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Political scientist Levy described possible scenarios for the revolution in Ukraine

Economic elites can organize it

Experts note that domestic political problems are growing in Ukraine, with which the authorities are fighting by searching for internal enemies in the country. Political scientist Dmitry Levy does not exclude that a revolution among the elites may occur against this background, which can be carried out according to one of several possible scenarios.

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In an interview with Lenta.ru, Levy noted that at the moment it is not worth looking for global causes, since we are talking exclusively about local politics. According to the political scientist, the internal political situation in Ukraine is now rather weak against the background of the lack of results in the military and economic lines. The expert believes that all this forces the country's authorities to look for new reasons to mobilize the population and create the feeling that they have a plan on which the state is moving.

According to the expert, the fight against some internal enemies has become the “main leitmotif” of Ukraine's domestic policy, which is a simple and obvious trick, but the country has already begun to run out of internal enemies. Levy explained that the “weak and vulnerable” had already been removed, leaving only “strong middle peasants” who could snap back and pursue their own policies. Among them, according to the expert, is the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, who cannot be easily overthrown, because he has his own electorate, and he confidently stands on his feet.

The political scientist believes that in normal times, the current events could provoke unrest in society and lead to a new Maidan, but this requires a leader, a serious public channel and the willingness of the population. According to Levy, it is now clear that in Ukraine everything is quite bad with the leaders, and the population is faced with the question of survival.

That is why, as the expert believes, a revolution of the elites may occur. Levy considers the most likely revolution of the armed forces and the oligarchy, but Zelensky does not just follow the actions of the security forces, organizing reshuffles. The political scientist explained that the president of the country does not want to allow the emergence of a new group.

Levy is wondering which elites might raise issues, and right now he sees three possible scenarios. According to the expert, first of all there are economic elites. He recalled that under martial law, the economy is collapsing, and some of the elites will want the end of hostilities at any cost in order to restore economic relations, which will categorically not suit the political elite.

In addition, according to the political scientist, the security forces are also painfully enduring what is happening, giving signals about a lost military campaign, which runs counter to the position of political elites who are ready to fight to the end. Levy believes that this is not good for the military elite, because they will have to continue to exist, and the political elite knows that they will cease to exist in the event of defeat.

The expert emphasized that the economic elite is currently the weakest, but it most interested in cessation of hostilities in order to regain control over their assets. According to Levy, the masses in the event of a revolution will be an inactive tool that will be led by the elites. The political scientist believes that now they have taken a wait-and-see attitude until mid-autumn in order to assess how the situation will develop against the backdrop of a change in the format of the military campaign due to the weather, a possible intensification of the negotiation process or the proposal of new conditions by Russia.

Levy concluded that at the moment it is difficult to make predictions, especially since he does not yet see readiness for an internal revolution and the emergence of new groups. However, the political scientist added that “that’s why they are groups” in order to form covertly.

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Putin’s secret revolution: what the president hid in plain sight

It has become almost impossible to change the vector of the strategic direction of Russia's development set by the GDP

Ten years ago, graffiti could often be seen on the walls of houses in Moscow: Vladimir Putin, with scissors in his hands, cuts off the first letter in the English word Revolution and looks with satisfaction at what is left – Evolution. But now such graffiti is almost invisible. And this has its own homespun truth.

John Reed's famous book about the events of October 1917 was called Ten Days That Shook the World. But in February of this year, Putin managed to shake to the ground the entire world order that had developed by that time in just one day.

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Motives of those actions of the President of the Russian Federation are still a mystery to many experts.

Throughout his political career, Putin was guided by the famous principle of Pyotr Stolypin: “They need great upheavals, we need Great Russia.” The fateful decision of the GDP catapulted Russia into the epicenter of great upheavals. During his time at the helm of the country, Putin has always tried to ensure maximum freedom of maneuver and freedom of hands.

The Great Geopolitical Revolution of February 2022 forced the President of Russia to act within a very narrow corridor of opportunity. But this riddle has a solution. And this clue is hidden in plain sight.

“The only constant thing in life is change.” Having set out to find the author of this quotation, I soon abandoned this task because of its futility. This wise thought is too universal. But what kind of “permanence of change” has been the specificity of Russian politics for several centuries already?

Each new leader invariably renounces the political legacy of his predecessor. Empress Elizabeth defeated Prussia. Her nephew Peter III gave back all the conquests with apologies. The wife of Peter III, Catherine II, quickly removed her husband from business.

But their common son Pavel nullified his mother's policy. His son Alexander I said that “with me everything will be like with my grandmother.” The next tsar, Nicholas I, buried his brother's political liberalism. But liberalism flared up with renewed vigor during the reign of his own son Alexander II…

Nothing has changed even after the post of leader of the country ceased to be passed on like a relay baton within the same family. Khrushchev nullified Stalin, Brezhnev nullified Khrushchev, Andropov-Brezhnev, Chernenko-Andropov, Gorbachev-Chernenko, Yeltsin nullified Gorbachev…

If we continue to reason within the framework of this unchanging logic of Russian history, then on the next round of the historical spiral a certain Mr. X, whose last name we do not yet know (or, rather, we do know, but not yet in this context), will invariably nullify the political legacy of the current leader of the country, Vladimir Putin.

And here is the stop. It is very possible that the notorious spiral will begin to rotate in a different direction. There are many indications that Putin managed to break the logic of the development of Russian history – to ensure that the vector of the country's political development he set is unchanged, regardless of which new leader will come to power in the Kremlin in five, ten, twenty or even thirty years.

Why Putin wanted to “break the matrix”

Toward the end of Mikhail Gorbachev's reign, against the backdrop of growing chaos in the state, the famous Soviet scientist, academician Yevgeny Velikhov, brought Bruce Rappaport, a well-known investment banker from Switzerland, to a meeting with the Secretary General.

As Velikhov tells in his memoirs, Mikhail Sergeevich, as was his custom, he launched into long and vague rants about the great potential and great future of the Soviet Union. Accustomed to specifics, the Western businessman listened to the General Secretary with increasing impatience, and then interrupted him and asked permission to tell a Jewish anecdote.

“A certain inconsolable widower who had just buried his wife came to the rabbi for advice on how to live on. The rabbi told him, “Let a year or two pass. You will adjust and find comfort!” The widower replied: “What will happen in a year or two is understandable. But how should I be tonight?”

I'm not sure that Mikhail Gorbachev, with his amazing ability to ignore the uncomfortable aspects of reality, understood exactly what kind of thought they were politely trying to convey to him. But Putin, although hardly anyone tells him Jewish jokes with a hint, on the contrary, constantly keeps this thought in his head.

All political leaders are divided into two categories: some live exclusively for today – according to the principle mistresses of the French king Louis XV, Marquise de Pompadour: “after us, even a deluge.” Others, without ignoring, of course, today, constantly think about tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.

Putin is a clearly expressed representative of the second category. Keeping under tight control every “tonight” during his reign, the owner of the Kremlin has long been thinking in historical terms, in terms of the fate of Russia and his own role in determining and ensuring this fate. And here is how, in the light of this fact, in my opinion, one can interpret the “geopolitical revolution of February 24”: Putin came to the conclusion that it is possible to ensure the Great Future of Great Russia only if one is not afraid of great upheavals.

I will try to prove my idea with the help of past statements by the president himself. Meeting of the Valdai Club, October 2016. Oksana Antonenko, a British expert of Russian origin, asks Putin a question about the mood of Russian citizens: “Don’t you think that they have a request to reduce geopolitical tensions?” Answer of the GDP: “We all have a request to reduce geopolitical tensions, but not in the way of our funeral. If the payment for lowering geopolitical tensions is our funeral, then this will not suit anyone, including those who have doubts about the effectiveness of the current government, or those who would like serious changes.”

What did Putin mean by “our funeral” in this case? I think that, first of all, the funeral of Russia's status as a great power.

A lot has already been said about why, from the point of view of Putin, by February 2022, the danger of such a funeral as a result of targeted actions by the West has become quite real. Many, but not all. So far, such an important factor as the unchanging logic of Russian history described above has remained behind the scenes.

in the Foreign Affairs magazine, the program article “Ukrainian strategy for the long term.”

Long-term planning is something that Richard Haas emphasized during his career in public service: one of his previous positions was director of political planning at the State Department. And as the veteran of American diplomacy sorted through and then immediately discarded the options available to America, he finally settled on this: the United States should just wait.

Wait by the sea for the weather? Not really. Departure of Vladimir Putin from the post of President of the Russian Federation. Richard Haas: “Ultimately, what may be required…is change not in Washington, but in Moscow. In all likelihood, it will take someone other than Putin to take the steps to end Russia's pariah status, economic crisis, and military swamp.

The West must make it clear: it ready to reward a new Russian leader who takes such steps while increasing pressure on the current Russian leader.”

For reasons that will be detailed later, I find this logic by a leading American foreign policy strategist unworkable in the future. But that doesn't mean she was inoperable in the past.

At one time I had a good friend, the right hand of the last head of the Soviet State Planning Committee, a member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the CPSU and First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation in Primakov's office, Yuri Maslyukov, Anton Surikov. Anton was a great hoaxer, but at the same time a very original and interesting political thinker. He especially liked to talk about the fact that modern Russia will never dare to go into a really serious conflict with the United States.

As Surikov argued to me, official Washington has too many levers of influence on the Russian elite. During Anton's life (he died suddenly in 2009, before he even reached the age of 50), his analytical calculations on the topic of what kind of sanctions America could bring down on our business magnates and how easily it could confiscate their property seemed to me purely hypothetical , even fantasy logical constructions. But just over 10 years have passed, and many of his predictions have come true.

Many – but not the most important. America pressed all its possible and impossible sanctions levers to the limit, but this did not make Moscow stop. But here's the question: why didn't you? Answer: because at the head of the pyramid of Russian power there is a leader in whose eyes the losses from Western sanctions are compared with the main goal – maintaining the status of a great power for Russia – albeit painful, difficult, unpleasant, but still acceptable.

Putin weighed all the pros and cons and made a decision. However, a potential successor to Putin, or a successor to Putin's successor, in a similar situation, might make a very different decision. However, why do I use this particular verbal construction “could accept”? It would probably be more correct to write like this: “I would have made a different decision.”

Today, Dmitry Medvedev, an active user of social networks, almost every day proves to the public his burning “hatred” for the Western world. However, faced in 2011 as President of the Russian Federation with the need to make a real choice, he preferred to follow in the wake of Western policy in the Libyan issue, which is very important and indicative for Putin. And this despite the fact that the issue price in 2011 was immeasurably lower than the issue price in 2022.

There was no pressure on President Medvedev, they did not demand “by all means do it, otherwise we will bring down the ninth wave of sanctions on you!” But he still made a decision that, according to Putin's deep conviction, did not correspond to Russian national interests and criteria for a just world order – he did not block the decision of the UN Security Council on the right of the United States and countries to armed intervention in the internal Libyan conflict, pushed by the West.

Remember that famous public “divergence of views” between Prime Minister Putin and President Medvedev in March 2011? Putin: “The Security Council resolution is defective and flawed, it allows everything and resembles a medieval call for a crusade. In fact, it allows the invasion of a sovereign country.”

Medvedev a few hours later: “We all need to be as accurate as possible in our assessments. In no case is it permissible to use expressions that, in fact, lead to a clash of civilizations, such as “crusades” and so on. This is unacceptable!”

The significance of this Libyan episode in the modern history of Russia, from my point of view, cannot be overestimated. As people close to Putin told me, when transferring presidential powers to Medvedev in 2008, the GDP did not at all rule out the option of his subsequent complete resignation from power. This option was later ruled out when Putin came to the conclusion that his successor was bending under the pressure (or under the influence of political charm) of the West.

And now let's sum up the intermediate results. As a seasoned intelligence officer and seasoned political leader, Putin harbors no illusions about human nature and its inherent tendency to “take the path of least resistance.” Putin has no illusions about the “loyalty to the principles” of a significant part of the Russian elite.

The experiment arranged by Putin in the form of a temporary or even permanent transfer of power to a like-minded person in this part actually failed. However, this failure, of course, did not force the GDP to abandon its main task – to ensure the invariability of Russia's political course to retain the status of a great power.

Shortly after the return of VVP to the presidency in 2012, a new concept appeared in the Russian political lexicon – “nationalization of the elite.” And in 2022, the nationalization of the elite turned into a definitive fact.

The matrix is ​​broken

In April 1991, former US President Richard Nixon decided to find out where the Soviet Union was heading and went on a visit to Moscow. The retired American head was readily greeted by KGB Chairman Vladimir Kryuchkov, former Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze, and Soviet Presidential Security Council member Yevgeny Primakov.

But the two most important actors in our then political drama – Gorbachev and Yeltsin – did not have time for Nixon. Despite all his personal authority and high rank in world politics, the ex-President of the United States received a polite but firm refusal to grant an audience. And then, as described in Collapse: The Fall of the Soviet Union by London School of Economics professor Vladislav Zubok's brilliant and, unfortunately, so far only English-language book, Nixon's aide Dimitri Simes solved the problem with a witty trick.

Mindful of Persistent rumors that in the lobby of the elite Moscow hotel where they were staying “everything was tapped and scanned by the KGB,” Simes began talking loudly about Nixon's upcoming meeting with Yeltsin. The fish quickly took the bait. A few hours later, the former American leader received a call from Gorbachev's secretariat and was invited to a meeting with the “father of perestroika.”

What happened next was a matter of technique. Simes informed Vladimir Lukin, then chairman of the international committee of the Supreme Soviet of Russia, close to Yeltsin, that Gorbachev would accept Nixon after all. And the president of the RSFSR also very quickly found time in his schedule to meet with the retired American president.

What happened after February 24, 2022 in terms of the nationalization of the Russian elite is somewhat reminiscent of this story. Vladimir Putin did not have to make any additional efforts. All the work to achieve this goal was done by the one who previously partially privatized this elite – the collective West.

Article 14 of the German Constitution: “Property and the right to inherit are guaranteed… Property obliges. Its use must simultaneously serve the common good. Alienation of property is permitted only for the purposes of the common good. It can only be made by law or on the basis of a law regulating the nature and amount of compensation. Compensation is determined on the basis of a fair consideration of the interests of society and interested parties.”

After the launch of Russia’s special operation in Ukraine, it became clear that, from a Western point of view, the common good requires that citizens of the Russian Federation should not have any property in their countries and that they are not entitled to any compensation based on the consideration of the interests of the interested parties.

You can talk for as long as you want that the confiscation of the property of Russian citizens is a violation of all conceivable and unthinkable norms. These conversations will not affect anything at all. With regard to the citizens of the Russian Federation, all these conceivable and unthinkable norms no longer exist.

What happened is irreversible. This unpleasant fact must be accepted. And it is also necessary to accept the fact that completely irreversible changes have occurred in other, even more important areas.

There is such a proverb: you borrow other people's money and for a while, but you give your own forever. But this, of course, is nothing more than a joke. But what is by no means a joke is that until 2014, the Russian Federation was quite a complete and established state without Crimea. But after reunification with the peninsula, it is impossible to imagine Russia without Crimea. Giving Crimea to someone is now the same for the Russian state as cutting off an arm and a leg for a person. When new territories formerly part of Ukraine become part of Russia as a result of referendums this fall, this will also apply to them.

Richard Haas hopes that some future new president of Russia will be willing and able to dismantle Vladimir Putin's foreign policy legacy. Doesn't want to. And even if he wants to, he can't. Such a task is, in principle, unrealizable.

The only exception to this principle is the complete collapse of the Russian statehood, the total capitulation of the country. What kind of president would be willing (and able) to realize this scenario? Here's what not everyone has yet grasped, but which will become more and more obvious with each new month and each new year: Putin has created a completely new geopolitical reality that will continue after Russia has a new president. The time of the main geopolitical forks has passed. Track selected. All foreign policy maneuvers of Russia, and the West, by the way, too, are now possible only within this track.

What exactly does this track look like? Looking at the situation from an American point of view, it is best characterized by the words of U.S. Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady at a White House private meeting in June 1991, quoted in Vladislav Zubok's book The Collapse, as saying: “Brady, with rare frankness, formulated the American strategic priority. “What is required is a change in Soviet society in such a way that it cannot afford a defense system. If the Soviets go to the market, they will not be able to afford a large defense sector. A real reform program will turn them into a third-tier power. This is what we want!”

These words were uttered at the very height of the thaw in relations between Moscow and Washington. And at that time they were only one (albeit the most really influential) of the alternative points of view. But now this diversity is finally gone. The course towards turning Russia into a power of the third category is a non-alternative line of conduct for the Western elite for years and decades to come.

And here is how the new geopolitical track looks from the Russian point of view. Program director of the Russian International Affairs Council Ivan Timofeev noted in an article for the Valdai Club: “Sooner or later, any conflict ends in peace. Such is the conventional wisdom that can often be heard from those who, in the current situation of the sanctions tsunami and confrontation with the West, are trying to find hope for a return to “normality”…

We are forced to disappoint those who believe in such a prospect … The contradictions between Russia and the West are stable. An unstable system of asymmetric bipolarity has formed in Europe, in which the security of Russia and NATO can hardly be indivisible. There is no way for Russia to crush the West without unacceptable damage to itself. However, the West, despite its colossal superiority, cannot crush Russia without unacceptable losses. Containing Russia is the optimal strategy for the West. Ukraine is doomed to remain one of the areas of containment. For Russia, the strategy of asymmetric balancing of Western superiority remains optimal.

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Sabotage near Dzhankoy: how they were supposed to guard the ammunition depot in the Crimea

“In this case, negligence is excluded”

After the explosion at the ammunition depot in Dzhankoy, few people have any doubts that a group of Ukrainian saboteurs are walking around Crimea – the Ministry of Defense recognized the incident as sabotage . Prior to Dzhankoy, an explosion occurred in Sevastopol on the territory of the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet. Then at the military airfield in Saki. A series of these events can no longer be explained by banal carelessness and non-compliance with fire safety measures. The situation was commented to “MK” by military expert captain 1st rank in the reserve Vladimir Gundarov.

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The Russian military department said that the fire in the village of Mayskoye near Dzhankoy occurred at a temporary ammunition storage site. The ammunition detonated. The head of the Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, said that the fire also happened at the same time at the power plant. Two people were injured in the fires. One man has shrapnel wounds, another was crushed by a fallen wall.

Due to the detonation of ammunition, the railway was damaged. Now all passenger trains traveling to Crimea stop at the Vladislavovka station, near Feodosia, from where passengers are then delivered by road to the nearest bus stations. Residents of the villages of Azovskoye and Maiskoye closest to the fire were evacuated and temporarily placed in neighboring settlements.

Local residents also say that everything that happened was not an accident. One of them, in a conversation with MK, complained:

– When it exploded in Saki, I immediately told my wife: if this is not negligence, then the next explosion should be expected near Dzhankoy. The military has a large facility there. And just as he looked into the water!

It is a pity, of course, that the relevant services, whose direct responsibility is to protect such objects, did not see the same “water”. Moreover, precedents for the necessary strengthening were created.

According to the military analyst, editor of the magazine “Arsenal of the Fatherland” Alexei Leonkov, the handwriting of the saboteurs clearly resembles the actions of the British special forces – their school.

And military expert Vladimir Gundarov believes that we can even talk about more than one sabotage group. Perhaps the one that set fire to the electrical substation was thereby supposed to divert the attention of local services from the ammunition depots, which other saboteurs were working on.

“There is a sabotage and reconnaissance network of the main intelligence department of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and agents-saboteurs of the SBU,” says Gundarov. – A strike by missiles, and even more so by drones, from Ukrainian territory is excluded, since Kyiv does not have missiles with a flight range of two hundred kilometers or more. The drone is also impossible not to notice, taking into account the deployed layered air defense on the territory of the Kherson region liberated from the nationalists and in the Crimea itself.

The expert believes that, compared to the air base in Saki, the temporary ammunition storage site near the village of Mayskoye is obviously not equipped with anti-sabotage equipment, which is also indicated by its “temporary” status. However, in his opinion, in both cases, it is necessary to look for those who had the opportunity to bring an explosive device into the territory.

Barbed wire around the perimeter, sentries, observation posts – all this creates an obstacle for those who try to enter without authorization to the forbidden territory, and even more so to carry explosives with you.

The security and defense of especially important facilities includes surveillance and automatic response systems. For protection and defense, uninhabited bunkers with machine guns and grenade launchers were placed around the perimeter. There are new technologies that allow tracking the territory using telemetric motion sensors, infrared surveillance and other sensors. When a person or a technical device approaches the protected perimeter, they are triggered and inform the operator via a radio channel. This is how, by the way, the positions of intercontinental-range ballistic missiles are equipped.

Each unit has detachments of anti-sabotage forces and means – PDSS, which should instantly respond to the appearance of a stranger.

The arsenals are no less reliably equipped. As for temporary storage sites, especially open ones, security is weaker there, but there are also guards, surveillance systems, sensors and telemetry equipment for remote visual surveillance, as is now in any store. A fly cannot fly by, unless it is its own “fly”.

– According to the Charter of the internal service, Gundarov clarifies, before taking up the post and the warehouse staff, before entering the territory, they must hand over matches, cigarettes, lighters and other flammable items, not to mention explosives. Although all previous experience, since the times of the USSR, shows that there have been cases of non-compliance with this requirement.

But in this case, negligence is excluded, if only because everyone understands the specifics of the situation. The second explosion in Crimea is not an accident, but a purposeful terrorist activity of the criminal nationalist Kyiv regime. I think that the masterminds and perpetrators of the attack will be found out and brought to justice.

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The representative of the Iranian company spoke about the possible supply of drones to Russia

“The US hit Iran much harder”

One of the hallmarks of this year's Army Forum is the broad participation of the Iranian military industry. An MK correspondent visited the stand of an Iranian company that, among other things, produces unmanned aerial vehicles, and asked its representative Nayafi Pour Davood about the possibility of selling drones to Russia.

Photo: Fars Media Corporation.

– Our drones are known for their high quality, so they will be an ideal item to export to your country. Which manufacturer will refuse another buyer, especially an entire country? If our states conclude a contract with each other, we will be very happy.

– Many Iranians are happy to establish relations with your country. Together, Iran and Russia are a much bigger force. That is why the Iranian people are very enthusiastic about the idea of ​​supplying our drones to Russia.

– Of course, this also cannot be ignored. True, to be honest, we believe that the United States hit Iran much more painfully than Russia. You have not been banned from exporting your most important resources, but our situation is much more difficult.

Earlier, the media reported that Russia ordered a thousand drones from Iran.

In 2022, in total, forum “Army” delegations from 70 countries arrived. Many organized their expositions.

Meanwhile. As part of the Moscow Conference on Security, Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Alexander Fomin spent August 16 in Patriot Park near Moscow. negotiations with the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Ali Mohamed Abdollahi. Generla Fomin thanked the military and political leadership of Iran “for the special dynamics in the development of relations in the military and military-technical spheres, including despite the numerous sanctions that have taken place over many, many decades.” In turn, Brigadier General Abdollahi noted the commitment of Iran's top leadership to the development of comprehensive cooperation with Russia.

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The Bulgarians were glad that they were no longer allies of Russia

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Readers of the Bulgarian edition of Dir.bg commented on an article that included a statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the opening of the Army-2022 forum. In particular, the Bulgarians reacted to the words of the Russian leader that Moscow has many allies, partners and like-minded people in the world. In particular, Putin listed the states of Latin America, Asia, Africa.

“Mr. Putin, I am glad that we are not among your allies – North Korea and Iran!”, – one of the residents of Bulgaria wrote under the material.

Another commentator suggested that they might ban travel from Russia to establish a brain drain, although they are calling not to issue visas to Russians precisely in European countries, and no restrictions are being discussed in Russia itself.

Another participant in the discussion called the special operation Putin's “logical answer”, since, according to him, “the United States surrounded Russia” and “crossed the red lines a long time ago”.

Another debater believes that in March-April the United States will reduce prices for oil and gas and Russia will go bankrupt.

He is answered by an opponent who called for leaving the EU and NATO and entering into an alliance with Russia. “The West has always brought poverty and trouble to the Bulgarians,” he wrote.

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A bird got into the engine of the aircraft of the government of the Russian Federation: it made an emergency landing

Photo: Elena Egorova

The Tu-214 of the Rossiya special flight squad was forced to make an emergency landing in Chita. According to the crew, on takeoff, a bird got into the left engine – this is a dangerous emergency situation. Passengers sitting in the second part of the cabin saw a flash and fire in the engine.

It was obvious to the passengers that the plane could not gain altitude, it was wedged to one side. The pilots began to land, trying to stay as far away from the residential sector as possible.

Photo: Elena Egorova

By the time they landed on the airfield, fire trucks were pulled, but no extinguishing was required. Moreover, the pilots managed to reach the runway. None of the passengers were hurt. All of them left the plane on their own and will soon be accommodated in hotels in Chita.

The departure of the government delegation and journalists to Moscow is postponed to Wednesday. Another flight squadron will be sent behind them.

Photo: Elena Egorova

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The Federation Council demanded “convincing retaliatory strikes” after sabotage in Crimea

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Head of the Constitutional Committee of the Federation Council Andrey Klishas commented on the message of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation that as a result of sabotage in the Crimea in the region In the village of Dzhankoy, ammunition was detonated at a military depot.

Klishas called for a harsh crackdown on the attempt of “neo-Nazis” to turn Russian territory into a training ground for sabotage operations.

“Russia's retaliatory strikes must be very convincing “, – stressed Klishas, ​​adding that we are talking about protecting the sovereignty of Russia.

In turn, Sergei Tsekov, member of the Federation Council from Crimea, said that after the sabotage, it is necessary to increase the level of protection of such objects not only on the peninsula, but also in Russia as a whole. He also urged to increase the level of protection of strategic facilities.

At the same time, he expressed the opinion that this sabotage “will not have an impact on the course of a special military operation in Ukraine.”

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Search of Trump’s residence added to his supporters

The ex-president of the United States may not go to prison, but his positions are actively strengthening

The search by FBI agents of the Trump estate in Mar-a-Lago in Florida last week was limited to not only searching “secret documents”. The most searched politician in the United States complained that agents had confiscated three of his passports. What next awaits Trump in the current situation and is a real prison term possible? Dealing with an expert.

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Last week was one of the toughest in recent months for former US President Donald Trump. FBI agents broke into his residence in Mar-a-Lago on the pretext of searching for some “secret documents”. Later it became known about the seized “box with documents in leather cover”, “folder with photographs”; and “handwritten note”. The list of confiscated items was supplemented by “top secret” and “confidential” documents.

For the United States, this situation has become absolutely unprecedented. Previously, no American president has been subjected to such “events”.

In addition to all the documents that were already officially known, information about Trump's three confiscated passports suddenly appeared. Moreover, the “victim” himself shared such information.

On his own Truth Social, Donald Trump wrote: “During the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, they stole three of my passports, one of which was expired, among many other things.”

The politician also supplemented this message with a statement that “this is an attack on a political opponent at a level never seen before in our country. A third world country.

A Justice Department spokesman was quick to report that Trump's passports were not in the possession of the FBI and were in fact returned to the former president.

Outwardly, the situation around Trump really looks like a specially planned political game. Only the winner has not yet been determined. And the prospects of the former head of the White House in the political dimension are still quite blurred.

– As for the current situation, quite serious charges have been brought against Trump, – comments on “MK” director of the US Research Foundation. Franklin Roosevelt at Moscow State University Yuri Rogulev. – It is difficult to say what these accusations are based on. But the search warrant, which was issued by the court at the request of the Department of Justice, includes the issue of state secrets, espionage, that is, treason, and the transfer of US secrets related to nuclear weapons. As far as we understand, whether this will be confirmed or not – big question. If confirmed, he faces a prison sentence.

Given Trump's status, the question arises of how real the imprisonment of the former president of America is. After all, the very nature of the situation is rather controversial.

According to Yuri Rogulev, it is premature to talk about such a development of events. And it is unlikely that such a final will come.

– I think that it will not end with anything, no prison term. At best, they will announce some kind of censure, or an administrative fine. But we understand that any high-ranking American official, when he finishes his work – takes documents from his office. And he has the right to them, this is his personal archive, – the expert explains. – In this sense, officials, taking these documents, decide for themselves where to place them. In principle, for Trump, as a former president, they should prepare an archive and a presidential library at public expense, where these papers could be placed.

However, the number of those documents that attracted the attention of agents does not fit in a couple of pieces of paper , which can be discreetly hidden and taken out of the White House. We are talking about whole boxes with valuable information.

According to the rules, the expert claims, the removal of all confidential and secret papers is formalized in a certain way. To claim that the former president himself was capable of secretly carrying out such information – rather strange.

– As for secrecy and not secrecy, then there are rules. Naturally, we understand that Trump did not put these papers in folders himself, but folders in boxes. He has an office for this, specialists, but the fact is that all the documents that the president works with – either for official use or secret. Another thing is that they lose this secrecy and there is a declassification procedure. Therefore, we cannot trust the FBI to what extent these accusations are justified. Some US senators express fears that they could have staged a provocation, put some folder in the box that should not have been there.

This assumption sounded from the lips of Trump himself. Speaking to Fox News, he lamented that “there has never been a time when law enforcement has been used to break into the home of a former president of the United States, and the country is in anger at a level that has never been before.” p>

Foreign and domestic experts increasingly see only political interests in what is happening, and not the struggle for the truth. It is almost impossible to predict exactly how everything will turn out.

– The chaos and commotion that is now being observed in the United States is taking place before the elections (the mid-term elections to the Congress will be held in November of this year. – "MK"), – comments Yuri Rogulev. – Elections will be held, maybe everything will calm down for a while. I think no one will put Trump in jail before the election. They will try to inflate everything within a certain time. My opinion: this scandal, as in all previous times related to the impeachment of Trump, is designed to launch this campaign. But what will it lead – big question. Because society will not calm this down and will not eliminate the split.

Against the backdrop of Trump's unequivocal accusation of all sins by the current American authorities, the unity of supporters of the persecuted politician is strongly knocked out of the general mood.

According to Fox News, Trump's followers were largely inspired by the search, rallied around the former president and criticized these events as a political move, as it comes at a time when many are waiting for him to announce his plans to run for a new presidential term.

People also note the growing number of Trump supporters.

– We see that the number of Trump supporters increased by 10% in the Republican Party after the actions of the FBI, – says in a conversation with "MK" Yuri Rogulev. – Some even came with weapons to the local FBI office and demanded that this organization be covered up. Among supporters, the authority of the politician will increase. The opposite camp already hates him, and this situation will definitely not add love to him. But among the supporters of his position may get stronger.

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FSB announced the undermining by Ukrainian saboteurs of power transmission lines of the Kursk nuclear power plant

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The FSB of Russia reported that Ukrainian saboteurs undermined power transmission line pylons through which the Kursk NPP supplied electricity to consumers, which led to disruption of the functioning of the nuclear power plant.

The statement of the Russian special service says that the sabotage was committed on 4, 9 and 12 August. As a result, six towers of high-voltage power lines (110, 330 and 750 kV) were damaged.

The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation notes that industrial, transport, life support, social infrastructure and the population of the Kursk region were supplied through these towers and neighboring regions.

“Now they are looking for saboteurs and their possible accomplices,” the statement says.

The FSB added that the security of nuclear facilities has been strengthened, and a criminal case has been initiated in connection with the incident. case under the article: “Terrorist attack”.

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Political scientist Dudchak revealed what the loss of the Black Sea is fraught with for Ukraine

“This will change everything”

In a recent piece for the National Interest, columnist Ilya Timchenko warned that Ukraine's loss of access to the Black Sea would deal a catastrophic blow, literally turning it into a ” state-stump”. Ukrainian political scientist Alexander Dudchak believes that such a scenario is quite real, and the consequences of this will be irreversible.

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In a comment to the 360 ​​telegram channel, Dudchak said that after Ukraine lost its exit to the Black Sea, interest from the West will drop sharply. The political scientist explains this by saying that the concept of “from sea to sea” will be “covered”.

In addition, according to the expert, it will be a disaster from an economic point of view, since the country will lose ports, the ability to export products if it will generally remain on Ukrainian territory, and he also recalled the pipeline that goes to Romania.

Dudchak concluded that the loss of the Black Sea would change everything for Ukraine, emphasizing that this scenario is quite real for the country.

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The authorities of Nikolaev stole 56 million hryvnia for the repair of water supply

People are being served salty sea water at home

According to the latest data, the Russian Armed Forces have taken control of the village of Aleksandrovka in the Kherson region, thus opening the road to Nikolaev. Military and administrative documents were urgently removed from the city itself a few days ago. Nikolaev and its inhabitants hastily leave, but the reason is no longer fear of being at the epicenter of hostilities: there is no fresh water in the city at all, entire quarters are disconnected from the water supply, and residents are offered to use salty sea water for their needs.

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Problems with water in Nikolaev began long ago. Even in the spring, residents were forced to resort to extreme measures and even draw water in buckets from ponds and puddles. A certain amount of drinking water was brought in canisters on buses and trucks, but to get it, you had to stand in line for many hours.

Water shortage began after the damage to the water supply system drawing water from the Dnieper, and human greed only complicated the situation – local officials they just set up a profitable business for themselves, making a fortune on the water trade.

As local residents assure, the administration of Nikolaev was not engaged in repair of a waterpipe, preferring to pump water directly from Liman. For these purposes, more than a dozen wells were drilled … with salt water, which residents are invited to clean on their own. For example, remove salt by evaporation. Salt water itself wears out the water supply and makes it unusable, and is completely unsuitable for domestic needs.

Back in May, the head of the Nikolaev regional administration, Vitaly Kim, announced that drinking water would appear in the taps of residents in the next month or two. The summer has passed, but things are still there.

The Mayor of Nikolaev Alexander Senkevich even visited the police the day before for questioning in a criminal case on the theft of 56 million hryvnias (93,520,000 rubles), which the government gave for the restoration of the destroyed city in the city water supply. The money evaporated, but the water did not appear either.

The mayor himself is trying in every possible way to avoid responsibility. According to him, the finances for water supply allegedly have not even been sent yet: “The day before yesterday I received a request from the prosecutor’s office on this issue, referring to one of the anonymous telegram channels, that it is also necessary to seize documents related to the issue of using this money, although the money has not even been directed,” Senkevich said.

“The main thing when you steal like Senkevich, accompany everything with patriotic speeches. Maybe even get another order,” one of the angry residents of Nikolaev wrote on his blog. Against the backdrop of what is happening, the anger of the townspeople was aroused by the head of the Nikolaev Parks utility company, who told that officials had spent huge money on green spaces since the beginning of the year, and plans to spend the same amount.

The situation with water will become critical if in Kherson, a decision will be made to close the Kakhovka dam on the Dnieper. In the meantime, the Ukrainians are saved by the weather. When there is no water in the pipes, it is taken directly from the sky. For several days now, there has been a heavy downpour in the city, flooding the entire city center, which means that the time has come for the long-suffering citizens to take up bottles and buckets again.

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Due to the demolition of the T-34 tank in Narva, the border had to be blocked

Opponents of the dismantling of Soviet monuments want to be deprived of a residence permit

Another Soviet monument, a T-34 tank, installed at the entrance to the city, has been dismantled in Estonian Narva. According to the authorities, the tank will be transferred to the Estonian War Museum in the village of Viimsi. The dismantling was carried out contrary to the opinion of the residents of Narva, more than 90% of whom are Russian speakers. Local activists were on duty near the tank and organized a collection of signatures in his defense. Did not help. The mayor of Narva, Katri Raik, refused to run for the Estonian parliament and called what was happening a “shock”.

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The dismantling of the monument began around 8.15 am. Before that, the police turned off the webcam installed near him, from which the broadcast was continuously conducted, and blocked the roads. There were no activists near the monument at that moment. It was reported that they were dispersed early in the morning by armed special forces who arrived at the monument.

The dismantling was carried out using the equipment of the Estonian Defense Forces. Narva Mayor Katri Raik told local media in an interview that due to road closures this morning, she barely managed to get into her office, which is located on Petrovskaya Square, the main square of the city where the authorities are located. At the same time, Estonia closed the border with Russia at the Narva-Ivangorod checkpoint.

The decision to dismantle the Narva tank was finally made early this morning at an emergency meeting of the Estonian government. Prime Minister Kaja Kallas argued the need to move the monument by saying that Soviet monuments allegedly “serve Russian propaganda”, the purpose of which is to divide Estonian society.

It is interesting that this time the decision of the Estonian government has divided it even with quite loyal to him by the city authorities of Narva, who pointed out that this issue was within the competence of the local authorities and opposed Tallinn's interference in it. On August 15 of this year, the fate of the Soviet tank was to be decided by the city meeting of Narva, but the issue was removed from the agenda.

This morning, during an emergency press conference, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu made a scandalous statement that provoked a sharp reaction from the Russian authorities. Reinsalu urged “refrain from provocations”, recalling that Estonia has a law on aliens, according to which a person who poses a threat to security can be deprived of a residence permit. “Citizens of a foreign state who systematically violate public order or pose a threat to security, including in the context of current events, must take this into account,” the minister explained. The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, wrote in her Telegram channel that these words are a “direct threat” from the authorities against the opponents of the demolition of the monument.

Recall that Narva is the third most populous city in Estonia, 87% of the population of which are Russians. Most of its history (almost 200 years) Narva was part of the St. Petersburg province. In 1919, the city was captured by Estonian troops. In the early 90s, there was an attempt to proclaim the Narva Republic.

By the way, there is still no legal border between the Russian Federation and Estonia. For one simple reason: Estonian nationalists still have… territorial claims against Russia.

Russians are the largest national minority in the country. However, only about 54% of them have Estonian citizenship. About 21% are stateless. 24% – citizens of the Russian Federation.

In the USSR, of course, peace and friendship reigned among the peoples. But jokes about representatives of different nationalities were still very popular. They were not evil, but looked like a friendly “joke”. In these jokes, Estonians were usually portrayed as slow-moving slow-witted people.

Indeed: an ancient tank from the Second World War stood for itself, did not threaten anyone, did not touch anyone. Did anyone bother that people wore flowers to him? But they did not go to the rallies. Few people outside Narva knew about him at all. And suddenly – noise, uproar, the army, the police, threats of deportation, statements by the Russian Foreign Ministry. It turns out that not the monument itself, but its demolition provokes destabilization and a split in society. Why are the Estonian authorities playing with fire?

There are two options. First: Soviet jokes very accurately reflected reality. The second is that the Estonian authorities are fulfilling the order of their true masters, who really need now, if not the opening of a second front, then at least the creation of a new hotbed of tension, which at least slightly distracts from what is happening in Ukraine. Choose which one you like.

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Former FSB officer named options for Russia’s response to sabotage in Crimea

Alexander Mikhailov. Photo: Frame from video.

Soviet and Russian special forces officer “Alpha” of the KGB of the USSR – FSB of the Russian Federation, Major General of the FSB in the reserve Alexander Mikhailov spoke about how Russia could respond to sabotage in Crimea, as a result of which detonation of ammunition occurred on the site in the Dzhankoy district storage.

“Any objects can become the subject of encroachment: kindergartens, schools, sewerage stations, transformer substations,” Mikhailov warned in an interview with the Radiotochka NSN telegram channel.

He noted that objects of strategic importance are well guarded, but smaller objects remain vulnerable, for example, transformer substations, overpasses, gas stations.

“I am deeply convinced that it is necessary in the toughest, and maybe even cruel form , suppress decision-making centers,” he said, noting that this is the first thing that could be done.

In addition, he noted that it is necessary to “destroy the entire infrastructure of the SBU.”

Mikhailov also advised to increase counterintelligence mode. He added that Russia has now simplified the issuance of Russian citizenship in the controlled territories of Ukraine, and many refugees cross the border. He admitted that among these persons there may be those who perform special tasks of the SBU.

Also, Mikhailov proposed to re-create people's squads and youth operational detachments under the leadership of former employees of the Russian special services and law enforcement agencies, who are now in reserve .

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DNR officer supports death sentence for foreign mercenaries

“We shouldn't worry about who thinks or says what”

Five foreign mercenaries who fought on the territory of Donbass on the side of the Ukrainian army were charged in the court of the Donetsk People's Republic . They are charged with serious crimes: participation in hostilities as a mercenary, training in the seizure of power, as well as recruiting mercenaries. Three of the five “soldiers of fortune” under the legislation of the DPR face capital punishment – the death penalty. A serviceman of the People's Militia of the DPR with the call sign “Sitkh” in an interview with the correspondent of “MK” expressed his opinion on the trial of foreign mercenaries.

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– It must be clearly understood that these people are not volunteers, as it were they did not name themselves there, – the serviceman is convinced. – These are ordinary mercenaries. Their main task in the Donbass was to make money from the deaths of our citizens.

The shelling of cities, the destruction of the civilian population – all this is the work of their hands. Therefore, the only thing they deserve, I think, is the death penalty, which is provided for by the articles of the Criminal Code of the Donetsk People's Republic.

There should be no pardons, no compromises here. The whole world must clearly understand: mercenaries participating in the conflict against Russia and the population of Donbass will be brought to trial and sentenced to capital punishment.

– Unfortunately, such a possibility exists. We know examples when even odious representatives of the national battalions who were captured were subsequently exchanged.

In my opinion, such decisions are made to please someone's political interests. Perhaps there are some reasons. I can't judge in terms of politics. But from the point of view of a serviceman and a resident of the DPR, I repeat, there can be no compromises on this issue. The criminals must be held accountable, and the punishment must be inevitable.

– The rejection of other countries from Russia and Donbass because of several criminals sentenced to death will not be greater than it is today. Those representatives of the West, who are still able to think sensibly, understand the true picture of what is happening. All we have to do now is not to worry about who will think or say what, but to act according to the letter of the law about the inevitability of punishment. So that henceforth it would no longer be habitual for anyone to come here and do atrocities.

Lugansk, LPR.

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Named a new weapon that will buy the Russian army for a special operation

500 billion rubles will be allocated for the order

The Russian military department has signed several important contracts with suppliers of weapons and ammunition. In general, 500 billion rubles will be allocated for these purposes. New orders are dictated by the needs of the troops during a special military operation.

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The fact that public procurement plans have been adjusted taking into account combat use, said Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko. The army, according to him, will receive the most modern models of weapons, military and special equipment.

So, what will our army buy? Tula developer and manufacturer of multiple launch rocket systems “Grad”, “Smerch”, “Hurricane”, “Tornado” will supply the Russian army with a large batch of 300 mm rockets for Tornado-S.

Tornado-S – one of the most long-range complexes. Hits 120 kilometers. This is quite comparable to the American HIMARS systems. And in the future, the range of the “Tornado” will increase to 200 km.

Kolomna enterprise-developer of operational-tactical missile systems “Iskander-M” signed a contract for the supply of missiles to the Ministry of Defense. “Iskanders” actively used during the special operation. Range of missiles — up to 300 km. It is possible to equip with cruise missiles that can hit many hundreds of kilometers.

As the special operation showed, drones — reconnaissance and strike. And so the Ministry of Defense ordered the Orlan-10, Orlan-30, Pacer drones from the industry. (“Orion”) and “Eleron-3”. So the aviation industry has a chance to improve the situation. Then, you see, you won’t have to buy hundreds of drones abroad from Belarus or Iran.

The heaviest of the purchased vehicles is the Pacer. Its mass is a ton. Can carry up to 200 kg of guided bombs and small missiles. Not so much, but at least so.

The air defense forces also need new weapons. A batch of S-500 long-range anti-aircraft missile systems is being purchased for them. These systems are capable of hitting ballistic missiles, warheads, and even satellites in low orbits.

As it turned out, our Air Force needs new ammunition. The Ministry of Defense buys modern air-to-surface missiles and “air-radar”.

Long-range guided air missiles are also used to strike at military targets of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Air Force will replenish their supply. Long-range air-launched missiles will be supplied by the Raduga GMKB near Moscow. The Ministry of Defense will also purchase air-to-ship missiles.

A batch of guided or corrected UAB-20 bombs will also be purchased. Judging by the markings, the mass of such bombs is not large — about 20 kg. This means that they will be used by drones.

What other weapon systems do our Aerospace Forces need? Those that allow you to coordinate all the forces and means of aviation and air defense. In particular, a promising automated control system for aviation and air defense is being purchased based on a number of unified complexes of automation equipment for interspecific use “Perspektiva-ACS”. Such a system, presumably, will negate the losses from the so-called friendly fire, when their own air defense shoots down their own aircraft.

Armored vehicles are not forgotten. The army will purchase wheeled armored personnel carriers BTR-82A and special purpose vehicles “Tiger”, including “Tiger-M” with a remote-controlled combat module “Crossbow”.

T-90M tanks will also be purchased. The T-80BV tanks and the BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles will be overhauled and upgraded.

Obviously, given the dangerous US experiments with biological and chemical weapons, as well as the attacks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the nuclear power plant, the RF Ministry of Defense will also spend money on the development mobile complex for the destruction of toxic chemicals and special products in their equipment. The work will be carried out under the code “Novator-1”.

In total, 36 contracts were signed for 522 billion rubles.

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“They tore out the stars on the graves”: a list of Soviet monuments demolished in Europe has been compiled

The T-34 tank in Narva was another victim, but not the last one

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas got her way. Despite the objections of the inhabitants and the leadership of the city of Narva, the T-34 monument tank was removed from the pedestal and taken to Tallinn. For the sake of this event, Estonia blocked all traffic in the city for a day, and at the same time the Russian-Estonian border. Now Callas can consider his mission accomplished. There is no gas, prices are rising, but the main thing is that the T-34 is no longer an eyesore to the Estonian prime minister. And most importantly, Estonia is in trend.

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Monuments to Soviet soldiers and commanders, who made the main contribution to the destruction of German fascism, in some countries of Eastern Europe and the Baltic States are now being destroyed with particular ferocity. In recent years, many monuments have been wiped off the face of the earth, to which flowers and wreaths were previously laid. “MK” decided to see what military monuments were destroyed or desecrated in recent years in civilized Europe.

Poland is the demolition record

Poland can safely be called the record holder for the number of destroyed monuments to Soviet liberators. Of the 561 monuments to the soldiers of the Red Army outside the burial places that were in the country in 1997, now only about a hundred remain. And those are rapidly decreasing: daily there are reports of the demolition of another “Russian monument”.

In August 2022, information came that in Malbork in northern Poland, with the help of construction equipment, a building standing on Sikorsky Street was destroyed with 1945 monument to the soldiers of the Red Army in the form of a concrete composition with a five-pointed star on top.

As early as May 9, 2022, vandals desecrated the memorial cemetery of Soviet soldiers on Žwirki and Wigura Street in Warsaw. The pogromists painted the words Go home and obscene inscriptions with white paint on the sculptures of the Red Army soldiers.

And on April 20, three monuments to Soviet soldiers were demolished in Poland at once – one in Siedlce (Greater Poland Voivodeship), another in Miedzibloci (Greater Poland Voivodeship) and a third in Goncharsko (Lower Silesian Voivodeship).

Shortly after Victory Day, on May 11, an act of vandalism was committed in Gdansk against the monument to the soldiers of the Red Army. On the graves of Soviet soldiers who died during the liberation of the city, the attackers tore out or damaged 20 stars.

And a month before, on April 3, in the same Gdansk, unidentified persons wrapped a black film around a monument to Soviet and Polish tankers who liberated Poland from the Nazis .

In March of this year, a monument to soldiers of the Red Army was dismantled in the village of Chrzowice in southwestern Poland. In the presence of the director of the Institute of National Memory of Poland, Karol Nawrocki, and representatives of the authorities, a five-pointed star with a hammer and sickle was dismantled from the monument, after which it began to be destroyed.

One of the main recent losses can be considered the Monument of gratitude to the Red Army, which until 2018 stood in Skaryszewski Park in Warsaw. The monument, erected in 1946, was dedicated to the Soviet soldiers who died in the battles for the right bank of the Vistula. In October 2018, by decision of the city authorities of Warsaw, the monument was destroyed.

Six years earlier, a very symbolic monument to the Soviet-Polish brotherhood had been dismantled in Warsaw. Four bronze figures – two Soviet soldiers and two soldiers of the Polish army – were cast from the metal of German ammunition captured in Berlin. Since November 1945, these four “brothers” stood on the square of the Vilna railway station in Warsaw. In 2011, the monument was dismantled under the pretext of building a new metro line. It was assumed that upon completion of the work it will be returned to its place. But the return never happened.

And in July 2015, another monument to the Soviet-Polish brotherhood in arms disappeared – in the city of Nowa Sol in western Poland.

In the same 2015, the monument to Soviet General Ivan Chernyakhovsky was dismantled at the site of his death in the city of Penenizhno in northern Poland. Ivan Chernyakhovsky was mortally wounded by shrapnel on February 18, 1945. A stele with a bronze bas-relief of the general on top was installed in the city in the early 70s of the XX century. But she did not survive the new realities.

Ukraine: heroes have no place here

Ukraine took up the destruction of the memory of the heroes of the Second World War much later than Poland, but no less zealously. The first to fall was the monument to the warrior-liberator in the city of Stryi, Lviv region in 2014. Then they destroyed the mass grave of the fallen Soviet soldiers. The central element of the memorial composition, installed on Rynok Square in 1965, was a soldier with a child in his arms.

Already in 2019, the Monument of Military Glory in Lviv was destroyed in Lviv itself. The memorial, consisting of a 30-meter stele and several sculptures, among which were a Soviet soldier and the Motherland, appeared in Striysky Park in 1970. The dismantling work was carried out under the pretext of its emergency condition. At the same time, the “emergency” stele could not be demolished for three days: it held on so tightly.

Not only monuments-symbols were spared in Western Ukraine, but also monuments to specific heroes of the Great Patriotic War. In 2015, a monument to Soviet intelligence officer Nikolai Kuznetsov was demolished in the village of Povcha, Rivne region. This was the last monument to the hero-scout who died in Ukraine during the battle with Bandera. Perhaps that is why the two main monuments to him – in Lviv and Rivne – were demolished in 1992.

A sad fate befell many monuments to the commander of the 1st Ukrainian Front during the Great Patriotic War, Nikolai Vatutin. The general died in April 1944 during a clash with fighters of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army banned in Russia. Now the heirs of Bandera are smashing his monuments all over Ukraine.

In the spring of 2018, the nationalists smashed the monument to the commander in Berdichev with sledgehammers, the sculpture in the Sumy region was taken away in an unknown direction.

In March 2019, it was demolished bust in the village of Feskovka, Chernihiv region.

The main monument, the monument to Vatutin in Kyiv, is still standing, above his burial place. A large-scale sculpture by the famous sculptor Yevgeny Vuchetich was installed in the very center of the Ukrainian capital, in the Mariinsky Park, in 1948. In recent years, the Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly thought about demolishing it…

Since February 2022, haters of Soviet monuments in Ukraine have become more active. Marshal of Victory, Georgy Zhukov, aroused the most hatred among nationally concerned citizens. At the end of February, a bas-relief in honor of the marshal was cut from the wall of the university in Odessa. And in Kharkov in April, his bust was knocked off the pedestal.

In the city of Zhytomyr, on May 5, a Soviet tank was dismantled, which was installed as a monument on Victory Square. It was going to be reinstalled next to the Monument of Eternal Glory.

The Baltics: beat your own people so that strangers are afraid

In the countries Since the beginning of the 90s, monuments to Soviet soldiers and the Victory in the Great Patriotic War have been causing burning heartburn in the Baltic states. However, since the monuments over military graves were protected by a special agreement signed with the Baltic countries in 1994, for the time being they were not touched.

In the capital of Latvia, Riga, they periodically tried to demolish the Monument to the soldiers of the Soviet Army – liberators from the Nazi invaders. The monumental composition with a central 79-meter column was opened in Victory Park on the left bank of the Daugava in 1985. And 11 years later, in 1996, the National Independence Movement of Latvia adopted a resolution to demolish the monument to the Liberators of Riga.

In 1997, the monument was blown up. It took a long time to repair. And yet, the city authorities each time repelled attempts by nationalists to demolish the monument. In May of this year, members of the Latvian Seimas urgently approved a bill that terminates the article of the Latvian-Russian agreement on the preservation of memorial structures of 1994, which allows creating a legal basis for dismantling the monument to the soldiers-liberators in the park of Riga. Now the monument is fenced, access to it is prohibited. The decision to demolish the monument has been de facto taken, only the lack of funds hinders it. The dismantling of an almost 80-meter stele requires considerable investments, and undermining the monument (which some radical Latvian politicians propose to do) can lead to destruction in the city itself…

But in the small towns of Latvia with the memory of Great Patriotic War do not stand on ceremony. The Duma of the Ogre Territory decided to demolish four Soviet monuments in its district. Among them is a monument to the diplomat Teodor Netta, as well as a monument erected in honor of the battle group led by the legendary Latvian intelligence officer Arvid Rose.

In the village of Madliena, the monument to the Liberators has already been demolished: this happened on April 26. Moreover, the boulder that served as the basis for the monument to the fallen soldiers, the local authorities promised to use “for construction road work.”

Estonia was one of the first Baltic countries to encroach on the memorial to Soviet soldiers: the transfer of the Bronze Soldier from the center of Tallinn to the cemetery in 2007 caused a wave of protests and pogroms. Even the moved monument is not left alone: ​​on April 18, unknown people cut off the Order of the Red Star from the memorial.

Now the Baltic country is preparing for a new series of demolitions.

The further existence of the memorial complex on the Maarjamägi hill is questionable. This memorable place near the military cemetery has long been derelict. And back in 2020, the founder of the Conservative People's Party, Mart Helme, said that “From a practical point of view, putting these objects in order is unreasonable. It would have made more sense to take them down.” On April 18 of this year, the same party submitted to the Parliament a bill on the “dismantling of monuments and memorials” to Soviet soldiers in public places”…

In August 2022, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas announced that in addition to the T-34 tank monument in Narva, six more Soviet monuments would be moved. According to media reports, these are memorial plates on Petrovsky Square, an obelisk to the Red Army soldiers, a monument to the Hero of the Soviet Union Igor Grafov, two monuments related to the Second World War in Narva-Jõesuu and a monument to the Soviet landing in Meriküla.

In Lithuania, too continue to methodically destroy monuments to Soviet soldiers. And here the monuments are being demolished precisely at military graves. Back in 2018, a monument was destroyed near the village of Miroslavas, which was installed in 1985 at the site of one of the first battles of the Great Patriotic War.

Recently, in Kaunas, a monument depicting a Soviet soldier was dismantled at the military cemetery in Auksteji Šančiai. And on April 25, in the Lithuanian cities of Kedainiai and Sheta, local authorities decided to dismantle two more monuments to Soviet soldiers of the Great Patriotic War.

In May, during the demolition, a monument to Soviet soldiers in the city of Merkin in southern Lithuania split in half. 244 Soviet soldiers who died near Merkinė in 1944 are buried in the cemetery where the memorial complex was erected.

In the city of Skuodas in northwestern Lithuania, on May 11, vandals sprayed paint on the monument at the cemetery of Soviet soldiers.

Eastern Europe: if we don't demolish, we'll ruin it

In Eastern Europe, Soviet monuments are also under pressure. But here the authorities are more law-abiding, so the monuments are not massively demolished. But they are mocked. It is difficult to find an undefiled Soviet monument in an Eastern European country now.

Just in time for Victory Day, on May 9, 2022, vandals using a drone doused a monument to the Soviet army in Sofia, Bulgaria, with yellow and blue paint.

In early April, it became known that in the St. George park in the Bulgarian city of Dobrich, attackers poured red paint over the monument to a Soviet soldier on the territory of the military memorial complex and applied offensive inscriptions of anti-Russian content.

And in Germany, on the eve of the Victory Day , April 21, unknown attackers desecrated a monument at the Soviet military cemetery in Potsdam (Germany): vandals poured paint on the base of the obelisk, on which bronze figures of Soviet soldiers are installed.

Even earlier, on April 7, a memorial to Soviet soldiers-liberators in Treptow Park was desecrated in Berlin, dousing it with red paint and painting with anti-Russian slogans. A dozen days later, vandals again desecrated the memorial in Treptow Park. According to the press, the letters Z and various inscriptions were applied on the entrance portal.

At the end of March, in the capital of Germany, Soviet tanks, which are part of the architectural ensemble of the memorial in the Tiergarten district of Berlin, were covered with covers in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. The monument itself, fortunately, was not damaged.

Furthest of all went the authorities of the city of Prague, showing a special anti-Russian agility. The monument to Marshal Konev, under whose command the troops of the 1st Ukrainian Front liberated Prague on May 9, 1945, was demolished in April 2020. The sculpture of the marshal with a bouquet of lilacs in his hands was installed on the Interbrigade Square on May 9, 1980. After 40 years, the Czechs have forgotten who saved their city from destruction.

In May of this year, the leadership of the Prague 3 district decided to rename the street, named after Marshal Ivan Konev in 1946, and the mayor's office of the Czech capital deprived the Soviet military leader of the status of an honorary citizen of the city

In May 2022, in the Slovak city of Piešťany, monument to Soviet soldiers-liberators. Vandals applied a runic symbol to the memorial, which is the emblem of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi formation “Azov” (a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation).

And in early March, in the town of Svidnik in eastern Slovakia, attackers desecrated a monument erected in memory of soldiers of the Soviet army. Vandals doused the slabs with blue and yellow paint, and the figure of a Soviet liberator soldier was stained red.

The Russophobic echo reached Athens: on March 19, a monument to Soviet soldiers who died for the freedom and independence of Greece was desecrated in the Greek capital. Unknown people wrote “Azov” (a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation) with yellow paint on the monument and drew the symbol of a neo-Nazi battalion.

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The expert called the term for depriving Ukraine of access to the Black Sea

Port of Odessa. Photo: Wikipedia.org.

Director of the Center for Military-Political Studies at MGIMO Alexei Podberezkin commented on the National Interest article, which says that if Ukraine loses access to the Black Sea as a result of a special operation, this will deal a catastrophic blow to the country and make it a “stump state.”

“Such a development of events is inevitable,” Podberezkin said in an interview with VM.RU.

According to him, the Black Sea coast has historically been a Russian region and leaving it in the power of the “Russophobic junta” was would be strange.

“Russia will take control of the Nikolaev and Odessa regions,” the expert expressed confidence, noting that this would cut Ukraine off from the Black Sea.

When asked when this can happen, Podberezkin replied that “very quickly”.

“Of course, many experts will not agree with me, but I believe that this will happen before the end of August,” he added.

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Displace the British reconnaissance aircraft: the Russian general revealed the events in the Murmansk region

MiG-31 against RC-135

According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the British Air Force RC-135 electronic intelligence and electronic warfare aircraft violated the Russian state border near Cape Svyatoy Nos in the Murmansk region . The MiG-31BM fighter was raised to intercept it, which drove the British reconnaissance aircraft out of Russian territory. The Honored Military Pilot of the Russian Federation, retired Major General Vladimir Popov, who at one time headed the Federal Directorate for Aerospace Search and Rescue under the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, told MK about what purpose the RC-135 could pursue.

MiG-31b. Photo: MIL.RU

– As for the northern seas, there is an exclusive economic zone – an area that belongs to the jurisdiction of a particular state, – says Vladimir Popov. – It is adjacent to territorial waters – a 12-mile zone (22.2 km). And the exclusive economic zone is quite large – 200 nautical miles (370.4 km). A sovereign state has special rights there in relation to the exploration and use of marine resources, conducts fishing, mining, and conducts marine scientific research. When we enter the waters of the exclusive economic zone, we warn the coastal state about this and name the goals, for example, environmental monitoring. In this case, there should be no excesses.

Until 2014, we had our own representatives in the airspace control authorities of neighboring states. For example, speaking about the Baltic, we spoke directly with the Norwegians, with the Poles. There was a direct connection. A plane flies – we say: “Ours went on the task of such and such, it is leaving the territorial waters.” Everyone knew about it, control was carried out briefly so that there was no violation of the airspace.

To date, this is not the case. In the West, they believe that Russian fighters are acting very harshly, unsafely. And all because they entered our zone. We accompany them, show them that we see them, identify them…

The Major General draws attention to the fact that there were many cases when the aircraft failed to navigate and needed help.

He was walking and didn't know where. And when the escort plane came, he gets in touch with him. Or he showed with gestures that he was “deaf” and “blind” – something happened to the navigation. He was brought to the landing airfield, and after the proceedings he returned to the home airfield.

Vladimir Alexandrovich recalls how in September 2005, during a scheduled flight from St. Petersburg to one of the airfields in the Kaliningrad region, the navigation system of our Su-27 fighter over the Baltic Sea failed. The pilot reported to the ground that he could not orient himself over the sea. Already almost without fuel, the fighter ended up in Lithuanian airspace. When the plane ran out of fuel, it crashed to the ground, the pilot, Major Valery Troyanov, fortunately, managed to eject. He landed 55 kilometers from Kaunas.

– In this case, most likely there was a flight with the aim of committing a provocation. When the plane is at a distance of 15–20 kilometers from the state border, a fighter jet should already be near the violator of the airspace – for the purpose of safety. In this case, the RAF RC-135 electronic warfare aircraft, as young people say, decided to take us “weakly” to check if our air defense system was working. Because next time a combat aircraft may come there …

According to the Major General, the British studied our air defense system in this way.

– Our air defense system does not work all the time in the usual mode. But when a conditional enemy appears, radio stations are turned on, negotiations are underway. They record it all. They try to collect as much information as possible. In order to later, during the period of exacerbation, to know that such funds exist, and to influence them. To be honest, we do the same. The main thing is not to violate the sovereign airspace of a neighboring state, not to create a conflict situation.

– The fighter is next to the intruder. Goes with him in a parallel course, shows the pilot that he came close to the state border. If he does not understand and continues to move, then the fighter makes a nod or peck in his direction and returns to its original position. If he does not react again, the fighter crosses his course, enters the tail, conducts an attack, maybe goes over him.

Vladimir Alexandrovich recalls how, in his time, near Murmansk, in the region of Severomorsk, a Su-pilot 27 opened the fuel dump valve and doused a NATO P-3 Orion reconnaissance patrol aircraft.

– Orion could, of course, catch fire, fuel was sprayed on it. There was a noise, but they immediately left the area where our exercises were held. We announced in advance when the exercises would take place and closed the zone. And they decided to track which launches are being carried out, which equipment is in use, which ships are involved. And we almost paid the price.

– In the post-war period, as a rule, as soon as the plane approached our state border and violated it, we worked to defeat. They did not understand whether it was a civilian plane or a military one. There were many such cases. They hit the engines, they refused. A similar thing happened to a Japanese airlines plane that successfully landed on the ice somewhere in Karelia. Then he was evacuated.

The major general gives an example with the Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 aircraft, which operated the New York-Anchorage-Seoul flight. It was supposed to fly over the neutral waters of the Pacific Ocean, but deviated from the course by more than 500 kilometers, entered the closed airspace of the USSR. Passed a number of military facilities over Kamchatka, over the island of Sakhalin, where on September 1, 1983 it was intercepted and then shot down by a Su-15TM fighter of the USSR Air Force.

– It was also a provocation, all the documents on this case have not yet been opened. Our side came to the conclusion that this was a reconnaissance flight for the purpose of provocation or obtaining information. It was recorded that NATO reconnaissance aircraft were flying nearby, satellites were working. A complex reconnaissance operation was organized there. In my opinion, there were no passengers on the plane. The divers then found the passports stacked and tied with twine. A large number of corpses could not be found. Only the crew was on board.

As Vladimir Alexandrovich says, in the period from the late 80s to the 90s, when the Russian side and NATO closely cooperated, such cases were completely excluded.

—And in Soviet times, tracer shells were fired at night along aircraft flight, cutting it off from our state border. And there were missile launches – so that they understood the seriousness of their intentions.

Vladimir Popov also remembered the first ram on a supersonic aircraft. It happened on November 28, 1973 in the sky over the Soviet-Iranian border, in the region of the Mugan Valley in Azerbaijan. The Iranian F-4 “Phantom” was not just a “lost” fighter, but a spy plane, on which a special reconnaissance module with four cameras was placed instead of a nose cone.

– F-4 crossed the state border, went deep into our territory. On the plane were US Air Force Colonel John Saunders as an instructor and an Iranian pilot, Major Mohammad Shokuniya. They carried out the task of the CIA. The MiG-21SM with Captain Eliseev rose to intercept them. There were clouds, bad weather, he was forced to catch up with them in a fighter, to warn them. And then the aircraft guns had just been removed from the MiG-21. Captain Eliseev had two missiles. He launched one as a warning, along the plane's flight path, and the second – already to defeat. But the F-4 constantly maneuvered, and the missile did not hit him. Eliseev was forced to ram the Phantom with blows from below. The crew of the Iranian reconnaissance aircraft ejected and was detained by border guards. Captain Eliseev shot down the Phantom, and he himself died. Later he was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union…

The lieutenant general also tells about cases when our pilots caught the tail of NATO aircraft with their wing and the engine screw with the keel. And they retreated.

– And then they shouted how incorrect our interceptor aircraft were doing. Well, don't meddle with us! Here, as they say, either we them, or they us. The crew knew what they were doing, retreated in time, and then the politicians continued to build their games.

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Artilleryman LPR “Multik” told about the secrets of the howitzer “Msta-B”

“In the beginning it was very difficult”

In order to work with the gunners, you first need to spend another half a day to find them. More than once this half-joking phrase turned out to be a reality. We must pay tribute: gunners are real masters of disguise, cooler, maybe only scouts and snipers. You won't find those at all if they don't show up themselves.

Photo: Lina Korsak

So the next trip to the servicemen of the artillery brigade of the People's Militia of the LPR, who are now beating the enemy near Soledar, was no exception. We left in the morning, got there just in the afternoon. Like, what's wrong with that? You go and go for yourself, you don’t go on foot … But the lack of air conditioning in the 35-degree heat turned the road into a real test. Sand and dust from passing military vehicles mercilessly pile into the passenger compartment, “staining” the clothes of all passengers in a single dirty gray color in half an hour.

Dust suspension gets into the eyes, nose, sticks to the skin, gets tangled in hair. But the most disgusting thing – crunches on the teeth. And even drinking water, which we prudently took with us, did not save the situation.

After a few hours of “fascinating” driving, we reached our cherished goal. When we got out of the car, it became clear that the trip was not the most difficult test. The air, heated by dinner, burned the skin and seemed like a thick mass, completely unsuitable for breathing. It just enveloped you, and you could even visually see how it was swimming.

Putting on body armor and, for some reason, complaining to each other that it was hotter than usual today, we stomped in the direction of the location.

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Despite the fact that our visit was clearly not the most long-awaited event of the day, the military turned out to be quite friendly.

– Is this warrior also an artilleryman? – I ask my colleague, pointing to a very young boy, in military uniform.

By the way, the fighter looks like 16-17 years old. Small in stature, thin, with burning, lively eyes and a youthful blush on his soiled face. The bulky helmet and bulletproof vest are clearly designed for a person of a larger build. They give the impression that the guy borrowed ammunition to show off from his older brother. The young artilleryman was clearly embarrassed by such close attention, and therefore I decided to immediately start a conversation with him in order to somehow defuse the situation.

Photo: Lina Korsak

It turned out that the young man's name is Cyril, call sign “Cartoon”, he is a native of the city of Anthracite. I dare to suggest that this cute blue-eyed boy received such a funny call sign due to his age. Kirill turned out to be eighteen, which he admitted with a satisfied smile.

The most surprising thing from the young man's story for me was that he turned out to be an unmobilized citizen of the republic. “Multik” signed a contract and joined the People's Militia of the LPR back in mid-January, exactly two weeks after he came of age and a month before the start of a special military operation.

When asked what prompted him to accept such a solution, the guy childishly sincerely answers:

“I have always wanted to serve the Motherland.” It is for this reason that after the eleventh grade I did not enter any educational institution …

To be honest, at first I assumed that the choice of the military profession is a family tradition, and Kirill, as often happens, so to speak “followed in the footsteps.” But the fighter debunked my speculation, saying that there were no military personnel in his family.

– Only my sister served a little in 2014, he clarified. – In general, at first my relatives did not react very well to my decision, but then they accepted it.

According to Cyril, artillery has always attracted him. “The guns are so big and powerful,” the guy says admiringly, shifting his gaze from the camera to the Msta-B howitzer with its muzzle buried in the blue sky. The gunners affectionately nicknamed their combat “beauty”, as the interlocutor later said, “the girl”.

– Now my military profession is loading from the ground, – says “Cartoon”.

– I put bullets, – Kirill answers in a simple way.

At first glance, it may seem to an ignorant person that the military profession is the same to me. But in fact, this task is far from easy. One such “bullet” weighs about 40 kilograms. And if we take into account that several dozen such shells pass through the hands of a young fighter every day, then by simple mathematical calculations it becomes clear that the work is physically very difficult.

– When I first came to the contract, it was very hard. Now he has already pumped up a little, it has become easier, – Kirill laughs.

According to the gunner, the enemy behaves unpredictably in this direction: “it ticks, then it hits back.”

Photo: Lina Korsak

– After our howitzer shoots back, we immediately disguise it, and hide ourselves.

Of the foreign weapons that Ukraine is so proud of, Kirill only had a chance to encounter the work of the American M 777 howitzer. He says that our Grads hit harder. But enemy drones, especially at the beginning of the special operation, were a real problem. The Armed Forces of Ukraine had a lot of them.

– Now, of course, there are also, but less, – the fighter shares. – If it flies high, we do nothing so as not to find ourselves. Well, if the “bird” flew up and hung in one place, and you can hit it, then report to the commander and open fire.

According to Multik, with a competent approach, it is possible to shoot down a drone from Zushka. This is how the fighters call the ZU-23 or ZSU-23-4 anti-aircraft gun. If you're lucky, you can hit the drone even from the usual “Kalash” – a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

The conversation with the gunner is interrupted by the loud voice of the commander. The goal has been received, and now the “girl” will show herself in work. The military prudently ask journalists to take a safe position. It is forbidden to stand to the side of the howitzer while the gun is in operation. “It can knock you off your feet with a wave,” the commander explains. “We even have wooden boxes flying up here.”

The wait seems like an eternity. Three gunners, including my recent interlocutor, load the gun, enter the coordinates.

– Aimed? – shouts the commander

– Yes, – is heard in response.

– The gun!!!!

No matter how much I prepared myself for what will now be very loud, but deafening volley still made the hand with the phone treacherously twitch.

After the second shot, the commander asked for something on the radio and smiled contentedly. We got it.

– Let's leave faster now, now the answer will fly, – Kirill advises me with knowledge of the matter.

silence, and most importantly without incident.

Thanks to the gunners for their work, we say goodbye.

– Bye. Take care of yourself, – I extend my hand to Cyril.

– For now, – he blurs into a smile, and instead of shaking hands, boyishly raises his dirty palm up. I clap back. Good luck!

Lugansk, LPR.

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Explosions in Crimea occurred after Zelensky created the “Council for De-Occupation”

They want to turn the territory of Russia into a training ground for sabotage operations

Vladimir Zelensky said that he had created an “advisory council on the de-occupation of Crimea.” One could chuckle about the “landing fund for the moon” and not pay attention if very serious acts of sabotage were not committed in Crimea the next day.

Photo: Frame from video

What kind of “advisory council” is this? Zelensky will be at the head, Tamila Tasheva, permanent representative of the President of Ukraine in Crimea, has become the secretary, ministers are included, and, well, extremist crooks who consider themselves representatives of the Crimean Tatar people. Twice a year they will gather (there is no lack of optimism) and decide how to “de-occupy” Crimea. They will also prepare the Crimean Platform summits. This gathering was already held in August last year (more than 40 countries and international organizations). Then Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called this forum a Sabbath, where “the West will continue to nurture the neo-Nazi, racist sentiments of the modern Ukrainian authorities.” Which, in fact, happened.

Remember, Ilf and Petrov: “The West will help us. Brace yourself. The complete secrecy of the contributions, that is, the organization. This is when Ostap Bender collects money for the secret “Union of the sword and plowshare”.

Now the same thing is happening in the performance of Zelensky: weapons are begging for military operations, money for “de-occupation”.

And it is demonstrated that they are not wasted in vain – they go to fight against dictatorial Russia. To our misfortune, it is demonstrated sometimes successfully. In Crimea, immediately after the news about the creation of the “council”, an ammunition depot was blown up, an electrical substation caught fire, and the railway track was damaged.

It is somewhat surprising, given previous cases, that almost immediately it was officially recognized as a sabotage at the official level. And it's actually good. Because questions from society accumulated – one thing was seen, but another was heard from officials. Apparently, changes in the political field are still underway. And they seem to be going in the right direction. Therefore, it is worth recalling what Dmitry Medvedev said in mid-July about the threat of an attack on Crimea from Kyiv: “It is quite obvious that they understand the consequences of such statements, and the consequences are obvious that if something like this happens, they will all immediately “doomsday”, very fast and heavy, it will be very difficult to hide. You can see the latest statement by Senator Klishas: “An attempt to turn the territory of Russia into a training ground for sabotage operations by neo-Nazis must be severely suppressed. Russia's retaliatory strikes must be very convincing. It's about protecting our sovereignty.”

But attempts are already underway. On Tuesday, the FSB said that on August 4, 9 and 12, Ukrainian saboteurs blew up power transmission towers through which the Kursk NPP supplies infrastructure facilities in the Kursk and neighboring regions. As a result, the technological process of the nuclear power plant was disrupted. In this case, I do not have any insider information, but logic suggests that our special services are digging their noses into the ground in order to prevent terrorist attacks in Moscow or St. Petersburg. But such terrorist attacks are probably Zelensky's wet dream.

Happy hatred and ridicule about the “de-occupation council” are quite understandable at the everyday level. But at the decision-making level, I would still like to see very convincing “Russian retaliatory strikes”.

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Attack on the Kursk nuclear power plant: how to catch saboteurs correctly

Experts named measures to prevent Kyiv's sabotage on Russian territory

The Ukrainian military is shelling not only the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, they also encroached on the Russian nuclear power plant in Kursk. According to the Russian FSB, Ukrainian saboteurs blew up six power transmission towers leading to the Kursk nuclear power plant. This afternoon, the station had to cut off the power supply. By evening, she was back at full power. But what does Russia need to do to secure its territory?

Photo: Global Look Press

The explosions of power transmission towers in the Kurchatov district of the Kursk region were carried out by Ukrainian saboteurs on August 4, 9 and 12. Through these lines, the Kursk NPP supplied electricity to industry, transport, life support, social infrastructure and the population of both the region itself and neighboring regions. The station itself is fortunately not damaged and continues to operate as planned.

It should be noted that in order to destroy power transmission towers, it is necessary to use a whole group of saboteurs, who must carry a sufficient number of explosive charges. After all, you can’t spoil such a design with a fragmentation grenade. It is possible that such a group used a vehicle in which they transported everything necessary to complete the task. Then questions arise – how did they manage to go unnoticed and why was the infrastructure of the nuclear power facility important for the region not strengthened by security?

In a conversation with MK, military expert Boris Rozhin said that not just individual cells, but entire structures of the Ukrainian special services were behind the sabotage in Russia. “It is not necessary to say that sabotage will completely stop. It can only be about minimizing the number of such actions.”

According to the expert, for this it is necessary to increase the level of security in the regions closest to Ukraine, up to the introduction of a counter-terrorist operation zone (CTO). “The structures that are involved in this, and they are known and their participation has been proven, must be recognized as terrorist organizations. In this case, we are talking about the SBU and the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. This will expand the powers in the fight against representatives of these structures and their accomplices.”

In addition, Rozhin noted that the introduction of CTO on part of Russian territories will increase the presence of Russian law enforcement officers there and the number of necessary measures to maintain security. “Work will be carried out to filter people who enter from the territory of Ukraine.”

Military expert Volodymyr Evseev sees in the acts of sabotage committed a sign of Ukraine's powerlessness on the front line. “The problem is aggravated by the fact that many residents from Ukraine enter the territory of Russia, the same Crimea, and it is rather difficult to filter all of them. It is possible to deliver explosives and other means by boats that can be used to carry out sabotage.”

The expert believes that as necessary security measures, those infrastructure facilities that can be moved should be moved away from the border. “Location of warehouses so close is unacceptable. They need to be taken out 5 kilometers away, their security needs to be improved by moving them out of settlements.”

Evseyev also proposed to strengthen control at the entry points on the Ukrainian side and the protection of facilities in general, as well as to expand the powers of security officers . “It is also necessary to involve the local population as much as possible in the work, which is itself interested in preventing this from happening. All these measures are quite obvious, but no one can give guarantees. Especially in conditions when the Kyiv side is showing anger and is looking for opportunities to commit sabotage.”

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In Crimea, they announced the activation of agents of Kyiv

Vladimir Konstantinov, Head of the Crimean Parliament, announced in his Telegram channel that the Ukrainian authorities’ agents were given a command to become more active in the region.

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“The agency of the terrorist Kyiv regime received a signal to become more active, and since it is not capable of big things, they are doing dirty tricks in a small way.” discount such “little things” as an incident in a military unit near the village of Maiskoye in Crimea, where a fire broke out at an ammunition storage site with subsequent detonation. He urged to deprive Kyiv of the opportunity to simulate such incidents in the future.

Konstantinov also added that the circumstances of the state of emergency in the military unit near the village of Maiskoye will be clarified by the investigation.

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Zelensky addressed the residents of Crimea amid explosions on the peninsula

Photo: president.gov.ua

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the residents of Crimea in his next video message and urged them against the backdrop of explosions on the peninsula, do not approach Russian military facilities.

“Every day we see reports of explosions in the territory that is under the control of Russia. And I ask all our people in Crimea, other regions in southern Ukraine to be very careful and not approach various military facilities, as well as ammunition depots and headquarters,” Zelensky said.

Earlier, the Ukrainian leader said that he had created an “advisory council on the de-occupation of Crimea”, immediately after which on the territory of the peninsula very serious acts of sabotage were committed.

Read: Alfa special forces officer of the KGB of the USSR – FSB of the Russian Federation, Major General of the FSB in the reserve Alexander Mikhailov spoke about how Russia could respond to sabotage in Crimea

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State Duma deputy Boroday fired at the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from self-propelled guns

Photo: Frame from the video according to the positions of Ukrainian military formations from a self-propelled artillery mount.

According to the WarGonzo Telegram channel, the date and location of the shooting are not specified. However, the sources of the resource claim that the shooting is definitely not carried out at the training ground, but directly at the front, next to the line of clashes. That is, the shots made by Borodai cannot be called training.

The Telegram channel also reminds that at least several detachments formed along the line of the SDD are now taking part in the NWO both in the northern and southern directions.

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In the office of the President of Ukraine Zelensky threatened to destroy the Crimean bridge

Advisor to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, Mikhail Podolyak, said that representatives of the Kyiv regime want to destroy the Crimean bridge.

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Advisor to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, Mikhail Podolyak, in an interview with the Guardian, said that representatives of the Kyiv regime want to destroy the Crimean bridge.

According to him, this bridge connecting the peninsula with the rest Russia, is “illegal” and of great military importance.

“Such objects should be destroyed,” Podolyak said, without specifying how the Ukrainian army could attack the Crimean bridge.

Recall that representatives of Kyiv have repeatedly expressed threats against the Crimean bridge. For example, Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of Zelensky’s office, noted that the structure would be attacked immediately after “the first technical possibility appears.”

In turn, Vadim Skibitsky, a representative of the main intelligence department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, said that an attack on The Ukrainian Armed Forces can use the Crimean bridge with the help of missiles received from the United States.

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State Duma deputy Sheremet said that the combat potential of the Ukrainian army has been destroyed

State Duma deputy from the Crimean region Mikhail Sheremet said that the combat potential of the Ukrainian army has been destroyed.

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State Duma deputy from the Crimean region Mikhail Sheremet said that the combat potential of the Ukrainian army has been destroyed.

According to him, at the moment, the forces of the collective West, which have deployed their foothold on the territory of Ukraine, are confronting Russian military personnel.

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“To date, the reserves and combat potential of the Ukrainian army have been destroyed. The RF Armed Forces are opposed by the collective West. A large number of mercenaries are recorded in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, for example, from Poland and Great Britain. Among other things, there are constant deliveries of various weapons,” Sheremet said.

He specified that the United States and its allies want to maintain a unipolar world in which they would impose and dictate their terms to everyone.

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Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Zaluzhny spoke about the plight of the Ukrainian army

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are in a difficult situation at the front.

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The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valery Zaluzhny, said in his Telegram channel that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are in a difficult situation at the front.

He specified that at the moment the Russian army is increasing the intensity of artillery shelling. In this regard, the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are shelled about 700-800 times a day.

“The Russian military spends about 40-60 thousand shells every day,” Zaluzhny said.

Recall , that earlier Zaluzhny was included in the list of “enemies of Ukraine”, which was published on the website “Peacemaker”.

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Russian special operation in Ukraine: online broadcast on August 17

Development of events, comments by politicians, reports of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

The Kyiv regime threatened to destroy the Crimean bridge. UN Secretary General António Guterres will meet in Lviv with the Presidents of Ukraine and Turkey, Volodymyr Zelensky and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The expert admitted that Russian troops could occupy the Nikolaev and Odessa regions by the end of August and deprive Ukraine of access to the Black Sea. In the Dzhankoy region, after the detonation of ammunition, an emergency mode was introduced. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that it was a sabotage.

Read the previous broadcast here.

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10:35 The mayor of Lviv urged city residents to prepare for a hard winter,  stock up on firewood and dry alcohol.

10:32Half a thousand workers at American Ordinance LLC, an American munitions factory, have threatened to go on strike if they don't receive pay raises and receive sick days. The company manufactures Javelin anti-tank missiles and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles.

09:39 Inna Fedorenko, head of the administration of the Dzhankoy district, reported that the detonation of ammunition at the warehouse had stopped.

09:21 Chinese media have stressed that the US will not be able to hide its role in the Ukrainian crisis despite Washington's frequent assurances to the contrary. The world community no longer believes him.

09:17 The Russian Foreign Ministry said that for unknown reasons, the UN was able to organize a visit of its Secretary General to Lviv, but not an IAEA trip to the Zaporozhye NPP.

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strong> The Russian military began broadcasting on the radio an appeal to the militants of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with a call to surrender, as resistance is useless.

08:32 Germany expects a “shameful” launch of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline autumn or winter. This opinion was expressed by the Czech economist Lukas Kovanda.

07:35 The Armed Forces of Ukraine at the front are in a difficult situation due to the intensive artillery shelling of the Russian coalition. This was stated by Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny.

07:08 The UN leadership completely ignores the facts of shelling of the ZNPP instead of condemning the actions of Ukrainian militants. It's time to rename the organization into the “Organization of Certain Nations”, said Volodymyr Rogov, a member of the main council of the administration of the Zaporozhye region.

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Military expert Leonkov revealed the key point of defense of Donbass for the Armed Forces of Ukraine

After its release, the grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will lose almost all supply routes

Russian troops continue to fulfill the tasks assigned as part of a special operation on the territory of Ukraine. In particular, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported on the offensive in the Artemovsky direction, announcing the destruction of 50 nationalists and six units of military equipment, which led to the subsequent retreat of the enemy from their positions. Military expert Oleksiy Leonkov believes that Artemivsk is a key point of defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donbass, and its release will deprive them of supplies.

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In an interview with Izvestia, Leonkov explained that after the capture of Artemovsk, the allied forces would cut the group halves the enemy. As the expert noted, from this city in the future it will be possible to enter the rear of the Avdeevskaya group or go to Kramatorsk and Slavyansk, moving to the north-west.

The specialist explained that the terrain allows you to effectively attack these two cities from here, and storming them from the north is problematic, since the Ukrainian formations in this case will be at the “dominant height”, while the units of the RF Armed Forces will have to constantly go uphill.

According to Leonkov, the liberation of Artemovsk by Russian troops will lead to that the grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will lose almost all the ways in which it receives supplies. In addition, the expert added that the allied forces would then be able to enter the operational space. At the same time, he stressed that wandering Ukrainian artillery batteries and MLRS are “walking” there, constantly shelling the Donetsk urban agglomeration.

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Lawyer predicted death sentences in the DPR not only for mercenaries

“Hands didn't reach”

Five foreign mercenaries who fought on the territory of Donbass on the side of Ukrainian militants were charged in the DPR court. Three of them face the death penalty. Lawyer Dmitry Agranovsky told MK how non-admission of guilt can affect the future fate of the defendants and why only foreigners are sentenced to death in the courts of the DPR.

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Another trial of foreign mercenaries who fought in the Donbass in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has begun in Donetsk. This time in the dock, in addition to the three Britons, were citizens of Sweden and Croatia. A Swede, a Croat and one of the British, who are accused of participating in hostilities as mercenaries and training to seize power by force, face the death penalty.

It is noteworthy that the defendants pleaded not guilty to charges of mercenarism and “ preparations for the seizure of power by force” in a court in the DPR. The next court hearing in their case is scheduled for October.

– Do not plead guilty – it is the right of the defendant. Non-admission of guilt, if the court finds that guilt has been proven, of course, always negatively affects the verdict in any country and under any regime. Any court is also obliged to take into account the admission of guilt as a mitigating circumstance. I have not seen the materials of the case, I do not know to what extent the accusation is justified, therefore I do not presume to judge whether the defendants have taken the right position.

– I think that the others simply have not yet reached their hands. There will be corresponding sentences too.

At least from the media, we know that the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed serious crimes, which, according to the laws of the DPR, can be punished by death. It is also possible that the DPR authorities are sending a message to mercenaries and foreign citizens: they say, it’s better for you not to take part in this conflict, otherwise you will be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

I think the DPR authorities want to show, including to states that are trying to influence the internal conflict, that there will be no leniency.

Still, what is happening now is an internal conflict, a tragedy. And mercenaries are outsiders and their public danger is much higher, because they participate on the side of the conflict, usually for money.

– The fact that a group of Russian citizens turned to President Vladimir Putin with a request to influence DNR, in my opinion, is a completely unacceptable practice. And I hope that the presidential administration will either ignore this appeal or forward it to the DPR.

Because only residents of the DPR who were under bombs and sat in basements, those who experienced suffering, have the right to resolve such issues. I want to emphasize that this is their internal affair, and through their judicial bodies they have the right to decide whether to execute or pardon, and in general, how to punish the people who caused them so much pain.

And I consider any interference in their choice absolutely morally and politically unacceptable. I think that this appeal will not get any progress and, at best, will be sent to Denis Pushilin. But initially it was necessary to contact him directly, and not to anyone else. This reminded me of an anecdotal situation when there was no gas in one Russian settlement, and its inhabitants turned to Barack Obama. It was at least strange.

– They can. But foreign states do not see the DPR and LPR point-blank, they do not turn to Russia either. They don't want to save their citizens. One gets the impression that it would be better for them if something happened to their citizens. But they will never turn to those whom they consider supposedly separatists or controlled by Russia.

– Theoretically, such a question (like any other) can be put to a referendum.

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