Brewing environmental disaster at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant, 9,400 children identified to have been stolen by Russia

1 November 2022, 03:25 PM

 Your slice of the top headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Monday, October 31th, 2022.

The Ukrainian nuclear energy regulator Energoatom reports that Russia’s continued attacks at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant have begun a hazardous series of events for the environment. The reactors being shut down led the cooling ponds to become cold, leading to the dying off of fish stocked to eat algae, leading to what will soon be a huge build-up of fish carcasses.

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Despite Russia’s massive attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, maintenance crews have been able to repair most damage done extremely quickly. What could be a complete disaster has become largely manageable so long as you can schedule around a few hours-long localized blackouts. However, the energy company DTEK reports that it is running low on materials to do these repairs.

A missile Russia fired on Ukraine, passing by Moldovan airspace. Ukraine intercepted the missile, leading to pieces of debris landing in the territory of its western neighbor. There were no casualties, but it damaged some buildings in a border town. Moldova responded by expelling a Russian diplomat, but without giving specifics.

One method used by pro-Russian propagandists to dissuade people from wanting to supply Ukraine with weapons is by spreading the story of aid being stolen and sold on the black market. In a blow to this narrative, Finnish law enforcement is reporting that they are not seeing evidence of a weapons trade flowing out of the country.

Ukrainian prosecutors have been able to identify 9,400 Ukrainian children who have been deported to Russia. Many of them have been taken by Russian families, in an act specifically named as an act of genocide in international law. However, these are only the children who have been identified and confirmed, there are many more who have not.

The Russian Orthodox Church was previously a powerful force in Ukraine, though its influence has waned significantly since the beginning of the full-scale invasion. While the Church leaders have been making changes to continue operation, including cutting off contact with Moscow, their loyalty is still widely doubted. In this instance, a diocese in Kirovohrad is under investigation for “incitement of religious hatred” and calls for “encroachment on the territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

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