Russia will send electricity and 500,000 tons of coal per month to Ukraine

In agreements just made, Russia will provide electricity and heat to Ukraine. Russia will be supplying the electricity at internal Russian prices, not higher export prices, and they are supplying it even though there has been no payment. “Under the instructions of the Russian president, the decision has been made to carry out such a delivery. Hopefully, the payments will be made in future,” said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak according to Russia 24 TV channel.

Has the coal been paid for or is it also a gift?

Are there any conditions on Ukraine, such as stopping the anti-Russian accusations, rhetoric, and preparations for war, halting the internal war against fellow Ukrainians, suspending shipments of arms into Ukraine, fully and openly cooperating with the MH17 investigation?

When the article below states that one unit of Khmelnytskyi nuclear power plant has broken down, what does that mean? Is this a nuclear incident?

“We are doing it deliberately, due to the fact that one [power] unit at [Ukraine’s] Khmelnytskyi Nuclear Power Plant has broken down,” Kozak said.

Ukraine has to decide its future now before the catastrophe worsens.

Ukraine has to decide who its real enemies are. Will it continue to believe the lies of its government and US-NATO that have already led to such war, suffering, and economic collapse, or will it believe the actions of its brother nation Russia which is supplying shipment after shipment of humanitarian aid, electricity, coal, and spearheaded not an invasion force, but peace talks in Minsk?

If Ukraine does not change its policies, if it continues to talk and act like an enemy, and acquire weapons systems and create military buildup, Russian citizens may decide that providing fuel for Ukraine is not in their best security interests, except to maintain grid power to nuclear facilities to prevent nuclear accidents.

For more information on the situation with Ukraine and between the U.S.-NATO and Russia that isn’t available in the mainstream news —

http://www.globalresearch.ca/indepthreport/ukraine-report
http://www.freeukrainenow.org
http://www.rickrozoff.wordpress.com

http://sputniknews.com/business/20141227/1016297029.html

Russia to Deliver 500 Thousand Tons of Coal Per Month to Ukraine: Official

December 27, 2014

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak stated that Russia is ready to deliver more than one million tons of coal per month to Ukraine in order to reduce the country’s existing energy problems if an additional agreement is signed.

MOSCOW, December 27 (Sputnik) — Russia will supply Ukraine with 500 thousand tons of coal per month and 500 thousand tons more, in case an additional agreement is signed, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said.

“We will deliver 500 thousand tons of coal from Russia and possibly, in case an additional agreement will be reached, another 500 thousand tons, which means we are ready to deliver up to one million tons of coal per month to Ukraine in order to reduce the country’s existing energy problems,” Kozak told Russis 24 TV channel.

Ukraine is currently experiencing problems with power generation due to coal shortages. After a military operation was launched by Kiev forces in mid-April against independence supporters in eastern Ukraine, Kiev lost access to many coal mines located in the region.

http://sputniknews.com/business/20141227/1016296851.html

Moscow, Kiev Sign Agreement on Electricity Supply to Ukraine: Official

December 27, 2014

Russia and Ukraine have signed an agreement, providing Kiev 9 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, Moscow has started the delivery.

MOSCOW, December 27 (Sputnik) — Moscow and Kiev have signed an agreement on the supply of 9 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to Ukraine, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said.

He added that Russia has already started the delivery, despite the fact that the terms of the agreement have not been fulfilled yet, and hopes for the subsequent payment.

“In order to reduce the blackouts and other existing problems we [Moscow and Kiev] have held negotiations on the supply of 9 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to Ukraine. We have signed an agreement, but the terms of the contract are not currently fulfilled… Nevertheless, under the instructions of the Russian president, the decision has been made to carry out such a delivery. Hopefully, the payments will be made in future,” Russia 24 TV channel has quoted Kozak on its website as saying.

In 2013, electricity consumption in Ukraine amounted to nearly 147 billion kilowatt-hours.

Russian deputy prime minister also stated that the electricity will be delivered to Ukraine on favorable terms.

“The supply of electricity is carried out at internal Russian prices, while the prices on Ukraine’s energy market are much higher. We are doing it deliberately, due to the fact that one [power] unit at [Ukraine’s] Khmelnytskyi Nuclear Power Plant has broken down,” Kozak said.

Due to the conflict in Ukraine’s eastern regions, Kiev has lost a big part of its coal mines. The country is currently suffering from the lack of fuel for power generation and heating.

 

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Alert: Disaster with Ukraine’s nuclear reactors probable with shrinking coal supply

Source: Energoatom

This is a catastrophic situation. I’ve posted about this before. Please read my comments following.

From Fort Russ, 12-7-14

http://fortruss.blogspot.com/2014/12/all-ukrainians-want-for-christmas-is.html

The Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine held an urgent meeting with the new Minister Vladimir Demchishin, in a frantic attempt to find a way out of a catastrophic situation with a shortage of coal at Ukrainian thermal power plants, reported “Ukrainian Pravda” on December 5, with reference to sources in the Ministry.

It is noted that at the talks were present the head of DTEK (energy company of Rinat Akhmetov) Maxim Timchenko and Sergei Kuzara, a former adviser to Eduard Stavytsky, Minister of Energy in  Azarov [Yanukovich] government.

The publication referred to the information from the Director of one of the thermal power plants of Ukraine: “I knew that everything is bad with coal, but did not suspect to what extent — I am not trying to scare you, but if in the near future we will not run the gas/fuel blocks, then we will freeze, and Kiev will be first in line. There is no coal at the plants, because of the stupidity of the country’s leadership, we will not have enough time to get it in a week”.

The following data was provided: at TPP warehouses of the state company “Centrenergo” since July the amount of coal decreased to a minimum: July – 969 thousand tons; August – 691 thousand tons; September – 205 thousand tons; October – 98 thousand tons; November – 58 thousand tons, and now, in December – there is not even that.” It was emphasized that the speech of the Director of TPP was “very emotional and with unprintable language towards the leadership of the country”.

As reported by IA REGNUM, the state company “Ukrenergo” announced on December 3 “a particularly dire state with the provision of coal at Zmievskaya, Uglegorsk, Lugansk, Dnieper and Kryvoy Rog TPP’s, where the fuel reserves will last only 4 days (as of December 3). Ukrainian authorities do not want to buy coal from Donetsk and Lugansk Republics,  a contract with South Africa is practically annulled, and deliveries from Russia are “irregular”.

Translated by Kristina Rus

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Editor’s commentary:

This is a catastrophe. For more information on this situation, see http://www.freeukrainenow.org

First of all, the people of Ukraine will freeze, literally freeze, this winter. There are areas where the Kiev regime’s forces, with NATO support, have targeted and destroyed the infrastructure. That already means no electricity and no water. But with no coal, they will die. American taxpayers are paying for weapons and support to destroy more homes and kill more Ukrainians.

But it’s even worse and international in scope, “coming to a neighborhood near you”. Ukraine’s nuclear power plants are absolutely dependent on the coal-burning (thermal) power plants to keep reactor cores and fuel rods cool. Those reactors will either be forced to shut down now, eliminating that source of electricity. Or if Kiev is utterly sociopathic, which they have amply proven, the reactors will be kept running until the inevitable power outages lead to explosions and meltdowns just like Fukushima.

But…there are 15 nuclear reactors in Ukraine. Five times Fukushima. Everyone who follows the research and reports from Fukushima knows what a cataclysmic disaster that is, with no end in sight. How disastrous would a Ukrainian nuclear holocaust be? The end of Earth now, immediately? Possibly.

Americans think this radiation won’t reach them. Radiation from Fukushima circles the Earth every 13 days, drifting down on us, more so when it rains or snows. No one is left out. The Northern Hemisphere is particularly impacted.

This crisis is the fault of the United States and Western powers/NATO and the Kiev regime. They have created this nightmare. The news media has covered up the truth, just as it has about Fukushima.

I posted this article earlier:

https://healfukushima.org/2014/08/21/ukraines-nuclear-reactors-at-great-risk-is-a-15x-meltdown-possible/

Get this information about coal and the power plants to your local and national officials. Send this to everyone who cares about a future. The situation in Ukraine is the most urgent issue before all of us. The people of Ukraine need our help desperately and the survival of the entire world is at stake.

 

 

Europe: Nuclear waste pumped into the Atlantic Ocean through miles of underwater pipes — plutonium on beach where kids play is 1000% legal limit (VIDEO)

Filmed primarily in France and England.

http://youtu.be/HMoaK_2DlLQ

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The Nuclear Waste Destruction 2014 New Documentary

Excerpts:

25:00 in — The dumping of nuclear waste in the sea was banned worldwide in 1993, yet the nuclear industry has come up with other ways. They no longer dump the barrels at sea; they build kilometers of underwater pipes through which the radioactive effluent now flows freely into the sea. One of these pipes is situated in Normandy [near] the French reprocessing plant in La Hague… The advantage for the nuclear industry? No more bad press… disposal via waste pipes remains hidden from the public eye, quite literally.

28:30 in — 400 km from La Hague [as well as] Holland [and] Germany… we find iodine… 5-fold higher tritium value than [reported] by the operator Areva. It’s now obvious why citizens take their own measurements.

30:15 in — Molecular Biologist: “The radioactive toxins accumulate in the food chain. This little worm can contain 2,000-3,000 times more radioactivity than its environment. It is then eaten by the next biggest creature and so on, at the end of the food chain we discovered damage to the reproductive cells of crabs… These genetic defects are inherited from one generation to the next… Cells in humans and animals are the same.”

32:00 in — The 2nd disposal pipe for Europe’s nuclear waste is located in the north of England… Radioactive pollution comes in from the sea. Their houses are full of plutonium dust… The pipe from Sellafield is clearly visible only from the air… nuclear waste is still being dumped into the sea. Operators argue this is land-based disposal… It has been approved by the authorities.

35:45 in — Plutonium can be found here on a daily basis, the toxic waste returns from the sea… it leaches out, it dries, and is left lying on the beach. The people here have long since guessed that the danger is greater than those responsible care to admit… Every day a small excavator removes plutonium from the beach… In recent decades the operator at Sellafield has tossed more than 500 kg of plutonium into the sea.

42:00 in — We take a soil sample… The result turns out to be alarming. The amount of plutonium is up to 10 times higher than the permissible limit.

Posted at
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Open letter from Bangladesh scientists and professionals: Rooppur Nuclear Plant is unsafe, not viable

Countercurrents.org, July 10, 2013
By Concerned Citizens (signed below)http://www.countercurrents.org/cc100713A.htm

 

We, the scientists, engineers, academics, doctors, surgeons and other professionals of Bangladeshi origin living abroad as well as conscientious foreign nationals and dignitaries, are very much concerned about the safety and economic viability of the proposed nuclear power plant at Rooppur. Our concerns arise from the following considerations:

  1. The site at Rooppur, by the River Padma, was chosen more than 50 years ago for a 10MWe prototype nuclear power plant on purely political grounds by the then Pakistani Junta (in 1961). No site selection procedure or environmental impact assessment was ever conducted, but the present government wants to build not just one but two 1000 MWe units on the same site. The River Padma is now heavily silted due to extraction of as much as 75 per cent of water during the lean summer months by India using Farakka Barrage only 40km upstream of the proposed site. The remaining amount of water is woefully inadequate to meet the plant cooling requirement for even one 1000MWe plant! This would increase the risk of nuclear accident as in Fukushima (loss of coolant accident) to an unacceptable level and the present government ignores this stark reality!
  2. The Bangladesh government seems to have been blinded by the Russian offer to build a nuclear power plant and provide the loans for it. No consideration has been given to the suitability of the proposed plant (VVER-1000) or its safety standards. The VVER-1000 is quite outdated. Its safety standards fall so short that even in Russia the construction of one of the VVER-1000 plants was cancelled in 2008. Former Soviet block countries had to agree to decommission VVER-400 and VVER-1000 reactors before being allowed to join the EU. So why is Bangladesh now accepting such an outdated, unsafe and discarded model?
  3. The Minister in Charge and the Chairman of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission claim that Russia will build each of these units of VVER-1000 for $2 billion. However, Russia has said nothing at all to that effect. Of this $2billion, $500million will be spent on an exhibition centre, feasibility studies etc. The remaining $1,500 million is inadequate as a similar plant in China, with quality third party parts, is costing $4,500 million.
  4. Bangladesh has no technical expertise or skilled manpower to undertake such a complex and high tech project. On top of that, the country has no industrial infrastructure and the transport system is absolutely rudimentary. Most of the materials to be used in the plant such as the quality assured high grade stainless steel, pipes, valves, pumps and other components will have to be imported and the cost will simply be prohibitive.
  5. Bangladesh has no institutional and regulatory framework to undertake a complex project like this and consequently safety standards will be seriously impaired. The Minister in Charge claimed that Russia has assured Bangladesh of the safety of the plant; whereas the Russian state owned company, Rosatom (reactor vendor) has rightly asserted that the responsibility of ensuring safety lies with the licensee (Bangladesh government). The Bangladesh authorities seem to be unaware of the legal implications of the licensing regime.
  6. It seems no consideration has been given to technical issues associated with the storage, transportation and disposal of radioactive material and radioactive waste. The government claims radioactive waste materials will go to Russia but Russia has said no such agreement has been reached.

Given these shortcomings and insurmountable impediments, the Bangladesh government should seriously consider abandoning this project. The risk of mismanaging a nuclear power plant is the inevitable occurrence of a nuclear accident and the consequences are simply mind boggling – thousands, if not millions, of people will be exposed to high doses of radiation, large swathes of arable land will be contaminated with radioactive materials and the country will be lumbered with billions of dollars of compensation. When advanced countries like Germany, Italy, Switzerland have all given up nuclear power plants and with Japan is tapering down nuclear power production after the Fukushima disaster, Bangladesh seems to be charging ahead recklessly. A grand vision is meaningless without competence, judgement and knowledge.

Signed on behalf of Voice for Justice World Forum http://www.voiceforjustice.org :

  1. Dr. Anisur Rahman CRadP MSRP FNucI, Former Principal Scientist UK Atomic Energy Authority, Voice For Justice Convenor, Manchester, UK
  2. Dr. Hasanat M. Husain MBE, MInstP, CPhys.(UK), AICTP (Italy), Former Scientific Officer, Atomic Energy Commission, Dhaka. Former Assoc. Professor, Dept. Of Physics, University of Dhaka, Zambia, Sebha. Convenor – Voice For Justice World Forum
  3. Dr. Hasan Zillur Rahim, Academic, Physicist and Writer/Editor, Former Scientific Officer, AEC, Dhaka. Joint Convenor – Voice For Justice World Forum, San Jose, USA.
  4. Dr. Peter Custers, Political Economist, Theoretician on Nuclear Waste, Bangladesh Bandhu Award-holder, Leiden, The Netherlands
  5. Mr. Ezajur Rahman, VFJ Convenor, Kuwait.
  6. Dr. Ataur Rahman, Former Senior Scientific Officer, Atomic Energy Commission, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  7. Mr. Sadiqur Rahman, Joint Convenor, Voice For Justice, London, UK.
  8. Dr. Zakia Rahman, Department of Physics, University of Limerick, VFJ Joint Convenor, Ireland
  9. Mr. Hasan Mahmud, Convenor, Voice For Justice, Toronto, Canada
  10. Mrs. Dilruba Z. Ara, Academic and Writer, VFJ Convenor, Lund, Sweden
  11. Prof. Quamrul Haider, Dept. of Physics, Fordham University, New York,USA
  12. Dr. Bani Amin, Retired University Lecturer, Manchester,UK
  13. Mr. Ansar Karim Khan, Environmental Scientist, Toronto, Canada.
  14. Prof. M.A. Quaiyum, Registrar, American International Uniiversity, Bangladesh
  15. Mr. Satish Kapur, Political Activist, Leicester, UK.
  16. Mr. Zoglul Hussain, VFJ London, UK
  17. Mr. Gulzar Ahmad, VFJ Convenor, Vienna, Austria
  18. Mr. Enamul Majid Choudhury, VFJ Convenor, Stockholm, Sweden
  19. Mr. Aliar Hossain MIBA, MIBC, MRBF; Director, Regents Consulting Services Ltd, VFJ London, UK
  20. Dr Fuad Mukkarram Munawwar Ali, Physicist and VFJ member, London, UK
  21. Mrs. Shahida Husain, MSS, FRS, Teacher, Joint Convenor, VFJ London, UK
  22. Councillor M. Idu Miah, VFJ Convenor, Greater Manchester, UK
  23. Dr. Adeeb Husain, Queens Hospital, Romford, UK
  24. Mr. Mohidur Rahman, VFJ Convenor, Kent, UK
  25. Mr. Ahmad Abdullah, VFJ Joint Convenor, Toronto, Canada
  26. Dr. Reaz Talukder, MA, LLB, PhD., Retired officer and ex-BIDS Staff researcher, VFJ Manchester, UK

and many others

 

Editorial: The sixth horseman of the apocalypse

By Quamrul Haider, Ph.D., Chair of Dept. of Physics at Fordham University,
December 4, 2014

BEFORE a highly complex technology is introduced into the public domain, it is rigorously tested for possible failure. The tests are conducted under real-life conditions without endangering the public and the environment. An exception is a nuclear reactor. The unforeseeable consequences that might arise from the malfunction or accident of a reactor cannot be tested under realistic conditions without jeopardising human lives.

As a substitute for real tests, computer simulations are done to gain more precise ideas about the possibility of reactor accidents and their effects on humans and their surroundings. The fraternity of nuclear scientists who so cheerfully play roulette with nuclear reactors defends the results of the simulations as evidence that reactors are a safe bet. They create the impression in the minds of laymen that their extremely risky projects have been carefully thought out in every detail and are inspired by the spirit of greatest responsibility.

A large section of the scientific community, on the other hand, believes that the predictions spitted out by a computer are “about as reliable as tomorrow’s weather forecast.” They argue that by building nuclear power plants in populated areas, the whole world becomes an experimental laboratory with human beings as guinea pigs.

History shows that even with all the safety features in place, there will be nuclear accidents, and although some may be small in scale, there is always the possibility of a major disaster.

The basic difference between nuclear and other industrial accidents lies in the long-range repercussions. After a foreseeable lapse of time, one could forget about the havoc wrought, for example, by the explosion of a gas pipeline or the breaching of a dam. The wounds and scars from these accidents albeit deep eventually heal in the course of time. But an accident in a nuclear power plant, such as a reactor getting out of control, is capable of doing more than immediate harm.

Examples of the deadly long-term effects of a reactor accident are Chernobyl and Fukushima. At Chernobyl, even 28 years after the accident, people are dying from radiation-related sickness. And almost four years after the disaster, highly radioactive water is leaking from the storage tanks at Fukushima.

Our amorphous fear of a reactor accident contains Hiroshima-like images of extraordinary destruction and grotesque form of collective dying. This fear is heightened by the invisibility of the added lethal component, the ionizing radiation, whose nerve-racking aftereffects will linger on for ages to haunt the future generations. Among the survivors there will be many cases of permanent sterility, increase of genetic mutation in our progenies, and a shortened life span as a result of cancer and other radiogenic diseases. The affected people will also carry a psychological burden that will undermine their creative processes as long as they live.

It is, therefore, irresponsible and misleading to suppress the consequences of radiation escaping from a reactor after an accident. Nevertheless, attempts are made by the roulette players to blind the people by equating nuclear accidents with more familiar hazards, such as an accident at a coal-fired power plant. By doing so, an unlimited risk is falsely portrayed as a limited one and glossed over in a manner that is not only unconscionable, but also unpardonable.

These deceptions are further camouflaged by the way in which they are presented to the public. By appealing to statistics, graphs, charts and diagrams, the far-reaching consequences of lethal radiation are overly simplified. In the post-Chernobyl and post-Fukushima era, these discombobulated data do not hold water.

Critics describe nuclear reactor as one of the most dangerous technological beasts that mankind has devised and nuclear accident as “A Nuclear War without a War.” The consequences of this war can assume dimensions that do not take second place to the consequences of earthquake and pestilence, and in a way actually exceeds them.

In the past, wars, plagues, famines and natural disasters were known as the four horsemen of the apocalypse. In the early twentieth century, they were joined by a fifth — industrial catastrophe. After Chernobyl and Fukushima, nuclear accidents can be added to the list as the sixth horseman of the apocalypse.

The writer is Professor of Physics at Fordham University, New York.

Source:
http://www.thedailystar.net/op-ed/the-sixth-horseman-of-the-apocalypse-53226

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Petition: No New Nukes; Dismantle Old Ones

Sign the petition and pass it on
http://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/no-new-nukes-dismantle-old-ones

Then let your elected officials know how you feel.

From Roots Action

To the U.S. Congress, President, Department of “Defense” —

Build no new nuclear weapons. Stop struggling with an aging arsenal and begin dismantling it, as required by the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Why is this important?

It is an outrage that the U.S. President is planning to ask the Congress for ONE TRILLION DOLLARS over the next 30 years to perpetuate the nuclear terror by building a new nuclear bomb factory, as well as new nuclear bombs, and their delivery systems — missiles, planes and submarines capable of destroying all life on earth many times over.

We can either eliminate all nuclear weapons or we can watch them proliferate. There’s no middle way. We can either have no nuclear weapons states, or we can have many. As long as some states have nuclear weapons others will desire them, and the more that have them the more easily they will spread to others still. If nuclear weapons continue to exist, there will very likely be a nuclear catastrophe, and the more the weapons have proliferated, the sooner it will come. Hundreds of incidents have nearly destroyed our world through accident, confusion, misunderstanding, and extremely irrational machismo.

Recently nuclear bombs were mistakenly flown to Mississippi from their bases in North Dakota and no one knew they were missing for over 38 hours. And a number of soldiers with their finger on the nuclear button in the missile launch silos were dismissed for drunkeness and cheating on tests, while silo doors were found to be improperly secured.

Possessing nuclear weapons does absolutely nothing to keep us safe, so that there is really no trade-off involved in eliminating them. They do not deter terrorist attacks by non-state actors in any way. Nor do they add an iota to a military’s ability to deter nations from attacking, given the United States’ ability to destroy anything anywhere at any time with non-nuclear weapons. The United States, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, France, and China have all lost wars against non-nuclear powers while possessing nukes.

The elimination of nuclear weapons is globally a widely recognized need, as well as a legally mandated action, and a step toward a world beyond war.

Time-lapse map of worldwide nuclear explosions, 1945-present (VIDEO)

Another film by Isao Hashimoto.

14 minutes

http://youtu.be/LLCF7vPanrY

 

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“Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).

Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing  ‘the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.’ …

http://www.ctbto.org/specials/1945-1998-by-isao-hashimoto/