It was a perfect plan.
There was just one problem.
Just for context – the Ukraine has been shelling around the nuclear power plant for about a week.
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has said his forces will target Russian soldiers who shoot at or from Europe’s largest nuclear power station, amid warnings that the Kremlin may falsely claim Kyiv has directly struck the critical site.
Zelenskiy said anyone giving orders for attacks on the site or nearby towns and cities should face trial by an international court, as concern about the safety of the nuclear site remained high.
“Every Russian soldier who either shoots at the plant, or shoots using the plant as cover, must understand that he becomes a special target for our intelligence agents, for our special services, for our army,” Zelenskiy said in a video address on Saturday night.
This is the new line – it’s the reverse false flag. You claim your enemy is going to do a false flag and this then gives you cover to do an attack and say the enemy did it to themselves.
This is hoaxery on steroids: your hoax is that someone else is doing a hoax.
Remember that even before Russia invaded, the State Department was saying that Russia was going to fake an event with crisis actors.
Please watch this video in which journalist Matt Lee accuses State Dept. spokesman Ned Price of veering into "Alex Jones territory" by making the claim that Russia plans to stage a "false flag" attack with "crisis actors" — Price then sneeringly calls Lee a Russian propagandist pic.twitter.com/5xMsbfWYgz
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) February 3, 2022
That was foreshadowing all of the Ukraine’s most heinous acts they’ve committed against Russians (“Ukrainians,” actually, according to their own views) they’ve said Russia did to itself. Seriously, they say “Russia snuck into our territory and shot rockets at their own trains station/mall/apartment building/POW camp.”
It’s weird and dumb, but the Guardian will just say it’s real. I noted this before. The Guardian is the one that reports this super-dumb stuff from Zelensky with a straight face. NYT/WaPo kind of downplay it. I haven’t checked the NYT/WaPo version of this story today, but I’m sure it has more spin, and probably uses completely different quotes.
He called for new sanctions against Russia that would “necessarily block the Russian nuclear industry”, and he argued that “absolutely all officials of the terrorist state, as well as those who help them in this blackmail operation with the nuclear power plant, must be tried by an international court.”
Russian troops captured the station – the biggest nuclear plant in Europe, responsible for up to 20% of Ukraine’s energy needs – early in the war. Two of its six reactors are currently operating and Ukraine has said Russia is trying to reconnect the power plant to occupied Crimea and shut off electricity supply to towns held by Kyiv.
The Guardian doesn’t feel the need to report that it would literally be the push of a button to shut off power to “Ukraine” areas and Russia hasn’t done that. Also, the Guardian doesn’t bother to say that Russia recently addressed the fact that they are continuing to power these areas and said that the Ukraine should pay them for the electricity.
This is the problem with just reading out official copy from government propaganda: it doesn’t make any sense. “Russia is trying to shut off the supply to Kyivivy – they’re been trying for months and they can’t figure out which button to push, so they just keep giving us power, but eventually they will find the right button and shut it off.”
I guess people who read the Guardian just can’t work out in their heads how dumb this is. I think the actual editors of the Guardian can’t either, frankly.
Footage has shown Russian forces present on the nuclear site. Ukrainian-controlled Nikopol and other towns across the Dnieper River have come under intense bombardment in the last month from the Russian-held side, from the plant and the nearby settlement of Vodiane.
Local officials have warned that Russia is trying to prepare a “false flag” operation relating to the nuclear site. Dmytro Orlov, the mayor of Enerhodar, the city where the Zaporizhzhia reactor site is located, said people had told him that Russians had positioned a self-propelled artillery gun with a Ukrainian flag in the city.
Locals still in the city crowded the roads on the way out of Enerhodar on Saturday, according to social media videos, reflecting concern that the conflict between the two sides could escalate further.
The Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak accused Russia of targeting the part of the nuclear power plant where the energy that powers the south of Ukraine is generated. “The goal is to disconnect us from the [plant] and blame the Ukrainian army for this,” Podolyak said.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is seeking to inspect the plant, has warned of a possible nuclear disaster unless fighting stops. Nuclear experts fear fighting might damage the plant’s spent fuel pools or the reactors, although the concrete walls of key areas are designed to withstand substantial impacts.
On Sunday, 42 countries including the US, Japan and the UK, plus the European Union, called on Russia to immediately withdraw military forces from the plant and the entire country to safeguard the site.
Yeah – the only way to cut the flow of power in a plant Russia has held for months is to blow up one of the remaining two functioning reactors. Then, after they blow up one of the reactors, they are going to funnel the other reactor’s energy to Crimea.
This seems like it was written for domestic consumption in the Ukraine, and the Guardian published it because they just publish every public statement from the Zelensky government as fact.
This makes sense for the Ukraine, where all opposition media is banned and people are apparently very low IQ – they’re coming up with an excuse for why the power is going to go out, and why there is going to potentially be serious radiation fallout. When it’s published in the Guardian it just looks like an admission of guilt.
These English language accounts from supposed Ukraine women are basically schizo-posters.
A huge convoy of cars is trying to leave occupied Enerhodar. People are leaving their homes next to Zaporizhzhya NPP, controlled by Russian terrorists, blackmailing the world with a nuclear catastrophe. Today Russians again shelled nuclear station. pic.twitter.com/x3UspAl5Uu
— Maria Avdeeva (@maria_avdv) August 13, 2022
The amount of times that the Ukraine has said that Russia is bombing itself is absurd. This is like something out of Looney Tunes.
Russians shelled the occupied Enerhodar, a city near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. There are reports of injuries and one man died as a result, according to Mayor Dmytro Orlov.
He also noted that the Russians shelled the city from the suburbs.
— Hromadske Int. (@Hromadske) August 14, 2022
The first video from the Russian shelling of the occupied Enerhodar today.pic.twitter.com/taE4Kv9kYZ
— Altavista 🇪🇺🇺🇦 (@na_intel) August 14, 2022
During the day, russians fired at least six shots at Enerhodar.
An employee of the Zaporizhzhia NPP, a shop foreman, who was walking his dog, was fatally wounded. The animal also died.
Two more residents of Enerhodar were injured and have been taken to the hospital.
— ТРУХА⚡️English (@TpyxaNews) August 14, 2022