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Energy News / Russian Fast Neutron Nuclear Reactor Design Moves Forward
« Last post by Gromit on Today at 02:40:16 PM »
Russian Fast Neutron Nuclear Reactor Design Moves Forward
ST. PETERSBURG, April 16 (RIA Novosti) – A committee of Russian scientists has signed off on the design of the groundbreaking MBIR fast neutron nuclear reactor, moving the project closer to full-scale construction, a research institute involved in the project said Wednesday.

Russia, the United States and France signed a deal last June to jointly conduct research at the reactor in Dimitrovgrad in Russia’s Volga region, in hopes of studying new types of nuclear fuel, construction materials and coolants.

A multi-purpose international research center will be established as part of the project, which also produce radioactive isotopes for medical purposes.

“The research reactor is scheduled to be launched in 2020,” according to the East European Main Design and Research Institute of Integrated Power Engineering Technology (VNIPIET).
Ukraine's defence ministry has confirmed that six armoured personnel carriers seen in the town of Slaviansk were seized from the Ukrainian military.

That's right folks...a bunch of civilians 'seized' no less than SIX APCs. Yeah sure. More like the military refused to attack their own people.

Ukraine confirms vehicles seized by pro-Russian forces

@ Gromit - the possibility of civil war will have been very clear to certain people. That may even be the strategy.
NATO to Boost Military Presence in Baltic, Mediterranean
BRUSSELS, April 16 (RIA Novosti) – NATO will intensify air patrols over Eastern Europe and dispatch extra ships to the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas due to the crisis in Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said after a meeting of alliance ambassadors in Brussels.

AFP: Putin warns Ukraine on brink of civil war as Kiev sends army in
IZYUM, UKRAINE: Russian leader Vladimir Putin warned that Ukraine is on the verge of civil war, the Kremlin said on Wednesday, after the Kiev government sent in troops against pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country.

"The Russian president remarked that the sharp escalation of the conflict has placed the country, in effect, on the verge of civil war," the Kremlin said in a statement on telephone talks between Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
This one made me laugh harder than Joe Biden and his Camaro.
Local ‘Anti-Maidan’ Movement Declares Establishment of Odessa People’s Republic
KIEV, April 16 (RIA Novosti) – The Odessa region’s “Anti-Maidan” movement has declared the establishment of an Odessa People’s Republic and called on residents to block police and military troops from entering the city, a statement on the group’s website said Wednesday.

I hope it doesn't come to this:
The Lounge / Re: The Hubbert's Arms Juke Box
« Last post by TLR on Today at 02:31:47 PM »

Ukrainian Federalists Move Deeper into Kramatorsk, Set Barricades on Fire
SLAVIANSK, April 16 (RIA Novosti) – Pro-federalism supporters are setting barricades of tires on fire and are heading deeper into the eastern Ukraine city of Kramatorsk, the new scene of clashes with the Ukrainian troops loyal to government, a RIA Novosti correspondent has reported.

Kramatorsk self-defense activists are bracing for an offensive because they fear Ukrainian interim authorities' armored vehicles and special forces may launch soon.

The situation may well develop into a civil war because the civilians might have support from at least some of the military. There have been several, other reports of Ukrainian troops either refusing to fire on people or switching sides. Here's one from the RT live update page:

Around 60 soldiers manning Ukrainian armored vehicles sent to Kramatorsk to carry out military operations against anti-government protesters have switched sides and joined the local self-defense forces, RIA Novosti reports, citing the self-defense forces.

“We’ve seen here that these are neither separatists nor terrorists, but ordinary local residents, with whom we are not going to go into battle,” one of the defecting soldiers said.

All of the troops who decided to side with the self-defense forces come from Dnepropetrovsk, the next-door region to Donetsk.
Six Ukrainian Army Vehicles Join Pro-Federalist Protesters
SLAVIANSK, April 16 (RIA Novosti) - The personnel of six armored transport vehicles sent to the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk have switched sides and have joined the pro-federalist activists, witnesses told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.
Article in the previous post says "at least five".

Three More Armored Transport Vehicles Join Federalists in Eastern Ukraine
SLAVIANSK, April 16 (RIA Novosti) – The personnel of three more armored transport vehicles sent to the eastern Ukrainian cities of Slaviansk and Kramatorsk have switched sides and joined the pro-federalist activists there, a RIA Novosti correspondent said Wednesday.

The troops arrived in downtown Slaviansk, controlled by people’s militia, took off Ukrainian flags and handed over weapons to the activists.
fuck me  i would hate to have to kill more than 50 zombies at a pop with a shotgun

Yes it would raise a bit of a bruise after all that. I went through 100 slugs one afternoon and my chest was bruised for a week. Better bruised than dead lol.

pro tip   sorbothane ,  disney engineer your own shock absorber .

good enough for the space shuttle  good enough too  keep on shooting after a barrel change in the same week
Over 50 Ukrainian Armored Vehicles Rolling Toward Donetsk - Activists
DONETSK, April 16 (RIA Novosti) - Pro-federalization activists in Ukraine’s southeastern city of Donetsk say more than 50 military armored vehicles of the Ukrainian Army have been spotted in the region and are now closing on the city.
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