Chernobyl nuclear site taken by Russian forces, hostages inside

A Ukrainian official confirmed that Russian forces have taken control of the Chernobyl nuclear site.

A skirmish started with Russian troops on Thursday at the Chernobyl nuclear site. President Zelenskyy also stated that the Chernobyl staff has been taken hostage. Experts are predicting that troops will March into the capital city.

Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, said the National Guardsmen at the site who fought the Russian troops guarded the “collectors of unsafe nuclear radioactive waste,” adding that artillery damage to the collectors could spread “radioactive nuclear dust” across Ukraine, Belarus and European Union countries.

In the Mirror report, Podoliak expressed concern over what kind of impact the Russian troops might have on the historic site.

“Either they will use the damage received by the facilities during the attack to blame Ukraine for this, or they will damage these undoubtedly most dangerous facilities themselves,” he said.

Podoliak added that the takeover is “one of the most serious threats to Europe today,” the Mirrorreported. “Knowing the habits of the Russians, they are probably already preparing provocative things at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant,” he added.

Micronationalists watch with concern as Russia launches Ukrainian invasion

KYIV – On Thursday, Russian troops launched their much-anticipated onslaught on Ukraine, ignoring international censure and sanctions while threatening other countries that any attempt to intervene would result in “consequences you have never seen.”

Large explosions were heard in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Odesa before daybreak as international leaders denounced the launch of an invasion that might result in catastrophic casualties, topple Ukraine’s democratically elected government, and jeopardize the continent’s post-Cold War peace.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy imposed martial law, claiming that Russia was attempting to destroy Ukraine’s military infrastructure. Even as the country’s border guard agency reported an artillery barrage by Russian forces from neighboring Belarus, Ukrainians who had long readied for an assault were told to stay home and not panic.

President Joe Biden announced further sanctions against Russia in response to the attack that the international community had been anticipating for weeks but had been unable to avoid via diplomacy.

A woman and child peer out of the window of a bus as they leave Sievierodonetsk, the Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022.

Putin defended the attack in a public address, claiming that it was necessary to protect people in eastern Ukraine, which the US had feared he would make as a pretext for an invasion. He accused the US and its allies of neglecting Russia’s demands for security assurances and to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO. He also asserted with skepticism that Russia does not plan to occupy Ukraine, but rather will work to “demilitarize” it and bring criminals to justice.

In a brief statement, Biden criticized the strike as “unprovoked and unjustifiable,” and said that the US and its allies would “hold Russia accountable.” After a summit of the Group of Seven leaders on Thursday, the president indicated he planned to talk to Americans. On Thursday, more penalties on Russia are anticipated to be revealed.

Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, called the assault a “full-scale invasion” and vowed Ukraine will “defend itself and prevail.” Putin can and must be stopped by the rest of the world. “Now is the moment to act.”

Residents in the capital, Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko, were instructed to stay at home unless they were involved in crucial activity and to prepare go-bags with essentials and documents in case they needed to escape. Hearing blasts and witnessing scores of people with luggage leaving for their cars to leave the city, an Associated Press photographer in Mariupol reported.

People queue for fuel at a gas station in Sievierodonetsk, the Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022.

The Russian military said it only targeted Ukrainian air bases and other military installations, not civilians. According to a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry, the military is utilizing precision weaponry and there is “no threat to civilian population.”

The Russian military had launched missile strikes against Ukrainian military command centres, air bases, and military depots in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Dnipro, according to Anton Gerashchenko, an assistant to Ukraine’s interior minister, who posted on Facebook.

After the initial explosions in Kyiv, people could be heard shouting in the streets. Then a sense of normality returned, with cars circulating and people walking in the streets as a pre-dawn commute appeared to start in relative calm.

The consequences of the conflict and resulting sanctions on Russia could reverberate throughout the world, upending geopolitical dynamics in Europe as well as affecting energy supplies in Europe and jolting global financial markets.

Dracul reveals four new awards for exceptional service

BRAN DISTRICT – The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Department of Defense, released four new awards Sunday afternoon.

The awards are said to be issued upon good conduct, dedication, and past accomplishments. Currently, there is a shortage of medals in Dracul, which this revealing planned to resolve.

An ongoing discussion on the subject of who will be eligible to receive the awards, as well as the priority order is set to end by the middle of the week, as the President is awaiting feedback from Vice President Modena, who is currently out of town.

These four new awards will be made into physical medals, which will especially be worn on military dress uniforms during special occasions.

Citation of the Eagle (Breast Badge)

Citation of the Indomitable Viper (Breast Badge)

The Blue Star of Dracul

The Red Star of the Dragon

Plans in the works to sell Dracul Military Commissions

Most in micronationalism know of monarchies that sell noble titles and positions, such as Grand Knight, Duke, Lord, and others. For those that operate under a different form of government, selling titles can be challenging, given the fact that most don’t offer noble titles.

Dracul has always operated under a republic form of government, so it stands to reason that they don’t offer noble titles, such as Lord or Duke. Luckily for the Commonwealth, a loophole has been discovered.

There have been recent talks among the Department of Defense, as well as the Office of the President, to do what the British and others did in earlier centuries, by selling military commissions to those interested in having a piece of Dracul to call their own. As of late, the plan is to sell these military both enlisted and officer commissions under the Dracul Navy. The navy was disbanded earlier this year, but was brought back exclusively for this very project.

Prices are expected to be between $5-$100 per rank. It’s projected that this could launch between November 2021 and February 2022. The authority that comes with the ranks will be honorary and the rules and requirements are to be determined. Ranks will be able to be purchased by both Dracul citizens and non-citizens, of all ages.

Enlisted Dracul Naval Ranks

When asked about the reasoning behind the plan, the President’s office stated that Dracul wanted to connect more with those outside the nation, and that providing something to those who pay for it would not only benefit Dracul financially, but strengthen community relations. Prices are expected to be reasonable, to cater to both low and high income earners.

“I don’t think you need to shell out $200 just to have a title, or in this case a rank.” said Vice President Stephen Luke. “This isn’t all about the money for us. We’ll even offer enlisted ranks for as low as $5.” he added.

The wearing of Dracul Naval uniforms, along with the rank is expected to be authorized. Given the fact that this project is still unofficial, details today may change by the final launch. More information will follow once final plans are announced.

What exactly was the Dracul-Graustark conflict?

To clear the air of confusion based on the Graustark matter, we sat down with Vice President Stephen Luke for a one-on-one interview to learn what actually happened.

Vice President Luke, thank you for joining us today. Can you tell us exactly how we got here today, along the lines of confusion. Some believe this to be a wargame, while others see it as a war or conflict.

This was a very confusing situation to start. Our Department of Defense began a wargame to start exercises within our military, however right after beginning this wargame, an actual investigation involving the same person involved in the wargame began. During a phone call with Von Graustark two days ago, I asked him if he had been doing anything against Dracul in Graustark, and if yes, what? He told me ‘Treason, might as well since everyone accuses me of that’. Due to his past charge on treason last year I did not want to downplay it, so informed the Department of Defense, who carried out the investigation with our allies.

Were your allies involved with the wargame or the investigation?

Our allies such as Cycoldia and Heimatia were involved in only the military investigation, which we considered to be a version of war. We did not however at any point claim deaths, takeovers, or anything along those lines. The wargame was on the end of Dracul, which as you can see was short-lived.

Two days ago you had made a declaration of war on Graustark; are you saying now that it was not an authentic statement?

With this being a military investigation, which we all considered to be a form of a war, yes it was real, however I think people need to realize that this wasn’t the typical ‘childish micronational war’ that this community normally sees. All of this was carried out realistically and professionally and on an intelligence level.

Was there ever a wargame mentioned during the investigation to your allies or other military members?

We never mentioned a wargame or staged the investigation, as it was all authentic and we had no idea what Graustark was doing. That’s exactly why our allies were brought in and used intelligence to gain information throughout it. We and our allies were on the same page the entire time.

So what you’re saying is there was initially a wargame and shortly after, an ongoing military investigation, which only your allies were involved with the investigation?

Yes, and while it might be confusing, that is correct. Once we had a meeting yesterday and Von Graustark admitted during it that he was joking; no treason had actually been committed, that it was part of the wargame and our investigation proved nothing, we mutually agreed to end the investigation. To end, yes there was a wargame, but there was also an investigation.

Vice President Luke thank you for your time

You bet!