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LIVE: Ukraine’s Nuclear Company Cannot Monitor Chernobyl’s Radiation Levels

LIVE: Ukraine’s Nuclear Company Cannot Monitor Chernobyl’s Radiation Levels

Ukraine refuses Russia’s demand of surrendering Mariupol, the important port city.

I am back, which means I can update a post on Ukraine throughout the day for you guys. Russia is still bombarding the country, making demands while cowering away from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

I also want to know why Biden won’t go to Ukraine. Prime ministers from the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovenia went to Kyiv and met with Zelenskyy.

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No One Can Monitor Chernobyl’s Radiation

Russia still has control of Chernobyl:

Ukrainian state nuclear company Energoatom warned on Monday that radiation levels around the occupied Chernobyl nuclear plant risked rising because its radiation monitoring system and forest fire-fighting service were not working.

Soon after launching an invasion on February 24, Russian forces took control of the territory around the now-defunct power plant that was the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident in 1986.

As a result, the system monitoring radiation levels in the 30-km (19-mile) so-called exclusion zone in the forests around the plant is currently not working, Energoatom said in a statement.

“There is no data on the current state of radiation pollution of the exclusion zone’s environment, which makes it impossible to adequately respond to threats,” it said.

Kremlin-Friendly Tabloid Publishes, Deletes Russian Death Number


Kyiv Shopping Center Destroyed

Zelenskyy Bans Parties Connected to Russia

This is a slippery slope. Zelemskyy banned 11 political parties over ties to Russia:

In a speech posted early Sunday on Telegram, Zelensky said the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine had decided to suspend the activity of the parties under martial law. “Given the full-scale war waged by the Russian Federation and the ties of some political structures with this state, any activity of a number of political parties during the martial law is suspended,” he said.

The parties are known to share some positions with Moscow or have Russian-leaning platforms. One party on the list, Opposition Platform-For Life, is led by Viktor Medvedchuk, a businessman with personal ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Others on the list include the Shariy Party and the Socialist Party of Ukraine.

Zelensky said the Justice Ministry had been “instructed to immediately take comprehensive measures to ban the activities of these political parties in the prescribed manner.”

“Any activity of politicians aimed at splitting or collaborating will not succeed,” he said. “But it will get a tough response.”

Biden Won’t Visit UkraineDuring His Europe Trip

The Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovenia prime ministers went to Kyiv and met with Zelenskyy in person. Why won’t Biden? From The Financial Times:

Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, tweeted on Sunday that Biden had “no plans” to visit the country during his trip, which will include attending Thursday’s Nato summit in Brussels.

Speaking to CNN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US ambassador to the UN, added: “You have to remember we have discouraged Americans from going into Ukraine – this is a country at war.”

The decision comes despite requests from Volodymyr Zelensky and those around him for Biden to visit. Zelensky told Biden during a call last month that a visit would be a “powerful signal” of US support.

Ihor Zhovkva, Zelensky’s deputy chief of staff, said earlier this week: “Three prime ministers of three friendly nations – Poland, Czech Republic and Slovenia – visited, personally, Kyiv, and they met personally with President Zelensky. So why [doesn’t] President Biden come to Ukraine to meet with the president?”

One Dead in Kyiv

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko confirmed one person died after Russia shelled the city’s Podil district.

The shelling hit homes and a shopping district.

Mariupol Destruction

Putin is going Syria and Grozny on Ukraine. He will not stop until Ukraine is destroyed or bends the knee.

Zelenskyy Ready to Negotiate With Putin Directly

Zelenskyy wants to deal with Putin directly:

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday he is ready to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but warned that if any negotiation attempts fail, it could mean the fight between the two countries would lead to “a third World War.”

“I’m ready for negotiations with him. I was ready for the last two years. And I think that without negotiations, we cannot end this war,” Zelensky told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in an exclusive interview Sunday morning.

“If there’s just 1% chance for us to stop this war, I think that we need to take this chance. We need to do that. I can tell you about the result of this negotiations — in any case, we are losing people on a daily basis, innocent people on the ground,” he said.

He continued, “Russian forces have come to exterminate us, to kill us. And we can demonstrate that the dignity of our people and our army that we are able to deal a powerful blow, we are able to strike back. But, unfortunately, our dignity is not going to preserve the lives. So, I think we have to use any format, any chance in order to have a possibility of negotiating, possibility of talking to Putin. But if these attempts fail, that would mean that this is a third World War.”

Zelenskyy also hit the nail on the head: If Ukraine belonged to NATO it wouldn’t be in a war right now.

We’ve seen NATO become involved in conflicts between non-NATO members. Everyone forgets about Serbia-Kosovo! But now all of a sudden NATO is all about staying out of a non-NATO country.

I’m not advocating for involvement. I’m pointing out the hypocrisy. I swear Putin is the only reason why Ukraine is not a member of NATO and the EU.

Russia Demands Ukraine Surrender Mariupol

The port town of Mariupol has been in the news a lot after Russia bombed a maternity and children’s hospital and the Drama Theater where people, including children, took shelter. Then Russia bombed an art school, which sheltered 400 civilians.

People have been without food, water, and electricity.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense demanded Ukraine surrender Mariupol. Ukraine rejected the demand:

According to Russia’s state-owned Ria Novosti news agency, the ministry has said that it will open humanitarian corridors to allow residents to leave by 10:00 local time (08:00 GMT) if it receives a written response to the proposal.

Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, the head of Russia’s National Center for Defense Management, was quoted by Ria Novosti as saying that local officials would face a “military tribunal” if they don’t agree to the surrender terms.

Early on Monday, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said that there can be “no question” of surrender.

“We have already informed the Russian side about this,” she was quoted as saying by Ukrainska Pravda.

On Saturday, Mariupol’s City Council accused Russia of illegally taking “several thousand” residents to Russia by force.


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Why Biden din’t impress China

Zelensky got his country into this predicament.

He shut down 3 tv stations, put his political opponent on house arrest, signed a decree on March 24, 2021 saying Ukraine will take back Crimea which has been Russia’s since 1783 (before US Constitution was signed) and only given to Ukraine by Nikita Khruschev. He continued to shell the Donbas region causing 14,000 deaths, kept on yammering about membership in NATO all throughout 2021-22 knowing that it’s the brightest of all red lines according to William Burns who told Condoleezza Rice so in 2008. He also says he’s rethinking the Budapest memorandum meaning he wants Ukraine to acquire nukes. Now he has outlawed ALL the opposition political voices.

Zelensky is not insane, although his policies are, on their face. Ukraine is the corrupt piggy bank of many prominent US families, including the Bidens and the Romneys.

The only way out is to negotiate peace. Plying Ukraine with weapons and false promises is just going to cause more death and destruction. Pretending that Russia winning is not fait accompli is the kind of disinformation that is causing people to die because they think Ukraine has a shot.

Russia destroyed 400K of NATO-supplied armaments with a hypersonic missile strike. The missiles are nuclear-capable, and Russian intelligence is obviously better than ours. They have been able to target incoming fighters and both armaments and troops placed next to civilian targets, and in schools.

I want my representatives to support negotiations and work for an immediate ceasefire, and not encourage further fighting. Nobody involved in this mess has clean hands, including NATO and the US. I prefer uneasy neutrality in Ukraine to nuclear war, especially when the politicians in my country have been acting against both our general welfare, and that of a region across the ocean.

    henrybowman in reply to Valerie. | March 21, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    “Crimea which has been Russia’s since 1783 (before US Constitution was signed) and only given to Ukraine by Nikita Khruschev.”

    A curious formulation to support your premise. This would as easily justify Reconquista’s demand for a significant portion of Arizona and New Mexico, which were “only given to the US by Santa Anna.”

      Milhouse in reply to henrybowman. | March 21, 2022 at 6:19 pm

      Santa Anna was a legitimate representative of Mexico with the authority to negotiate over Mexican territory. Also, that transfer of territory was the result of legitimate negotiations following hostilities, and the price Mexico agreed to pay for peace.

      Krushchev had no authority to go around giving bits of Russia away, and the gift of the Crimea wasn’t something forced on Russia by military necessity, but simply a dictatorial whim. Russia should not be bound by it.

        henrybowman in reply to Milhouse. | March 21, 2022 at 11:45 pm

        I don’t know the details of the transfer… but I do remember that Krushchev was a pretty intense dick, and if he gave away pieces of Russia, there must have been some serious advantage to doing it.

    Mauiobserver in reply to Valerie. | March 21, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    The major problem with evaluating the situation in Ukraine is the press. How can we possibly trust the press coverage to be honest after the litany of propaganda they have spewed in recent years? The Russia collusion hoax used by the media, Democratic party and Intelligence community to oust Trump. The wiretapping allegation by Trump that proved true and now a Clinton operative is facing prosecution for using his access to monitor even White House communications. The election scam where even the left is now bragging about using Zucker money to nullify election law or to get state officials to allow left wing activists to run elections, where a record number of mail in ballots strangely resulted in a record low of rejected ballots.

    I don’t know who is “winning” this war and for sure cannot tell from the press coverage. It would appear from looking at the map that Ukrainian forces in the east are almost surrounded and in danger of being eliminated. If Putin’s goal is to support the eastern regions that have large Russian populations and to formalize their autonomy from Ukraine and to force Ukraine to accept a neutral non NATO status (like Austria and Finland) he may be militarily there.

    In looking at how the “main stream” press is covering this event it would be good to know what their leadership views as the preferred outcome. History provides a stark lesson in that regard to Ukraine. In the 1930’s Walter Duranty and the New York Times covered for Stalin in his brutal 1932/33 murder starvation of millions of Ukrainians because they ardently supported his socialist politics. This despite pictures of starving and murdered people and many first hand accounts. The leftwing press simply rejected and suppressed the facts.

    We probably won’t have an accurate assessment of what is occurring in the Ukraine war until months or years after the conclusion.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Valerie. | March 21, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    This is a ridiculous take.

    No one thinks there are a bunch of clean hands here on one side but you are way off base on what the reds are entitled to.

    First off, Russia is not the USSR because it no longer exists. Besides, who was Kruschev? Oh yeah, a Soviet dictator.

    The bottom line is that Biden and Obama just sit and watch when Russia does what it wants in the region and Putin knows it. We are weak with these clowns in office pushing their green SJW war on our own nation’s wealth.

      Milhouse in reply to healthguyfsu. | March 21, 2022 at 6:16 pm

      First off, Russia is not the USSR because it no longer exists. Besides, who was Kruschev? Oh yeah, a Soviet dictator.

      That’s precisely the point. The USSR was an illegitimate entity, it was not Russia, and Krushchev had no right to give the Crimea away as some sort of birthday present to the Ukraine.

    jorgen in reply to Valerie. | March 22, 2022 at 8:13 am

    Valerie, you are spot on!

    *** “Zelensky is not insane, although his policies are”

    Well, he misjudged Putin from the start as he apparently thought that Putin wouldn’t dare to attack. To hide his lack of judgement, he needs to confuse the issues and also hope for a wider conflict – perhaps caused by a false flag. I feel sorry for the Ukranians who will continue to die until the politicians in the West realize that Russia is winning.

    Will Putin meet with Zelensky? Not until the latter acknowledges more than 90% of Putin’s demands.

Normally, The Big Guy would send Hunter to pick up checks but he is too busy at the moment. So if Brandon wants to get paid, he has to pick them up himself for the foreseeable future.

It would be irresponsible to send any U.S. president, Biden or Trump, to the Ukraine. The Secret Service could not possibly guarantee safety. It’s a war zone, people.

Yeah, I get why 10% China Joe wouldnt go to the Ukraine, its not exactly the safest place at the moment for an alzheimer’s sufferer to be.

Well of course Zelensky wants to deal directly with Putin. Why would he want an ineffectual, senile mental retard in the middle of things?

Fuck Joe Biden*

“Biden Won’t Visit Ukraine on Europe Trip”
Gomer voice: “Su-prahz, su-prahz, su-prahz!”

“I also want to know why Biden won’t go to Ukraine.”
Probably for the same reason he won’t ride through Dealey Plaza.

He could always send Kamala. This is probably one of the rare, few world situations that she couldn’t possibly make any worse. And the silver lining is that she might even not come back.

Will he be in heels?
We know Putin likes his ladies

Notice how they never mention Zelensky was at the center of Impeachment 2.0??

Yes I did notice fhat

healthguyfsu | March 21, 2022 at 3:52 pm

Politics aside…I wouldn’t expect to send any POTUS into a war zone, even a zombie one.

Zelensky is playing a game called “Let’s you and him fight”.

    henrybowman in reply to Ottawagirl. | March 21, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    If Ukraine is the swamp piggybank and Miranda experiment it looks like it has been, then there really is no “them” there in the first place.

thad_the_man | March 21, 2022 at 5:27 pm

According to internet sleuths, the train station with Zelensky and other Baltic state ministers was not in Kyiv, but in Poland.

After the quick location of the hospital in the 11B-X-1371 puzzle. I tend to believe them,