By: Contribution for Syrializm
As a result of the policies pursued by the Ukrainian government, as it seeks to perpetuate separation from its ties with Russia, and a complete turn towards the West, the need to break free from the constraints of obtaining energy resources from Russia has been an obsession for Kyiv in the recent years.
Geographical facts have made it necessary for Russia over the past years, in order to deliver its natural gas supplies to its customers in Europe, to pass through countries such as Belarus and Ukraine.
In the Ukrainian case, politics controlled the pipelines of Russian natural gas to Europe, and of course, Ukraine’s needs for this gas, which provides a large part of the country’s needs for heating and electric power generation, besides the requirements for production.
However, the Kyiv insistence, driven by American and European support, on independence and abandoning Russia, made it without the much-needed Russian gas supplier, which in earlier times it had obtained at competitive quantities and prices.
The irony is that Western European countries, which get Russian gas and their economy depend on its vast majority on these imports, are working to prevent Ukraine and encourage it to move away from more and more from Russia, which historical and geographical facts necessitate its close connection with Russia.
A simple question, what does Russia gain from harming the Ukrainian people?
Or what does Ukraine have for Russia to covet, ass it’s clear that Russia’s concern for its national security to prevent NATO from reaching its borders?
Of course, the few corrupt policymakers in Kyiv don’t have a convincing answer to these two questions.
Ukraine’s abandonment of Russian gas supplies put it before the challenge of meeting the country’s energy needs for energy resources and several other Russian supplies.
Ukraine relies on a number of coal-fired electric power plants…yes, coal.
According to the requirements of environmental protection and the environmental pollution reduction institutes that European countries are committed to, Ukraine will also find itself forced to stop using coal-fired electric power plants, and to make matters worse, the Ukrainian government had announced earlier this year that its stock of coal is low, which, by the way, is also used to imported large quantities of it from Russia, before the estrangement between the two countries
So, what are Ukraine’s alternatives for its energy needs?
In light of the continuation of the current situation, over the past few years, Ukraine has resorted to using nuclear energy to obtain part of its energy resources needs.
Nuclear energy is one of the most feasible long-term means of obtaining energy sources, however, it’s highly required great measures of care for and ensures according to the best standards and high professionalism for fear of a catastrophe with ominous consequences.
According to the State of the Nuclear Industry in the World Report 2019, which provided an overview of the life, operation, and production of nuclear power plants in various countries in the world, the report showed that the nuclear energy manufactured in the world grew by 2.4% until the beginning of 2019, and this was the result of China’s operation of 7 new nuclear reactors.
During the past five years, the number of new nuclear reactors under construction worldwide had fallen to about 45 as of early last year, 2020.
As of early 2020, the data had recorded about 417 nuclear reactors in operation around the world.
In terms of ranking, the United States of America has 97 operating nuclear reactors, with two other reactors under construction.
France came in second place with 58 operating reactors.
While China has the third-highest total operating nuclear reactors in the world with 47 reactors.
Although Ukraine and Japan are the only two countries that have experienced serious nuclear catastrophes, are still on the list, with Ukraine having 15 operating reactors and Japan 9 operating reactors.
Everyone remembers the Fukushima reactor catastrophe in Japan in 2011, which resulted from the earthquake that struck the region, as the leakage that occurred in the reactor would cause a catastrophe that would cause nearly half of the country to be exposed to a real danger, making half of Japan an uninhabitable land.
The danger in Japan remains, as a result of Japan’s geographical and geological location, which makes it vulnerable to a number of natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, not to mention the tsunami phenomenon that often accompanies a large earthquake that strikes the earth’s crust in that part of the globe.
As for the Ukrainian case, no one can mention the word nuclear reactor and a disaster-related to nuclear energy without mentioning the name of Chernobyl!
In the late Soviet era, Ukraine experienced a terrible time, the Chernobyl disaster, a catastrophic nuclear radiological accident that occurred in reactor No. 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on Saturday, April 26, 1986, near the city of Pripyat in northern Ukraine (due to the disaster the city of Pripyat became abandoned city since that date to this day), and this disaster is the largest nuclear disaster in the world (honorable mentioning the 2 American atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945).
The Chernobyl disaster occurred when approximately 200 employees were working at the first three nuclear power reactors, while a simulation and experiment were being conducted in the fourth reactor, where a huge explosion occurred.
What worsened the disaster, factored the structure of the reactor’s design in the explosion, as the nuclear process in it was controlled by graphite bars.
After that, attempts to deal with the disaster continued, with more than 36 deaths, according to official statistics at the time, and more than 2,000 people injured.
Later, it turned out that an error occurred in the operation after closing the water turbines used to cool the used uranium and generate electricity, which led to the high temperature of the uranium in the fourth reactor to the point of ignition.
The leakage of uranium and the resulting radiation caused an environmental catastrophe that went beyond the borders of Ukraine, as the remnants of radiation reached many European countries such as Italy, Austria, and even Sweden.
To this today, the surrounding areas of the reactor remained unfit for life, with pollution causing environmental and natural pollution, plus diseases and deaths that continued for years, with a large displacement of the population, and the results of that were the fall of Ukraine into a major humanitarian, environmental and economic disaster.
We don’t exaggerate if we say that its extent reaches until today, with estimates of material losses from the disaster at the time at a cost equivalent to about three billion US dollars.
After the disaster, the authorities built a structure of reinforced steel to isolate the area of the explosion on the reactor, but dangerous information appeared, announced by scientists in Ukraine last May, where the information showed concern after an unexpected operation of fission reactions occurred in the depths of the Chernobyl plant.
Experts from the Institute of Safety Problems of Nuclear Power Plants (ISPNPP) in Kyiv reported an increase of up to 40% in neutron emissions compared to 2016 levels, in a room inaccessible due to the disaster.
According to what was published by major international newspapers such as the British newspaper The Independent, the reason for this activity is the new Chernobyl safe barrier that was built to cover the site of the former reactor five years ago, which is the giant steel structure that prevents rainwater intrusion, and inadvertently prevents a key element that turned out to be playing a role in smelting neutrons.
The Institute for Safety Problems of Ukraine’s Nuclear Power Plants is now monitoring the situation and assessing whether dangerous intervention might be necessary to prevent another explosion at the site if stability isn’t restored.
Among the expected actions are drilling operations beneath the room previously designated for the 305/2 reactor subsystem to absorb smoldering uranium fuel masses buried within gadolinium nitrate, or sending robots capable of tolerating radiation and humidity to install neutron and temperature sensors or boron cylinders to act as control rods in Neutron fusion.
But how effective are these efforts?
Highly respected British professor Neil Hyatt of the University of Sheffield tells The Independent newspaper that these measures must be feasible…however, it won’t be without risks.
professor Hyatt added, “The so-called ‘Casket’ that was built over the reactor has partially collapsed immediately after the disaster, and with lots of debris, obstructions, high radiation, and radioactive dust, human intervention or sending a robot is a huge challenge”.
He continues, “By introducing neutron absorbers, either in a liquid form or as a liquid mist of gadolinium nitrate, or in a foamed form, or even in a solid form such as boron steel rods or ball bearings, the production of neutrons can be curbed very significantly”.
Professor Hyatt explained that both methods need a hole at the bottom of the chamber to access, and what happens to the fuel debris can be monitored.
The interactions there are like embers and fears of another nuclear disaster at Chernobyl are real.
Under experts’ monitoring of the situation of Chernobyl, the Ukrainian government returned to the use of nuclear reactors, as the Ukrainian state-owned company Energotom signed a contract with the US company of Westinghouse to build two nuclear power units.
A two AP1000 types reactors are to be built at the Khmelnytskyi Nuclear Power Plant in western Ukraine.
The contract amount and deadlines for building the two reactors are not mentioned.
At the end of last August, when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the United States, a memorandum was signed to build five reactors, worth about $30 billion.
Depending on the locations of the nuclear reactors operating in the country and the reactors to be built, Ukraine will turn into a huge nuclear bomb that could exterminate the world if another disaster happened.
The expression “Ukraine will turn into a huge nuclear bomb that could exterminate the world if another disaster happened” may seem to some to be a cheap propaganda catchphrase sort of speak, but whoever says this should know that he puts nuclear bombs in the hands of a group of corrupt and untrustworthy people, who are ready to sell themselves and accept to be cheap tools in the hands of Western imperialist powers that aren’t concerned with the fate of peoples in this world.
And before returning to this research, there are two important pieces of information, namely, the Ukrainian government considering privatizing Energotom, which is the government company responsible for the energy sector in Ukraine, and represented the Ukrainian government in the contract with Westinghouse, in the same period of the contract signing!
As for the second party, i.e., the American company of Westinghouse, which is currently owned by the Japanese Toshiba.
During the past two years, Westinghouse was struggling to escape bankruptcy, after a series of losses in many projects, as projects to build nuclear power plants remained subject to obstacles, delays, cost overruns, renegotiation, or revocation of construction contracts.
The company turned to South Korea’s Korea Electric Power Group to manage the restructuring process after filing for bankruptcy.
The political dimension hidden behind these American projects in Ukraine and their acceleration in the recent period may not be hidden from anyone in light of the tension between Russia and Ukraine against the background of NATO’s penetration in the country, in addition to the tension resulting from the consequences of domestic problems in Ukraine and the situation of the eastern regions inhabited by Russian-speakers who are in fact Russians.
They were for years under, various forms of economic, social, religious, and even cultural discrimination, practiced by the west side of the country and the Kyiv governments for years.
The Kyiv authorities are seeking to separate entire Ukraine from its historical roots.
At a time when Russia cannot remain silent about NATO reaching its borders, it also cannot ignore US policies that have become known in advance.
There is a dedication to the status quo in support of Ukraine’s abandonment of Russia, in addition to the fact of working on a malicious plan that may lie in exposing the lives of the people in Ukraine and even Russia and the entire region to a nuclear danger, by dedicating Ukraine’s use of nuclear technology to provide its energy needs, through building more and more nuclear reactors, which will require costs and effort in construction, management and maintenance beyond Ukraine’s capacity, and even danger by cramming all of those reactors on an area of land the size of Ukraine.
Looking at the map of Ukraine and the presence of nuclear reactors in the country, with the presence of the Chernobyl disaster zone, it is clear in the long-term Western plan, to turn Ukraine into a nuclear time bomb that can be detonated at any time.
Even if we try to ignore the conspiracy theory factor, and given the reality, the lessons learned, and the material and moral situation in Ukraine in terms of the ability to bear all of this and its consequences, the factor of a mistake, or a disaster similar to Fukushima or Chernobyl, remains possible, especially in light of the unstable Ukrainian state, neither politically nor economically.
Very clear proof as mentioned above, why the Kyiv government, considering privatizing Energotom?
If they fail to run their man company that is responsible for the energy sector in the country, how in the world are they’re gonna run and maintain all these nuclear reactors?
Perhaps they’re considering privatizing them all at some point too!
To be run and fully controlled by the US and European NATO!
It is clear and it is known the size of corruption that gnaws at state structure.
What prompted the Ukrainian government, not so long ago, to use the expertise of former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili to help them fight corruption and organize state institutions, and implement his experience in Georgia.
This is another proof that Ukraine is devoid of decent statemen, so they seek the help of a Georgian, and even this poor Georgian wasn’t spared the Kyiv mafias, and nowadays he is in Georgia now in an unenviable position as well.
In short, the Kyiv corrupt seeks to sell and hand over Ukraine to the West at the cheapest price without regard to any moral and ethical values.
All just to prevent Ukraine from relying on Russia and receiving all the help and needs in safer, cheaper, and less dangerous ways!
Back to the snakehead, the United States has persisted in its handling of international crises, with methods adopted by Nazi Germany.
Since the end of World War II, the United States hasn’t satisfied itself with the use of the expertise of Nazi Germany represented by German scientists and the German expertise that provided the United States with the secrets of Hitler’s Germany on a silver platter, beginning with the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs, and the accelerated development in the armaments and space sector that relied on the basis of Nazi German experiences and developed technologies.
Most projects that Nazi Germany had started in the late years of the war, were teleported and continued, all in the hands of the United States.
Even in the political and military field, the United States adopted the same Nazi policies by igniting crises and wars in the world, and then, after causing the chaos, they simply put themselves out of it and held other countries responsible for bearing the consequences of what Uncle Sam caused in the first place.
Many examples are around us everywhere we turn our sight.
In Ukraine today the same scenario is getting repeated.
When the Wehrmacht invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, they put the soldiers of the Axis countries on the front lines to kill before their soldiers on the ground, and this is the strategy of the Western colonial countries, which put the inhabitants of their colonies in the front lines.
When Hitler’s armies entered Ukraine, the ancestors of today’s corrupt Ukraine came out to stand with the invading armies against their people and took up Nazi weapons on their homeland.
Only the misbehavior of Hitler’s men, represented by one of their greatest criminals in the history of mankind after Hitler for sure, the infamous ((Stolz auf Deutschland)) Hermann Göring, who ordered German officers to enslave the Ukrainian people and make them do all the hard work in the service of the Nazi war machine, not to mention the mistreatment of the people and looting and destroying their property.
The other was the ((Elf Deutschland)) Heinrich Himmler, who unleashed his cattle of SS criminals to run amok in the country.
These behaviors awakened the conscience of many unaware Ukrainians at the time, and made them restore their moral compass to the right direction, and raise arms in the face of the real enemy, which contributed to defeating Nazism and fascism, and reaching their own HQ in April 45, freeing mankind from their evils for good.
Today, and among the lessons learned in how to deal with the heirs of Nazism, the Ukrainian people are requested for another awakening of their conscience once again to distinguish the enemy from the brother.