Ukrainian side should pledge not to move into this territory.

"An agreement on a demilitarized perimeter should be secured," Guterres said at a UN Security Council meeting.

"That would include the commitment by Russian forces to withdraw all the military personnel and the equipment from this perimeter and the commitment by the Ukrainian forces not to move into it," he said.