The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has published a new analysis of the war in Ukraine.
According to them, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed two decisions on August 27 in an effort to help stateless persons and residents of Donbass and Ukraine to live and work in the Russian Federation.
New: #Russia has further begun to implement strategies similar to those used by #Iran in an attempt to manipulate and possibly delay an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission to the #Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in the near future.https://t.co/Dv02o7BZ7O pic.twitter.com/FHePS4ePKX
— ISW (@TheStudyofWar) August 29, 2022
The first decision allows residents of Donbass, Ukrainians, and stateless persons to live and work in Russia indefinitely, and also to work without a permit as long as they obtain an identity card within 30 days of the August 27 decree.
The decision also requires all residents of Donbass and Ukraine who come to Russia to undergo mandatory fingerprint registration and a medical examination related to the use of drugs, psychotropic substances, infectious diseases, and HIV.
Shelling of a nuclear power plant
Another decision orders Russian social services to provide social payments to individuals who were forced to leave Ukraine and Donetsk and Luhansk and come to Russia after February 18, 2022.
Russia and Ukraine continue to be accused of subsidizing the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
Russia has begun implementing strategies similar to those used by Iran in an attempt to manipulate and possibly delay an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission to the plant in the near future.
The New York Times reported on August 27 that the IAEA had assembled a mission including agency chief Rafael Mariano Grossi and 13 experts from “mostly neutral countries” to visit the nuclear plant next week. The list excludes the US and UK, which Russia considers unfairly biased.
Manipulation of nationality
Ukrainian official sources said that Russian special forces are torturing employees of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to prevent them from revealing safety violations to IAEA inspectors, that Russian authorities are trying to limit the presence of Ukrainian employees at the plant, and that the occupation authorities have begun collecting signatures from residents of Enerhodar demanding an end of Ukrainian shelling to present them to the inspectors.
Manipulating the nationality of inspectors and attacking the “fairness” of IAEA inspections are tactics Iran has long used to obscure its interference with IAEA inspections, writes ISW.