Thursday 25 August 2022



V. Putin in the Kremlin: Emergency meeting of the Duma on Ukraine - Attempted assassination of the President of the Russian Parliament

Information also on the disconnection of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant

Late at night the president of Russia, B. Putin, rushed to the Kremlin. The Russian parliament has announced that it will hold a special session on Thursday and soon after will issue a special statement on Ukraine.

Russian officials are talking about a "tough statement", probably an ultimatum, to the West. The message from the Council of the State Duma will be addressed to the UN and all international parliamentary organizations.

At the same time, a little while ago, Russian media published an incident that had been hidden here for 48 hours. The Russians are talking about an attempt to assassinate the chairman of the State Duma with US MLRS HIMARS during his transit to Donetsk

?Other information states that the Russian parliament will discuss the "threat to the safety of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant". However, other movements related to the murder of Daria Dugina and the involvement of foreign countries should not be excluded, as reported by Moscow.

Moscow recently accused Kyiv of launching strikes at the Zaporizhia nuclear plant, which is located in territory controlled by Russian forces but still operated by Ukrainian personnel.

Kyiv has denied bombing Europe's largest nuclear power plant, and says Russia is planning a "provocation" there to justify further aggression.

Russia's defense ministry said last week it could shut down the plant if the bombing continues.

Extraordinary meeting of the State Duma – Tough announcement expected

The State Duma (Parliament) of the Russian Federation will convene for an extraordinary Council on August 25. During the meeting, the Duma will issue a special statement on the situation in Ukraine, said the leader of the Party of Justice – For Truth Sergei Mironov.

"The leaders of the factions will meet again together with the president and at around 15:00 we will convene the Council of the Duma, in which our tough statement will be approved, " the politician told reporters after a meeting with State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin.

According to Mironov, the message from the Council of the State Duma will be addressed to the UN and all international parliamentary organizations.

Earlier, the leader of the Communist Party Gennady Zyuganov announced the need for an emergency council of the State Duma in connection with the situation in Ukraine and the crisis surrounding the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

Watch the video of Putin's arrival at the Kremlin

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Attempted assassination of the President of the State Duma with US involvement

A little later, Russian media revealed that there was an assassination attempt against the chairman of the State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin.

Specifically, they report that on Tuesday, August 23, Viacheslav Volodin visited Donetsk. This is not his first visit to the frontline territories: earlier, on July 14, the Speaker of the State Duma traveled to neighboring Lugansk and met with local MPs and leaders.

Speaking at the last session of the winter-spring session of the Duma, Volodin called on the deputies to take advantage of the holidays to personally visit Donbass, familiarize themselves with the situation and, if necessary, help their own constituents (to date, approx. one million Donbas residents have received Russian citizenship).

Then the Russians proceed with the revelation, involving the USA as well. They specifically mention:

"The visit was, one might say, routine. Along with the President of the State Duma, four heads of the competent parliamentary committees arrived. Working meeting with the head of Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, communication with the deputies of the People's Council of the republic... There were also local administration officials and journalists in the meeting room. 

An important detail: the events were held in the building of the Donetsk Administration. And about seven minutes after the end, immediately after Volodin left, enemy shells hit the premises where he had just spoken.

Later, representatives of the republic, having studied the fragments of ammunition, announced that the missiles were fired from American MLRS Himars.

It is noteworthy that there have been no strikes on the Donetsk administrative building since 2014 throughout the war.

Also, "by a strange accident" enemy shells hit the local hotel, where such delegations usually stay.

Let's not hide that the bombing, from which our MPs were literally saved by a miracle, excited many. However, inter-parliamentary cooperation with Donbass will continue in any case.

As Vyacheslav Volodin said in an interview with journalists, slots are being opened in Donbas so that people's deputies can work directly with the residents of the liberated areas.

Russian plan to disconnect the Zaporizhia nuclear plant from the grid

A detailed plan has been drawn up by Russia to disconnect Europe's largest nuclear plant from Ukraine's electricity grid, risking catastrophic failure of its cooling systems, British media reported.

Petro Kotin, the head of Ukraine's atomic energy company, told the Guardian in an interview that Russian engineers had already drawn up a contingency plan

“They presented [the plan] to the factory [workers] and the [factory workers] presented it to us. A condition for this plan is major damage to all lines connecting the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant to the Ukrainian system, " Kotin said in an interview on Wednesday.

He added that he fears that the Russian military is now targeting these connections to make the emergency scenario a reality.

"Once they started doing that, they started all the bombing, just to take those lines out, " Kotin said.

The plant's power connections are already in critical condition, with three of the four main lines connecting it to Ukraine's grid cut during the war and two of the three back-up lines connecting it to a conventional power plant to also be out of order, he said.

Russia's plan to completely disconnect it would increase the risk of a catastrophic failure by leaving it dependent on a single source of electricity to cool the reactors.

"You can't just jump from one system to another, you have to ... shut everything down on one side and then start changing on the other side," he said.

During a shift between grid systems, the unit will only depend on a backup diesel generator, with no other options in case it fails. After 90 minutes without power the reactors will reach a dangerous temperature.

"During this disconnection, the plant will not be connected to any power supply and that is the reason for the danger," he said. "If you fail to provide cooling… for an hour and a half, then you will already have melted."


Something big seems to have happened.  The Presidential motorcade of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin has been seen moving at very high speed to the Kremlin.   It is now about 3:00 AM in Moscow.  The motorcade was video recorded about three hours ago, so around Midnight, Moscow time.

Video below is from the streets of Moscow showing the Presidential motorcade, with police escort/flashing lights, moving at high speed . . . 

 UPDATE  8:16 PM EDT --

The Russian Duma has called a "Special Meeting" . . .

The last time that happened, was February 23, one day before the Special Military Operation in Ukraine began.

RUMORS and SPECULATION are running rampant.   Intel circuits fearing Duma to either Declare Ukraine a "state sponsor of terrorism" or . . . .

Duma may  formally declare . . . . something much worse.

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