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"But certainly for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, representation to reality, the appearance to the essence . . . only illusion is sacred, truth has become profane. Nay, sacredness is held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to be the highest degree of sacredness." -- Ludwig Feuerbach, (1804-1872), Preface to the second edition of The Essence of Christianity"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber." -- Plato
Nuclear experts pondering the safest way to decommission the three crippled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi atomic energy plant have devised a new plan to recover highly radioactive debris at the site, with even anti-nuclear campaigners giving the proposal their qualified support.
The cooling system of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant has been compromised as a result of shelling from Ukrainian troops, Vladimir Rogov, chairman of the We Are Together with Russia civil society group reports.
"The cooling system is impaired, the transformers, the open switchgear. They want to make it impossible to operate," he told Radio of Russia on Wednesday.
Overnight to Wednesday, Ukrainian troops once again shelled the nuclear power plant.
On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated he had signed a decree on partial mobilization in the country. According to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, it will only affect 1% of the Russian mobilization resource.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his French counterpart Catherine Colonna discussed on Monday the situation in Ukraine, focusing on the need to ensure the safety of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported after their phone call.
"In the furtherance of the telephone contact of the Russian and French presidents on September 11, the foreign ministers discussed in detail the situation in Ukraine, focusing on ways to ensure the safety of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant," the ministry said.
Corporate media somehow missed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s shocking charge, at his press conference Friday:
"We even see attempts at perpetrating terrorist attacks in the Russian Federation, including – I am not sure if this was made public – attempts to carry out terrorist attacks near our nuclear facilities, nuclear power plants in the Russian Federation. I am not even talking about the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant."
Ukraine attempted terror attacks around Russian nuclear power plant and Russia will spare no effort to prevent negative developments, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.
"We see attempts at staging terror attacks even on Russia’s territory, including, I don’t know whether it was reported publicly, attempts at staging terror attacks if not at facilities but around our nuclear facilities, nuclear power plants in Russia," he told journalists.
"We see it and keep the situation under control," he stressed.
Unnamed American officials, according to the New York Times, have admitted that the explosives fired against Ukraine’s nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia have been fired against the plant by Ukraine’s Government, not by Russia’s Government, and furthermore these officials make clear that Ukraine’s attacks against the plant are a key part of Ukraine’s plan to win its U.S.-backed-and-advised war against Russia, on the battlefields of Ukraine, using Ukrainian soldiers.
Washington has been supplying Kiev with crucial intelligence to designate targets for shelling around the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, the head of Russia’s Security Council Nikolay Patrushev has claimed.
Speaking at a security meeting on Monday, Patrushev said there was a “serious threat” to radiation safety posed by Kiev’s shelling. He claimed that attacks near the plant are carried out using NATO-supplied weapons while Washington was supplying Ukraine’s forces with the targets.