While the IAEA focus centers on Iran and the 5+1 talks, flying “under the radar” is the Ukrainian nuclear issue .
NPP -Zaporizhzhya built in 1987 with a thirty year expected life span for its core reactors has recently experienced an event. On 28 Nov 2014 reactor 3 was taken off line purportedly as a result of an electrical transformer malfunction.
The incident occurred at 19:24 on 28 November and was caused by damage of the house load voltage transformer coil that led to disconnection of the house load transformer and unit transformer breakers,” it said.
“The specified event does not refer either to nuclear or [any] other type of accident and is classified as ‘failure in NPP unit operation’, according to regulatory documents. Work to restore power supply of the unit is well underway according to the emergency work order.”
The incident had no radiological consequences and a preliminary assessment indicated that it was “below scale,” or Level 0 on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES), Energoatom said.
With the loss/reduction of coal as a fuel for power generation, seen as a result of the ongoing civil war, Ukraine’s NPPs have reportedly been forced to increase output.
Severe power shortages in Ukraine have resulted in rolling blackouts which are common in west Ukraine. Afterwards, Kiev immediately blocked the forum Ukrainian nuclear scientists on the Internet. Authorities refused to comment publicly, in cities and towns nearby Zaporizhzhya doctors hand out “just in case” iodine-containing drugs. After that, Ukrainian news agency reported “emergency outages in Odessa.
Politically Ukraine is unstable with radical extremists wielding positions of influence and control. Already there have been bills submitted to the Rada which would withdraw Ukraine from its non-nuclear power status . One member of Ukraine’s Parliament (Rada) is listed by INTERPOL as a wanted
man, his background suggests that he has ties with known terrorist groups.
In a move largely unnoticed in the West, Yulia Tymoshenko’s “Fatherland” and Vitaliy Klitschko’s “Strike” political parties jointly introduced a draft law (0076) in the Ukrainian Parliament to denounce the country’s 1994 accession to the 1968 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), with the goal of withdrawing from the treaty. That same day, member of parliament Oleh Lyashko of the “Radical Democratic” party demanded Ukraine regain its status as a nuclear-weapons state.
Lyashko introduced a draft law (4518) regarding Ukraine’s entry into NATO and the EU control over the implementation of international powers assumed obligations under the Agreement.
Repeated attempts by Rada members to withdraw from International Non Proliferation. Agreements have been reported. The deputies of the faction “Rodina” and “Shock” brought to Parliament a draft law on denunciation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons of 1 July 1968.
The bill made MPs Sergey Kaplin (IMPACT), Valentine Koroliuk and Alexander Chornovolenko (both – “Homeland”). The text of the bill or other relevant documents as of 8 Dec had not yet been posted on the website of the Parliament.
Security at the NPPs appears to be under the Interior Ministry which in turn has assigned the National Guard composed of members of various
punitive battalions known for extremist ideaology and loyalty to those seeking to build a Ukrainian nuclear bomb. In the above picture it is noteworthy that the setting for this group portrait was within a Ukraine Ministry of Interior building, as the insignia on the wall suggests.
Were the rogue forces in Kiev able to build a nuclear device, polls show that 87% of Ukrainians would favor it being used against the separtists in E. Ukraine.
In addition these extremist factions have called for strikes within Russia.
Fuel rods: Soviet designed reactors require TVEL (Russian) manufactured rods. This has been evidenced on more than one occasion in Czechoslavika and in Ukraine under Yankouvich.
Links to terrorists: Three current members of Ukraine’s Rada are under criminal investigation by the Russian Investigative Committee for their support of Caucasus violent extremists who on 4 Dec 2014 launched a deadly attack in Grozny aimed at taking over a school to create a second “Beslan”. These individuals claiming responsibility for the 4 Dec attack which claimed the lives of 14 law
enforcement, reportedly have pledged loyalty to Bagdadi (IS) the so called leader of an imagined caliphate in Iraq and Syria. Bagdadi has boasted of acquiring nuclear material from a research center in besieged Mosul, Iraq with stated intentions of building a “dirty bomb”.
Umarov who was the leader of extremists in Chechnya up until his death was called upon by Yarosh to open a “second front” against Russia. This ideaological support for terrorists is coming from those in Ukraine who hold the “keys” to NPPs.
The Ukrainian nuclear “program” is in need of international scrutiny for safety issues as well as proliferation concerns. While pointing a finger at Iran the “international community” appears to be ignoring troubling and imminent needs in Ukraine.