ER Editor: So the IAEA delegation came and went from the Zaporozhyia nuclear power plant.Ukraine had already shelled the Russian-occupied plant, then sent in a considerable number of paratroopers to the plant as the UN inspection was due to get under way.
And what did the IAEA report say? See the second article below, where The Saker gives us his take on it. Clue: nothing burger.
See also this by Readovka: The final report of the IAEA mission never mentions shelling of the ZNPP by Ukrainian militants
And this from Moon of Alabama:
In other news the IAEA has published its report (pdf) on nuclear safeguards in Ukraine. As expected, the report does not say that the Ukraine army is shelling the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant (ZNPP), which the IAEA recently visited. It also does not say that Russia is shelling the plant (which it is not). The shells and the damage the IAEA has seen during its visit just somehow must have appeared from the sky.
It reports that the personnel on the site is working under nearly normal shift conditions and is not under pressure from Russia. The Ukraine had falsely claimed that the reactor crews were under duress.
This RT piece republished by 21st Century Wire does say that the report mentions the shelling of the plant, which must cease, but not who is doing it.
Kiev tried to capture IAEA Delegation to make human shield
Lucas Leiroz, researcher in Social Sciences at the Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; geopolitical consultant.
Once again, reports indicate that the Kiev regime has acted in a destabilizing way in Zaporozhye. Local officials report that Ukrainian agents had recently attacked the region with the aim of capturing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team, which would allow them to keep international officials hostage in a human shield. This type of tactic is absolutely condemned according to international humanitarian standards, which reveals the criminal praxis of the Ukrainian forces.
In an interview to Russian media, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the top council of Zaporozhye’s civil-military administration, claimed that Ukrainian saboteurs had tried to hold IAEA officials hostage to gain an advantage in Kiev’s planned military “counteroffensive.” According to Rogov, the attacks in the region were strongly intensified during the inspection, and at least two dozen high-speed military boats with several armed soldiers on board were disembarked in the area of the Kakhovka Reservoir. The reservoir is close to the nuclear plant, being a strategic position for the grouping of troops that would be mobilized for the operation in the facilities.
“In the event of a successful capture of the nuclear power plant, the goal of the Ukrainian saboteurs was to take hostage the IAEA delegation and the employees of the nuclear power plant in order to use them as a human shield to establish control over the nuclear power plant, which would allow blackmailing Russia and the whole world with a nuclear threat”, Rogov told media in a recent interview.
Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry had already said that at least 60 Ukrainian paratroopers had taken part in an operation to occupy the ZNPP before the arrival of the delegation. Most of the soldiers were neutralized by Russian forces in the surrounding area of the Kakhovka reservoir, preventing the Ukrainian plan from materializing. Now, however, more recent information makes it clear that Kiev has continued to insist on its plan to seize the plant despite the presence of international inspectors, putting civilians’ lives unnecessarily in danger.
More serious than the mere attempt of irresponsible capture of the ZNPP, however, is the fact that there was possibly a plan to capture and hold as hostage innocent employees of an international inspection mission, whose purpose in the region is absolutely peaceful. The attempt to capture civilians in order to obtain military advantages through human shielding and intimidation is a real crime, which violates the most basic principles of international law. Although this was not the first attitude of this type on the part of Kiev, the case is especially serious as it shows how anti-Russian forces act in a destabilizing and anti-humanitarian way, targeting civilians.
As far as the IAEA’s work is concerned, the results of the inspection are yet to be announced. (ER: See report below) More likely, Rafael Grossi, director general of the IAEA, will publicly present a report in the third week of August [sic – ER: this is confusing as the date of this report is September 6]. In fact, there is still the possibility of starting a permanent mission, with part of the delegation remaining at the ZNPP for continuous inspection. There is great expectation on the part of both sides about what will be said by the Agency’s representatives, as the Western side fears that its narrative about Russian attacks in the region will be denied and, in the same sense, Moscow expects the delegation to act with sincerity and report what actually happened in the region during the inspection.
Rogov, for example, commented that IAEA agents simply cannot say they did not see Ukrainian bombings in the region, as it was quite clear that it was the Kiev side that attacked the plant many times during the inspection. The western side, however, puts pressure on IAEA agents to confirm their narrative, as the current program of military aid to Ukraine and sanctions against Russia would lose support from public opinion if it were revealed by the agency that Kiev has really attacked the plant. It remains to be seen what the official assessment will be and whether the report will be done in a truly neutral and apolitical manner. (ER: see below)
In any case, the data from the Russian authorities about the attempt to capture civilians to form a human shield cannot be ignored. Once again, Kiev appears to be the side responsible for serious and extremely dangerous crimes. Coercive measures against the Ukrainian regime are necessary, as the country seems willing to disobey all international norms. And, certainly, the first step to be taken is to stop the Western military support that allows Kiev to continue committing such crimes.
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The IAEA releases its “non-report” about the ZNPP
So the IAEA has released its so-called “report” which is a 52 page “nothing burger” and not something worthy of being called a “report”. You can read the entire thing here: https://www.iaea.org/sites/default/files/22/09/ukraine-2ndsummaryreport_sept2022.pdf but, frankly, it is a waste of time.
Just one example:
Notice how this report presents Ukronazi information about Ukronazi shelling as if the Ukronazis were not Ukronazis. They even included that touching photo:
Bottom line: it was exactly what anybody with a brain was expected. The IAEA is to nuclear issues what OPCW is to chemical issues – an obedient parrot for the USA & Co.
Personally, I think that Russia should withdraw from those, and all other US-controlled “international” organizations and ban their official from entry into any Russian controlled territories.
Also, accepting a team run by an Italian (Italy is both a NATO and EU member, meaning that Italy is a US protectorate/colony) was a mistake from the get go (especially with CNN propagandists included into the press pool). This information is incorrect! Turns out that he is not Italian, but Argentinian, my bad!
Yes, the IAEA will leave some observers at the ZNPP, but if they will become “professionally blind” like, say, OSCE “observers” have been for years, then what is the point of keeping them in place anyway???
I think that the time has come for Russia to tell ANY and ALL the US-controlled to get lost.