Photo : Reactor 3 pool taken by underwater camera on 8/30/2014
Following up this article.. 400 kg of debris dropped onto 2 fuel assemblies in Reactor 3 pool / State of fuel unverified yet – Photos [URL]
A Fukushima worker, Happy11311, commented on Twitter that there isn’t anything like Tepco states that fell into SFP 3.
“・・・They say Tepco dropped something called <Operation desk> to Reactor 3 pool while they were removing the debris.
I haven’t heard the word <Operation desk>, I wonder if it’s the control panel attached to the refueling machine.. ?”
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As concern over Russia’s actions in Ukraine grows, European leaders are meeting Saturday in Belgium to discuss possible new sanctions against Moscow.
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Following up this article..
Tepco dropped a major piece of debris into Spent Fuel Pool of Reactor 3 [URL]
A major piece of debris was dropped into SFP3 while they were removing debris from the pool, according to Tepco.
The dropped debris was the operation desk of the refueling machine.
Around 12:45 of 8/29/2014 (JST), Tepco attempted to grab the operation desk by an unmanned crane, but they dropped it to the middle eastern side of the pool.
The ambient dose near the pool remains 3.2 mSv/h, which is not changed after the accident, Tepco announced.
At this moment, Tepco is investigating the state of the pool.
From Tepco’s follow-up report, the dropped debris weighs 400kg. It fell onto 2 fuel assemblies. 566 fuel assemblies are stocked in SFP 3.
In order to analyze the radioactive density of the pool water, they stopped the pool’s coolant system for 2 hours, which increased the temperature from 28.4℃ to 35.5℃. Tepco doesn’t report anything about the state of pool, but this means the pool temperature didn’t take longer than 2 hours to increase by 7℃. It would reach the safety limit of 65℃ only within 9 hours without coolant system.
Cs-134/137 density of the pool water was 1,020,000,000,000 Bq/m3. It sounds extremely high but Tepco states it is not showing any significant change.
↓ Photo in the pool taken by an underwater camera
↓ Before the crane drops the debris
↓ Dropping the debris
↓ Dropped the debris
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In 1957, the U.S. and British governments planned regime change in Syria … because it was drifting too close to the Soviet Union.
The U.S. has, of course, already carried out regime change in Guatemala, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Chile, Haiti and many other countries. The U.S. was also instrumental in the recent regime change in Ukraine.
Soviet leader Gorbachev allowed the Soviet Union broken up only after the U.S. and NATO promised they would not encircle Russia militarily. Ever since 1991, they have broken their promise and encircled Russia.
New Republic writes:
There are now voices in Moscow saying that these sanctions are an attempt to force regime change in Russia.
Richard Becker – of the American anti-war group Answer Coalition – says:
Their (US and NATO) clear aim is to surround Russia, to weaken Russia in the long run [and] to bring about regime change in Russia…
DNA India argues:
Washington’s obvious plan is to get troublesome Putin out of the way. The expectation is that once Russians feel the crunch they will turn against the president.
Regime change has become the latest buzzword against rulers the West dislikes. It was Iraq’s Saddam Hussain at one time, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi at another time and now it is Russia’s Putin. The Russian leader may not be an easy prey.
Former Indian ambassador M.K.Bhadrakumar theorizes that it is Russia’s sheltering of Edward Snowden which is the motivation for the U.S. push for regime change in Russia:
The US is undoubtedly in a punishing mood. What accounts for it? Can’t be Syria. Can’t be Iran, Iraq or Afghanistan. Can’t be the Arctic, can’t be BRICS.
Yes, it has to be the unprecedented humiliation and damage caused to the US’ global standing and foreign and security policies by the Edward Snowden affair, which Washington believes was masterminded from the Kremlin. It’s payback time for the CIA.
Former Associated Press and Newsweek reporter Robert Parry wrote in April:
Now that the demonization of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is in full swing, one has to wonder when the neocons will unveil their plan for “regime change” in Moscow, despite the risks that overthrowing Putin and turning Russia into a super-sized version of Ukraine might entail for the survival of the planet.
There is a “little-old-lady-who-swallowed-the-fly” quality to neocon thinking. When one of their schemes goes bad, they simply move to a bigger, more dangerous scheme.
If the Palestinians and Lebanon’s Hezbollah persist in annoying you and troubling Israel, you target their sponsors with “regime change” – in Iraq, Syria and Iran. If your “regime change” in Iraq goes badly, you escalate the subversion of Syria and the bankrupting of Iran. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “The Mysterious Why of the Iraq War.”]
Just when you think you’ve cornered President Barack Obama into a massive bombing campaign against Syria – with a possible follow-on war against Iran – Putin steps in to give Obama a peaceful path out, getting Syria to surrender its chemical weapons and Iran to agree to constraints on its nuclear program.
So, this Obama-Putin collaboration has become your new threat. That means you take aim at Ukraine, knowing its sensitivity to Russia. [For details, see Consortiumnews.com’s “What Neocons Want from Ukraine Crisis.”]
You support an uprising against elected President Viktor Yanukovych, even though neo-Nazi militias are needed to accomplish the actual coup. You get the U.S. State Department to immediately recognize the coup regime although it disenfranchises many people of eastern and southern Ukraine, where Yanukovych had his political base.
When Putin steps in to protect the interests of those ethnic Russian populations and supports the secession of Crimea (endorsed by 96 percent of voters in a hastily called referendum), your target shifts again. Though you’ve succeeded in your plan to drive a wedge between Obama and Putin, Putin’s resistance to your Ukraine plans makes him the next focus of “regime change.”
And a former high-level CIA official says that Putin has to go, and the U.S. should assassinate him if he doesn’t leave voluntarily.
But every country we’ve regime changed have descended into chaos.
As Robert Parry warns, we might be very sorry if we succeed in forcing Putin out:
But what would it mean to destabilize Russia? Does anyone think that shattering the Russian political structure through a combination of economic sanctions and information warfare will result in a smooth transition to some better future? The Russians already have tried the West’s “shock therapy” under drunken President Boris Yeltsin – and they saw the cruel ugliness of “free market” capitalism.
Putin’s autocratic nationalism was a response to the near-starvation levels of poverty that many Russians were forced into as they watched well-connected capitalists plunder the nation’s wealth and emerge as oligarchic billionaires. For all Putin’s faults, it was his pushback against some of those oligarchs and his defense of Russian interests internationally that secured him a solid political base.
In other words, even if the neocons get the Obama administration – and maybe its successor – to ratchet up tensions with Russia enough to generate sufficient political friction to drive Putin from office, the likely result would be a dangerously unstable Russia possessing a vast arsenal of nuclear weapons. Putin loyalists are not likely to readily accept a replay of the Yeltsin years.
But the neocons apparently think the risks are well worth it. After all, the end result might finally let them kill off that pesky fly, Israel’s near-in threat from the Palestinians and Hezbollah. But we might remember what happened to the little old lady in the ditty, when she swallowed the horse, she was dead, of course.
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After saying he doesn’t want any “large-scale conflicts,” the Russian President noted that Russia is “strengthening our nuclear deterrence forces.”
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* Russia proposes “corridor” for encircled Kiev troops
* “Best not to mess with us,” says defiant Putin
* EU ministers discuss new sanctions on Moscow, other measures
* Kiev prepares to defend port in path of pro-Russian advance (Adds comment by German foreign minister, paragraph 8; details of fighting in Donetsk, paragraphs 15-18)
By Alexei Anishchuk and Richard Balmforth
LAKE SELIGER, Russia/KIEV, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiant as ever, compared Kiev’s drive to regain control of its rebellious eastern cities to the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in World War Two. He announced that rebels had succeeded in halting it, and proposed that they now permit surrounded Ukrainian troops to retreat.
Speaking to young people at a summer camp, Putin told his countrymen they must be “ready to repel any aggression towards Russia.” He described Ukrainians and Russians as “practically one people,” language that Ukrainians say dismisses the very existence of their thousand-year-old nation.
The past 72 hours have seen pro-Russian rebels suddenly open a new front and push Ukrainian troops out of a key town in strategic coastal territory along the Sea of Azov. Kiev and Western countries say the reversal was the result of the arrival of armored columns of Russian troops, sent by Putin to prop up a rebellion that would otherwise have been near collapse.
Rebels said they would accept Putin’s proposal to allow Kiev forces, who they say are surrounded, to retreat, provided the government forces turn over weapons and armor. Kiev said that only proved that the fighters were doing Moscow’s bidding.
Russia drew a fresh rebuke from French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who told French television station France 24 that Russia could face more sanctions from the European Union.
“When one country sends military forces into another country without the agreement and against the will of another country, that is called an intervention and is clearly unacceptable,” he said.
In Berlin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said after speaking with his Ukrainian counterpart: “The border violations we are seeing – yesterday and even more so the day before yesterday – make us fear that the situation is increasingly getting out of control.”
In Washington, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Russia’s footprint was undeniable in Ukraine.
“We have regularly marshaled evidence to indicate what exactly is happening, despite the protestations of the Russian government that for some reason would have us all believe otherwise,” he said. “The fact is, those denials are completely without any credibility, and, you know, we’ve been pretty candid about that.”
Full Ukrainian membership of NATO, complete with the protection of a mutual defense pact with the United States, is still an unlikely prospect. But by announcing it is now seeking to join the alliance, Kiev has put more pressure on the West to find ways to protect it. NATO holds a summit next week in Wales.
In 2008 NATO denied Ukraine and Georgia a fast track towards membership. Russia invaded Georgia a few months later.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he respected Ukraine’s right to seek alliances.
“Despite Moscow’s hollow denials, it is now clear that Russian troops and equipment have illegally crossed the border into eastern and southeastern Ukraine,” Rasmussen said. “This is not an isolated action, but part of a dangerous pattern over many months to destabilize Ukraine as a sovereign nation.”
In Donetsk, one of the main separatists strongholds, several shells exploded in the area of the railway station on Friday, one hitting the station building and another striking a trolleybus.
Rebel fighters quoted medics as saying emergency services had taken away four wounded people, and an unknown number had been ferried away in private cars.
Powerful explosions could be heard again in the center of town. A trolleybus was on fire on the square outside the station. Thick smoke filled the area.
The station has not been working for several days because damaged tracks are preventing trains from running.
Kiev said it was rallying to defend the port of Mariupol, the next big city in the path of the pro-Russian advance in the southeast.
“Fortifications are being built. Local people are coming out to help our troops, to stop the city being taken. We are ready to repel any offensive on Mariupol,” military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said.
So far, the West had made clear it is not prepared to fight to protect Ukraine but is instead relying on economic sanctions, first imposed after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in March and tightened several times since.
Those sanctions seem to have done little to deter Putin, leaving Western politicians to seek tougher measures without crippling their own economies, particularly in Europe which relies on Russian energy exports.
European foreign ministers met in Milan on Friday ahead of a weekend EU summit. They made clear the bloc will discuss further economic sanctions against Moscow. Some said that was no longer sufficient, and other measures to help Kiev should be discussed.
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said countries that had tried so far to mediate now needed to explain “what their ideas (are) to stop President Putin and save Ukraine as she is”. Sweden’s Carl Bildt said: “Sanctions alone are not enough: he (Putin) is prepared to sacrifice his own people.”
Poland denied permission for Russia’s defense minister to fly over its air space after a trip to Slovakia, forcing him to return to Bratislava. Warsaw said he could fly if he reported the status of his plane as civilian rather than military.
‘BEST NOT TO MESS WITH US’
Moscow still publicly denies its forces are fighting to support pro-Russian rebels who have declared independence in two provinces of eastern Ukraine. But the rebels themselves have all but confirmed it, saying thousands of Russian troops have fought on their behalf while “on leave”.
NATO has issued satellite photos of what it says is artillery fielded by more than 1,000 Russian troops fighting in Ukraine. Kiev has released interviews with captured Russian troops.
Reuters has seen an armored column of Russian troops on the Russian side of the frontier, showing signs of having recently returned from battle with no insignia on their uniforms. Members of an official Russian human rights body say as many as 100 Russian soldiers died in a single battle in Ukraine in August.
Encouraged by state media, Russians have so far strongly backed Putin’s hard line, despite Western sanctions that have hurt the economy, the Kremlin’s own ban on imports of most Western food, and now reports of Russian troops dying in battle.
In a statement released by the Kremlin overnight, Putin pointed to the rebels’ gains of recent days on the battlefield: “It is clear that the rebellion has achieved some serious successes in stopping the armed operation by Kiev.”
“I call on the militia forces to open a humanitarian corridor for encircled Ukraine servicemen in order to avoid pointless victims, to allow them to leave the fighting area without impediment, join their families,” he said.
Putin’s lengthy public appearance on Friday and his overnight statement on the conflict appear to be an acknowledgment that the war has reached a turning point, potentially requiring greater Russian sacrifice.
Putin answered questions from young supporters, some of whom waved banners bearing his face, at a pro-Kremlin youth camp on the shores of a lake. Wearing a grey sweater and light blue jeans, he looked relaxed but his tone grew intense while he spoke about Russia’s military might, reminding the crowd that Russia was a strong nuclear power.
“Russia’s partners … should understand it’s best not to mess with us,” Putin said.
Putin compared Kiev’s assault on the rebel-held cities of Donetsk and Luhansk to the 900-day Nazi siege of Leningrad in which 1 million civilians died, perhaps the most powerful historical analogy it is possible to invoke in Russia.
“Small villages and large cities surrounded by the Ukrainian army which is directly hitting residential areas with the aim of destroying the infrastructure,” he said. “It sadly reminds me the events of the Second World War, when German fascist … occupiers surrounded our cities.”
He said the only solution to the conflict was for Kiev to negotiate directly with the rebels. Kiev has long refused to do so, arguing that the rebels are not a legitimate force on their own but proxies for Moscow, which must agree to rein them in.
Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the main rebel group, told a Russian television station his forces were ready to let the encircled Ukrainian troops pull out, provided they leave behind their heavy armored vehicles and ammunition.
In Kiev, President Petro Poroshenko held an urgent meeting with security advisers overnight, after canceling a trip to Turkey due to the “radically deteriorating situation”.
Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk told a government meeting on Friday the cabinet would “bring before parliament a law to scrap the non-aligned status of the Ukrainian state and establish a course towards membership of NATO”.
Were NATO to extend its mutual defense pact to Ukraine, it would be the biggest change in the security architecture of Europe since the 1990s. After the Cold War, NATO defied Russian objections and granted its security guarantee to ex-Communist countries like Poland, Hungary and Romania. But it largely stopped at the border of the former Soviet Union, admitting only the three Baltic states Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
This year, after Putin annexed Crimea, NATO countries including the United States have repeatedly said they would be prepared to go to war to protect any member, but not to defend non-member Ukraine.
Kiev hopes to get its message across to Russians that their government is waging war without telling them. Ukrainian Defense Minister Valery Heletey said many Russian soldiers had been captured and killed: “Unfortunately, they have been buried simply under building rubble. We are trying to find their bodies to return them to their mothers for burial.”
Russia’s Defense Ministry again denied the presence of its soldiers in Ukraine: “We have noticed the launch of this informational ‘canard’ and are obliged to disappoint its overseas authors and their few apologists in Russia,” a ministry official told Interfax news agency. (Additional reporting by Lisa Jucca, Francesca Landini, Maria Tsvetkova, Anton Zverev, Gabriela Baczynska, Polina Devitt, Vladimir Soldatkin, Thomas Grove, Adrian Croft, Andreas Rinke, Steve Holland and Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Peter Graff; Editing by Giles Elgood, Bill Trott, Sandra Maler and Andrew Hay)
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