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Korotchenko explained pinpoint strikes on military targets in Ukraine

“The goal is to deprive the General Staff of Ukraine of the ability to control the troops”

Judging by the first hours of the Russian military special operation in the Donbass, it is already clear that the bloody tank operation and the bombing of peaceful cities, which the president predicted US Biden, will not. Residents of Ukraine on the Web report that they are only watching how rockets fly over their heads with a slight whistle, leaving a trail in the sky. This military tactic was explained to MK by a military expert, editor-in-chief of the National Defense magazine Igor Korotchenko.

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– The purpose of the next hours of the military operation, – the expert explained, – is to deprive the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine of the possibility of centralized command and control of troops, disable the Ukrainian airfield network, destroy positions of air defense and operational-tactical missiles. Accordingly, in the performance of the assigned tasks, high-precision weapons are used that allow the targeted destruction of designated targets, which excludes damage to the civilian population of Ukraine and excludes any negative damaging effect on civilian infrastructure. The Russian armed forces do not attack Ukrainian cities and towns. We are talking exclusively about the targeted destruction of military infrastructure.

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The Russian Defense Ministry said that the Ukrainian air bases were put out of action

The press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation stated that the military infrastructure of the air bases of the Ukrainian armed forces was disabled.

The press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation stated that the military infrastructure of the air bases of the Ukrainian armed forces was disabled.

Recall that earlier the department reported that the Russian armed forces did not launch any missile, artillery or air strikes in the cities of Ukraine.

Only military infrastructure, military airfields, aviation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and air defense facilities are targeted by high-precision weapons.

Nothing threatens the civilian population of Ukraine.

“The military infrastructure of the aviation bases of the armed forces of Ukraine has been completely disabled. The air defense systems of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were also suppressed,” the ministry added.

You can read the details of the special operation in our online broadcast.


Leonkov called the targets of missile strikes on the infrastructure of Ukraine: all Javelins were destroyed

High-precision Kalibr and Bastions were used

Russia was forced to launch a special military operation in the Donbass at the request of the DPR and LPR after the Ukrainian Armed Forces began massive night shelling of Donetsk and Luhansk . In response, the Russian high-precision weapon “Caliber” was used. and “Bastion”. So says the military expert, editor of the magazine “Arsenal of the Fatherland”. Alexey Leonkov


– You need to understand that the Ukrainian troops were the first to start. At 23.20, they began to massively attack Lugansk and Donetsk, – Leonkov said, – Russia, in response, launched a counter-operation to destroy the military infrastructure of Ukraine.

– Those targets that were close, on the line of contact, were destroyed by regular means – artillery and multiple launch rocket systems. Then high-precision weapons were already working, mainly Caliber.

– There are also coastal missile systems with a range of 500 kilometers. These are also high-precision missiles.

As a result, the entire air defense network of Ukraine was hit. Consider that it does not exist. Also, strikes were made on the airfield infrastructure, warehouses with weapons, ammunition, fuel and lubricants. Everything was destroyed.

– Everything that the Ukrainians received was stored, everything flew up into the air.


The expert said whether Turkey will close the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles

“In this situation, many countries will have to make difficult decisions”

Can Turkey, using the Montreux Convention, close the Bosporus and Dardanelles for the passage of ships from the Black to the Mediterranean Sea in connection with Russia's military operation in the Donbass? To this question «MK» answered military expert, Captain 1st rank of the reserve Vasily Dandykin.


“Turkey can close these straits only if the war begins with the participation of Turkey, that is, if Turkey is attacked,” the expert said. – But given the special friendly relations between Turkey and Ukraine, there may be options. Turkey, as you remember, did not support the annexation of Crimea to Russia, sold Bayraktar drones to Kiev, builds ships for Ukraine… These facts will have to be taken into account.  But, on the other hand, the East – delicate matter. Turkey also has good relations with Russia.  This applies to gas, and the construction of a nuclear power plant, and many other components, including the sale of our S-400 air defense systems to it.  Therefore, of course, Turkey will look here.  

According to the expert, many countries will have to make difficult decisions in this situation. Including Turkey.

“In fact, everything is, of course, very difficult,” he says. – For the Black Sea state of Turkey, the decision to close the straits will be more important than, for example, the decision to participate in the Syrian conflict. But remember, this is not about war. This is a special military operation, a variant of peace enforcement. That is, the ongoing events cannot be classified as a war. War – quite another matter. So in this regard, Turkey has a chance not to make such a difficult decision for itself as closing the straits, even though Turkey – member of NATO. I want to remind you that even during the Great Patriotic War, when Turkey maintained a rather dubious neutrality with respect to Germany, it allowed our ships, including the Mikoyan icebreaker, to pass through the Bosphorus and go to the Far East. It was right during World War II. 

During the operation to force Georgia to peace in August 2008, Turkey also did not block the Bosphorus. So in this situation, we have every chance to hope for the best.


“Putin does not improvise”: Western media reacted to the operation in Ukraine

World media are anxiously following the actions of Russian troops

Media around the world are closely watching the events in Ukraine online after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of military special operation. While events are unfolding so rapidly that the press mainly reports on what is happening, without having enough time to analyze the situation in depth.

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China reacts to Russian military operation in Ukraine by calling for restraint

Beijing called for a diplomatic solution to the crisis and criticized US sanctions

The events in Ukraine, where the Russian military special operation began, are being watched not only in the West, but also in the East. We looked at what the Chinese press writes and what high-ranking representatives of Beijing say about the situation.


“The situation in Ukraine is rapidly escalating after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a “special operation” on Thursday. in Donbass, – writes the Chinese English-language edition of the Global Times. – According to media reports, after Putin's statement, explosions occurred in several cities of Ukraine.

While the Russian-Ukrainian crisis is shaking global markets with falling stocks and rising oil prices, some Western leaders such as Ursula von der Leyden, President of the European Commission, and US President Joe Biden have condemned Russia's actions. In a tweet early Thursday morning, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called Russia's actions “a reckless attack on Ukraine that endangers the lives of countless civilians.”

Chinese Ambassador to the UN Zhang Jun urged all parties involved in a crisis, maintain restraint and avoid further escalation of the situation.

“China believes that the door to a peaceful solution to the Ukrainian issue has not been completely closed and should not be closed. At present, in order to avoid escalating conflicts, China will continue to promote peace and negotiations in its own way,” — said Zhang.

The Chinese diplomat noted that Beijing has repeatedly pointed out that the Ukrainian issue has a complicated history. , and the evolution of the situation is the result of the combined action of various factors.

The sudden change in the situation in Ukraine has caused great concern around the world, writes Global Times. In this regard, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi recently stated that the legitimate security interests of any country should be “respected”; and the purposes and principles of the UN Charter must be respected.

Some Chinese observers have said that the United States continues its intense containment of Russia, which eventually forced Russia to try to implement its security demands in this way.

“How the situation will develop, I think we need more time to observe. First, we must focus on the attitude of the United States, on whether Washington will go to direct war against Russia, — Yang Jin, a junior fellow at the Institute for Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Thursday, noting that it all depends on how NATO responds.

The Chinese Embassy in Ukraine on Thursday issued a warning to Chinese citizens and Chinese companies in Ukraine, advising them to stay at home. The embassy said that in the event of a dangerous situation, they need to remain calm and ensure personal safety. The embassy also asked them to follow the development of the situation. And if they're traveling long distances, they need to make sure there are open gas stations along the route to refuel their vehicles. The statement reminded Chinese citizens to affix the Chinese national flag to their vehicles. “When public order is chaotic and out of control, especially if the city is in serious turmoil, walking down the street can expose people to attack and traffic can be blocked,” — the embassy warned, noting that it is best to stay at home and stay away from windows and glass to avoid accidental injury.

Earlier, China's representative to the UN, speaking on Wednesday, called on all parties involved in the Ukrainian conflict to exercise restraint.

“Under the current circumstances, all concerned parties should exercise restraint and avoid any actions that could lead to escalation of tension,” — said Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative of China to the UN, speaking at the plenary session of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in Ukraine. 

“China pays attention to the development of the situation in Ukraine. China's position on protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states has been consistent. The purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations must be jointly upheld,” — emphasized the ambassador.

Zhang Jun noted that at the same time, “we note that the problem of Ukraine is rooted in a complex network of historical and contemporary factors. The interaction of these factors brought the situation to this point. In the current context, all parties concerned should exercise restraint and avoid any action that could exacerbate tensions.

“China calls on all parties to recognize the importance of implementing the principle of indivisible security, continue dialogue and consultation, and seek reasonable solutions to resolve each other's problems through peaceful means based on equality and mutual respect. We welcome and encourage all efforts to promote a diplomatic solution,” — said the Permanent Representative of the PRC to the UN.

The Chinese press is discussing the effectiveness of Western sanctions imposed in connection with the Ukrainian crisis.

As the Global Times recalls, after the US and Europe unveiled what is believed to be the first round of sanctions against Russian individuals and entities in response to Moscow's recognition of two regions of Ukraine as “sovereign states”, China said unilateral sanctions have never been effective. ; in resolving global crises and warned the United States not to harm the legitimate interests of China and other countries in resolving issues related to Ukraine and Russia.

As the official representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry said at a press conference on Wednesday:  Our position is that sanctions are never a fundamentally effective means of solving problems. We consistently oppose all illegal unilateral sanctions.

Chinese analysts say Russia looked well-prepared for Western sanctions before Russian President Vladimir Putin signed two decrees on Monday recognizing the LPR and DPR as independent and sovereign states. With Russia's vast reserves of energy, including oil and gas, as well as rare metals, Moscow has measures in place to strike back, and its cooperation with China on payment systems could limit the impact of any Western sanctions.

But it is possible that US sanctions will target Chinese firms or institutions with ties to Russia, raising the risk of further disruption of ties between China and the US. China must be prepared to minimize possible damage to Sino-U.S. economic ties, as well as be prepared to retaliate against potential U.S. actions directed against China's legitimate interests, experts say.

Answering the question, “what China has played a role in mitigating the current crisis,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman replied that China has always made efforts to promote negotiations and bring peace to regional trouble spots. The US has been sending weapons to Ukraine, escalating tensions, creating panic and even fanning the possibility of war. On the contrary, China has always urged all parties to respect and attach great importance to each other's legitimate security interests: “The key question here is what role the US has played, the perpetrators of the current tensions around Ukraine. If someone continues to add fuel to the fire by blaming others for not doing their best to put out the fire, then such behavior is clearly irresponsible and immoral.


Named the impact of the Ukrainian crisis on American and Russian astronauts of the ISS

“Conflict on Earth won't interfere with space relations too much”

Four US astronauts and two Russian cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station are 'largely insulated' from tensions due to armed conflict in Ukraine. Former head of the National Space Council Scott Pace said that the United States and Russia are mutually dependent on each other in space. He added that “good working relationships on a technical level” make it unlikely that the conflict at the bottom would interfere with space relationships.


The four American astronauts and two Russian cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station were “largely insulated” from invasion-related tensions, according to the former head of the National Space Council Russia to Ukraine.

U.S.-Russian relations in space have also been unhampered by political conflicts on Earth, according to the Daily Mail, citing the Associated Press. The space station houses four NASA astronauts, two Russian cosmonauts and one European astronaut.

“They can't work without us, we can't work without them, so it's really an international partnership,” said Scott Pace, who is now director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University.

Former space officer Council noted that the International Space Station “does exist in the broader context of the US-Russian relationship.”

“However, given our mutual dependency and the good working relationship that we have developed on a technical level, I don't see nothing that could happen to the station in the near future, despite the events on Earth,” he said.

“You can imagine a break with Russia that would jeopardize the space station, but that would be at the level of breaking diplomatic ties,” Pace added. “That would be a last resort, so I don't think it will happen unless there is a wider military confrontation.”

There have been concerns in the US Congress about the impact of the conflict over Ukraine on the International Space Station.


Legislators have specifically exempted space cooperation from previous sanctions and can be expected to make similar arguments against targeting it as the administration ponders its next steps regarding the Ukraine crisis.

Space Station is an international partnership of five space agencies from 15 countries, including Canada, several European countries, Japan, Russia and the United States. Launched in 1998, it has grown into a complex almost the size of a football field, with eight miles of electrical wiring, acres of solar panels, and three high-tech labs.


Ukrainians reacted with horror on the Web to the beginning of the war

A resident of Kharkov: “It's scary, I'm afraid to be drafted into the army”

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special operation in the Donbass. The Russian armed forces attacked the enemy's military infrastructure: ammunition depots, military bases and airfields. Concerned Ukrainian civilians wrote about the start of the war with Russia on social networks.

Photo: p>Ukrainian Sonya published her observations on Twitter: “I just woke up from the fact that something flew very close to our house, and even with a loud whistle. When I realized what was happening, my mother told me to pack up quickly, we will leave here soon.”

Oleg Yefimchuk confirmed her words: “Four explosions have already been heard in Kiev. The sound of a jet engine had just passed over the houses. Probably a rocket or a fighter jet.”

A Ukrainian user with the nickname “Karma Politika” posted an emotional message: “No one understands what a horror this is – a full-scale war against the superior forces of the Russian army with modern weapons, a full arsenal, aircraft, cruise missiles, ballistic missiles and multiple launch rocket systems. Help us, God, or chance, what is there in the universe at all … I want to hope for the best that the Russians will turn their troops back, I don’t know. Now I have some feeling of unreality of what is happening, I don’t understand anything.”

Kegura Tetyan also expressed concern in the comments: “Give at least some link to the news. I'm going crazy now: all the news resources are still sleeping.”

Ukrainian user with the nickname “Kharkovchanin” wrote: “I hope that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will cope with everything, but still I'm very worried about my relatives in Kharkov. To be honest, I myself am “pissed”. I’m very afraid of being drafted into the army, you never know…”.

Veronika condemned her compatriots for spreading defeatist sentiments on social networks: “Stop saying that we will lose, Russia will capture us, Zelensky will hide in the USA, this does not help ! You don't want to defend your country! To honor you, so you can go to surrender to the Russians and raise the white flag.”


In the LPR reported two downed Ukrainian bombers


Two Su-24 bombers of the Air Force were shot down near the villages of Smeloe and Stepovoe in Donbass Ukraine. This was reported by the NM of the LPR in its Telegram channel.

These villages are located approximately 30 km north-west of Luhansk.

Earlier, the RF Ministry of Defense stated that the air defense systems of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were suppressed , the military infrastructure of the republic's air bases has been disabled.

On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR). The head of the Russian state, Vladimir Putin, noted that it was a response to requests for military assistance received from the leaders of the republics of Donbass Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik.


Convinced of the superiority of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Ukrainians hope to “capture Moscow”

“Immediately after the capture, Lenin's body will have to be thrown out of the Mausoleum”

Russian special operation in Ukraine was expected, but it still started unexpectedly. During the morning, Russian missiles hit the enemy's military infrastructure. Many Ukrainians expressed concern on social media about the outbreak of war, but others, convinced of the power of Ukrainian and American weapons sent to them, reacted to the war with Russia with joy and even delight.


Ukrainian Aleksey Kholobutsky enthusiastically posted a message on Twitter: “When Russia loses and starts falling apart, immediately after the capture of Moscow, it will be necessary to throw out The mausoleum is also the body of the founder of Ukraine – Vladimir Lenin!».

It is strange that even in such a situation, someone in Ukraine cares about Lenin and the Soviet legacy.

Ukrainian user with the nickname "It hurts and funny" he is also convinced of the superiority of the armed forces of Ukraine over the Russian army: “We are all scared, but we should not panic. Russian troops will fight not just with anyone, but with the most motivated army in Europe, and even with combat experience.

Of course, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been fighting the DPR and LPR militias for more than seven years and have been shelling civilians who are not able to give them an answer, but the following question arises: how will the Ukrainian military behave in a collision with an army superior in number of soldiers and quality of weapons?

There are also completely crazy assumptions. The user with the nickname «Romko» wrote the following comment: “The Russian army is not as strong as we think. Can someone name what the Russians have gone, taken off or floated over the past 10 years? Everything they invent – instantly breaks down and immediately goes to the landfill! Seriously, I would be very surprised if at least half of the equipment that Russia transferred to our border works at all.

I wonder what the surprise of this resident of Nezalezhnaya will be.

It is worth recalling that Russian hypersonic missile “Zirkon” began testing in 2016, now it has already been put into service. Hypersonic missile system “Kinzhal” is also in service. Just like the Caliber cruise missiles. It was the missile strikes that were inflicted on the military infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.


The expert said that Russia could coordinate the special operation in Ukraine with the United States

“The Pentagon monitored the outbreak of hostilities online”

It is reported that at the moment a US strategic unmanned vehicle is loitering over the Black Sea, which is monitoring the ongoing events. Why don't our military touch and try to shoot down this American drone? After all, Putin warned “external forces” from interfering. A military expert, captain 1st rank in the reserve, Vladimir Gundarov, expressed his version of this to MK

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– Since yesterday evening, I have been following the Flytradar what was happening in the airspace over the territory of the conflict, and I realized that the war began under the control of two strategic American drones. They, starting from yesterday evening, flew in the area of ​​the Russian and Belarusian borders. And it all started as they told the Pentagon: first a DDoS attack, why suppress air defenses and airfields, and so on. That is, I think everything was agreed in advance with President Biden. And he knew all this very well. Apparently, American intelligence was just very interested in knowing how it all really happens in reality. How does Russia act in such situations. That is why they launched two strategic drones. And no one, of course, knocked them down. They flew with their transponders on, their registration numbers are there, and they can be easily tracked on the Flyradar. So everything is going according to plan. Moreover, according to a plan that is well known and coordinated with the United States. It is no coincidence that Biden withdrew both special forces and all his units from Ukraine. It is no coincidence that the diplomats left for Lvov, and now they are spending the night in Poland, since the Ukrainians themselves reported that the attack was carried out on the airfield in Vinnitsa. Army warehouses are burning there now. And this is Western Ukraine.

According to Gundarov, President Lukashenko, of course, also knew about everything. He was recently given a tour of the command post of the Armed Forces and was shown our strategic capabilities. He was very impressed by this.

– Old Man, I'm sure, was also aware of everything that was about to happen, the expert states. — That is, everyone in the world knew everything perfectly, except for Zelensky.


Experts said about the low probability of Ukraine’s admission to NATO

Former UN Deputy Secretary General Sergei Ordzhonikidze said that Ukraine is not suitable for joining NATO in all respects, Izvestia writes.

During a conversation with correspondents of the publication, he noted, that the unsettledness of territorial issues is a problem that stopped other countries from being admitted to the alliance.

According to Ordzhonikidze, from the point of view of international law, Ukraine has put itself in a position where the dream of joining NATO cannot come true.

“They themselves created a conflict situation. They do not recognize Crimea, it is a territorial dispute. Further Donetsk and Lugansk. Wherever you throw — problems everywhere. As I understand it, the North Atlantic Alliance is not going to fight for them,” the expert emphasized.

At the same time, Dmitry Abzalov, president of the Center for Strategic Communications, expressed the opinion that the absence of NATO membership would not prevent the alliance from developing military cooperation with Ukraine and supplying new weapons systems there. However, according to him, Ukraine's entry into NATO will definitely not happen in the horizon of this year.

Military expert Vladislav Shurygin, in turn, noted that after the recognition of the Donbas republics by the leadership of the Russian Federation, the situation for the Ukrainian army will change dramatically.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a televised address to the Russians, said that the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine could come directly from NATO headquarters.


Russian students will be able to receive 1 million rubles to create startups

Acceptance of applications from students of Russian universities for a grant of 1 million rubles for the creation of start-ups has begun, according to the website of the Ministry of Education and Science.

The first wave of applications will last until April 11, 2022. The selection of projects will be held in seven thematic areas. The grant recipient will have to register a legal entity, develop a business plan and a startup website.

As Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko noted, 1,000 students will be able to receive state support this year. In the future, the number of grant recipients is planned to be increased. The government will allocate 4.5 billion rubles for these purposes until 2024.

According to him, the main goal of the – stimulate the development of youth entrepreneurship, make universities a place to launch and further promote business ideas.

Earlier it was reported that the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation intends to establish a scholarship to encourage students – winners of international olympiads.


The Duma announced the possible recognition of the DPR and LPR within the boundaries of the referendum

The independence of the DPR and LPR will be recognized by Russia within the borders that occupied the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine until 2014. This opinion was expressed by the head of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, deputy from the Communist Party Leonid Kalashnikov, Interfax reports.

“This agreement does not specify, but I think that it means statehood, which was approved in the old referendum and the only one that was held in other borders than those currently occupied by the DPR,” — he said.

According to him, today the DPR and LPR “occupy less territory than it was in the referendum, but they believe that their statehood extends to that territory too.” “And how these borders will be restored is not provided for in this agreement. How they will be restored is not our competence, & mdash; added the head of the committee.

First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Svetlana Zhurova does not agree with Kalashnikov. “Within the boundaries that are now, of course. Nobody is going to go further. We did not define any other boundaries in the documents, — she commented to RBC on Kalashnikov's words.

Later, Kalashnikov explained his words to RBC by saying that the current agreements do not regulate border issues. “I said that the agreement does not regulate these issues [borders] just. LPR, DPR consider their own borders, we consider our own borders of Russia. Someone there said something wrong, but I made a special reservation that the agreement is not the subject that determines the boundaries within which we conclude. We conclude with the current authorities of the LPR, DPR, there is no talk of borders, — he explained.

Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Andrey Klimov said earlier that Russia recognizes the LPR and DPR within the borders that are now actually established.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that before defining the borders of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) recognized by Russia, it is necessary first to ratify the friendship treaty.

At the same time, Andrey Klimov, deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, told RBC that the ratification procedures in the Federation Council have not begun, however, “specific territories appear” in the Minsk agreements. “Two leaders of the LPR and DPR came to us— they are in charge of specific territories, and not in general everything in the world. Here they are, within the framework of their powers of the territories in which they were elected, where these authorities were formed, came to Moscow and signed documents. For example, I have no reason to believe otherwise. Since the Minsk agreements, which Kiev destroyed, were approved by the UN Security Council, they were accurately described there. Everything else, from a series of versions. And what will happen next— we'll see, — he said.

On the evening of February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed two decrees— on the recognition of the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics and two treaties— about friendship and mutual assistance. On behalf of the self-proclaimed republics in 2014, the treaties were signed by their heads— Denis Pushilin for the DPR and Leonid Pasechnik for the LPR. The president explained his decision by the unwillingness of Kiev to comply with the Minsk agreements, as well as the danger of deploying NATO troops near the Russian borders.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry warns of full-blown confrontation with US

Against the backdrop of instability in Europe, Beijing again reminded that there is a risk of confrontation in the Pacific region, where the interests of the United States and China clash

Wang Yi

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, said that the statements of “certain officials” Washington is provoking a confrontation between the two countries, according to a statement released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

“There is both competition and cooperation between China and the US, and we cannot simply use competition to define bilateral relations. Some US officials are advocating a long-term, bitter competition with China that is likely to escalate into a full-blown confrontation between China and the US. China once again calls on the United States to take concrete action to fulfill the commitments made by President Biden, — the message says.

Wang Yi emphasized that Beijing is ready to build relations with the United States “on the basis of three principles: mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and mutually beneficial cooperation.” However, he noted that the United States recently released a new version of its “Indo-Pacific Strategy” in which China is called a regional threat, and Taiwan is used to contain China.

Relations between the United States and China have deteriorated under the presidency of Donald Trump: the States have imposed economic sanctions on some Chinese companies and accused the PRC of massive human rights violations. After the arrival of Joe Biden, his administration, although it lifted some of the sanctions imposed under Trump, on the whole continued the policy of economic restrictions. In particular, in 2021, the US Treasury imposed sanctions on Chinese officials who were considered to undermine democracy in Hong Kong.

At the same time, the situation in the South China Sea escalated. China has several times accused the United States of entering their warships into territorial waters that China considers its own.

One of the key problems in relations between China and the United States is the issue of Taiwan (Republic of China). China considers the island its own territory, although more than a dozen countries recognize Taiwan's independence. The United States has not officially recognized the independence of Taiwan, although it maintains strong economic and political ties with it, including in the defense sphere. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has pointed out that there is “a wide range of cooperation” between Taiwan and the United States. It, she admitted, includes the training of soldiers and is aimed at increasing the country's defense capability. The President of Taiwan also noted that the threat from China “is growing every day” and said that she believes in US assistance in the event of an attack on Beijing.

In early February, during Vladimir Putin's visit to China, Russia and China signed a joint statement in which Beijing supported Russian demands for non-expansion of NATO, and Moscow stressed that it did not intend to recognize Taiwan.


Tymoshenko addressed Zelensky with the phrase “the moment of truth has come”

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Yulia Tymoshenko

For Ukraine, the “moment of truth” has come to consolidate all political and social forces for the sake of protecting and preserving the independence of the country, said the head of the Batkivshchyna party Yulia Tymoshenko addressing President Volodymyr Zelensky. The corresponding post-published on her Facebook page.

Tymoshenko called Russia's decision to recognize the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (in Ukraine, their territories are called “temporarily occupied”.— RBC) « cynical violation” fundamental norms of international law, the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act and the Budapest Memorandum.

“I appeal to the President of Ukraine: it is time to consolidate all branches of power, all political and social forces of the country to protect and preserve our independence,” — politician wrote.

Timoshenko called Russia's recognition of the DPR and LPR “a blow to the entire democratic, civilized world” and called on all countries (with the exception of Russia) that signed the Budapest Memorandum to prove by their actions the authenticity of the guarantees provided for in the document and to ensure the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The first step should be the return of Western embassies to Kiev and observers to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Donbass, she believes.

On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin, head of the DPR Denis Pushilin and head Leonid Pasechnik signed documents recognizing the sovereignty of the republics Russia, and also signed treaties of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance. Before that, the authorities of the republics announced the upcoming offensive of Ukraine in the Donbass and began the evacuation of residents to Russia.

After Russia's decision on the DPR and LPR, Zelensky said that Ukraine “will not give anything to anyone” ;, and the country's borders will remain as recognized by the international community. Western countries, NATO and the Council of Europe criticized Russia's decision, the OSCE called on Moscow “to refrain from any military intervention to implement this unfortunate decision.” At the same time, a number of countries, including Syria, South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh, welcomed this decision.


“This is how the post-war world ends”: Western media on the recognition of the DPR and LPR

On February 21, Vladimir Putin signed documents recognizing the DPR and LPR, almost eight years after their self-proclamation. How the Western media reacted to this – in the material RBC 756455144078146.jpg” alt=””This is how the post-war world ends”: Western media on the recognition of the DPR and LPR” />

Le Monde, France

“Decision , which the head of the Kremlin presented as “necessary and long overdue”, plunges Ukraine and Europe into a zone of uncertainty and turbulence. <…>. This is a serious escalation in the confrontation with the West, which has been going on for several months. <…> After the apocalyptic speech, which many Russians perceived as a declaration of war on Ukraine, it is hard to imagine that the Russian president will limit himself to a single maneuver in the Donbas.

The Washington Post, USA

“This is how the post-war world ends, and the post-Cold War world too: not with an explosion, not with a sob, but with a declamation. In an unusual self-talk that was watched around the world on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin attacked and delegitimized not only an independent Ukraine and its government, but all aspects of Europe's security architecture, declaring them to be the product of a corrupt West led by the United States. who are hostile to Russia. <…>

After Monday, it became clear that Mr. Putin could not be kept, war was likely, and there was no reason to wait with the imposition of sanctions— even as they spread beyond the breakaway regions that the White House immediately targeted. It would be the first step in a decisive response to this geopolitical crisis, but it is unlikely to be the last.

The Financial Times, UK

“In the past, Moscow has refused to recognize [the DPR and LPR], preferring instead to use indirect control and use of these territories as leverage in broader disputes with Ukraine and the West. Recognition is likely to bring two main outcomes. First, the collapse of the Minsk agreements and hopes for a diplomatic solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. <…> Secondly, it gave the Kremlin a reason to send troops and military equipment to these territories. This likely increased the risk of a full-fledged conflict between Moscow and Kiev along the already active line of contact. In the medium term, a more serious problem arises: both quasi-states lay claim to all areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Russia has not made it clear whether it recognizes their claims to the territories under the control of Kiev.

El Pais, Spain

“Unity Against Putin”

“Vladimir Putin's initiative yesterday to recognize the independence of the separatist regions is an unacceptable step under international law and further exacerbates the crisis. Western democracies are developing a feverish diplomatic activity to avoid the fire <…>.

In contrast to what has been happening in recent years, the Western democracies have managed to unite to face the challenge of Moscow. In contrast to his predecessor, Joe Biden seeks to maintain the closest relations with European allies, which Vladimir Putin tries to ignore. And the members of the European Union, in turn, closed ranks.

Kronen Zeitung, Austria

“For the first time, Russia has declared that it does not consider Donbas a part of Ukraine. This could open the way for sending Russian troops into breakaway areas on the grounds that Russia supports their leadership as an ally against Ukraine. Until now, Russia has denied any involvement in the conflict over territories in eastern Ukraine and any plans to invade Ukraine.

The recognition of separatist territories effectively means the end of the Minsk agreements, which provide for a high degree of autonomy for two regions within Ukraine. The Minsk peace process was viewed by all parties, including Russia, as the best way to resolve the Ukrainian crisis.

The New York Times, USA

“This is Putin's war. But America and NATO are not innocent bystanders either.

“The only place to understand this war” in the head of Vladimir Putin. Putin— the most powerful, unrestrained Russian leader since Stalin, and the timing of this war— the product of his ambitions, strategies and grievances. But for all that, America is not entirely innocent of fueling its flame.

How did it happen? Putin sees Ukraine's ambition to leave his sphere of influence as both a strategic loss and a personal and national humiliation. In his speech on Monday, he literally said that Ukraine does not claim independence, but is an integral part of Russia— his people are “bound to us by blood and family ties.” This is why Putin's assault on Ukraine's freely elected government feels like the geopolitical equivalent of an honor killing. <…>

However, this has a backstory. Putin's attachment to Ukraine is not just mysterious nationalism. In my opinion, this fire is fueled by two huge logs. First— the ill-considered decision in the 1990s to expand NATO after (actually despite) the collapse of the Soviet Union. And the second and much larger— the way Putin cynically used NATO expansion closer to Russia's borders to rally Russians around him to cover up his massive leadership failure.

The Guardian, UK

“Putin instructed his subordinates to 'maintain tension'” in relations with the West, as he seeks “security guarantees” that would effectively recreate a Russian sphere of influence in Eastern Europe. To that end, Russia has amassed up to 190,000 troops along its borders with Ukraine, threatening a massive invasion that could target Kiev and other cities, according to Western officials.

Threat of official recognition of the two proxy states as Donetsk and Luhansk were also part of this pressure campaign. Russia has controlled and armed them since the outbreak of hostilities in southeastern Ukraine after the Kiev revolution in 2014, but wanted to keep them within Ukraine with the right to veto important decisions— such as NATO membership. <…>

Former Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zagorodniuk said any attempt to expand territory controlled by pro-Moscow separatists would mean full-blown war with Ukraine. The historical borders of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions are much larger than the outgoing pro-Moscow territories. Key Ukrainian cities include the port city of Mariupol, Kramatorsk, where the eastern headquarters of the Ukrainian army is located, and many villages».


Pushilin declared confidence in Russia in matters of protecting the DPR

Russia's decision to recognize the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics was preceded by an aggravation of the situation in the Donbass. From February 18 to 20, the OSCE recorded more than 3.2 thousand ceasefire violations

Denis Pushilin

Head of the Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin on the air of the Soloviev-live Youtube channel stated that he was confident in Russia's capabilities to ensure the security of the DPR.

“I'm not that sure, I know about Russia's capabilities in terms of ensuring security (DPR) … here I am calm in terms of this” ,— he said.

Defense issues, according to him, are key for Donetsk. “Because people's lives are behind it. We see that the situation remains difficult. And difficult not for the state, but difficult for the safety of those people whom we continue to take out, evacuate, — he explained.

At the same time, he stressed that the stocks of weapons and ammunition in the republic would be enough for defense. “We are used to working and approaching all issues systematically, including proactively, here we have worked. Stocks and ammunition, and equipment, and other things— everything is in abundance, enough for everyone»,— he stressed.

Earlier today, Pushilin signed a decree on conscription of citizens 1995— 2004 years of birth. Men over the age of 55 will be drafted on a voluntary basis.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and the heads of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik signed documents recognizing the independence of the DPR and LPR on February 21. Russia also concluded an agreement with the republics on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance.

The Russian President asked the Federal Assembly to support this decision and ratify the agreements with the republics. State Duma Vice Speaker Pyotr Tolstoy said that both houses of parliament will confirm the president's decision at a meeting on February 22. The agreements have already been ratified by the parliaments of the DPR and LPR by unanimous decision.

Russia's decision was preceded by an aggravation of the situation in the Donbass, when Kiev and the republics began to accuse each other of shelling. From February 18 to February 20, the OSCE monitoring mission recorded more than 3.2 thousand violations of the ceasefire regime.

Against this background, the authorities of the DPR and LPR announced an offensive planned by Ukraine in the Donbass and began evacuating residents to Russia. Kiev denies information about plans to launch an offensive. Thus, the head of the Ukrainian delegation in the contact group for the settlement of the conflict in Donbass said that Ukraine did not transfer additional troops to the line of contact.


Live broadcast of the meeting of the State Duma on the recognition of the DPR and LPR

The State Duma began a meeting on the recognition of the independence of the DPR and LPR and the ratification of agreements on support for the republics. The day before, the agreements were signed by Vladimir Putin and the leaders of the LPR and DPR


Foreign Ministry warned of the threat of resumption of war in Donbass

Large-scale hostilities may resume in the Donbass, Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko warned at a meeting of the State Duma on the issue of ratification of agreements on cooperation between the LPR and the DPR with Russia, it is broadcast by RBC.

Rudenko said that the situation in the conflict zone had escalated, regular shelling was being carried out. “The result was loss of life and destruction of infrastructure, and gas and water supply was cut off in many settlements. More than 80,000 people have already left for Russia as part of the evacuation. we are on the verge of a resumption of large-scale hostilities, threatening the loss of thousands of human lives,— he said.

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Zakharova called the West’s refusal of sanctions without recognizing the DPR and LPR an illusion

Zakharova: it is an illusion to believe that the West would not have imposed sanctions without recognizing the DPR and LPR .jpg” alt=”Zakharova called the West's refusal of sanctions without recognizing the DPR and LPR an illusion” />

Maria Zakharova

Arguments that the West would not have imposed sanctions against Russia if it had not recognized the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics (DNR and LNR),— this is an illusion, said Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, on the Soloviev Live YouTube channel.

“Now everyone is also wondering: sanctions, reaction, Western, so to speak, a wave of anger, how wide will it spread [ after Russia recognized the sovereignty of the DNR and LNR]. But it is a big illusion to think that there would be no sanctions, anger and condemnation [if Russia did not recognize the DNR and LNR]. Would be sure,— she said.

According to Zakharova, Western countries “do not need a reason” to impose sanctions. “Even these reasons will be contrary to their message and facts on earth, it will not matter,” — she said.

After Russia recognized the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, US President Joe Biden signed a decree imposing sanctions against the LNR and the DNR. In particular, the document prohibits American citizens from investing in the economies of the republics and trading with them, as well as exporting goods from the United States there and importing any goods from the DPR and LPR into the country.

In addition, the White House announced new sanctions against Russia because of the recognition of the sovereignty of the republics of Donbass. They will be announced on February 22.

Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, in turn, said that in Russia they know “what will happen next.” and are ready for political pressure, including through sanctions. According to him, Russia has “strong nerves”, since it has already gone through all this.


Volodin reported on Zhirinovsky’s health

State Duma speaker Volodin: I spoke with Zhirinovsky yesterday, he is already feeling better

The health of LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky has improved, but doctors still recommend that he not participate in public speaking. This was stated by State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin at a meeting of the lower house of parliament, broadcast by RBC.

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Ilya Furseev


“These are still flowers”: political scientist predicted Putin’s new decisions on Donbass

Vladimir Putin. Photo:

Political scientist Pavel Salin believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision yesterday to recognize the independence of the DPR and LPR is not the last. In his opinion, the Russian leader will make further decisions regarding Donbass and Ukraine, and possibly the whole world.

“Recognition of the independence of the self-proclaimed republics is the first, but not the last step,” the expert said in an interview on the telegram channel “Radiotochka NSN”.

Salin noted that if the recognition of the self-proclaimed republics takes place within their current borders, then in fact it will be about what Ukraine has gained from this.

“The most important steps and decisions of Putin will follow. Most likely, this will concern the transition or not the transition of the conflict to a military phase,” the political scientist explained.

He added that if the conflict is transferred to a military phase, then it is necessary to monitor whether his transition to a ground operation will take place.

“Here, Putin's decisions will be fateful for him, for Russia and for a significant part of the rest of the world,” Salin summed up.


White House: Russian troops in Donbas will not entail broader sanctions


President Vladimir Putin's decision to send troops to newly independent regions of Ukraine will not entail a new package of anti-Russian sanctions . However, the White House continues to believe that Moscow's invasion could begin at any moment.

A representative of the US presidential administration told Reuters. Another source confirmed that Washington will maintain diplomatic relations with Moscow until the “tanks go”.

The White House will impede investment and economic activity of the DNR and LNR. But anti-Russian sanctions – this is a completely different matter.

A representative of the administration clarified that sending troops to the territory of Donbass cannot be considered a violation. These territories were already under Russian control.

“The entry of Russian troops into the Donbass was not in itself a new step. They have been in the region for the last eight years. It’s just that Russia has stopped hiding it now,” the official said.

Another agency interlocutor specified that Washington will remain committed to diplomatic channels until “tanks come.” But the White House has no illusions about what will happen next.

Read also: The European Union announced the imposition of sanctions against Russia on February 22.


Korotchenko revealed Russia’s further actions in Donbass

Igor Korotchenko. TV broadcast frame.

Chief editor of the National Defense magazine, director of the Center for Analysis of the World Arms Trade Igor Korotchenko shared his opinion on what will happen in the Donbass now after Russia recognizes the independence of the DPR and LPR.

“What will now be: common security space Russia —DPR-LPR", — Korotchenko wrote on his Facebook page. He added that the necessary Russian contingent would be brought into the republics.

"In case of continued aggression from the side of the Armed Forces of Ukraine — forceful neutralization of the Ukrainian invasion group"— added the expert.

He also noted that while the US is bogged down in Europe, Beijing has a window of opportunity to take vigorous action to limit US hegemony in the Asia-Pacific region.

“The main thing is for China to act , and did not expect, sitting by the river, “until the corpse of the enemy floats by,” — stressed Korotchenko.


The British edition called for Russia to arrange the “impoverishment of millions of people”

The British edition of The Times in an editorial called for serious sanctions against Russia after the recognition of the independence of the DNR and LNR.

In the article, the authors write that Russia behaves with Ukraine “like a hooligan older brother.” Journalists refer to last year's article by President Vladimir Putin, which refers to the proximity of the two countries.

“Putin showed his love this weekend by massing up to 169,000 troops near its border, shelling its territory, killing at least one Ukrainian soldier, and approving the mobilization of military-age men in two pro-Russian regions that broke away from Ukraine,” —  says in the article.

The authors urged to “reinforce with steely determination” all the words about the unprecedented sanctions that were spoken by Western leaders. “Punitive measures” should be even tougher than in 2014, because since then Russia has taken steps that make it more immune to sanctions.

The newspaper calls for the spearhead of sanctions to target Putin's circle, freeze their assets in the UK and send them home their children who study in British private schools. The authors also believe that Russia should be deprived of access to Western-made microcircuits that are used in consumer electronics and military devices.

The editors called on EU leaders to “put aside their selfish interests” and not abandon decisive sanctions like blocking SWIFT and abandoning Nord Stream 2, as Europe is on the verge of a serious conflict.

Severe sanctions will make Russia an outcast state and lead to the impoverishment of millions of people, editor writes. They said it was tragic, but it was also “the only way for the world community to put pressure on Putin” as it would lead to popular uprisings.


The LPR parliament urged Ukraine to withdraw troops from the Luhansk region

Vice Speaker of the Parliament of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic Dmitry Khoroshilov made a statement that the territory of the Lugansk People's Republic coincides with the territory of the Luhansk Region Ukraine. In this regard, the deputy called on Kiev to withdraw troops from the Lugansk region.

Otherwise, Khoroshilov suggested “making a decision that would”allow peace and restore”territorial integrity” Republic.

Earlier, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots Leonid Kalashnikov clarified his words about the recognition of the DPR and LPR within the borders of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. According to him, in demarcation — this is the concern of Donetsk and Luhansk.


Ukraine may declare martial law in Donbass


In the party "Servant of the People" did not rule out the introduction of martial law by Ukraine in two regions — Donetsk and Lugansk. In turn, the deputy chairman of the  committee of the Verkhovna Rada on national security, defense and intelligence, Maryana Bezuglaya, noted that this issue is now being discussed.

Bezuglaya refused to give any details. She noted that this issue is currently being processed in the committee, but all information is closed, since this is a security topic. 


The Russian opposition applied for the “Peace March” on March 5


PARNAS representatives and political activists Dmitry Tsorionov and Aleksey Minyaylo applied for a Peace March in Moscow on March 5. writes about this.

Representatives of the opposition intend to walk along the route from the Belorussky railway station to Lubyanka Square, expressing a negative attitude towards the threat of war with Ukraine. Up to 150,000 people are expected to take part in the action. The lack of response to this threat can lead to irreversible consequences, the organizers emphasized.

“Muscovites and civil society in general can and should influence the decisions of the country's leadership. Considering the emergency situation and the threat of war, we ask you to coordinate the event, — said in an appeal by activists addressed to the mayor of Moscow. 

Earlier, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia is the last country in Europe that would like to pronounce the word “war”.


Journalists came under fire near Gorlovka in Donbass

Photo source: video screenshot.

A group of journalists from the DPR, the USA, Italy and Russia came under fire near Gorlovka. Photojournalist Alexander Gayuk told DAN that Patrick Lancaster, Vittorio Rangeloni and Nadezhda Chicherova were with him.

“It was not far from the car that was blown up in the morning. They shot at us with LNG, we took cover in the trenches of the old ones, they were flooded with water, but on the other hand they were alive. Now we are all back together. All is well,” he said.

Independent journalist from the United States, Patrick Lancaster, confirmed that everyone remained intact.

Military expert Gennady Korotchenko suggested that after recognition of the republics of Donbass, a common security space with Russia will appear. In response to aggression from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, forceful neutralization will be carried out.