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Poland has simplified the conditions of entry for US citizens leaving Ukraine

US Embassy: Poland has simplified the rules for entering the country for Americans from Ukraine that US citizens can now enter Poland through the land border with Ukraine. No pre-approval required,— said in the message.

To cross the border, Americans need to present a valid US passport and confirm vaccination against coronavirus. In addition, it is recommended to carry a negative PCR test or a COVID-19 antigen test.

On February 11, US President Joe Biden addressed the Americans who are in Ukraine and urged them to leave the country “now” as “the situation could get out of hand very quickly.” At the same time, the American leader rejected the possibility of sending troops to Ukraine to evacuate citizens. “If the Americans and Russians start shooting at each other, it will be a world war,” — Biden said.

The next day, the State Department ordered non-critical U.S. diplomats in Kiev to leave Ukraine.

In addition to the United States, more than ten states have asked their citizens to leave Ukraine or not to visit it, including Germany, Great Britain and Finland.

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“Snow Dragon” breaks the ice: why Russia, NATO and China come to the Arctic

The Nordic countries are returning to the Arctic: Russia is strengthening military bases and developing the Northern Sea Route, the rest are laying icebreakers. What prospects do countries see in the region and why is China trying to get there – in the RBC video


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TASS learned the details about the discovery of an American submarine in the Pacific Ocean

TASS: Il-38 aircraft and a Pacific Fleet submarine discovered a US Navy submarine near the Kuril Islands .jpg” alt=”TASS learned details about the discovery of an American submarine in the Pacific” />

Frigate “Marshal Shaposhnikov”

A U.S. Navy Virginia-class submarine Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft and a submarine of the Russian Pacific Fleet were found in the Kuriles region, a source close to the naval sphere told TASS.

“American boat type” Virginia ” was discovered by Il-38 aircraft of naval aviation and one of the boats of the Pacific Fleet during exercises to search for and destroy submarines of a mock enemy in the areas of their possible deployment, — said the source of the agency.

The US Navy submarine was discovered on February 12 near the island of Urup. The coordinates of the American submarine were transferred to the frigate “Marshal Shaposhnikov”, which sent a warning to the submarine about the violation of the Russian water border and the demand “Surface immediately”. Since there was no response to the appeal, the crew of the frigate used special equipment in accordance with the governing documents on violation of the state border.

A Russian Defense Ministry statement released after the incident said the provocative actions of the American ship posed a threat to Russia's national security. The US military attache in Moscow was handed a note.

The Pentagon told TASS that they had received reports of the situation with the American submarine near the Kuriles, but could not confirm the details. US military spokesman Captain Kyle Raines told Reuters that the United States has not conducted any operations in Russian territorial waters. Raines declined to comment on the exact location of the country's Navy submarines.

RBC sent a request to the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who on February 12 held talks with his American counterpart Joe Biden, did not address the issue of the discovery of an American submarine near the borders of Russia, said Yury Ushakov, Assistant to the President of Russia for International Affairs.

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Reuters announced the departure of the American staff of the OSCE mission from the DPR

Reuters: American OSCE mission staff began to leave Donetsk Earlier, a CNN source said that the United States plans to withdraw its observers from the OSCE mission in Ukraine because of intelligence data about an allegedly planned Russian invasion

American employees of the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE SMM) in Ukraine began to leave Donetsk, Reuters reports citing an eyewitness.

The possible departure of some OSCE SMM personnel from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic was also reported Interfax source. According to him, six vehicles are crossing the demarcation line through the Oleksandrivka entry-exit checkpoint (a suburb of Donetsk) in the direction of Ukraine.

In addition to Donetsk, OSCE monitors also work in Luhansk. The OSCE did not respond to a Reuters request.

On February 11, CNN, citing two sources, reported that the United States was about to withdraw its citizens from the monitoring mission's observers, the decision was due to the deteriorating security situation. According to the channel's interlocutors, the administration of President Joe Biden began to discuss the possibility of recalling its observers, as well as further reducing the number of employees of the American embassy in Kiev and the withdrawal of other civil servants against the backdrop of new US intelligence data. According to these data, the Russian invasion of Ukraine could begin as early as next week, before the end of the Beijing Olympics. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken also admitted that Russia could attack a neighboring country during the Olympics. Russia insists that it has no aggressive plans towards Ukraine.

Later, the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, said that US representatives in the OSCE SMM in Donetsk had collected things and equipment and were waiting for the team to leave region.

On January 12, the State Department ordered non-key officials from the US diplomatic mission in Kiev to leave Ukraine. A day earlier, Biden urged Americans to leave Ukraine immediately, saying that the situation in that country “could get out of control very quickly.”

The main office of the OSCE SMM in Ukraine is in Kiev, its staff works in Dnipro , Ivano-Frankivsk, Lvov, Odessa, Kharkov, Kherson and Chernivtsi. Among the main tasks— “impartially and objectively observe and report on the situation in Ukraine, and promote dialogue between all parties to the conflict.”

In October 2021, the OSCE SMM suspended its mission in eastern Ukraine after protests outside the headquarters In Donesk. About 200 people took part in them, the demonstrators demanded the release of Andrei Kosyak, an officer of the LPR representation in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire Regime (JCCC). According to the people's militia of the LPR, he was kidnapped by Ukrainian servicemen.

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The owner forbade the plane of the Ukrainian SkyUp to land in Kiev

The lessor forbade the Ukrainian company SkyUp, flying from Madeira, to land in Kiev p>

The plane of the Ukrainian airline SkyUp, flying from Madeira to Kiev, could not land at the destination airport and was forced to land in Chisinau due to the requirements of the owner of the aircraft. This was reported on the website of the air carrier.

“February 12, 2022, the lessor— the resident of Ireland informed the airline about an immediate ban on the entry of the UR-SQO aircraft into the airspace of Ukraine, — said in SkyUp. They added that, despite the efforts of the airline and the readiness of the Ukrainian authorities to turn to the lessor, the owner of the liner “provided a categorical refusal”, while the plane was already flying to Kiev.

Because of this, the board had to land at the airport closest to the territory of Ukraine— in Chisinau, the airline agreed on this with the Moldovan authorities. A transfer to Kiev was organized for 175 passengers.

One of the passengers on the flight, Olga Rudneva, executive director of the Elena Pinchuk Foundation (a charitable organization to combat the AIDS epidemic in Ukraine), told Novoye Vremya that the passengers learned that the plane would not land in Kiev two hours before the planned landing . The plane was supposed to arrive at Boryspil airport at 03:50 (04:50 Moscow time).

According to Rudneva, the passengers were told that “the lessor of the aircraft is not ready to risk the aircraft and therefore it does not allow flying into the airspace Ukraine».

SkyUp was founded in 2016 and started flying in 2018. The carrier operates charter and regular flights, among the international destinations on its website are Georgia, Spain, Italy, Slovakia. France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Austria and UAE.

February 12 “” wrote with reference to sources that from next week international insurance companies intend to abandon airline insurance for flights to Ukraine and over its territory. Such a notice was sent to lessors by the largest British insurers, who reinsure other companies. As the head of the consulting agency Friendly Avia Support Alexander Lanetsky explained, according to international law, the airline is obliged to insure civil liability, without this it is forbidden to take the planes into the sky.

According to According to the General Director of the Insurance Business Association Vyacheslav Chernyakhovsky, the insurance market “got nervous”; after the Dutch airline KLM announced the cessation of flights. The decision was made after the country's Foreign Ministry assigned a red alert level to Ukraine and recommended that citizens refuse to travel to Ukraine due to the threat of a Russian invasion.

On February 11, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that Russia's invasion of Ukraine could begin “at any time”, including before the end of the Beijing Olympics. Der Spiegel, Politico and Bloomberg have named February 15 & 16 as the proposed date. Against this background, dozens of countries called on their citizens to leave Ukraine. Moscow denies plans to attack Kiev.

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In the LPR, the recall of OSCE representatives was associated with an impending provocation

Photo source: video screenshot.

There is no connection between the potential military danger and the withdrawal of EU, US and UK representatives from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM). However, this is a completely conscious step. Rodion Miroshnik, a representative of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) in the political subgroup, told Sputnik about this.

“Recall of the representatives of the EU, the USA and Britain from the OSCE SMM is a conscious step by the West to block the flow of official information from Ukraine, and the military danger has nothing to do with it. This is the preparation of some kind of large-scale provocation,” he said.

Earlier, foreign media, citing sources, reported that the OSCE Americans began to urgently missions in the DPR. Washington also announced the evacuation of technical staff from the embassy in Donetsk.


The Russian ambassador expressed his attitude to the sanctions of the West with a faecal expression

Victor Tatarintsev. Photo: Facebook.

Russian Ambassador to Sweden Viktor Tatarintsev rudely described his attitude to the new sanctions that are being developed in the US and the EU. At the same time, he apologized for being forced to use such words.

"Sorry for the language — but we shit on the sanctions of the West”, — said the diplomat in an interview with Aftonbladet.

Thus, Tatarintsev commented on the topic of relations between Sweden and NATO. He also explained that Moscow opposes Sweden's membership in NATO because of the aggravation and provocations from the United States.

At the same time, Swedish Secretary of State Karin Wallensten also noted earlier that Stockholm wants to be good and strong partner of NATO, but there is no talk of joining the alliance.


SkyUp plane landed in Chisinau after a ban on entering Ukraine


A SkyUp plane flying from Madeira to Kiev landed in Chisinau at the request of the owner. According to the press service of the carrier, the lessor is a resident of Ireland.

He forbade the airliner with tail number UR-SQO to enter the airspace of Ukraine.

structures of Ukraine to contact the lessor, the owner of the aircraft provided a categorical refusal at a time when the aircraft was already flying to Kiev,” the message says.

SkyUp Airlines, together with the Ukrainian Embassy in Moldova, promised to return 175 passengers to Representatives of the carrier managed to agree on their transfer and meals.

Some media reported that the skies of Ukraine will be closed on February 14. There is no official cancellation of flights yet, but international insurance companies said they would not cover insured events when flying over the republic.

Earlier, Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksiy Goncharenko suggested that air traffic in Ukraine would be suspended on February 14 from 16:00.


“The war could start on Wednesday”: Putin and Biden talks resonated

Western media appreciated the telephone conversation between the presidents of Russia and the United States about the Ukrainian crisis

Photo: Natalia Muschinkin

The Guardian:“Joe Biden warned Vladimir Putin Saturday night that if his troops invaded Ukraine, the US would “impose quick and severe costs on Russia.” In a phone conversation that lasted more than an hour, the US president said the invasion would “cause widespread human suffering and weaken Russia's authority. The call was the culmination of a frenzy of diplomatic activity aimed at averting a war in Ukraine, which the US warned could start as early as Wednesday.

According to a senior US official who later briefed reporters, it brought “no fundamental change” to the escalating crisis. The official said the two leaders had agreed to continue engaging in the coming days, “but Russia could still decide to start hostilities,” adding that there was no evidence of a “meaningful” de-escalation on the border with Ukraine…

Earlier, Emmanuel Macron had a separate conversation with the Russian President that reportedly lasted 1 hour and 40 minutes, while US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken also spoke with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

Blinken called for “diplomatic resolution of unprovoked military build-up by Russia around Ukraine”. Lavrov accused the US of ignoring Russian security proposals, which include guarantees that Ukraine will not join NATO and the withdrawal of NATO forces from Eastern Europe.

The US has said there is a high risk of a Russian attack on Ukraine before the end of the Chinese Winter Olympics on Feb. 20, and the CIA has informed allies that Russian troops have been ordered to be ready by Wednesday. But yesterday, the Ukrainian president lashed out at the US for causing “panic.” “I think there is too much talk about a full-scale war with Russia, and people are even giving dates. The best friend of our enemies is panic in our country, and all this information only sows panic, it does not help us,” said Volodymyr Zelensky, who has been saying for several weeks that the tone of US messages contributes to panic. and economic pain in Ukraine, and thus plays into Putin's hands…

In Moscow, Lavrov denied any plans to attack, saying the US warnings were part of a propaganda campaign…

Later on Saturday, the US denied conducting military operations in Russian territorial waters after Moscow said a Russian warship had chased off a US submarine in Russian waters off the Kuril Islands in the Pacific…”

CNN: President Joe Biden has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that the US and its allies will respond “strongly and impose quick and severe consequences” on Russia if Putin decides to invade Ukraine.

In the roughly hour-long phone call, the White House said Biden had made clear to Putin what he was risking in the event of an invasion. A senior administration official told reporters after a phone call that the discussion was substantive, but that the U.S. fears Russia could still launch a military attack.

“President Biden has made it clear that if Russia launches a new invasion of Ukraine, the United States, along with our allies and partners, will respond strongly and impose a swift and severe cost on Russia. President Biden reiterated that further Russian invasion of Ukraine would result in widespread human suffering and diminished Russian authority,” the White House said in a statement…

The phone call between the two leaders came just hours after the US withdrew some of its military personnel from Ukraine and ordered the evacuation of most of its embassy staff on Saturday as fears grow that a Russian invasion of the country could happen in the next few days. The moves were another sign that the US fears Putin could order an invasion at any time, just a day after Biden's national security adviser warned Americans in Ukraine to leave Ukraine and that hostilities could start with aerial bombardments that could kill civilians.

A senior administration official told reporters on Saturday afternoon that the conversation between the two presidents was “professional and substantive” but “there has been no fundamental change in the dynamics that have been unfolding for several weeks.”

“The two presidents agreed that our teams will continue to work in the coming days,” the official told reporters after the call. – In any case, Russia can decide to start hostilities. Indeed, it is quite possible.”

The official said Biden confirmed US ideas on how to bolster European security as well as address some of Russia's security concerns, but noted that “it remains unclear whether Russia is interested in achieving its goals through diplomacy.”

When asked if Russia had made the decision to invade, the official said, “I think the honest answer to that question is that we don't have full information about President Putin's decision-making.”

“But you know, we don’t base our assessment on what the Russians say in public,” the official continued. “We are basing his assessment on what we are seeing on the ground…namely, the continued build-up of Russia’s presence on the border with Ukraine, and there is no meaningful evidence of de-escalation or indeed any interest in de-escalation.”

Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov described Saturday's call as “balanced and businesslike” but said the US and NATO had failed to address Russia's core security concerns. Ushakov said that the conversation “was taking place in an atmosphere of hysteria about the allegedly imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine by American officials, everyone knows this.”

Ushakov added: “The pressure around the topic of the invasion was carried out in a coordinated manner, and the hysteria reached apogee.”

According to Ushakov, Biden told Putin that he was “committed to the diplomatic path and laid out a number of considerations that, in his opinion, solve many of Russia's problems.” According to Ushakov, Putin said that the United States and its allies are “pumping” Ukraine with new weapons and encouraging provocations by Ukrainian forces in the Donbass and Crimea.

On Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry accused Western countries and the press of spreading a “large-scale disinformation campaign” about Russia's allegedly impending invasion of Ukraine “in order to divert attention from its own aggressive actions.”

POLITICO: “President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke Saturday as fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine intensify and the US warns Americans it is “time to leave” a potential war zone.

Biden's conversation with Putin, which lasted about an hour, was the latest in a string of conversations with Moscow over the past two days, as administration officials actively work to keep Putin out of military action. U.S. officials told POLITICO that intelligence suggests Russia could invade on Feb. 16, and the State Department began evacuating its embassy in Kiev on Saturday, another warning signal from Washington…

On Saturday, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken held a telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, reiterating that the Russian invasion would lead to “a determined, massive and unified transatlantic response.” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also called his counterpart, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, ahead of the Biden-Putin talk.

Austin is expected to arrive in Brussels this week for a long-scheduled meeting of NATO defense ministers that will clearly put Russia in the spotlight. Vice President Kamala Harris will also travel to Europe to speak at the annual Munich Security Conference February 18-20. For the first time in more than a decade, Russian officials refused to attend the event.

This year's Munich event marks the 15th anniversary of Putin's landmark speech to the gathering, which many felt foreshadowed his policy of opposing NATO expansion.

“NATO expansion has nothing to do with modernizing the Alliance itself” Putin said in a belligerent 2007 address. “On the contrary, it is a serious provocation that reduces the level of mutual trust.”

In line with this doctrine and Putin’s fears of Western expansion, in December of this year, Moscow sent a “draft” treaty to NATO denying the possibility that Ukraine will ever be allowed to join the alliance…

In Ukraine, the US and UK on Saturday ordered a small number of troops they had stationed there to train local forces to leave on Saturday. Austin ordered 160 Florida National Guard troops to relocate elsewhere in Europe and 100 British troops to go home…

The drawdown comes as another 3,000 US troops from the 82nd Airborne Division prepare to move to Poland in the coming days, joining 2,000 troops sent there last week.

Another 1,000 troops from The 2nd Cavalry Regiment, based in Germany, has also redeployed to Romania in recent days.

The State Department on Saturday again urged Americans to leave Ukraine, warning that the government would be unable to help U.S. citizens leave Ukraine once potential conflict erupted. While all Ukrainian officials disagree with Washington's assessment of the threat, a senior State Department official said, Ukrainians understand why the State Department took the steps it took on Saturday to wind down its operations in that country.

Fox News:“According to Rep. John Garamendi, Congress is ready to support President Biden in taking “extraordinary” measures if Russia continues military operations in Ukraine. Congressman Garamendi, representing the District of Columbia, of the House Armed Services Committee spoke to other media outlets before the White House revealed details of the Biden-Putin phone call Saturday. He assured that Congress would give Biden “the necessary permission to impose emergency sanctions.”

“I am absolutely sure that the president is not going to give an inch,” Garamendi said. – He is not going to give NATO, he is not going to give Ukraine. He will not let Russia dictate what happens in Europe.”

“On the other hand, if Russia wants to have a good, solid future in the European community, then it will have to give up this threat of war or war itself,” he added…

Rep. John Catko, Republican from New York State, told Fox News that he does not believe that anything can prevent a Russian invasion and that the US will have to “try to deal with the consequences.”

“I'm worried that this is a symptom a bigger problem with this administration,” said Katko, a senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee. “It doesn't really have a coherent foreign policy and they don't show strength.”

Katko also expressed concern about the unity that NATO projects, saying that allies stick together, but not necessarily on the Russia-Ukraine issue. .

“I mean, you look at the fact that Russia has separate conversations with Macron, with France, the German chancellor and the US president,” he said. “I'm not sure they're on the same page and that's a huge concern going forward.”


Reuters found out why a big table was placed between Macron and Putin

Reuters: Macron and Putin sat far apart over Macron's refusal to take a PCR test During the talks, the Russian and French presidents sat at opposite ends of a long table. Reuters sources explained this by the fact that Macron refused to take a PCR test in Russia jpg” alt=”Reuters found out why a big table was set between Macron and Putin” />

French President Emmanuel Macron refused to do a PCR test for coronavirus in Russia when he arrived for talks with President Vladimir Putin, therefore, a distance was maintained between them, Reuters reported, citing two sources close to the French president. In particular, this is why the presidents sat at a four-meter table during the negotiations, the agency specified.

According to his interlocutors, Macron was offered a choice: get tested and be able to communicate with Putin at a shorter distance, or refuse, and maintain a safe distance.

“We understood very well that this meant no handshakes and this long table. But we couldn't let them get the president's DNA,— one source told Reuters, citing security concerns if Macron were to be tested by Russian doctors.

One of Reuters' interlocutors clarified that Macron passed a PCR test in France before flying to Russia, as well as an antigen test upon arrival. This testing was performed by his personal doctor.

Earlier, the representative of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov explained the observance of the distance between the presidents by anti-coronavirus measures. “Exclusively epidemiological measures”, — he explained in a comment to Podym.

The talks between Putin and Macron in Moscow took place on February 7, they lasted more than five hours.

After the talks, during a press conference, Putin warned that if Ukraine joins NATO, it might try to return Crimea by force, and then, the president believed, a conflict involving the alliance would begin.

“I asked at the last conference: “What are we going to fight with NATO?” But I want to ask you too. But there is also the second part of this question: “Do you want to fight with Russia?” Ask your readers, viewers, users of Internet resources: “Do you want France to fight with Russia?” But this is how it will be,»,— Putin turned to a French journalist who asked him a question.

Also, during a press conference, the Russian president uttered the resonant phrase “Well, like it or not” be patient, my beauty. Must be fulfilled. This is how he commented on the statement of the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky that he does not like a single point of the Minsk agreements.

Macron, in turn, after the negotiations, said that it was necessary to find a joint answer to security issues for Russia and Europe. “Dialogue” it is the only means by which real stability and security can be achieved for the European continent,” — he stressed.

He also admitted that discussing the Ukrainian conflict with Putin for him “might start the path we should take,”— path of de-escalation».

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Biden urged Americans to leave Ukraine immediately

Biden: Americans must urgently leave Ukraine The US President explained that the situation in Ukraine could get out of control “very quickly.” He also stated that if a direct conflict arises in Ukraine between the military of Russia and the United States, it will be a “world war”

Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden addressed the Americans in Ukraine and urged them to leave the country « now". He stated this in an interview with NBC.

“American citizens should leave now. <…> It's not like we're dealing with a terrorist organization. [But] we are dealing with one of the largest armies in the world. It's quite different, and the situation can get out of hand very quickly, — he said.

While talking to Biden, correspondent Lester Holt asked the president under what scenario the United States could send troops to Ukraine to evacuate its citizens. “No way. If Americans and Russians start shooting at each other, it will be a world war, — Biden replied.

Also on Thursday, the State Department issued a new notice urging U.S. citizens not to travel to the country “due to the increased threat of Russian military action and COVID-19.” The same Americans already in Ukraine should leave immediately by commercial or private transportation, it says.

“If you stay in Ukraine, exercise extra caution due to [possible] crime, unrest, and potential fighting in the event of Russian military action. Some areas are high risk areas,— State Department notice says.

Ukraine is in the “red” part of the State Department's list of countries, such countries are marked with a “Do Not Visit” warning.

In late January, the State Department issued an order allowing some employees of the US embassy in Kiev to leave the country. The State Department explained this step by “the continuing threat of military action from Russia.”

Following, the embassy itself published recommendations for Americans in Ukraine to leave. “American citizens in Ukraine should consider leaving the country now by regular or private transportation,” — reported in the diplomatic mission.

The Russian Foreign Ministry considered the evacuation of some American diplomats strange. “Their information and political agenda is strange, stupid,” — said the representative of the Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

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Truss called Lavrov’s words about the Ukrainian authorities “undermining sovereignty”

The characteristics of the Ukrainian government given by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov can be considered undermining the sovereignty of Ukraine, said British Foreign Minister Liz Truss Such actions include the statements of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, she noted.

“At a press conference earlier today, Minister Lavrov spoke of concerns about the legitimacy of this government. And I think this just undermines the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, there were also cyber attacks,»,— said the minister.

At a press conference following the talks held at the Foreign Ministry's mansion on Spiridonovka, Sergei Lavrov said that the Budapest Memorandum “did not oblige Russia, Britain, or the United States to recognize the unconstitutional coup d'état carried out by neo-Nazis and ultra-radicals in February 2014.” . President Vladimir Putin also spoke about the fact that Russia has doubts about the legitimacy of the Ukrainian government at a press conference after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron on February 7. According to him, in 2014 Western countries supported the coup d'état in Ukraine. “From now on, for us, power in Ukraine, the source of power— coup d'état, not the will of the people. Yes, of course, subsequent iterations, elections, re-elections, but initially they seized power by force, by force of arms, with blood, — Putin explained the Russian position.


In February 2014, Viktor Yanukovych, then president of Ukraine, signed an agreement with the leaders of the parliamentary opposition, mediated by representatives of the European Union, to resolve the political crisis. On the night of February 22, 2014, oppositionists who disagreed with its terms seized the government quarter, and Yanukovych fled Kiev.

Russia denies that it threatens Ukraine, and explains the buildup of military forces on the border with the right to move troops across its territory and conducting exercises. “What aggression? When did it start? Against who? Have you ever heard something similar from our lips? I'm sure you can't give a single example,” — Sergey Lavrov spoke at a joint press conference with Truss on February 10.

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The State Department threatened Russia with visa sanctions in case of invasion

State Department: US may introduce visa restrictions in case of Russia's invasion of Ukraine Deputy Secretary of State Sherman mentioned possible visa and export restrictions. She did not specify whether visa sanctions would apply to all Russians or individuals

Russia could be subject to visa restrictions in the event of a military conflict in Ukraine, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said on MSNBC.

“I hope that President Putin understands [the possible consequences of an invasion], given the deployment of our forces on the eastern flank, given the military assistance we have delivered to Ukraine, as well as other countries, [given] the sanctions, export restrictions and visa restrictions that will be applied if he makes the wrong choice»,— Sherman emphasized. However, she did not specify whether it is planned to introduce visa restrictions for all Russians or individuals.

Sherman stressed that the United States is extremely concerned about Russia's military presence near the borders with Ukraine and the buildup of forces in these regions. She also recalled the ongoing Allied Resolve exercise in Belarus with Russia, calling it “an escalation, but not a de-escalation.”

According to the Deputy Secretary of State, President Putin has a choice: to send troops to Ukraine or show aggression in another way, which will entail “grand” consequences for Russia, or choose the path of diplomacy and ensure the security of Europe and its country.

The United States has repeatedly stated that it is developing a package of sanctions in case the conflict in Ukraine escalates. They reported that possible restrictions would be more extensive than those resorted to by the United States after the events of 2014.

At the same time, Washington does not intend to introduce preventive measures. As Secretary of State Anthony Blinken explained, this decision was made so that the sanctions would not lose their deterrent effect.

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Footage of exercises in the Crimea and Kuban with missile systems “Bastion”

Coastal missile systems “Bastion” in the Crimea and the Krasnodar Territory were brought to the exercises. They practiced deployment to combat positions and firing practice at targets at sea. How it looked – in the RBC video


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The European Union plans to include Russia in the “grey list” of tax havens


EUobserver has reported that the EU plans to put Russia on the so-called “grey list” of tax havens.

According to media reports, this list will soon increase from 15 to 25 jurisdictions. This time it will include Russia, Israel, the British Virgin Islands and Bermuda.

It is specified that the new edition of the “grey list” will be approved at the meeting of the European Council, which will be held on February 24. The expansion of the list is due to the new EU criteria.

Note that the “gray list” includes countries that refused to cooperate with the EU in the field of taxation. One of the main goals of this document is to prevent tax evasion.


Joe Biden misspoke in interview, confusing Afghanistan with Iraq and Ukraine


US President Joe Biden in an interview with NBC called Afghanistan first Ukraine and then Iraq. The American leader confused the countries when answering a question about the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, after a 20-year military campaign.

“We did not have any opportunity to unite Ukraine. That is, excuse me, Iraq. Afghanistan! I emphasize that it was impossible to achieve such results,” Biden said.

Let us recall that after the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the administration of the current President of America was severely criticized. In particular, they were accused of numerous casualties that occurred during last year's withdrawal of military contingent and civilian personnel from Afghanistan.

Earlier, the former doctor of the US presidents, Ronnie Jackson, along with his colleagues in the Republican Party, called on the head of America, Joseph Biden to follow the example of his predecessor and take the Montreal Cognitive Test.


Znak: Zhirinovsky lost the ability to breathe on his own

Photo: Gennady Cherkasov

Sources reported that the doctors of the Central Clinical Hospital had to disconnect the LDPR leader from the nasal cannula and put him on a ventilator, as he I lost the ability to breathe on my own. At the same time, the Liberal Democratic Party continues to refute reports that the politician's condition is deteriorating and emphasize that he feels fine and continues to work.

“The condition is not improving yet, yesterday he could breathe, today he cannot,” the publication leads words of the first source.

It is also reported that the second source explained that the doctors did not immediately connect the politician to the ventilator, as they feared that they would not be able to remove it later.

At the same time, the connection of Vladimir Zhirinovsky to the ventilator was reported the day before. It turned out that the leader of the LDPR had contracted the coronavirus two weeks ago, but hid it. And on February 2, he ended up at the Central Clinical Hospital with pneumonia and 50-75% lung damage.

At the same time, representatives of the Liberal Democratic Party claim that Zhirinovsky feels fine. The press service of the party today told the RIA Novosti news agency: “He works with documents and gives instructions.”

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Palaces of Nazarbayevs discovered in Germany

Photo of Bühlerhöhe hotel.

The German media company Deutsche Welle, whose office was closed in Moscow, conducted an investigation, during which it discovered that the daughter and son-in-law of the first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, invested more than one hundred million dollars in the purchase of luxurious palaces in Germany.

The material notes that one of the palaces is the Seelach estate in the elite German resort of Baden-Baden. In the 19th century, this building was the residence of the famous Russian diplomat, Privy Councilor Mikhail Khreptovich. At the same time, the newspaper notes, the aristocrat did not even dream about how the building is furnished now. Frescoes, luxurious chandeliers, ceilings made of precious woods, skillful stucco molding – the interior decoration of the Seelah Palace. And on the territory, the new owners set up a landscaped park with fountains, and under it they equipped a luxurious spa area of ​​a thousand square meters.

In addition to the Zeelach estate, Kazakhs own, as DW found out, three more properties in the region. Among these properties are the historic villa of the famous architect Gustav Stroh and the Bühlerhöhe Castle Hotel, a monument of national importance, where Chancellor Konrad Adenauer also stays.

DW found out that the owners of this property are Dinara Kulibayeva, the middle daughter of the former President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayeva and her husband Timur Kulibayev.


Putin responded to Psaki on accusations of “joking about rape”


Russian President Vladimir Putin commented after a meeting with President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev the words about “beauty and Ukraine”. Earlier, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was indignant at these words, calling them “a joke about rape.”

“The words about Ukraine and the “beauty” did not have a” personal dimension, “Putin said.

The Russian leader explained that these words concerned the circumstances of Ukraine's implementation of the Minsk agreements, under which Kiev signed, and now does not want to fulfill these agreements.

Putin said during a joint press conference with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Moscow.

Today, White House press secretary Jen Psaki, commenting on these words of the Russian leader, said that “any joke about rape will surely cause outrage in absolutely everyone in the US presidential administration.”


Ex-Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Kokh and ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine Yatsenyuk quarreled live

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Alfred Kokh took part in the GORDON talk show via video link, which was also attended by the former head Government of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk. The political show discussed the possible threat of a Russian invasion and the provision of military assistance to Kiev from the West. The speakers also touched upon the topic of Nord Stream 2 and the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine.

Taking the floor, Koch began to criticize the Ukrainian government. “Germany is bad for you, betrayed you, refuses to send you weapons? Well, where are your weapons then? In 1991, Ukraine had 6 thousand tanks, today there are only two. for scrap,” he said, emphasizing that the Ukrainian authorities “distributed and stole” weapons left in the country from the times of the USSR.

“Where are your guarantees that this will not happen to German weapons? You know, that some of the weapons will be stolen, some will disappear to no one knows where,” continued the ex-Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, who now lives in Germany.

These words were not liked by Yatsenyuk, who was present in the studio, who abruptly interrupted Koch.

“Just don't be rude to Ukrainians! Please change the tone in relation to my country! It is very important to respect the facts as well. Slightly [lower] the tone and speak more carefully with the country that is under the aggression of the country, in whose government you worked!” – reacted Yatsenyuk.


State Department urges US citizens to leave Ukraine immediately

The press service of the US Department of State issued a statement in which all American citizens currently in Ukraine are advised to leave this country without delay.


The document called on Americans not to visit Ukraine “because of the increased threat of hostilities” from Russia, as well as the unfortunate situation associated with COVID-19.

"All US citizens in Ukraine must leave immediately by commercial or private means. If you remain in Ukraine, show increased caution in connection with crime, civil unrest and potential hostilities by the Russian Federation,” the State Department said in a statement.

It also clarifies that some areas of Nezalezhnaya “have an increased risk,” we are talking about the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and also about the Crimean peninsula, which the US authorities refuse to recognize as Russian.


Macron was afraid of the theft of his DNA during a visit to Moscow

Sources in the Elysee Palace told Reuters that the talks between Russian and French Presidents Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron, which took place in Moscow on February 7 , were held at a 4-meter table so that the heads of state did not become infected with the coronavirus.

However, if Macron had agreed to take the Russian PCR test, he would have been allowed to be closer to Putin, the agency’s interlocutor specified.

“Everyone understood well what the lack of a handshake and this long table meant. But we couldn't let the Russians get their hands on President [Macron's] DNA,” they said in Paris.


Kozak assessed the results of the Normandy format meeting: “There are no tangible results”

Deputy head of the presidential administration of Russia Dmitry Kozak, who led the Russian delegation in Berlin at a meeting of political advisers in the Normandy format”, spoke to reporters after nine hours of negotiations.


The head of the Russian delegation with regret stated that no tangible breakthrough had occurred during the discussion.

He said that the Russian side tried to agree on a final statement, building on the previous meeting in Paris on January 26, but the meeting participants failed to overcome these disagreements.

“Unfortunately, almost nine hours of negotiations ended without any visible, tangible results expressed in documents,” Kozak said, quoted by TASS.

Remained unanswered and a point regarding the special status of Donbass within Ukraine. According to Kozak, Ukraine again refused to resolve this issue.


Soyuz rocket launches British OneWeb communications satellites into orbit

Roscosmos Press Service reported that a batch of 34 communications satellites from the British company OneWeb successfully separated from the Fregat upper stage. after the launch of the Soyuz-ST-B rocket from the Kourou cosmodrome, Interfax reports.

“All 34 OneWeb spacecraft launched into target orbits”, —

It is noted that 428 OneWeb satellites are now in orbit.

Recall that the rocket launched the day before at 21:09 Moscow time from the launch pad of the Guiana Space Center in South America.

OneWeb devices are designed to create a space communication system that provides high-speed Internet access anywhere in the world.

Earlier it became known that on March 5, 36 British OneWeb communications satellites will launch&nbsp ;from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.


Astra fails to get NASA satellites into orbit during launch

The American space startup company Astra reported that during the first launch of its launch vehicle as part of the NASA mission, it was unable to launch four small satellites of the CubeSats type into orbit, RIA Novosti reports.

“During today's flight, we encountered a problem in which the payload was not delivered into orbit”, — The report said.

The rocket launched on Thursday afternoon from the Cape Canaveral Space Center in Florida.

Earlier test launch of the launch vehicle developed by the American company Astra, ended in failure, at launch it shifted slightly away from the launch pad, and a few minutes later the rocket engines turned off.

Also, the Alpha launch vehicle of a private American company Firefly Aerospace exploded a few minutes after launch as part of the first test launch in USA. The missile was launched from a pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.


Is a sanction a ban or a permission?

Weekly “Argumenty i Fakty” № 6. Dogs: heroes or outcasts? 09/02/2022

Under the word “sanction” means  prohibition. But after all, when we say give sanction something”, it means to allow something. How can one word mean exactly the opposite?

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“The word”sanction” comes from French sanction, and originally — from  Latin sanctio (the strictest decree, law with indication of punishment for its violation), — explains Higher School of Economics professor, philologist Marina Koroleva(author of the „Pure Russian podcast with Marina Koroleva“). — In Russian  „sanctions“ two values. Firstly, this is permission, approval by the highest authority (example: „a company can get permission to  export goods abroad“). Secondly, it is a legal norm that indicates the consequences of breaking the law. Or  the same measure of influence on states that have violated something».

That is the sanction of a sanction, but, if you recall the Latin source, there is nothing unexpected in this. After all, sanctio — this is the law. He can punish a violation, and can allow something.


“Traveled half the country”: maniac tenant Schwartz confessed to new murders

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In the suburbs, the investigation of the criminal case of 55-year-old Andrei Golovachev, accused of eight murders, has ended. The “serial” acted according to one scheme: he rented an apartment or a room, brutally cracked down on the owner and left for another region. About where the maniac has been and how many victims there can be – in the material of RIA Novosti.

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The head of Mari El decided to resign

The head of Mari El Alexander Evstifeev decided to resign The head of Mari El Alexander Evstifeev may resign of his own free will, sources told RBC. The probability of leaving is “approaching 100%”, claims one of them

The head of Mari El Alexander Evstifeev, whose 5-year term expires this year, does not intend to run for a second term, four people familiar with the discussion said RBC source.

Reason— personal decision of the head of the region, three interlocutors of RBC said. “He categorically does not want to [continue to work as governor],” — said one of the sources. The probability of Yevstifeev's resignation “is approaching 100%,” added another RBC interlocutor.

RBC sent a request to the press service of the head of Mari El.

According to RBC sources, at the end of the summer— In early autumn, there was a scenario in which the region could be given away to the Communist Party, which traditionally has strong positions in Mari El. Following the results of the elections to the State Duma, the republic became one of the four regions where the communists bypassed United Russia on the lists, gaining 36.3% against 33.4% of United Russia. Communist Sergei Kazankov passed through a single-mandate district to the Duma in the republic. son of the head of the regional branch of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, director of the state farm “Zvenigovsky”; and one of the sponsors of the party, Ivan Kazankov.

RBC's interlocutors found it difficult to assess the likelihood that a communist would eventually receive the post of head of the region. A source in the Communist Party of the Russian Federation told RBC that it would be “logical and correct” to appoint Acting Governor Sergei Kazankov, also because there are “no strong figures” among the authorities in Mari El. But, according to him, no one has yet approached the leadership of the party with such proposals, and in general such a scenario seems “doubtful”.

The current head of Mari El, Alexander Evstifeev, is 63 years old. He won the election of the head of the region in 2017 with a result of 88.3%.

RBC sources called Evstifeev a man close to the first deputy head of the presidential administration, Sergei Kiriyenko. In 2000-2002, he served as deputy plenipotentiary representative of the president in the Volga Federal District, Kiriyenko was the plenipotentiary at that time. Later, Evstifeev was a senator from the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, then chairman of the Ninth Arbitration Court of Appeal, professor at the Department of International Private Law of the Saratov State Academy. Prior to his appointment as Acting Head of Mari El, Evstifeev served as Chairman of the Arbitration Court of the Moscow Region.

«Mari El— poor region with vague prospects. No one succeeded in creating a power vertical in it due to the lack of strong leaders, — says regional policy expert Rostislav Turovsky.

«After the arrest of the peculiar leader of the republic, Leonid Markelov (the head of Mari El in 2001–2017.— RBC] the new authorities failed to sow social optimism, public opinion was and remains depressive. Against this background, just the effective enterprise of the Kazankovs’ communists became a model, and its development contributed to the growth of the popularity of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, since the authorities cannot create anything like that, — continues the expert.

As a result, according to him, the appointment to the leadership of Mari El looks like something akin to punishment: “Evstifeev, apparently, understands this and is not particularly striving for power in the region. The team of people from Saratov, on which he relied in domestic politics, did not figure it out with the region, they had to part with it.

If the governor is replaced in Mari El, then it is theoretically possible to rely on a young Varangian manager with connections in the center like Artem Zdunov in Mordovia, Turovsky believes.

How Mari El lives

The Republic of Mari El is among the most sparsely populated regions of Russia: as of January 1, 2022, about 670 thousand people lived there, according to Rosstat. The republic accounts for 0.2% of the total gross regional product (GRP) of all Russian regions. The economy of Mari El is mainly dependent on manufacturing (26% of GRP) and agriculture (18%), while there is almost no mining in the republic.

Although industrial production in the whole of Russia in 2021 year grew by 5.3%, in the Republic of Mari El, the index of industrial production decreased by 1.3%. The average nominal salary in January & November 2021 was 34.6 thousand rubles. (compared to the all-Russian indicator of 54.6 thousand rubles). The unemployment rate in the fourth quarter of 2021 was 4.4% – almost at the level of the whole of Russia (4.3%).

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Safronov asked for a laptop and three hours in court to prove his innocence

“Kommersant”: Safronov at the trial offered to find on the Internet the data he is accused of transmitting According to Safronov, three hours on the Internet are enough to find the information that he is accused of transmitting. The investigation believes that Safronov handed over to the Czech Republic data on Russia's military activities in the Middle East jpg” alt=”Safronov at the trial asked for a laptop and three hours to prove his innocence” />

Ivan Safronov

Information about the defense capability of Russia, the transfer of which is accused by the former correspondent of the publications “Kommersant” and Vedomosti, adviser to the head of Roskosmos Ivan Safronov, is in the public domain on the Internet. Safronov stated this during a court session, Kommersant reports. with reference to his lawyers.

The meeting was held in the 1st Court of Appeal of General Jurisdiction, the legality of the extension of the term of detention of the accused in pre-trial detention by the Moscow City Court was considered.

Safronov stated that the information allegedly transmitted by him— an “open secret,” and to prove it, he needs three hours and a laptop. However, he continued, he does not have this, as well as the opportunity to defend himself in court. According to Safronov, the court blindly trusts the investigators and the prosecutors who support them.

Judge Viktor Rogov recognized the extension of Safronov's arrest as lawful. The court did not announce the reasoning part of the decision, since journalists were invited to the announcement of the court decision.

Safronov's defenders suggested in an interview with the publication that the last meeting was the last before the start of the trial. According to the schedule, February 11— the last day for lawyers to familiarize themselves with the materials of the criminal case, they must arrive at the Investigation Department of the FSB to read the documents.

“We proceed from the fact that February 11 is also a day for study, but we are afraid that we will immediately be offered sign the completion protocol»,— explained lawyer Dmitry Talantov.

Safronov's lawyers prepared an extensive petition to the investigation demanding additional time to familiarize themselves with the case materials. At the same time, they doubt the possibility of handing the document over to representatives of the department, since it is forbidden to bring things and papers to the building of the Investigation Department of the FSB.

“In fact, we are offered to enter the investigator’s office, figuratively speaking, only in shorts and only with a pen in hand, in order to make notes, if necessary, in a secret notebook, which is kept in his safe,” — indicated Talants.

The lawyer added that the investigators select for study any papers with notes made during the acquaintance with the case. Previously, such notes were attached to a notebook, which is stored in a safe, but recently they have been attached to the case file. “This is how the FSB understands the principle of attorney-client privilege,” — he concluded.

Safronov is suspected of high treason (Article 272 of the Criminal Code), this article threatens with imprisonment for up to 20 years. Investigators believe that the ex-correspondent collaborated with the Czech special services that recruited him in 2012 and in 2017 handed over to them secret information about Moscow’s military-technical cooperation with one of the North African states and the activities of the “Russian armed forces in the Middle East.” The final recipient of the data was the United States, according to the FSB.

The ex-correspondent does not admit guilt, he connects the case with his journalistic activities during the work of Kommersant. The Kremlin denied this connection. “As far as we are aware, this detention is in no way related to the journalistic activities that Ivan Safronov was previously engaged in,” — said the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.

Safronov was arrested in July 2020. At the end of December last year, the court extended his term of detention until the beginning of April this year.

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Deputy Representative to the UN said he hopes to negotiate with the West on guarantees

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Dmitry Polyansky

Russia hopes that it will be able to agree on security guarantees with the United States and NATO, said in an interview with RIA Novosti First Deputy Representative of Russia to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky.

He was asked what measures Russia would take if it was not possible to reach an agreement with the United States and the Alliance on guarantees.

“We proceed from the fact that an agreement we will succeed with the United States and NATO, because they must share the desire to maintain world stability and strengthen security in Europe, at least on the basis of a sense of self-preservation, — answered Polyansky.

In December 2021, Russia submitted security assurance proposals to the US and NATO. In January, a series of negotiations took place on them, which did not bring visible results. Moscow failed to agree on a key point for it— on the legal guarantee of NATO's non-expansion to the east.

The day before, NATO head Jens Stoltenberg announced that he had sent a letter to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with an invitation to continue a series of meetings in the Council of Russia— NATO. According to him, the alliance is ready to discuss exercises, military transparency, reduction of space and cyber threats, as well as arms control, including nuclear weapons.

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