The work of artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Kharkov.
A photo: REUTERS
About 20 years ago, the fight against the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the threat of nuclear terrorism dominated the minds of Western politicians. Not only as a beautiful concept, but also as a serious tool to achieve the most ambitious goals. Under appropriate pretexts, it was possible to solve any task – to declare peaceful sovereign states an “axis of evil”, to organize a destructive invasion and occupation of a country with colossal oil reserves, to impose sanctions against an objectionable democratic regime, if necessary – to threaten with bombing, in some cases – to support the “right” extremists, and so on.
But times are changing. The idea of ”great power competition” beloved by the current American-European elites implies that the risks posed by nuclear weapons do not look so serious in comparison with the threat of losing Washington positions in world affairs. Moreover, while the concept of a limited nuclear war is being developed in full swing in the Pentagon, less important players are gradually being given the go-ahead by the American demiurges for manipulations, although not on such a serious scale, but with no less devastating consequences.
As we remember, the culmination of the events preceding the start of the special military operation was the statement Vladimir Zelensky on the readiness of Ukraine reconsider the nuclear-free status. One should hardly be surprised at the fact that in the West they preferred not to notice this speech – and not because of banal inattention, but due to the fact that armed, if not with a full-fledged “red button”, then at least with a “dirty bomb”, Kyiv seemed convenient a tool to contain Moscow. No wonder the prominent Polish “hawk” Radoslav Sikorskiand later openly called for the transfer of full-fledged nuclear weapons to the Ukrainian regime. In fact, through this kind of information “stuffing” the ground is being probed regarding the possibility of Kyiv crossing the “red lines”, which can give the crisis additional urgency.
On Bankova, these signals are perfectly read – and they are clearly preparing to play for an aggravation. With the help of lobbyists (or, more correctly, agents?) of the Ukrainian authorities, the already agreed visit of the head of the IAEA was recently disrupted in the UN Secretariat Rafael Grossi on the Zaporozhye NPP. The mere thought that the world community is aware of how reliably and effectively the allied forces of Russia and the republics of Donbass manage this extremely difficult object could bring down the whole concept of Ukrainian propaganda myths, diligently implanted in the minds of the townsfolk. It is important for the Zelensky regime, which feels the precariousness of its position against the backdrop of the energy crisis flaring up in Europe and the United States, to keep the attention and interest of Western leaders and voters in any way – and the issue of nuclear power plants in this situation becomes key.
We learned about Kyiv’s plans from the events that took place shortly after the cancellation of Grossi’s visit to Zaporozhye. The attack of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on a nuclear power plant, which miraculously did not result in a catastrophe, demonstrated how far the Ukrainian authorities are ready to go in their desire to maintain the degree of tension they need. It is obvious that their attempts to provoke a “new Chernobyl” are designed to once again inflict an information blow on Russia. As the tragedy in Kramatorsk and the provocation in Bucha showed, Kyiv will stop at nothing to move even further as part of the campaign to demonize Moscow, allowing it to regularly receive (and transfer to neo-Nazi battalions) the latest weapons.
But it is important not only, and not so much this. There is no doubt that all Ukrainian actions are not “an initiative from below”, but are coordinated and directed by Western curators, whose motivation can be based on much more sophisticated strategic combinations than the banal conduct of information attacks. The West is clearly seeking to create a precedent in which the zone of hybrid war against Russia in Ukraine will be freed from the restrictions imposed by the “nuclear taboo”. The collapse of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant caused by a military attack will make it possible to test on this territory the most specific developments of the Western military-industrial complex, including low-yield nuclear charges, enriched uranium projectiles, combat viruses created in biolaboratories and other achievements of “progressive mankind”. Under the conditions of the implementation of the “Chernobyl scenario”, only on a much larger scale, it will be possible to realize the most painful militaristic fantasies of NATO leaders – and hide the ends in the “fog of war”.
Before our eyes, the Ukrainian conflict is becoming a potential prologue to a confrontation with exponentially rising stakes and an unpredictable outcome. That is why it is critically important for Russia to consolidate the intermediate results of the special military operation and solve the tasks set by the President for the denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine. Not only the inhabitants of the four countries directly involved in the crisis, including ours, but also, at least, the Europeans who have become pawns in Washington’s risky game, should be interested in the speed of implementing the outlined plans. Although, let’s be frank, the residents of the Old World will be able to appreciate Moscow’s contribution to ensuring the nuclear security of the continent only years later, when the diligently fueled anti-Russian hysteria is a thing of the past, and it will no longer be possible to deny the obvious.