Sep 12, 2022
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Moscow ruled out a nuclear catastrophe in Europe

Russian missile attacks on thermal power plants in Ukraine – a reaction to the refusal to reckon with Moscow’s “red lines”

On the morning of September 12, Reuters reported on the “first blow of fate”, which was a massive strike by Russian missiles on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure, including Zmievskaya CHPP, Kremenchugskaya CHPP, Pavlogradskaya CHPP-3 and Kharkiv CHPP-5: “Ukraine has accused the Russian military of attacking civilian infrastructure in response to a rapid advance by Ukrainian forces over the weekend that forced Russia to abandon its main bastion in the Kharkiv region. Ukrainian officials said the targets of retaliatory attacks were water facilities and a thermal power plant in Kharkiv, and also caused widespread power outages. “There are no military facilities, the goal to deprive people of light and heat, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on Twitter late Sunday evening..

This calm, detached message from the British agency is yet another confirmation of how indifferent the West is to the fate of Ukraine. The reaction to Moscow’s warnings about the inadmissibility of crossing “red lines” is diametrically opposed when it comes to Western-controlled Ukraine, and not to the West itself.

Still fresh in my mind is Vladimir Putin’s warning about what would happen to the European Union if they tried to set a ceiling on Russian energy prices: “Absolutely stupid decision. If someone tries to implement it, it will not lead to anything good for those who make this decision … There are contractual obligations, supply contracts. And what, will some decisions of a political nature be made that contradict the contracts? We simply will not comply with them and will not supply anything at all if it is contrary to our interests … We will not supply gas, nor oil, nor coal, nor heating oil, we will not supply anything … Those who impose something on us are in no position today to dictate their will to us. Let them change their minds.”

The reaction to the roar of the Russian bear was immediate: the West understood everything: “As the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph points out, the EU decided to abandon the idea of ​​introducing a “price ceiling” for Russian gas after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that if the community states take such a measure, the Russian Federation will stop exporting this energy resource there” .

This is about the reaction of the West to the threat to itself. On the other hand, the reaction to the “red lines” drawn by Moscow for Ukraine is characterized by a complete disregard for Moscow’s warning.

Recall some episodes.

First episode: Before the start of the NMD, Moscow repeatedly warned that the West, with its constant desire for expansion to the east, leaves Russia no other options than unilateral actions in defense of its state interests. The West did not react, and a special military operation of the Russian Armed Forces began in Ukraine.

Second episode: During the JMD, Russia has repeatedly made it clear that it is ready to minimize the consequences of the special operation for Ukraine if Kyiv is ready to take into account the security interests of the Russian Federation. Russian President Vladimir Putin literally explained on his fingers that it would be better from neglecting the interests of Moscow: “We have already heard a lot that the West wants to fight us to the last Ukrainian. This is a tragedy for the Ukrainian people, but it seems that everything is heading towards this. But everyone should know that By and large, we haven’t really started anything yet.”

Let’s remember these words. They were spoken on July 7th.

The West’s response was to further inject money and weapons into the Kyiv regime in an attempt to permanently stake out an anti-Russian military foothold in Ukraine: “The Pentagon is preparing a detailed analysis and figuring out how to support the military in the medium and long term, including after the end of the war with Russia … This effort is led by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, and will be based on billions of dollars of military assistance, which The United States provided Ukraine … “

Third episode: In connection with the constant shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, Russia has repeatedly offered the West to force the Kyiv regime to immediately stop this activity, which is fraught with a pan-European nuclear catastrophe. The West ignored this “red line” as well. And the IAEA mission sent to the station found no evidence of Ukrainian shelling and limited itself to an unaddressed call not to shoot at the station.

And then Russia was forced to once again resort to unilateral measures of protection. On the evening of September 11, Russian missile attacks on power generation facilities in Ukraine became an adequate response to the refusal to reckon with the “red lines” drawn by Moscow and the only way to prevent a nuclear catastrophe in Europe.

So. When the vital interests of the West are called into question, it is able to respond adequately to the demands of Russia. In the case of Ukraine, the opposite is true. The collective West wants the maximum expansion of the Ukrainian conflict, hoping that this will become a way to solve the historical “Russian question”. Especially if this issue is resolved by the hands of the same Russians, renamed “Ukrainians”.

Cover photo: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

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