The authorities intend to create a new all-Russian movement of children and youth. The founders can be the Russian Movement of Schoolchildren, the Big Change project and regional youth movements
The Kremlin, Rosmolodezh and the Ministry of Education are planning to create a new all-Russian movement of children and youth, two sources familiar with the discussion of the issue told RBC. Officially, the possibility of a new structure may become known on May 19— on this day, as expected, a corresponding bill will be submitted to the State Duma, one of the interlocutors of RBC said. Another source clarified that the bill could be introduced later, but the date of May 19 is also being discussed.
May 13 “Moskovsky Komsomolets” said that the Kremlin decided to create an analogue of the Soviet pioneers, which will be announced on May 19— on this date the USSR celebrated the Day of the Pioneer Organization, which will turn 100 this year.
The experience of the pioneer organization was really studied, but calling the new organization an “analogue” would be wrong, if only because, unlike the pioneers, membership in the new structure will not be mandatory, and times are different now, emphasizes one of RBC's sources familiar with the discussion of the issue.
The idea of creating a movement that would unite all children, on April 20 at a meeting of the Supervisory Board of the ANO «Russia— land of opportunity supported by Vladimir Putin. A schoolgirl from Sevastopol, Diana Krasovskaya, approached him with the corresponding initiative. “As for the organization of the children’s movement, we have different directions,“ Yunarmiya ” there is and so on, but as for the all-Russian movement, we need to think about it, & mdash; said the president.
On Children's Day on June 1, a congress of children's movements of Russia is planned— it is expected to take place on the sidelines of the festival of childhood and youth in Moscow, at VDNKh. The congress participants can discuss the future movement and its name, which is not yet available, explains one of RBC's interlocutors.
It is discussed that the new structure will be created on the basis of existing ones working in the children's and youth direction: the Russian movement of schoolchildren, the Big Change project; and a number of regional organizations. They can become co-founders of a new movement. Perhaps among the founders will be the Yunarmiya movement, created on the initiative of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in 2016.
The decree on the creation of the children's and youth organization “Russian Movement of Schoolchildren” Vladimir Putin signed in 2015. The task was defined as “improving the state policy in the field of educating the younger generation, promoting the formation of personality on the basis of the system of values inherent in Russian society.”
Project for schoolchildren «Big break» launched in 2020 on the platform «Russia— land of opportunity. Head of the Supervisory Board of ANO “Big Change” became the first deputy head of the presidential administration, Sergei Kiriyenko. The project, Kiriyenko explained at the launch, consists of two competitions— for tenth graders and pupils of the eighth & mdash; ninth grades. “Three hundred winners [tenth graders] receive 1 million rubles. on your education, — then the Kremlin official said. So many more winners from the eighth—ninth grade were entitled to 200 thousand rubles each, which, according to Kiriyenko, was enough to pay for tuition at the commercial department at a secondary specialized educational institution.
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As one of the main candidates for the post of leader of the movement, according to the interlocutor of RBC, the deputy head of Rosmolodezh Damir Fattakhov is considered; before joining the department, he headed the Ministry of Youth Affairs of Tatarstan, was the head of the KVN team “Four Tatars”.
It is assumed that the new children's and youth structure will cover both schoolchildren and students of secondary specialized educational institutions. Access to students of secondary specialized educational institutions is important, because children who leave school after the ninth grade study there, explains RBC's interlocutor familiar with the discussion of the issue.
The Ministry of Education will be responsible for building the work of the new organization in schools, for work in secondary specialized educational institutions— Rosmolodezh. It is planned that cells of the movement will appear both in schools and in secondary specialized educational institutions, RBC's interlocutors say.
RBC sent inquiries to the Ministry of Education and Rosmolodezh.
One of RBC's interlocutors explains the need to create a new movement with the task of educating patriotism, love for the motherland and citizenship among children and adolescents. According to another source, the key reason is that now the state in its work with schoolchildren “does not reach all children”: “[Therefore] it is necessary to create an infrastructure for each child, a kind of navigator for children and parents in terms of implementation child, development, career choice in the future. This is an attempt by the state to systematize what has been done [in work with children] and create new opportunities. We are talking, for example, about the participation of children and adolescents in various competitions, thematic shifts, sports competitions, etc., that is, the possibility of implementation in various formats, says RBC's interlocutor.
Recently, VTsIOM conducted a survey on the attitude of Russians to possible patriotic innovations in Russian schools— the introduction of a history lesson from the first grade, the raising of the flag and the singing of the anthem before the working week, etc.— and this survey revealed interesting trends, notes political analyst Alexei Makarkin. “The younger the respondent, the more skeptical he is about patriotic education in schools. At the same time, there is a consensus in different age groups about whether the school should educate moral qualities, — says the expert. Among the youngest, 69% answered positively to the relevant question, among the elderly— 68%.
The survey shows that the topic of patriotic education causes more skepticism among young people, and, apparently, there is a desire to correct this, Makarkin believes. “Through just one game of Zarnitsa, it is not advisable to do this, but you can also try through something else: the possibility of self-realization. Probably, they will try to combine patriotic education with the values of self-expression, the opportunity to gain additional knowledge, competencies, — the expert argues. Something similar existed in the Soviet era, Makarkin recalls, although in a much more comprehensive format.
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António Guterres said that he is discussing this issue with Russia and Turkey, among other things. The condition for easing restrictions should be the passage of ships with grain from Ukraine =”UN Secretary General proposes to ease restrictions on potash exports from Russia” />
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has proposed easing restrictions on the export of Russian and Belarusian potash fertilizers in exchange for the passage of ships with grain from Ukrainian ports, The Wall Street Journal writes, citing informed diplomatic sources.
According to them, Guterres is negotiating with Russia, Turkey and other countries. Ankara expressed its readiness to take part in the clearance of the Black Sea and ensure maritime navigation, the publication reports.
The UN fears that rising grain prices and food shortages could destabilize the situation in poor countries dependent on Ukrainian grain, and lead to to conflicts.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Russia is the world's largest exporter of wheat, and Ukraine ranks fifth. Together they provide 19% of the world's supply of barley, 14%— wheat and 4%— corn.
After the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, wheat prices jumped to record levels. Bloomberg attributed the jump in prices to fears that military operations in Ukraine would lead to a shortage of this cereal on the market. The fighting has cut off more than a quarter of global wheat exports, according to the agency.
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In April, the Russian Defense Ministry suspended the passage of foreign warships and other government ships in three areas of the Black Sea for six months, from April 24 to October 31. We are talking about an elongated section of the water area along the Crimean coast (approximately from Sevastopol to Gurzuf), a rectangular area off the coast of the Kerch Peninsula (abeam of the Opuk Nature Reserve), as well as a small area of the sea near the western tip of Crimea.
The European Union decided to limit the import of Russian fertilizers. The quota for potassium chloride will be 837.57 thousand tons, for other fertilizers containing potassium— 1.57 million tons. Imports of potash fertilizers are limited by the EU and from Belarus.
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According to the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine, 274 people left the Azovstal plant, including 53 seriously wounded. They are expected to be returned to the territory controlled by Kyiv through an exchange *
About a dozen buses with Ukrainian servicemen left the Azovstal metallurgical plant, Reuters reports citing an eyewitness.
How many Ukrainian soldiers were taken out is unknown, indicates agency.
According to RT, according to preliminary data, about 300 Ukrainian soldiers left Azovstal, about 50 of them were injured. The wounded were taken to the Novoazovsky Central District Hospital, the rest were taken by buses— in the direction of Yelenovka, the TV channel reports.
Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar said that 53 seriously wounded from Azovstal were delivered to the hospital in Novoazovsk, another 221 people were sent to Olenovka (Yelenovka). In the future, they are expected to be exchanged.
Earlier, on May 16, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the start of the evacuation of wounded Ukrainian servicemen from the territory of Azovstal. They are to be taken along the humanitarian corridor to the Novoazovsk hospital in the Donetsk People's Republic.
On Monday morning, ten soldiers with white flags came out of the plant and asked for negotiations on the evacuation of the wounded.
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In early May, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk said that from the territory of Azovstal all women, children and the elderly were evacuated. Later, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the completion of the evacuation of civilians from the plant.
In late April, the head of the Russian military department, Sergei Shoigu, reported to President Vladimir Putin about the transfer of the entire Mariupol under the control of Russia and the DPR. According to him, the territory of the plant “Azovstal” “with the remaining remnants of nationalists and foreign mercenaries”; blocked. It would take about three to four days to complete the cleanup at Azovstal, he reported. However, Putin ordered to cancel the assault on the plant, he urged to think about “saving the life and health of our soldiers and officers.” and “do not climb into these catacombs.” The Ukrainian side warned that the death of the military from Azovstal will be the reason for terminating the negotiations.
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Russia promises to respond to the official steps taken by Sweden and Finland to join NATO. However, Moscow does not intend to do this immediately, but after assessing the threats that have arisen as a result of almost doubling its borders with the alliance
When Finland and Sweden join NATO
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson announced at a press conference on Monday, May 16, that the Swedish government had overwhelmingly decided to join NATO. Stockholm will submit the corresponding application together with Helsinki— Finland officially confirmed its intention to become a member of the North Atlantic Alliance on Sunday, May 15.
“We are now living in a dangerous time. Russia will not like the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO. Both Sweden and Finland must be prepared for difficult months, we say this not to create anxiety, but to draw attention. No one can rule out that trials are coming, even if they are not serious, — said Andersson.
Politico estimates that for the two countries, the process of joining NATO from application to approval could take only a few weeks, given the upcoming summit of the alliance, which will be held in late June in Madrid. As the publication explains, unlike the Baltic countries, which took years to begin to comply with NATO requirements and overcome the prejudice of a number of members of the alliance, the alliance has long had a consensus on Finland and Sweden. The fact is that both countries have a reputation as democracies in which the rule of law is respected, and the level of their military and military-technical training will help strengthen the bloc of 30 countries. Finland and Sweden's long-term cooperation with the alliance also means that they will not have to make great efforts to achieve the compatibility of their weapons forces with NATO forces.
For Finland and Sweden, joining NATO will mean that the fifth article of the Collective Defense Treaty will come into force in their respect. It states that if one state— a member of NATO is the victim of an armed attack, all other members of the alliance will take action as they deem necessary to help the country under attack.
For Russia, this means that the length of its border with NATO will more than double, mainly due to Finland— the length of the border with it is 1300 km.
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How Moscow's rhetoric has changed
In mid-April, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev wrote in his Telegram channel that in the event of NATO expansion at the expense of Sweden and Finland, “there would no longer be any talk of a nuclear-free status of the Baltic States,” and predicted a serious increase in the grouping of ground forces and air defense Russia, the deployment of significant naval forces in the waters of the Gulf of Finland. He also claimed that “Russia will have more officially registered opponents.”
On May 12, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Finland's entry into NATO “unconditionally” is a threat to Russia. “The next expansion of NATO does not make our continent more stable and secure”, — he added. On the same day, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that Finland's accession to NATO “would cause serious damage to bilateral Russian-Finnish relations, maintaining stability and security in the Northern European region.” “Russia will be forced to take retaliatory steps, both of a military-technical and other nature, in order to stop the threats to its national security arising in this regard,” — stated in the statement.
However, on May 14, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said that “it is too early to say” on the deployment of nuclear weapons by Russia in the Baltic region in the event that Sweden and Finland join NATO. On the same day, a telephone conversation took place between Russian and Finnish Presidents Vladimir Putin and Sauli Niinistö. According to a report on the Kremlin website, Putin told Niinistö that Finland's decision to join NATO was wrong. The office of the Finnish president, in turn, indicated that Niinistö told Putin that Helsinki changed its position on joining the alliance after Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine.
At the same time, Putin, speaking at the CSTO summit on Monday, said that the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO does not pose a military threat to Russia. “As for expansion, including through new members of the alliance— Finland, Sweden: Russia, I would like to inform you, dear colleagues, has no problems with these states, and therefore, in this sense, expansion at the expense of these countries does not pose an immediate threat to Russia, but the expansion of military infrastructure into this territory will certainly provoke our response reaction. And what it will be, we will look, based on the threats that will be created for us, — he explained.
Can Moscow respond to the decision of Helsinki and Stockholm
The Washington Post indicates that the change in Russian rhetoric may be due to the fact that Moscow does not currently have the resources to respond to the actions of Helsinki and Stockholm. “Russia withdrew troops from the border with Finland to redirect them to Ukraine, as a result of which Moscow's ability to threaten Finland militarily was significantly reduced,” — publication approves. It also notes that Russia supplies Finland with a small amount of gas and oil, electricity (no more than 10% of needs), which allows Helsinki to pursue an independent foreign policy.
The Washington Post does not exclude the possibility of cyber attacks and the start of a hybrid war by Russia to change public opinion in Finland, but notes that Helsinki has enough resources to counter such actions. The newspaper also quotes a military expert, retired Finnish Major General Pekka Toveri, as saying that Russia “has no political, military or economic power”; over Finland.
The Politico publication even called it “bragging”; Russia's threats to deploy nuclear weapons in the Baltic Sea region, indicating that they are already deployed in Kaliningrad (Moscow has never officially confirmed the deployment of such weapons), and that Russia has already deployed a nuclear deterrence force on the Kola Peninsula.
Program Director of the Valdai Club Ivan Timofeev, in a conversation with RBC, did not agree with the thesis about the change in Moscow's rhetoric and the lack of resources for retaliatory measures in connection with the upcoming entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO. “I would not say that Moscow's rhetoric has become more peaceful. The accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO is perceived in Moscow as a threat to national security. True, Moscow cannot stop the drift of these countries into NATO. It is inevitable against the backdrop of events in Ukraine. Another thing is that it is unlikely that any serious military escalation in the Baltic region will follow now in connection with the entry of these countries into NATO, on the one hand, and the concentration of forces in Ukraine, on the other. But in the long term, of course, this creates big problems for Russian security. I think that in Moscow they understand this very well,»,— said Timofeev.
How NATO expansion will affect the European security system
Stefan Wolf, professor of international security at the University of Birmingham, in an article for The Conversation, points out that Putin's attempt to fundamentally restructure the European security order and relations with the United States and NATO through the launch of a special military operation in Ukraine has backfired and, in particular, led to the expansion alliance. In his opinion, the refusal of Helsinki and Stockholm from the policy of non-alignment indicates that “neutrality as a status in international law and foreign policy position is no longer seen as a viable way for small countries to be outside the zone of great power rivalry.”
At the same time, changes in the European security structure will not be limited to NATO expansion, Wolf predicts. As an example, he cites the decision of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova to apply for EU membership. Wolf believes that such decisions may take years to implement, but they will lead to a more serious split between East and West. In such circumstances, small states will have to choose sides. So, the expert recalls, Switzerland has already moved away from its neutrality in the issue of imposing sanctions and has synchronized its anti-Russian restrictions with similar EU measures. Iceland is following the same path
The deepening of the split in Europe and the rejection of neutrality as an effective approach to national security will also have an impact on the outcome of Russia's military operation in Ukraine. In particular, a neutral status for Ukraine, the possibility of which Moscow and Kyiv previously discussed during negotiations, will become an unviable idea against the background of Helsinki and Stockholm's refusal to do so in conditions when they were not attacked. “If neutrality is not discussed, then the space for negotiations between Russia and Ukraine is further reduced, and the likelihood that both sides will seek victory on the battlefield increases,” — Wolf sums it up.
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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the work to rescue the military from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol and their return to the territory controlled by Kyiv continues.
“Thanks to the actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, intelligence, as well as the negotiating group, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN, we hope that we will be able to save the lives of our guys. I want to emphasize: Ukraine needs Ukrainian heroes alive»,— he said.
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UN Secretary General Guterres commented on this information.
UN Secretary General António Guterres made a proposal to mitigate the export of potash fertilizers from Russia and Belarus, demanding in exchange for this the passage of ships with grain from the ports of Ukraine.
Turkey and a number of others also take part in the negotiation process countries, since Ankara can take a direct part in the clearance of ports, as well as participate in providing maritime traffic.
According to The Wall Street Journal sources, the purpose of the deal is to mitigate the food crisis, in which Western anti-Russian sanctions imposed specifically on the export of potash fertilizers from the Russian Federation and Belarus.
And against the backdrop of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, the latter had difficulties with the delivery of domestic grain to world markets.
Guterres himself, commenting on the information of the WSJ, he only noted that at the moment, indeed, discussions are underway on this subject with the participation of Ankara and Vienna.
However, he does not disclose any details did not, because otherwise the agreement may be in jeopardy and not happen at all.
Earlier, Topnews wrote that the UN Security Council for the first time since the start of the operation of the Russian Federation unanimously adopted a statement on Ukraine.
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According to Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz, both the refugees themselves and the Poles who host them need additional support. According to the European border agency Frontex, more than 3 million Ukrainians arrived in the republic
Poland is seeking additional funds from the European Commission to support Ukrainian refugees who arrived in the republic, said Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz, his words are quoted by the Polish Press Agency.
“We have over two million Ukrainian refugees, the vast majority— they are women with children, — he said.
According to him, Poles who host Ukrainians also need support.
According to the European border agency Frontex, more than 6 million Ukrainians were forced to leave the country, of which over 3 million arrived in Poland and more than 1 million— to Moldova.
In late March, German and Polish interior ministers Nancy Feser and Mariusz Kaminsky asked the European Commission to review the distribution of refugees by country and provide Berlin and Warsaw with additional financial assistance, pointing out the lack of resources to cope with the influx of refugees from Ukraine. Feser and Kaminsky, in particular, proposed that the EC pay €1,000 at a time from EU funds to each arrival.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military operation in Ukraine. He called its goal “the protection of people who have been subjected to abuse, genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years,” as well as “demilitarization and denazification.” neighboring country.
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“A group of anti-progressive officers and non-commissioned officers” with the support of a “Western state” tried to carry out a coup in order to “undermine the revival of Mali,” said the government of Assimi Goita, who overthrew the previous government reports Jeune Afrique.
An attempted mutiny was made on the night of May 11-12 by “a small group of anti-progressive officers and non-commissioned officers”; with the support of the “Western state”. The country in question was not specified by the authorities.
Several rebels were captured and will be brought to justice. The purpose of the coup was “to undermine the renaissance of Mali.”
In the summer of 2020, power was overthrown in Mali. One of the organizers of the coup was Goita. As a result, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was removed, and Ba Ndao was appointed interim head of state, Goita became vice president. However, already in May 2021, the military, on the instructions of Goita, detained Ba Ndao and the head of the interim government, Moktar Uan. Both have resigned. After that, Goita came to power. Keita died in January of this year.
In February, French President Emmanuel Macron announced his decision to withdraw peacekeeping forces from Mali. According to Macron, it is caused by the deterioration of relations between Paris and the military junta that seized power in the West African country as a result of the 2020 coup. In addition, the French authorities believe that the Malian authorities turned to Wagner PMC mercenaries for help. The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, said that the Malian authorities turned to a “private military company from Russia” (to which, he did not specify) “due to the fact that, as I understand it, France wants to significantly reduce its military contingent, which was there and, as everyone understood, was supposed to fight terrorists.” The Russian authorities have nothing to do with this, he argued.
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Jens Stoltenberg believes that countries should be together “at this historic moment” and that it will be possible to reach a consensus. Finland and Sweden decided to apply to NATO. Ankara refused to support the membership of these countries
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged to take into account Turkey's concerns about the membership of Finland and Sweden in the alliance. He tweeted about this.
“I spoke with [Turkish] Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu about the decision of our closest partners Finland and Sweden to apply for NATO membership. Turkey is a valuable ally and any security issues must be resolved. We must be together at this historic moment,»— noted Stoltenberg.
On May 15, at a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock following an informal meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers, the Secretary General expressed confidence that the bloc would be able to find common ground with Ankara and reach a consensus.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to support the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO, since these countries, according to Ankara, condone terrorist organizations and imposed sanctions against the republic. As the Turkish TV channel TRT Haber reported, the northern European states did not extradite 33 members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party and the Hizmet movement to Turkey. (FETO) recognized as terrorist in the country.
Finland and Sweden decided to apply for membership in NATO. Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a telephone conversation with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö, called “abandoning the traditional policy of military neutrality” erroneous, since “there are no threats to the security of Finland.” Later, at the CSTO summit, he said that Russia “has no problems with these states,” so their membership in the alliance does not pose an immediate threat to Russia. However, Moscow will react “appropriately” in the event of the expansion of NATO's military infrastructure on the territory of these countries, Putin warned. “And what it [the reaction] will be, we will look at based on the threats that will be created for us. That is, in fact, problems are created from scratch, & mdash; he said.
Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto explained the reasons that prompted Helsinki to change its non-alignment policy with military actions in Ukraine.
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A B-52 bomber fired a hypersonic missile off the coast of Southern California that reached five times the speed of sound, US military says
The US Air Force has successfully tested hypersonic weapons, Reuters reports.
A B-52 bomber fired an ARRW, a hypersonic missile, off the coast of Southern California on Saturday, according to an Air Force statement. During the tests, the missile reached speeds five times the speed of sound, the military noted.
The creation in the United States of its own hypersonic missile in May 2020 was announced by then-President Donald Trump, while he described it as “super-duper” (super duper). According to the former American leader, the missile being developed by the US military will be 17 times faster than what is now considered the fastest in the world and will be able to hit targets at a distance of 1.6 thousand km. The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, in response to Trump's words, noted that Moscow never ceases to be surprised by the United States, declaring that they have missiles that “even no one can think of.”
After that, the United States repeatedly announced the testing of hypersonic missiles. So, in early April, CNN reported on a missile launch from a B-52 bomber in mid-March. According to the channel, the launch was made a few days after Moscow's statements about the use of the Kinzhal hypersonic missile. during the military operation in Ukraine. American President Joe Biden then pointed out that the difference between Russian hypersonic missiles and conventional ones is only that the former cannot be stopped.
The American side also spoke about several test launches last fall.
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The Russian Ministry of Defense has published footage of the surrender of militants of the extremist nationalist unit Azov, banned in the Russian Federation, in Mariupol.
According to the agency, 265 people laid down their arms over the past 24 hours. Including 51 seriously wounded. They were sent to the Novoazovsk hospital, located on the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic.
Yevgeny Poddubny, a military reporter for the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company in Ukraine, reported on the TG channel that since the morning of May 17, the Armed Forces of Ukraine shelling the village of Yelenovka from multiple launch rocket systems. There is a pre-trial detention center where some of the militants who surrendered at the Azovstal plant were delivered the day before.
“According to the latest data, from positions in Novomikhailovka, Kyiv militants fired 10 missiles from the Bm-21 GRAD at Yelenovka,” he said. reporter
Earlier, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that he had no doubts about the success of the Russian special operation. He stressed that after its completion, the Russians will live better.
Commenting on the protests taking place in Armenia against the backdrop of negotiations between Baku and Yerevan on the delimitation and demarcation of the border, Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko described them as an “internal affair” of the country, about which the Russian side is aware, but “does not interfere” in these processes. Rudenko announced this on the sidelines of the II Central Asian Conference of the Valdai International Discussion Club.
Since April 25, the Armenian opposition has been holding protests throughout Armenia, as it believes that the policy of the authorities is “destructive for Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno- Karabakh Republic and threatens the Armenian side with the loss of statehood.”
Nikol Pashinyan, with whose policy the protesters do not agree, has been the Prime Minister of Armenia since May 8, 2018. During the previous wave of mass protests after the defeat in the second Karabakh war, Pashinyan resigned on April 25, 2021, but was re-elected in early elections.
North Korean leader criticized the work of Pyongyang pharmacies
North Korean armed forces have been involved by the DPRK leadership in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak officially recognized by Pyongyang in the country for the first time. And the leader of the country, Kim Jong-un, sharply criticized the workers responsible for fighting the epidemic.
Although all North Korean cities were locked down on Thursday, there were 392,920 new cases of “fever” and eight deaths between Saturday and Sunday evening alone, state news agency KCNA reported on Monday, although it did not name COVID-19. as the cause of death.
Thus, according to the American channel CNN, the total number of reported cases in North Korea has reached 1.2 million, while more than 648,000 people have recovered, and the total death toll has reached 50. However many experts are skeptical of Pyongyang's official figures, and few believe that the country of about 25 million people has been spared so far by the coronavirus that has infected hundreds of millions worldwide.
According to the KCNA, the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) convened an emergency meeting on May 15 and held a discussion of anti-epidemic measures. The meeting was chaired by WPK Secretary General Kim Jong-un. Regarding the supply of medicines on a national scale, he noted that in order to urgently suppress and control the spread of the pandemic, the Politburo of the Party Central Committee even issued an emergency directive on the immediate allocation of state stocks of medicines, ordered all pharmacies to be transferred to a round-the-clock work system. At the same time, it was recognized that mobilization has not yet been manifested and execution is not carried out at the proper level.
Kim Jong-un said that the untimely and unsuccessful supply of state-supplied medicines through pharmacies to residents is due to the fact that his direct executors – employees of the Cabinet of Ministers and the field of health “without a correct understanding of the current crisis, do not actively promote this work, mumbling about the spirit of selfless service to the people just in words.” The North Korean leader sharply criticized the irresponsible approach to business, the weak organizational and executive power of the Cabinet of Ministers and the health sector.
Kim Jong Un also mentioned that the justice and prosecutor's offices, which are legally obliged to powerfully guarantee the implementation of the party's policy, do not have time to establish legal supervision and control over the urgent and accurate implementation of the administrative order to provide medicines, and do not correct various negative phenomena in the reception and sale of medicines. The head of the DPRK sharply criticized the “sabotage and negligence in the service” of the Prosecutor General of the Central Prosecutor's Office, who even in a serious situation does not feel any responsibility, no remorse and does not play any role.
Kim Jong-un issued a special order to involve the military doctors of the People's Army in the immediate stabilization of the work of supplying medicines in Pyongyang. The Secretary General stated that “without the display of maximum enthusiasm and fighting spirit, extraordinary ability and intelligence of all leading employees, it is impossible to take a consistent strategic initiative in today's anti-epidemic war.”
Immediately after the end of the meeting of the Politburo, Kim Jong-un visited pharmacies in Pyongyang and personally got acquainted with the situation with the supply of medicines. “The Secretary General, – the KCNA statement says, – thoroughly familiarized himself with what medicines he received after the introduction of the maximum emergency anti-epidemic system, whether they store medicines according to the rules, whether pharmacies have been transferred to a round-the-clock work system, whether they consult with pharmacy visitors, what antipyretics drugs and antibiotics are at their disposal, which drugs are now demanded by the residents the most and what are their prices.
According to Kim Jong-un, now pharmacies in general are not well-equipped to fulfill their role sufficiently, they are at such a backward level that they do not even have a place to store medicines except for showcases. The leader of the DPRK made a remark about the fact that the sellers do not serve in a medical gown, and the sanitary situation is not up to standard.
Over the weekend, the country's state television aired footage of medical workers spraying empty streets. It also featured an interview with a doctor who advised COVID patients to take medications including paracetamol and ibuprofen, as well as Korean traditional medicines made from various herbs.
The COVID-19 outbreak could be a disaster for North Korea with its dilapidated healthcare infrastructure, lack of testing equipment and a largely unvaccinated population, CNN claims.
North Korea is not known to have imported any coronavirus vaccines, although it is eligible for the global Covax COVID-19 vaccine exchange program. Reuters reported that in February, Covax reduced the number of doses allocated to North Korea because the country was unable to organize any deliveries.
Given the opacity and isolation of the DPRK from the world, which has only increased since the pandemic, it is extremely difficult to assess the real situation on the ground.
South Korea offered aid on Monday, although it is unclear whether Pyongyang will accept it. “We must not fail to provide the necessary assistance to the North Korean people who are under the threat of the coronavirus,” newly elected South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol said during his first speech on the budget in the legislature. “If the North Korean authorities agree, we will not spare any necessary support, such as medicines, including Covid-19 vaccines, medical equipment and medical personnel,” he said, adding that this proposal is independent of political and military considerations. .
South Korea's foreign minister said on Friday that he had discussed providing humanitarian aid to North Korea during a telephone conversation with his US counterpart.
South Korea's unification ministry said it had notified Pyongyang of the its proposal on Monday through the Inter-Korean Joint Liaison Office. His official letter includes an offer of medical supplies including vaccines, masks and testing kits, as well as an offer of “working level talks” between the two countries, the ministry said. North Korea has not yet responded to this notification, the department added.
Stockholm and Helsinki, which previously adhered to a policy of military neutrality, officially announced their intention to become members of NATO on 15 May. The day before, President Vladimir Putin said that he did not see this as a threat
The United States forced Sweden and Finland to join NATO, and this “frees hands” Russia to respond. This was stated by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, speaking on the air of the Soloviev Live program.
“Washington, under pressure, forcing these countries, which have pursued a neutral policy of not joining military blocs for many decades, forcing them to change its strategic direction and course, untied our hands,»,— said Zakharova.
“It is not their [Finland and Sweden] peoples who are actually doing this, but their political forces,”— she added.
The two Scandinavian countries officially announced on May 15 their intention to join NATO, although they had previously adhered to neutrality, explaining that they see a threat from Russia. Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said that the policy of neutrality will be useful in the future.
Commenting on the decision of Sweden and Finland, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia has no problems with these countries, but the expansion of military infrastructure in these territories “will cause a backlash.” According to Putin, NATO is expanding “completely artificially in the foreign policy interests of the United States.” The President also emphasized that the actions of the Scandinavian states could aggravate “an already difficult situation in the field of international security.”
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Putin may come to Turkey after a visit by a delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, Turkish media reported.
Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit Turkey in the coming days, Star and Yeni Şafak newspaper write.
“President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invited Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he phoned, to Turkey for a high-level business meeting. In this regard, Putin is expected to visit Turkey in the coming days, — said in the publication.
The meeting may take place after the visit of the delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak. On May 18, in Ankara, Russian representatives will discuss with Turkish colleagues Turkey's investment opportunities, as well as the logistics of goods.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied plans for Putin's visit to Ankara in the coming weeks, TASS reports.
Since the beginning of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, Turkey has repeatedly offered assistance in negotiations between the countries. Erdogan spoke with Putin on the phone several times. On April 26, he pointed out that it was important to cease fire in Ukraine and ensure the effective operation of humanitarian corridors. Erdogan urged to maintain “positive momentum” delegations at the talks in Istanbul on March 29, as well as to accept an offer to meet with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
In turn, the Russian president told Erdogan that Kyiv should take political responsibility for those blocked at the Azovstal plant. Ukrainian military and “militants of nationalist battalions” and order them to lay down their arms.
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On May 2, the Turkish president announced a telephone conversation with Putin and said that Turkey wants to gather the presidents of Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul or Ankara.
Later, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk announced that Turkey agreed to mediate in negotiations on the evacuation wounded soldiers from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol. The press secretary of the Turkish president, Ibrahim Kalyn, also said that Turkey offered to evacuate the wounded Ukrainian soldiers across the Black Sea to Istanbul, but Moscow did not accept such an offer. The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, whose units are involved in hostilities in Ukraine, urged Erdogan not to save the “godless” 53 seriously wounded soldiers were taken to a hospital in DPR-controlled Novoazovsk, another 221 people were sent to Olenovka, they are expected to be exchanged.
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Anna Linde signs NATO membership application
Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde has signed an application for NATO membership, Aftonbladet reports.
According to Linde, Sweden's application to join NATO will be submitted together with Finland's application. The process of joining the alliance should take about a year.
“This is a big, serious step. We have decided on what we think is best for Sweden,— she commented on signing the document.
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö is now in Sweden on a state visit. The Parliament of Finland will vote on the issue of applying to join the alliance today.
Sweden has maintained international neutrality since the 19th century. Finland has been a neutral country for almost 80 years since the end of World War II.
For Finland and Sweden to join NATO, consideration of applications by the North Atlantic Council is required— NATO's main political governing body. After that, the agreement on the membership of countries in the alliance must be ratified at the national level in all 30 countries that are part of the military-political bloc.
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Turkey has already spoken out against the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO. The authorities of this country accuse Stockholm and Helsinki of supporting terrorists because they provide asylum to members of the Kurdish radical group PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party), which is considered terrorist in Turkey. “Now we are following the developments in relation to Sweden and Finland, but we do not see [in this] positive,” — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on May 13. At the same time, on May 14, the official representative of the Turkish leader, Ibrahim Kalin, stressed that Ankara “does not close the door” in NATO for Finland and Sweden, although he raises this issue as a problem for national security.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a telephone conversation with Niinistö, called Finland's refusal from the traditional policy of neutrality and the country's entry into NATO a mistake, since there are no there are no security threats to Helsinki. He warned that this move could have a negative impact on Russian-Finnish relations. The Russian Foreign Ministry warned that Moscow would take appropriate steps to ensure its security in the context of the two countries' accession to the North Atlantic Alliance.
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The actions of Western countries against Russia are a war, such countries should be called not unfriendly, but hostile. This was stated by the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, speaking at the educational marathon “New Horizons”, organized by the society “Knowledge”.
“What is happening now, and what we are facing now, — it's a hybrid war. <…> This is a diplomatic war, a political war, these are attempts to isolate us in the world, this is an economic war. We still softly call them [Western countries] unfriendly states, but I would say that these are already hostile states, because what they are doing, & mdash; this is a war»,— said Peskov.
In his opinion, “the collective West is arranged in the form of a pyramid, at the top of which is America.” “No matter what anyone says, the decision-making center is right there. Sometimes it seems that the very existence of our Russia with you is an irritant for the collective West, and they are ready to do anything to prevent us from developing the way we want and living the way we want, — noted Peskov.
He also stated that Russia is currently living in a “perfect storm and moment of truth.” “This should ensure and protect our interests, should make your life better, more comfortable, more stable and more secure,” — said a Kremlin spokesman.
According to Peskov, Russia tried to engage in dialogue with the West, but was not heard. In particular, according to him, Moscow expressed dissatisfaction with the expansion of NATO and tried to agree on security guarantees.
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Earlier, President Vladimir Putin promised a “lightning-fast response” in case of a threat to Russia. “We have all the tools for this” one that no one else can boast of. And we will not brag, we will use them if necessary. We have made all the decisions on this matter,»,— said Putin.
At the end of February, commenting on the imposition of sanctions against Russia, Putin called the Western countries an “empire of lies”.
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that Russia is living in a conflict with the West and expressed confidence that it will end in a world in which “our voice will be heard”
The post-crisis world will be for Russia comfortable and safe. This was stated by the press secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, speaking at the educational marathon “New Horizons”, organized by the society “Knowledge”.
According to Peskov, now Russia lives in the conditions of a conflict unleashed against it. “In the end, I am convinced that any war ends in peace. And this world will be one where our voice will be heard, where we will be comfortable, where we will be safe and where we will stand confidently on our feet,— said the Kremlin spokesman.
“We are confident that everything will be fine, and we are confident that we will win and we will achieve all our goals. <…> We will achieve our goal, and you will live better, and your safety will be guaranteed, — said Peskov.
The spokesman expressed confidence that Russia will be able to cope with the difficulties, but the country needs to develop its own technologies and support import substitution. “Did we succeed? The answer is unambiguous— Yes. We have everything for this,»,— he said.
According to Peskov, Russia has been living in crises for at least two decades and has used them “to renew” itself. and development. “We defended our interests. Because just like an individual, the state has its own interests. And if the state does not show perseverance, if the state does not show principles on the main issues of existence, this state loses its independence, sovereignty, sovereignty, the ability to independently think, make decisions, & mdash; said the spokesman.
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From the end of February, many countries around the world began to introduce or tighten sanctions against Russia. In response, Russia announced the preparation of a package of counter-sanctions and compiled a list of unfriendly countries, which included 27 EU countries, Ukraine, Great Britain, the USA, Japan, Australia, Canada and a number of other states.
The government also prepared an extensive package measures to support the domestic economy and Russian business. Support measures were also taken for certain industries— transport, for telecoms and IT, as well as construction.
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According to Peskov, Ukrainians have been “fooled at rallies” for a long time, through TV and speeches by officials. The military special operation in Ukraine began because of attempts to make Ukraine “anti-Russia”, he said
Kyiv and the West are making Ukraine anti-Russia, but the Ukrainians themselves— talented and peaceful people, said the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov, speaking at the New Horizons educational marathon, his words are quoted by RIA Novosti.
“Ukrainians— they are very talented, peaceful people, and this is our kindred country, our kindred people. But they were fooled for a very long time. They were fooled through the TV, they were fooled at rallies, they were fooled in the speeches of their leaders, — said Peskov.
The spokesman said that the Russian special operation in Ukraine began because this country began to make “anti-Russia” and “focus of hatred” towards her.
For this reason, Western states do not allow Russia to live the way it wants and develop, the presidential press secretary believes
The collective West irritates the very existence of Russia as a state, so it tries to do everything to prevent the country from developing and living as it wants, said the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov, speaking at the marathon of the Knowledge Society.
“Sometimes it seems that the very existence of Russia is a significant irritant for the collective West and they are ready to do anything to prevent us from developing the way we want and living the way we want,” — he said (TASS quote).
He suggested calling unfriendly countries “hostile” because they were waging war against Russia. Moscow considers unfriendly all the states that have imposed sanctions against it, including Japan, the United States and the EU countries.
On May 14, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke about the fact that Western countries have declared an all-out hybrid war on Russia. He accused the US of preparing the crisis since the end of the Cold War and said that Moscow was up to the challenge.
Earlier, in mid-April, Peskov said that Russia was able to “succeed” in a confrontation with the West and withstand external pressure, although the Soviet Union could not do this.
In mid-February, before the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the country was not seeking war, but peace, and therefore invites NATO and the US to conclude an agreement on security assurances. Negotiations on this issue were held in January and did not give a concrete result.
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On May 11, Lavrov again stated that Moscow does not want war, and, on the contrary, only the West wants to “defeat” it. Western states are promoting the concept of a unipolar world and encouraging colonialism, the era of which has already passed, the minister believes.
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According to the presidential press secretary, Russia will overcome the “perfect storm” and achieve all goals, as Putin “knows where he is leading the country” and enjoys the support of the population
Earlier this was reported by the Turkish media. According to Peskov, there are no such plans for the coming weeks, but the situation is rapidly changing and nothing can be ruled out
Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Peskov
President Vladimir Putin's visit to Ankara is not planned in the coming weeks, said his spokesman Dmitry Peskov , Interfax reports.
So Peskov commented on the reports of the Star and Yeni Şafak newspapers, which claim that the Russian president may visit Turkey in the coming days.
“I don't have that information. In the coming days, Putin's visit to Ankara is not being prepared. In the coming weeks— too»,— he said. At the same time, the presidential representative specified that the situation is developing rapidly, so nothing can be ruled out.
“But what I know is that there is no such preparation now,” he concluded.
According to Star and Yeni Şafak, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invited Putin to attend a “high-level business meeting” during a telephone conversation. “In this regard, Putin is expected to visit Turkey in the coming days,” — the publications wrote.
As follows from the publications, the meeting may take place after the visit on May 18 of a delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak. Its participants will discuss with the Turkish side the investment opportunities of Turkey, as well as the logistics of goods.
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Turkey repeatedly offered to mediate in negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv, and Erdogan invited Presidents Vladimir Zelensky and Putin to meet on its territory.
He also spoke to the presidents on the phone. At the end of April, the Turkish president announced that he planned to bring the process to a face-to-face meeting using calls to both heads of state.
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The Moscow City Court considered an appeal against the decision of the Lefortovsky District Court, which on March 22 sentenced Alexei Navalny to 9 years in prison.
On Tuesday, May 17, the Moscow City Court began considering an appeal by the defense against the sentence against Alexei Navalny, who was found guilty of fraud and contempt of court, RBC correspondent reports.
Navalny filed a motion to postpone the meeting for a week, justifying this by saying that he was not familiar with the audio recording of the sentencing, in which his defense had previously found inaccuracies. “Foundation number 2 may seem technical to you, because you are in the wild. It's important for me. I am in a general regime colony. I have a long meeting with relatives once every three months. And now, literally from the 16th, the time has come when I have the right to have this date. I applied in time, it is scheduled for the 20th. If you approve my sentence, I will be transferred to a strict regime colony. No one understands how everything will be arranged there. In a normal situation, a person is in a pre-trial detention center, but I am in a general regime colony, I have the right to this visit. There I will have even fewer dates, and this date will burn out. I have every right to receive it: I served 3 months, I have the right to see relatives, — he said, speaking via video link from the colony.
The judge noted in response that Navalny had previously stated that he did not want to get acquainted with the audio recording of the meeting. The oppositionist explained that he would like to get acquainted with the record not of the meeting in its entirety, but of the verdict. The judge granted the petition and rescheduled the meeting for May 24.
On March 22, the Lefortovsky District Court, at an off-site meeting, which took place in correctional colony (IK) No. 2 of the Vladimir Region, sentenced Alexei Navalny to nine years in prison in a strict regime colony and a fine of 1.2 million rubles.
The verdict of the Lefortovo court stated that “Navalny committed fraud, that is, theft of other people's property by deception.” He was found guilty on all four counts of large-scale fraud imputed to him (part 4 of article 159 of the Criminal Code). According to investigators, Navalny participated in the creation of Internet sites and social networks containing exposing information about the corruption of officials and forms for collecting donations. These Internet resources were, according to investigators, part of a plan to embezzle money that was spent inappropriately.
Navalny called the materials of the criminal case evidence of the transparency of the work of the Anti-Corruption Fund (it was recognized by the court as an extremist organization and liquidated). “You brought materials to the court about four people who made donations of 2 million rubles. And one of them— this is a locksmith who made a donation of 1 million rubles, and two weeks later wrote a statement, and the next day a criminal case was initiated, — he said in court.
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The oppositionist pleaded not guilty, linking the charges to his activities.
After the trial meeting in the Vladimir correctional colony, lawyer Olga Mikhailova told reporters that nine years in prison included the term of imprisonment provided for by the earlier verdict in the Yves Rocher case. Earlier, in this case, Navalny was sentenced to three and a half years in prison, but in February 2021, the suspended sentence was replaced with a real one.
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265 people surrendered, including 51 wounded. The evacuation of the wounded from Azovstal began the day before, on May 16
View of the Azovstal plant
For a day at the plant “Azovstal” in Mariupol, 265 Ukrainian soldiers laid down their arms and surrendered, including 51 people with serious injuries, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said during a briefing.
“Yesterday, the surrender of the militants of the nationalist division “Azov” began. and Ukrainian servicemen blocked at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol. Over the past day, 265 militants laid down their arms and surrendered, including 51 seriously wounded»— he said.
The Ministry of Defense announced the start of the evacuation of wounded Ukrainian servicemen from the territory of Azovstal the day before, May 16. A humanitarian corridor was opened in the area of the metallurgical plant, all the wounded were to be taken to Novoazovsk for medical assistance. The Ministry of Defense noted that they began to take out the wounded after negotiations with representatives of the Ukrainian military blocked on the territory of the plant.
On the morning of May 16, ten military men left the territory of the plant, said the commander of the Vostok battalion; Donetsk People's Republic Alexander Khodakovsky. According to him, the servicemen held white flags and asked to start negotiations on the evacuation of the wounded.
On the same day, Reuters, citing an eyewitness, reported that from the territory of Azovstal about ten buses with Ukrainian servicemen left. The agency did not provide data on their number. Later, the RT channel reported that about 300 Ukrainian soldiers left the plant, including about fifty wounded. The Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine then said that the Azovstal plant 274 people left, including 53 seriously wounded, who are expected to be exchanged.
In early May, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk said that from the territory of Azovstal evacuated all the children, women and elderly who were there. Later, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that all civilians had been removed from the plant.
At the end of April, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin that the military of the DPR and Russia had occupied all of Mariupol. Then he claimed that at Azovstal are “the remnants of nationalists and foreign mercenaries.” In order to completely clear the territory, according to Shoigu, it took about three to four days, he reported. However, Putin ordered to cancel the assault on the plant and urged to think about “saving the life and health of our soldiers and officers.” and «do not climb into these catacombs».
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In Kyiv, speaking about the situation at the plant, they indicated that they would stop negotiating with Russia and withdraw from them if the military from Azovstal will perish. On the night of May 17, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the military from Azovstal the state needs alive. He expressed the hope that “thanks to the actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, intelligence, as well as the negotiating team, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN” the military will be saved.
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Armament shipments prepared for shipment to Donbass were destroyed, the ministry claims. Also, during the strike, Ukrainian servicemen from the reserve formations were killed
The Russian military with the help of sea-based missiles “Caliber” destroyed foreign weapons in the area of the Starichi railway station in the Lviv region, according to the Ministry of Defense. in the area of the Starychi railway station in the Lviv region, personnel of Ukrainian reserve formations were destroyed, as well as parties of foreign weapons and military equipment from the United States and European countries, prepared for shipment to the Donbass,— according to the summary of the Russian ministry.
At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.
Also, air and ground-based missiles destroyed the reserves of Ukrainian forces , “completing combat coordination on the territory of training centers in the areas of the settlements of Akhtyrka, Sumy region and Desna, Chernihiv region.”
Earlier, the Ministry of Defense reported on the destruction of a parking lot with Ukrainian combat aircraft at an aircraft repair plant in Lvov, a fuel base that provided fuel for Ukrainian troops in the west of the country and near Kyiv, a warehouse with European and American weapons near Lviv, an electrical substation.
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According to Finance Minister Christian Lindner, such an idea is being discussed among the member countries of the G7 and the EU, certain proposals have been received. At the same time, in the case of a possible confiscation of the assets of the Russian elite, one must strictly follow the law ” alt=”German Minister of Finance said that he was “politically open” to the idea of seizing the assets of the Central Bank” />
German Finance Minister Christian Lindner said that he was “politically open” to the idea of confiscation of foreign assets of the Russian Central Bank. He said this in an interview with four European newspapers, including Handelsblatt.
“I am politically open to the idea of confiscating the foreign assets of the Central Bank of Russia. This issue is already being discussed among the members of the G7 and the EU, proposals have already been voiced,— he explained.
According to Lindner, in the case of private assets, you need to carefully study the law. “We must respect the rule of law, even when dealing with Russian oligarchs,” — noted the minister.
He also said that the EU is ready to decide on further sanctions against Russia. “We intend to isolate Russia politically, financially and economically,” emphasized Lindner.— At the same time, we are seeing serious economic impacts, especially for low-income countries, due to rising interest rates and rising global agricultural prices. We will have to work together to stabilize the global economy.
Western countries, including the European Union, the United States and Great Britain, decided to block the international reserves of the Central Bank at the end of February. The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, specified that the measure would freeze the regulator's transactions and deprive it of the ability to use assets.
Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov claimed that about half of the gold and foreign exchange reserves were frozen: about $300 billion out of $640 billion.
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In March, the Central Bank took retaliatory measures. In particular, he banned banks from transferring money from non-residents of countries that have announced sanctions against Russia abroad. The list includes 43 countries. In addition, at the end of March, the regulator took additional measures to limit the movement of funds. “Restrictions were introduced on the movement of capital, a ban on the sale of securities by foreign investors and a ban on their withdrawal of funds from the Russian financial system. In addition, payments on corporate debt of Russian companies and government debt to debt holders from countries that support sanctions against Russia will only take place with the permission of the government commission, — reported to the Central Bank.
The possible confiscation of the reserves of the Central Bank has already been thought in Japan. However, the authorities came to the conclusion that it would be impossible to seize or freeze assets, since there are no relevant provisions in the country's legislation.
Ukraine stated that it claims to have frozen reserves of the Central Bank and, together with Western partners, is working on a mechanism for the confiscation of $ 415 billion reserves. “In fact, this amount is practically enough to cover the direct one-time losses of Ukraine. We expect that in the near future, together with the governments of the partner countries, we will find a legal mechanism through which this money will be spent on the further restoration of the Ukrainian economy,— said the first deputy head of the Ministry of Economy of the country Denis Kudin.
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According to the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, under Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholze, Germany lost its independence. Scholz hesitated for a long time about the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine, but followed the example of other Western countries 756527786786845.jpg” alt=”Lavrov announced the “loss of signs of independence” of Germany under Scholz” />
Germany completely lost its independence under Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking at the educational marathon “New Horizons”, organized by the society “Knowledge”.
“After the current government came to power, Germany lost the last signs of independence,” — Lavrov said.
According to him, “Western partners do not respect multipolar equality, they want to establish a unipolar world.”
Chancellor Scholz was criticized for the fact that he hesitated for a long time when deciding on the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine. At the end of March, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky turned to NATO countries with a request to provide tanks to Ukraine. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has postponed the final decision on their transfer. At the same time, Vice-Chancellor Robert Habek and Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock insisted on the transfer of 100 tanks to Ukraine.
At the same time, other Western countries had already announced the transfer of heavy weapons to Kyiv or began to supply them. In particular, the authorities of Canada and the Netherlands announced the supply of howitzers to Ukraine.
Scholz also stated that the country would not make any decisions in which NATO would take part in the conflict in Ukraine.
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At the end of April, the lower house of the German Parliament voted by a majority to support a document calling on the government to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine. However, Scholz felt that Berlin should not make hasty decisions to send heavy weapons to Ukraine. He noted that Germany would not supply Western-made battle tanks to Kyiv until the United States and allies did so.
On May 9, Scholz announced that Germany would nevertheless supply Ukraine with weapons and Russia forced his country to do this. “[Russian President Vladimir] Putin leaves us no choice,” — he said. According to Scholz, the Russian leader endangered peace in Europe, so Berlin is helping Kyiv.
On May 17, Germany called for the early admission of Finland and Sweden to NATO. Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock said that this should be done without a transitional period and Berlin would give these countries security guarantees. Previously, Scholz himself spoke about supporting the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO.
Scholz became German Chancellor on December 8, 2021, he headed the German government after Angela Merkel's 16-year rule. Scholz's candidacy was approved after a month and a half of coalition consultations. After elections in September, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), which was led by Angela Merkel for many years, showed the worst result in history, gaining 24.1% of the vote. In the first place were the Social Democrats from the SPD led by Scholz with a score of 25.7%. The third place was taken by the “Greens” with a score of 14.8%, followed by— “Free Democrats” from 11.5%. SPD, The Greens and Free Democrats formed a coalition with Scholz at the head.
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Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Rudenko: Kyiv “practically withdrew” from the negotiation process with Moscow =”aligncenter” src=”https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/media/img/6/21/756527791604216.jpg” alt=”The Foreign Ministry said that negotiations with Ukraine are not going on “in any form” ;” />
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There are no negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv now, they are not being conducted “in any form”, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Andrei Rudenko told reporters.
” No, negotiations are not ongoing. Ukraine has practically withdrawn from the negotiation process»,— he said (quote from RIA Novosti). Rudenko added that Ukraine did not respond to the Russian draft treaty.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking at the New Horizons marathon, in turn, said that Ukraine in the negotiations “is led and regulated by freedom of maneuver” The United States and Great Britain, “moreover, perhaps even having direct representatives on Ukrainian territory.” This information, according to the minister, comes to the Russian side “through various channels”.
According to Lavrov, he does not believe that negotiating with the United States and Britain instead of Ukraine will produce a result. “Besides, neither Washington, nor London, nor the West as a whole puts forward any proposals,” — he said (quote from Interfax).
Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine on February 24, the delegations of the two countries have held several rounds of peace talks, both face-to-face and remotely. The last face-to-face meeting was held in Istanbul at the end of March, after which Moscow and Kyiv handed over draft documents to resolve the situation to each other; but since the beginning of April, the Russian authorities have said several times that the talks have reached a “stalemate”.
On May 9, presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky, who is the head of the Russian delegation, said that negotiations with Ukraine had not stopped and were continuing remotely. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that they were going, but “sluggishly and ineffectively.” On May 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, accused Kyiv of “essentially blocking” negotiation process.
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On May 12, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that Kyiv was ready for discussions, but Moscow “does not show a desire to participate in real and substantive negotiations.”
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