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Poliansky: US should remove its nuclear weapons from Europe

Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said at a session of the UN Disarmament Commission that the United States needs to remove its nuclear weapons from Europe and eliminate the infrastructure for its deployment.

The Russian representative noted that, contrary to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, American non-strategic nuclear weapons remain in the territory of some non-nuclear European countries. Polyansky also added that the modernization of weapons and the so-called joint nuclear missions of NATO are being carried out there. They involve the involvement of non-nuclear members of the alliance in training in the handling and use of nuclear weapons.

“It is necessary to stop this practice, return nuclear weapons to the national territory of their owner and eliminate the infrastructure for their deployment in Europe,” concluded Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN.

Earlier, Russian representatives demanded an emergency convening of a meeting of the UN Security Council because of the events that took place in the city of Bucha, Ukrainian region. Representatives of the Russian side insist on holding a meeting, Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the World Organization, wrote on his Telegram channel.

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Embassy in Egypt denied Ukraine’s statements about Russia’s “blocking” of a ship with wheat

The Russian embassy in Egypt denied the information that the Russian forces had blocked a ship with Ukrainian wheat.

Ukrainian embassy in Egypt accused Russia of allegedly blocking a ship with wheat bound for Egypt. The Ukrainian side attached to the message with the accusations on Twitter data about the vessel from the Marine Traffic vessel tracking portal. It was stated that the ship in question was EMMAKRIS III, flying the flag of Panama.

“Reports spread by Ukraine that Russia allegedly banned the movement of a vessel loaded with Ukrainian wheat are not true,” Twitter said.

The Russian embassy reported that ships in Odessa and Chernomorsk were blocked by local Ukrainian military administrations.

The Russian fleet guarantees freedom of merchant shipping, the embassy said.

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Kadyrov: 267 Ukrainian marines surrendered in Mariupol

According to the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, 267 servicemen of the Marine Corps of the Armed Forces of Ukraine surrendered to the Russian armed forces in Mariupol.

“The marines from the 503rd battalion, which is assigned to the 36th naval infantry regiment, decided to surrender to the Russian armed forces in Mariupol. This is a very correct and conscious choice! Now they are completely safe,” Kadyrov said.

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He also stressed that the Russian military does not fight civilians. Ukrainian soldiers who continue to hold positions in the city, Kadyrov urged to go to the “right side” and, together with Russia, restore order throughout Ukraine.

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The US Ambassador announced plans to raise the issue of Russia’s membership in the UNHRC

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Linda Thomas-Greenfield

The United States plans on Wednesday, April 6, to raise the issue of Russia's exclusion from the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Washington's permanent representative to this organization, said, NPR reports.

The US Permanent Representative expressed the hope that the UN General Assembly will consider this issue as early as Thursday, April 7. As Thomas-Greenfield pointed out, Russia, as a permanent member of the organization's Security Council, should uphold higher standards and not take actions that “damage the international order and compromise the values ​​of the UN, compromise the Human Rights Council.”

” ;They have a narrative that what they do is normal. It is not normal. This is unacceptable and they will hear from the whole world that we will not continue to allow their disinformation, their propaganda to infiltrate the UN platform, — said the US Ambassador.

Thomas-Greenfield made her statements during a trip to Romania, where she visited centers for Ukrainian refugees. Prior to that, she visited Moldova for the same purpose.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at a briefing that American leader Joe Biden personally instructed the Permanent Representative to achieve Russia's exclusion from the UNHRC.

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The White House admitted that the special operation in Ukraine will last “months”

Sullivan noted that the White House could not accurately predict the length of Russia's special operation in Ukraine, pointing out that the next stages could take “months.” Shoigu said that “everything is going according to plan”

Nebenzya accused Kyiv of creating a pretext for genocide because of Bucha

Zelensky, according to the Russian permanent representative, “hinted” about the possibility of genocide and massacre because of what happened in Bucha. The Russian Ministry of Defense considers the publication of these materials a “provocation”, claiming that the troops left the city on March 30

Vasily Nebenzya

What happened in the city of Bucha was an operation of the Ukrainian authorities, which was financed by sponsors from the West, but the truth about what happened soon will become known, Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, said at a press conference. The broadcast was conducted on the website of the organization.

According to Nebenzi, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who arrived in Bucha, hinted that what happened justified any uncivilized response. “By this, he, in fact, confirmed that the Kyiv regime considers genocide as a method of warfare. Now the nationalists have an excuse to massacre innocent Ukrainians, to execute them as traitors,— considers the Russian Permanent Representative to the UN.

Nebenzia added that the countries of the world should “keep an eye on this” and urged the UN Security Council not to allow “this terrible purge” to happen. Commenting on the possible start of an independent investigation into the incident in Bucha, the Russian envoy stated that there were many investigations that were announced as independent, but in fact they were not.

“Because they were politically motivated, biased,”— explained Nebenzya.

The Russian Permanent Representative to the UN added that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on March 30 the withdrawal of Russian troops from a number of Ukrainian regions, including Bucha, which he confirmed the next the same day, the mayor of the city Anatoly Fedoruk in a video message. “It is interesting that he (Fedoruk in his video.— RBC) did not mention any mass atrocities, bodies of the dead, murders or anything like that. It's hard to imagine that the mayor of the city forgot to mention such a devastating scenario,— the diplomat noted.

According to Nebenzia, the video of the dead in Bucha appeared only on April 3, and it is “filled with inconsistencies and outright lies,” since the Ukrainian National Guard’s video of April 2 does not show the dead on the streets.

A number of publications (including Reuters, AFP, CNN and Anadolu) and the Ukrainian authorities published on April 3 footage from Bucha showing corpses. Reuters reported that these are dead civilians: according to Fedoruk, those depicted in the pictures were shot dead, and another 280 people were buried in mass graves.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for an independent investigation into what happened in Bucha. US President Joe Biden has proposed a military tribunal. “We need to get all the details so this can be a real war crimes trial,” — he thinks. The American leader also called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal.”

The Russian Ministry of Defense called the published photos and videos a provocation and stated that Russian servicemen left the city on March 30. The military department emphasized that while Bucha was under the control of Russian troops, “not a single local resident was injured.” The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, called the information about the murders a staging by Kyiv and Western countries that are trying to “disperse” this data over the internet. The Prosecutor General's Office of Russia assured that it would check the publication of materials on the Internet about the situation in Bucha.

Russia twice demanded to convene the UN Security Council because of the events in Bucha, but this failed because – for the opposition of Great Britain, Lavrov said. “They [the British] refer to the fact that tomorrow they themselves have planned to review the situation in Ukraine in all its aspects,” — the minister explained on 4 April. Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia Dmitry Polyansky previously pointed out that the Russian delegation intended during the meeting “to bring presumptuous Ukrainian provocateurs and their Western patrons to clean water.” The Russian mission to the UN accused London of violating the rules of procedure of the Security Council in connection with the rejection of Moscow's request to hold an emergency meeting.

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The Russian Ambassador announced the “prosecutor’s position” of the United States in the situation with Bucha

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Anatoly Antonov

Provocation in the Ukrainian city of Bucha— this is an attempt on the part of the West to demonize the Russian army and accuse Moscow without evidence, said Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov. part of a coordinated Western effort to demonize the Russian military. Provocation in the city of Bucha— the height of lies and cynicism. In Washington, having no evidence, they immediately took the position of a prosecutor and began to appoint the guilty, — pointed out by the diplomatic representative.

Antonov noticed that “on the ground” everything happens “exactly the opposite”: in the territories controlled by the Russian military, delivering humanitarian aid, the Russian side guarantees the safety of humanitarian corridors through which civilians can evacuate.

“American colleagues should pay attention to the facts and stop criminal indifference to the actions of the national battalions, which continue to block civilians in cities, open indiscriminate fire on refugees, terrorize and torture everyone who does not share their Nazi ideology,” — the ambassador noted.

April 3, the media, such as Reuters and AFP, as well as the Ukrainian authorities, distributed photos and videos from Bucha with corpses on the streets and mass graves. The mayor of the city, Anatoly Fedoruk, told AFP that the people in the photo were shot dead. According to him, another 280 people are buried in mass graves.

The Russian Defense Ministry, commenting on these publications, announced a provocation. The military department stressed that during the time that the city was controlled by Russian troops, “not a single local resident was injured.” The ministry noted that “evidence of crimes in Bucha” began to be published only four days after the departure of the Russian military, when employees of the Security Service of Ukraine and Ukrainian journalists arrived in the city. The Defense Ministry claims Russian troops left Bucha on March 30.

U.S. President Joe Biden once again called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” following reports of what happened in Bucha. He also said that he was considering imposing additional sanctions against Russia.

Moscow twice requested a meeting of the UN Security Council because of Bucha, but was refused. It will be held on April 5 at the British initiative, and Vasily Nebenzya, Russian Permanent Representative to the UN, said that evidence of the Russian position will be presented at the meeting.

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CNN learned about the secret US test of a hypersonic missile

CNN learned of a covert US test of a hypersonic missile in mid-March The US covered up a test of a hypersonic missile to avoid a growing escalation in relations with Russia, a Pentagon source told CNN. The rocket, according to him, flew about 482 km at a speed of Mach 5 ” alt=”CNN learned of secret US test of hypersonic missile” />

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The US conducted a successful test of a hypersonic missile in mid-March, but kept it a secret due to unwillingness to allow tensions to rise with Russia, a US Department of Defense official familiar with the matter told CNN.

The interlocutor of the channel said that a hypersonic missile (Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept, HAWC) was launched from a B-52 bomber off the west coast of the United States. The range of the missile was 300 miles (about 482 km), the source said, the height & mdash; 65 thousand feet (about 20 km), speed & mdash; 5 swings. Even the minimum hypersonic speed (about 380 miles per hour – 611 km per hour) allows you to cover a distance of 300 miles in 5 minutes, CNN indicated.

The test was carried out a few days after Moscow announced the use of its own hypersonic missile ” Dagger» during a special operation in Ukraine, CNN reported, during this strike, Russian troops hit an ammunition depot of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the western part of the country.

Russian troops used the “Dagger” during a special operation in Ukraine on March 19, the Ministry of Defense reported on the destruction of “a large underground warehouse of missiles and aviation ammunition”; Ukrainian forces in the Ivano-Frankivsk region. The department later noted that the use of the “Dagger” against the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be continued, the use has shown “its effectiveness in the destruction of highly protected special objects of the enemy.”

“I wouldn't see this as a game changer,” — then assessed the incident, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, CNN reported.

In early March, the Pentagon postponed the planned test launch of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile. This decision, said John Kirby, a spokesman for the department, was taken to demonstrate that the United States had no “intention to engage in any action that could be misunderstood or interpreted.” “We wanted to demonstrate that we are a responsible nuclear power,” — he stressed.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the launch was planned to take place from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, plans were changed due to tensions with Moscow. A month later, in early April, US Air Force spokesman Ein Stefanek told Reuters that the missile test had been cancelled.

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BFM announced the call of the Russian ambassador to the French Foreign Ministry

Previously, BFMTV reported on the expulsion of 30 diplomats from France, Le Parisien and Le Figaro about 35. On April 4, the German Foreign Ministry announced the expulsion of 40 Russian diplomats

Alexey Meshkov

The French Foreign Ministry has summoned Russian Ambassador Alexei Meshkov to notify the expulsion of diplomats, BFMTV reported, citing sources.

According to the channel, the French Foreign Ministry will notify the ambassador of the expulsion of diplomats whose activities “contradict French security interests.” .

The French Foreign Ministry announced the decision to expel Russian diplomats on April 4. How many employees of the Russian representative office this will affect, the ministry did not specify. BFMTV reported that France would send 30 Russian diplomats. Le Parisien, citing sources, wrote that 35 diplomats would be expelled. The last figure, with reference to the source, was also called by the newspaper Le Figaro.

«Our first duty— always ensure the safety of the French and Europeans, — French Foreign Ministry said in a statement. In Paris, they clarified that the decision was made within the framework of a single European approach.

Russia will give a “decent answer” against the decision to expel the diplomats, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told TASS.

On April 4, the German Foreign Ministry announced the expulsion of 40 Russian diplomats. In the words of German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock, we are talking about diplomats “who worked every day here in Germany against our freedom, against the cohesion of our society.” The head of the German Foreign Ministry in her Twitter clarified that Berlin made this decision after the appearance of photos from Bucha (Kyiv region).

Ambassador to Germany Sergei Nechaev expressed “categorical rejection of the one-sided accusations of Berlin, which hastened, without waiting for an independent investigation into the events in the city of Bucha, to take the side of the Kiev regime, which had previously been repeatedly convicted of disseminating false information,” the embassy said in a statement.

On April 2, Ukrainian authorities and Western media, including Reuters and AFP, published photographs from Bucha showing corpses lying on the streets. The Russian Ministry of Defense called the footage a provocation and stated that the Russian military was not involved in the killings of civilians. The ministry stressed that while the city was under the control of the Russian military, “not a single local resident was injured.”

In mid-March the expulsion of several Russian diplomats was reported by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. At the same time, Slovakia announced a similar decision. On March 23, Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergei Andreev spoke about the expulsion of 45 employees of the mission by Warsaw. Moscow responded by announcing mirror measures against European diplomats.

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Roskomnadzor called Wikipedia a line of information attacks on Russians

Anti-Russian materials on Wikipedia have become massive, according to Roskomnadzor, and the encyclopedia refuses to comply with the requirements for their removal

Roskomnadzor (RKN) confirmed information about new requirements for Wikipedia about the removal of “inaccurate socially significant information”, they were sent to the electronic encyclopedia on April 4, the department said.

“Recently on Wikipedia” materials began to be massively posted that disseminate unreliable information on the subject of a special military operation in Ukraine and on the actions of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. “Wikipedia” became a new line of constant information attacks on the Russians. The authors posted on the "Wikipedia" articles deliberately misinform users of the Internet resource with frankly false information. In the articles published on the resource, an exclusively anti-Russian interpretation of events is promoted, — the ministry said in a statement.

Roskomnadzor emphasized that Wikipedia has still not complied with his request to remove “inaccurate information”.

On the eve of the notifications of the RKN, the administrators of the Russian Wikipedia reported, claims from the department arose to the articles “Battle for Kyiv (2022)”, “War crimes during the Russian invasion of Ukraine”, “Shelling of a hospital in Mariupol”, ” ;Destruction of the Mariupol Theater (2022)» and “Massacre in Bucha”.

“Wikipedia” built on the principle of a free encyclopedia, articles in it can be edited by anyone. At the same time, the voluntary community of Wikipedia administrators checks for changes made and prevents vandalism.

The articles listed by Roskomnadzor became the objects of the “editing war”— a situation in which users with different views on what is happening make conflicting edits. In addition, these materials were repeatedly nominated for removal from Wikipedia. by individual members, and therefore certain restrictions were imposed on their editing by the community of administrators. So, the article about the special operation is now protected from unverified edits, it cannot be edited by unregistered and unconfirmed participants. The back page of this article, which hosts a discussion about editing the material, has already exceeded the article itself in volume. Similar restrictions apply to other articles.

At the same time, the articles reflect data provided by both the Russian and Ukrainian sides of the conflict. For example, the section on casualties contains data from both the Russian Ministry of Defense and the Ukrainian General Staff.

On March 2, the RKN threatened Wikipedia blocking due to an article about military operations in Ukraine. The department’s notice stated that the material contained information “about numerous casualties among the military personnel of the Russian Federation, as well as the civilian population of Ukraine, including children,” as well as “the need to withdraw funds from accounts in banks of the Russian Federation in connection with the sanctions.” ;.

Executive Director of the non-commercial partnership “Wikimedia RU” Stanislav Kozlovsky told RBC that “Wikipedia” “not very” understands the claims, since all “doubtful, unverified, contradictory statements from the article are promptly removed.”

On March 31, Roskomnadzor threatened Wikipedia a fine of up to 4 million rubles.

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Medvedev called the most important goal of Russia

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The most important goal of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, which is decided outside the battlefields, is to change the “bloody and full of false myths” consciousness of some Ukrainians for the peace of future generations and the possibility of building an open Eurasia from Lisbon to Vladivostok, said Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev in his Telegram channel.

According to him, the goals of demilitarization and “denazification” Ukraine, which Russian President Vladimir Putin put in place, are not executed at once and will not be decided “only on the battlefields.”

“Change the bloody and full of false myths consciousness of part of today's Ukrainians” the most important goal. The goal is for the sake of the peace of future generations of Ukrainians themselves and the opportunity to finally build an open Eurasia— from Lisbon to Vladivostok»,— wrote Medvedev.

Since February 24, Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine, the goals of which are demilitarization and “denazification”. As the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov explained, “ideally, Ukraine should be liberated and cleaned from pro-Nazi people.”

Kyiv imposed martial law in the country, announced mobilization and severed diplomatic relations with Moscow.

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The Russian Defense Ministry announced a strike on the Ukrainian training center

In addition, fuel storage facilities for supplying Ukrainian troops were destroyed in several regions of Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. The strike was carried out with sea-based long-range precision weapons.

The facility was used “including to house foreign mercenaries,” Konashenkov said.

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In addition, Russian forces, using high-precision missiles, destroyed four fuel storage facilities for supplying Ukrainian troops near the cities of Kremenets (Ternopil region), Cherkasy, Zaporozhye and Novomoskovsk (Dnipropetrovsk region) , reported the Ministry of Defense.

Over the past night, Russian aviation and missile forces hit 134 Ukrainian military facilities, including eight command posts and communication centers, a radar for the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system, a launcher for the Tochka-U missile system, six ammunition depots and two fuel, as well as 85 strongholds and areas of concentration of Ukrainian equipment, the report said. In addition, four Ukrainian drones were shot down.

Since the beginning of the special operation, 125 aircraft, 91 helicopters, 398 drones, 226 anti-aircraft missile systems, 1,969 tanks and other combat vehicles, 214 multiple rocket launchers, 852 field artillery and mortar guns, as well as 1,873 units of military vehicles have been destroyed, the Ministry of Defense reported.

Russia launched a military special operation to “demilitarize” and “denazification” Ukraine 24 February. Moscow called its main goals the protection of the population of Donbass and ensuring the security of Russia from the threat from Western countries. On March 30, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the completion of all the main tasks in the Kiev and Chernihiv directions and the planned regrouping.

The Ministry of Defense explained that at the first stage of the special operation it was planned to “force the enemy to concentrate his forces, means, resources and military equipment to hold large settlements in these directions, including Kyiv, which, according to the ministry, was eventually done.

Ukraine, in response to Russia's special operation, declared martial law and general mobilization .

Since the end of February, Moscow and Kyiv have been negotiating a settlement. After a meeting in Istanbul at the end of March, the Ukrainian side handed over to the Russian proposals on a neutral and nuclear-free status, as well as on the refusal to place weapons of mass destruction on its territory and security guarantees, said the head of the Russian delegation, assistant to the President of Russia Vladimir Medinsky. The proposals will be passed on to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, he added.

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Denmark decides to expel 15 Russian diplomats

The head of the Danish Foreign Ministry explained this decision by the desire to ensure the country's security, specifying that these diplomats were engaged in espionage.

Denmark decided to expel 15 Russian diplomats, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod announced, explaining that they were engaged in espionage. The Danish newspaper Politiken writes about this.

“This is a historic step that we are taking on our part, but we are doing it in line with a lot of other European countries because we want to protect our security and security in Denmark,” — said Kofod.

The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, told RBC that Moscow would respond to such a step. She indicated that “appropriate measures will be taken against employees of the foreign institutions of this country.”

RBC asked the Russian Embassy in Denmark for a comment.

In addition, today, April 5, the Italian Foreign Ministry announced to the Russian Ambassador in Rome, Sergei Razov, the decision to expel 30 diplomats from the country. The head of the Italian Foreign Ministry, Luigi Di Maio, said that it was adopted for reasons of “national security”.

Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, North Macedonia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic and Ireland. Members of diplomatic missions were accused of violating the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations or of espionage.

Poland decided to expel 45 employees of the Russian diplomatic mission from the country, and also froze the accounts of the Russian embassy. As the ambassador to Warsaw, Sergei Andreev, reported, the local prosecutor's office concluded that the money could be used to finance terrorism. Russia responded by blocking the accounts of the Polish embassy in Moscow, he said.

On April 1, Bulgaria announced its decision to expel the first secretary of the Russian embassy. The authorities suspected him of collecting and transferring information constituting state secrets to the other side. A criminal case was opened against the diplomat under the article on espionage. Prior to this, Sophia recognized 12 other employees of the diplomatic mission as persona non grata of two Russian diplomats.

The day before, on April 4, Germany and France announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats. Berlin decided to declare 40 members of the diplomatic mission persona non grata. In Paris, the number of diplomats to be expelled was not specified: the AFP agency, citing sources, reported 35 diplomats threatened with expulsion, the French television channel BFMTV— about 30. The Austrian Foreign Ministry said that it also does not rule out the possibility of expelling Russian diplomats.

Latvia and Lithuania have decided to lower the level of diplomatic relations with Russia. Lithuania, in particular, recalled its ambassador and ordered the Russian ambassador to leave the country.

Moscow promised to respond to all unfriendly measures directed against its foreign missions.

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CNN learned about congressional calls for Biden to increase arms supplies to Kiev

In the lower house of Congress, the United States called on President Joe Biden to increase the supply of weapons to Ukraine, including Stinger and Javelin missiles, as well as drones and fighter jets. On April 1, the Pentagon allocated $ 300 million in aid on congressional calls for Biden to increase arms supplies to Kiev” />

Members of the US House of Representatives have written to President Joe Biden in a letter calling for more arms supplies to Ukraine, including missiles, fighter jets and drones, according to CNN, which read the letter. This appeal was made by more than 30 members of the House from both the Republican and Democratic parties. They said their request was based on a wish list submitted by the Ukrainian authorities to Congress, which lists 17 areas where Ukraine needs more help.

The request included Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and Javelin anti-tank missile systems. Biden is also urged to increase the supply of long-range drones.

April 1, the US Department of Defense announced additional military assistance to Ukraine in the amount of up to $300 million. The aid package included laser-guided missile systems, drones and countermeasure systems, armored vehicles, custom small and large caliber ammunition, machine guns, medical supplies, as well as optical equipment and commercial satellite imagery services.

According to the Pentagon, the United States since the administration of President Joe Biden allocated more than $2.3 billion in military assistance to Ukraine, including more than $1.6 billion after the start of the Russian military operation.

On March 16, Biden signed a $1.5 trillion government funding budget for the current fiscal year, which also includes humanitarian, military and economic assistance to Ukraine in the amount of about $13.6 billion

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The Foreign Ministry announced the continuation of “intensive negotiations” between Moscow and Kyiv

According to Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Andrei Rudenko, it is premature to talk about the possibility of a new meeting of ministers Sergey Lavrov and Dmitry Kuleba before agreeing on the text of the peace treaty

Sergey Lavrov (left) and Dmitry Kuleba (right)

Moscow and Kyiv continue “intense negotiations” via video link, it is premature to talk about the possibility of a new meeting between the heads of the Russian and Ukrainian Foreign Ministries Sergey Lavrov and Dmitry Kuleba, Interfax Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko.

“So far, intensive negotiations are underway in video mode with the Ukrainian side. Until the text of the final document is agreed upon, it is premature to talk about any official meeting, — said Rudenko.

On March 10, Lavrov and Kuleba met in Antalya. In an interview with the RBC television channel, the Russian minister said that he had not heard “no new ideas”; to resolve the conflict from the Ukrainian colleague. “He [Kuleba] stated that he had not arrived there in order to repeat public statements, — I became even more interested. But in 1.5 hours of meeting, talking in the presence of the Turkish Minister Cavusoglu and despite my, in my opinion, three or even four times reminders that I would like to hear what was not heard in public space, he did not ideas and did not put forward, & mdash; Lavrov said. According to him, President Vladimir Putin instructed him to speak with the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. Turkish colleague Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested that the meeting be held after the request of Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky.

Kuleba said before the meeting that Ukraine was interested in reaching agreements with Russia on three points— ceasefire, liberation of territories and resolution of humanitarian issues.

On March 31, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that he had corresponded with his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts and proposed a new meeting. “We have never refused contacts, but they must be prepared, meaningful,” — then Rudenko said in response.

The last time the Russian and Ukrainian delegations met on March 29 in Istanbul. Kyiv handed over proposals for a peace treaty to Moscow. The head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, said that Kyiv agreed to become a neutral state in exchange for security guarantees. They will not apply to the Crimea and Donbass, but Kyiv undertakes not to try to return these territories by force.

Members of the Ukrainian delegation, in turn, announced Kyiv's intention to include in the peace treaty the positions of Ukraine and Russia on Crimea, as well as to hold bilateral negotiations on the status of Crimea and Sevastopol for 15 years. The problem of the republics of Donbass should be resolved at the level of presidents, the delegation believes.

According to the head of the Ukrainian delegation, David Arakhamia, the Russian side agrees with all proposals, except for the issue of Crimea.

Medinsky noted in response that the positions of the parties on Ukraine's refusal to deploy nuclear weapons, join military blocs, deploy foreign troops, as well as the international security guarantees required by Kiev, have been preliminarily agreed upon. “This, in fact, is what Russia has been stubbornly and consistently achieving since 2014, — pointed out the assistant to the president.— We understand that Arakhamia is addressing his audience, and if he calls all this the Ukrainian position, then we are not sorry. He added that Moscow's position on Donbass and Crimea is unchanged.

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Zelensky admitted that there may not be a meeting with Putin

Zelensky said that “the simplest position” is to say “let's not talk about anything”, but it is necessary to speak. Dmitry Peskov stated that Putin did not refuse the meeting, but this requires a “specific written document”

Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky doubted the possibility of meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He stated this in an interview with Ukrainian TV channels, which was broadcast as part of the national telethon.

“I think that in general (what happened in Bucha.— RBC)— it's a big tragedy. You need to pull yourself together and work. I have no other choice. <…> But it may happen that there will be no meeting. It may not be her,— Zelensky said when asked if he was still seeking a meeting with the Russian president.

According to the Ukrainian leader, it will be difficult for Ukraine to continue negotiations with Russia after the incident in Bucha, but it must be done .

“It will be easy to say, ‘Let’s not talk about anything. This is the easiest position. <…> The hardest— talk about what they did, call them the enemy and at the same time find an opportunity to meet, and in this meeting find a way out and at the same time not lose their territory. You need to set a bar for yourself. And there, as it will be, it will be so,»,— said Zelensky.

Zelensky has repeatedly stated, both before and after the start of the Russian operation in Ukraine, that he is ready for personal negotiations with Putin. On March 14, he said that Kyiv, during negotiations with Moscow on a settlement, is seeking a meeting between the leaders of the two countries.

Turkey and Azerbaijan also offered to organize a meeting of the presidents. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly stated that his country is ready to mediate and provide a platform for negotiations. According to Erdogan, he is “determined” meeting as soon as possible.

The fact that the meeting of the presidents of Russia and Ukraine is possible after the preparation of the agreement was also mentioned by the assistant to the president, the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky. According to him, negotiations between Putin and Zelensky are possible simultaneously with the initialing of the agreement at the level of foreign ministers.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on April 3 that Putin “never refused” from the meeting with Zelensky, adding that it was “hypothetically possible.” According to Peskov, for such a meeting to take place, it is necessary “that a specific document mature in the depths of the work of the two delegations: not a set of ideas, but a specific written document.”

April 2, Ukrainian The authorities and Western media, including Reuters and AFP, published footage from the city of Bucha in the Kiev region, which shows the bodies of people lying on the streets. Reuters wrote that these are the bodies of civilians. The mayor of the city, Anatoly Fedoruk, told AFP that these people were shot dead, and 280 more people were buried in mass graves.

The Russian Defense Ministry called these photos and videos a provocation. The department reported that the Russian military left the city on March 30 and they are not involved in the killings of civilians. The Ministry of Defense indicated that during the time that Bucha was controlled by the Russian army, “not a single local resident was injured.” “All the time while the city was under the control of the Russian armed forces, and even more so after, until today, in Bucha, local residents freely moved around the city and used cellular communications,” — said in the military department.

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In France, called the timing of the introduction of a new package of EU sanctions against Russia

According to Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune, this is likely to happen on April 6th. He suggested that Brussels promptly take measures to stop importing Russian gas and coal. ” alt=”France announced the timing of the introduction of a new package of EU sanctions against Russia” />

The EU is likely to introduce a new package of sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, April 6, Secretary of State for European Affairs Clement Bon said on RFI radio. Reuters quoted him as saying: “New sanctions are likely to be adopted tomorrow.”

According to Bohn, the EU should take prompt action to stop importing Russian gas and coal.

Earlier that Brussels is preparing to introduce new restrictive measures against Russia on April 6 after the publication of photos and videos from the Ukrainian Bucha with the bodies of those killed, the Financial Times wrote. According to the publication, we are talking, in particular, about a ban on the supply of Russian coal, oil or gas. On April 3, German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock announced the EU's intention to tighten sanctions against Russia.

The Russian Defense Ministry denies allegations of involvement in the “murder of civilians in the village of Bucha, Kiev region.” The department called “another provocation” body shots. The Russian military claims that the troops left Bucha on March 30, and the next day, the mayor of the city, Anatoly Fedoruk, according to them, confirmed the withdrawal and at the same time “did not even mention any local residents shot in the streets with their hands tied.”

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The Kremlin announced video forgery and fakes, and the Foreign Ministry called the goal of “another crime of the Kiev regime” in Bucha to disrupt negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv.

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, after visiting the city, announced Kyiv's intention continue negotiations in order to “find peace”.

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Italy announced the expulsion of 30 Russian diplomats

Earlier, Denmark, France and Germany announced the expulsion of diplomats. In March, Poland, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia expelled Russian diplomats ” alt=”Italy announced the expulsion of 30 Russian diplomats” />

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Italy will expel 30 Russian diplomats “for reasons of national security”. This was announced by the Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, whose words are quoted by Corriere della Sera.

“On my instructions, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ettore Sekui, met this morning with the Russian Ambassador to Italy, Sergei Razov, to inform him of the decision of the Italian government to expel 30 Russian diplomats, declaring them persona non grata. This measure, taken in consultation with our partners, was necessary for reasons related to our national security, — said the minister, who is visiting Germany.

After the announcement of the head of the Italian Foreign Ministry, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, promised that Moscow would respond to this. “On the expulsion of [diplomats] from Italy, Russia will give an appropriate answer,” — quotes the words of Zakharova TASS.

On Tuesday, April 5, Denmark announced its intention to expel 15 Russian diplomats. Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod called the expulsion a “historic step” and stated that the country's authorities had decided to expel the diplomats to “protect security in Denmark.” Zakharova also promised to take appropriate action against the Danish diplomats in Moscow.

The day before, on April 4, France and Germany announced the expulsion of employees of the Russian embassies. The French Foreign Ministry has not yet announced exactly how many diplomats will be expelled, but the BFMTV channel believes that this measure will affect 30 Russians. Le Parisien, citing sources, wrote that 35 diplomats would be expelled. The newspaper Le Figaro also called the last figure, citing a source.

In Paris, it was clarified that the decision was made within the framework of a single European approach. Maria Zakharova promised to give a “worthy answer” to this.

On Tuesday, BFMTV reported that the French Foreign Ministry had summoned Russian Ambassador Alexei Meshkov to notify of the expulsion of diplomats.

The German Foreign Ministry said 40 diplomats would be expelled from the country. According to German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock, we are talking about diplomats “who worked every day here in Germany against our freedom, against the cohesion of our society.” Burbock clarified that Berlin made this decision after the appearance of photos from the city of Buchav, Kiev region.

Russian Ambassador to Germany Sergei Nechaev declared “categorical rejection of Berlin's one-sided accusations” made without an independent investigation into the events in Bucha.

April 2 Ukrainian authorities and Western media , including Reuters and AFP, published photographs from Bucha showing corpses lying on the streets. The Russian Defense Ministry called the footage a provocation and stated that the Russian military was not involved in the killings of civilians. The ministry stressed that while the city was under the control of the Russian military, “not a single local resident was harmed.”

In March, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Slovakia decided to expel Russian diplomats. Poland expelled the largest number of Russian diplomats— 45 members of the mission left the country. Moscow responded by announcing mirror measures against European diplomats.

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The Ministry of Defense accused the Armed Forces of Ukraine of a new staged shooting with “civilians”

The Ukrainian military continues to conduct staged filming of civilians allegedly killed by the Russian military, the Defense Ministry said. According to the agency, such surveys were carried out in the village of Moshchun near Kiev, in Sumy and Konotop

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Ukrainian servicemen conducted staged filming of “civilians who allegedly died from the violent actions of the Russian army.” This is stated in the message of the Ministry of Defense, received by RBC.

According to the department, the shooting was carried out by servicemen of the 72nd Ukrainian main center of psychological operations on the evening of April 4 in the village of Moshchun, 23 km north-west of Kyiv ( Buchansky district).

“Another staged filming of civilians allegedly killed by the violent actions of the Russian armed forces was carried out for subsequent distribution through the Western media. Similar events are now organized by the Ukrainian special services in Sumy, Konotop and other cities, — Igor Konashenkov, official representative of the department, said.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

In addition, according to Konashenkov, on the evening of April 4, sea-based high-precision long-range weapons near the city of Ochakiv destroyed a training center for Ukrainian special operations forces, which was also used to house foreign mercenaries.

Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the National Defense Control Center, spoke about the fact that the Ukrainian authorities are ordering nationalist battalions to shoot staged videos about the killings of civilians by the Russian armed forces. According to him, the battalions are filming videos about “outrages and massacres of civilians, looting and destruction of social infrastructure committed by supposedly Russian servicemen.” These videos should “create a negative informational background around the Russian military operation in Ukraine.”

Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24. As President Vladimir Putin said, this is necessary to protect civilians from genocide, “denazification and demilitarization”; neighboring country. Ukraine then severed diplomatic relations with Russia and introduced martial law. The Ministry of Defense reported that it does not strike civilian targets.

On April 3, foreign news agencies Reuters, AFP and the BBC, as well as representatives of the Ukrainian authorities, published footage from the cities of Bucha and Irpen in the Kiev region. Reuters wrote that these photos and videos show dead civilians. The photo shows mass graves and bodies of people on the streets, some with their hands tied.

The mayor of the city Anatoly Fedoruk told AFP that 280 people after the return of the city under the control of the Ukrainian military were buried in mass graves.

The Ministry of Defense stated that the Russian military was not involved in the killings of the civilian population of Bucha, and the published photo and video materials were just a provocation. All units of the Russian military forces left the city on March 30, and during the time that it was under the control of Russian troops, “not a single civilian was injured,” the department emphasized.

The military department noted that 31 March, that is, after the withdrawal of Russian troops, the mayor of Bucha “confirmed in his video message that there were no Russian soldiers in the city, but did not even mention any local residents shot in the streets with their hands tied.”

The Ministry of Defense also noted that all the bodies of people whose images were published, after at least four days from the moment the Russian troops left, did not stiffen, did not have characteristic cadaveric spots, and unclotting blood was visible in the wounds. “All this irrefutably confirms that photographs and video footage from Bucha— another production of the Kiev regime for the Western media, as it was in Mariupol with a maternity hospital, as well as in other cities,— stressed the agency.

After the publication of photos from Bucha and Irpen, the German authorities announced that the European Union intends to tighten sanctions against Russia, new restrictions were also announced by European Council President Charles Michel.

Russia announced its intention to convene an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss what happened in the Kiev region. However, the United Kingdom, which chairs the UN Security Council, did not give its consent to convene a meeting on April 4, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

The Security Council will consider the situation in Ukraine at a meeting on Tuesday, April 5.

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Pushilin will support MP from Medvedchuk’s party for mayor of Mariupol

The head of the DPR, Pushilin, intends to support the ex-director of Azovmash and the deputy of the city council from the Medvedchuk party as a candidate for the post of mayor of Mariupol. The meeting of “community leaders”, where he was nominated, was held in the city the day before

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The head of the Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin plans to support the candidacy of the ex-head of Azovmash and a deputy of the City Council from the Opposition Platform— For life» Konstantin Ivashchenko, nominated as a candidate for the post of mayor of Mariupol at a public meeting. Pushilin stated this on the air of the Rossiya24 TV channel, the broadcast is available on VKontakte.

“What was announced at this meeting yesterday very clearly coincides with what we have been fighting for all these 8 years, — for the right to speak Russian, honor the real history, the heroes of the Great Patriotic War and move sideways and together with our great Motherland. With this in mind, I consider it necessary on my part to invite the leader put forward by the people and offer him to head the local administration. Which I will certainly do today, & mdash; Pushilin said.

The correspondent of the TV channel, who made the lead to Pushilin's appeal, said that the day before, a meeting was held in one of the schools in Mariupol, at which “community leaders” put forward their candidate for mayor of the city. According to the correspondent, the meeting was attended by deputies of the city council, who did not leave the city. “There was only one candidate, he was supported by the majority, unanimously— Konstantin Ivashchenko, previously he served as director of Azovmash,— reported the correspondent of the channel “Russia 24”.

After that, footage of the meeting and part of Ivashchenko's speech were shown on the TV channel. “I clearly understand what needs to be done and where to start for the revival of our city. For the revival of cleaning…and housing stock, schools, hospitals, institutions of higher learning, this is what we will do. And I want to tell you this axiom, we are one people, one. And today, Russia has come today, here, forever, & mdash; he said on the TV channel.

Ivashchenko— deputy of the local city council from the Opposition Platform party; For life". In the plot of “Channel One” about the nomination of Ivashchenko, it is said that he is “one of the few representatives of the authorities who, in a difficult situation for the city, surrounded by radicals, not only did not run away, but also tried to do everything to somehow improve the humanitarian situation.” At the same meeting, the participants recognized the 2014 referendum on the independence of the DPR, the TV presenter reported.

Military operations near Mariupol began shortly after Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine. By February 28, the DPR forces blocked the city, by March 11, the Ministry of Defense reported that the Ukrainian side had destroyed “all bridges and approaches to the city” and also mined the main roads. A week later, the ministry reported fighting in the center of Mariupol. At the end of March, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, announced that Mariupol had been freed by 90-95% from “Bandera scumbags, Nazis and Chechen-speaking shaitans.” Later, he reported on the assault on the Azovstal plant and said that “cleansing of facilities is taking place in the normal mode”, and “temporary difficulties” arise in residential areas where civilians are hiding.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

In early April, the Ministry of Defense reported on the “difficult humanitarian situation” in certain “Ukrainian armed formations-controlled areas of Mariupol”. The department also reported that “scattered groups of militants of nationalist formations are not subordinate to official Kiev.” The military department offered the Ukrainian military, territorial defense battalions and “foreign mercenaries” in Mariupol, lay down your arms and leave the city along the route agreed with Kiev.

On March 20, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine decided to stop the activities of the Opposition Platform— For Life”, the head of the political council of which is Medvedchuk, the Shariy Party and eight other parties, taking into account the “connection of some political structures” with Russia. The decision was made at the time of martial law in the country. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky also said that the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine was instructed to immediately ensure the cessation of the activities of these parties.

The Political Council of the Opposition Platform— For life» headed by Viktor Medvedchuk. In 2004, his daughter was baptized by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the wife of Deputy Head of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev Svetlana.

Since May last year, Medvedchuk has been under house arrest on charges of treason. The prosecution believed that Medvedchuk passed on the location of the “secret military unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine” party member Taras Kozak, who was at that time in Russia, and created an organization that collected information about Ukrainians, recruited them and distributed pro-Russian propaganda. Also, the politician was charged with participation in a conspiracy against Ukraine in order to undermine the energy security of the country.

In the OPPL, the criminal cases against Medvedchuk are considered “reprisals against political opponents”, as well as the establishment of “absolute dictatorship”; Zelensky and his entourage.

On February 27, Adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko said that Medvedchuk had escaped from house arrest. “a real danger to life, as well as the need to ensure his protection” the politician was evacuated to “a safe place in Kyiv, where he continues to fulfill the procedural duties assigned to him by the court.”

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Zelensky said that the meeting with Putin may not happen

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on television that there might be meetings between him and Russian leader Vladimir Putin will not, according to the telegram channel of the agency "BelTA". At the same time, he stressed that he still considers it necessary to continue negotiations with Russia.

Earlier, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin noted in his Telegram channel that the situation in the Ukrainian city of Bucha is a provocation aimed at discrediting Russia. He pointed out that, as per order, the same headlines and photographs were posted in foreign media.

Volodin also noted that Volodymyr Zelensky was urgently brought to Bucha. There he answered in the affirmative to the question of continuing negotiations with Russia. According to the speaker of the State Duma, “if there really was such a situation in Bucha, as it is described,” then this would definitely affect Zelensky's decision. According to Volodin, Zelensky does not have this topic on the agenda in the dialogue with Russia.

The day before, on April 4, Zelensky approved a delegation for negotiations with the Russian Federation on security guarantees for Ukraine. He instructed David Arakhamia, the head of the faction of the Verkhovna Rada, to lead the delegation  "Servant of the people". The delegation also includes adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podolyak, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, Minister of Justice Denis Malyuska, and Deputy Foreign Minister Mykola Tochitsky. The head of the delegation has the right to change its composition and involve employees of state institutions in its work.

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FSSP opened proceedings to recover almost 2 billion rubles from Meta

The State Council of Crimea supported the seizure of property of Ukrainian oligarchs

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The State Council of Crimea adopted a draft law on the introduction of compulsory seizure of property belonging to "unfriendly countries" and their citizens committing unfriendly actions against Russia. The document was adopted by the regional parliament unanimously. This was reported in the press service of the State Council.

The head of the Committee on Legislation Sergei Trofimov, in an interview with reporters, noted that now it is the turn of the federal parliament. He also said that according to the document, lists of property for confiscation will be determined by local authorities.

It is proposed to confiscate property without paying compensation for its value. The bill also proposes to give regional authorities the authority to determine the procedure for confiscation of such property.

Earlier, the head of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, said that the property of Ukrainian politicians, officials and businessmen who support the Kyiv regime would be nationalized. He said that a list of such objects is already being worked out.

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Zakharova commented on the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Italy

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The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova, made a statement that the country would give an “appropriate answer” on the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Italy.

Earlier, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said that the Russian ambassador was summoned to the office, where he was informed about the expulsion of 30 Russian diplomats.

Before that, similar decisions were taken by the French and German Foreign Ministries. It is alleged that Paris will send 35 embassy staff. Berlin decided to declare about 40 diplomats persona non grata.

 

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US and Israel approve sale of Arrow 3 missile defense system to Germany

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Germany has received US and Israeli approval for the sale of the Arrow 3 missile defense system, the Jerusalem Post reports.

“Germany has received approval from Israel and the United States for the purchase of the Arrow-3 missile defense system,” the report says.

German lawmakers have previously pushed for the purchase of the Iron Dome missile defense system from Israel, but the day before, the head of the German Air Force, Lieutenant General Ingo Gerharz, said that Arrow 3 is more suitable for protecting against threats that Europe may face.

The Iron Dome is used against short-range missiles, Germany can produce such systems independently, he noted. Arrow-3 will be needed to protect against extra-atmospheric missiles, as well as missiles with a range of up to 15,000 km.

The parties will have to discuss the details of the purchase. The newspaper notes that for the first time one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world, which is capable of intercepting ballistic missiles at an altitude of more than 100 kilometers, can be transferred to another country.

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Russian special operation in Ukraine: online broadcast April 5

MoD reports, economic situation, international reaction

Soon a press conference will be held in New York, where the Russian side will reveal the true nature of the events in the Ukrainian city of Bucha. The Russian Federation will insist that the crimes that the Armed Forces of Ukraine, “led by nationalist battalions, have committed, do not remain without consequences.” Meanwhile, the US Treasury announced that it would not allow Russia to pay its public debt in dollars from US accounts. The EU is currently preparing the fifth package of sanctions against Moscow.

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In addition, similar events are now organized by the Ukrainian special services in Sumy, Konotop and other cities.

9:28 State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that the situation in Bucha was a provocation with the aim of discredit Russia. This is a performance designed for a Western audience.

In his Telegram channel, he pointed out that, as per order, the same headlines and photographs were published in foreign media. Zelensky was urgently brought to Bucha. But when asked whether Kyiv would continue to negotiate with Moscow, he answered in the affirmative. “Think about it, if there really was such a situation in Bucha, as it is described, it would definitely affect his decision,” Volodin pointed out.

He also recalled that the Russian Federation twice requested an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council. However, Britain blocked their implementation.

"The goal is one — discredit Russia, justify sanctions, arms supplies, other unfriendly actions, further aggravate the situation in Ukraine,” Volodin said.

9:20 The Russian government has simplified the procedure for registering medical devices in order to avoid their shortage. As specified in the Cabinet, for certain medical devices, the registration period will be reduced from 50 to 22 business days, and for other – up to 5 working days.

9:10 The Russian Ministry of Defense showed how the Tor air defense system works. He managed to destroy the Bayraktar drone. In total, the Russian military reportedly destroyed seven of these drones.

9:06 According to the latest data, the number of people who arrived in Russia from Donbass and Ukraine exceeded 615,000 people, TASS reported.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan believes that Russia's special operation in Ukraine may take another month. He also announced preparations for sending a new batch of American weapons to Ukraine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded to criticism of the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. He explained what he considers patriotism. He noted that he considers patriotism “love for one's homeland, readiness to make any sacrifice for one's country, when required.” According to him, “competitions in who is more patriotic are hardly needed, especially at such a moment.”

German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock spoke out against the imposition of an embargo on gas supplies from Russia. According to her, even a complete embargo would not help the West in the situation with Ukraine.

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In Latvia, hinted at the complete overlap of the borders of the Baltic States with Russia

But all three republics must agree to this

Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks said that Riga could completely close the border with Russia, however, according to him, this should be done at the same time as Estonia and Lithuania.

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In an interview with the newspaper Diena, Pabriks noted that the relevant question should be decided at the level of the ministries of internal affairs of the Baltic republics.

“I don't see any possibility that one of the Baltic countries could do this separately. But all together, this issue, of course, could be considered,” the minister said.

He added that the sanctions imposed against Russia “in general” work, but their effect, according to him, will be noticeable only through for some time.

The day before, it became known that Lithuania had expelled the Russian ambassador from Vilnius and recalled hers from Moscow, it also closed its consulate general in Klaipeda.

On the same day, the Latvian authorities announced that they lower the level of diplomatic relations with Russia.

In turn, the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that Moscow's response would not be long in coming.

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The expert predicted the scenario of the battles in the “Donbass Bulge”: “The Armed Forces of Ukraine will be destroyed”

What will be the tactics of the Russian army

The map of hostilities in Ukraine has changed dramatically over the past few days. Almost all Russian troops concentrated near Kiev retreated to regroup. They also depart from Chernigov. Increasingly, forecasts are being voiced regarding the upcoming battle for the Donbass, which the people have already dubbed the “Donbass Bulge” by analogy with the Battle of Kursk. Military expert Yevgeny Linin spoke about a possible scenario for the second stage of the special operation.

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– Recently, the Russian command announced the completion of the first stage of a special operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine. We are now moving on to the second stage. Its goal will be the complete encirclement and blocking of the grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) in the Donbas with its subsequent destruction. For this, all the necessary measures have already been taken, the strongholds are being vacated and are becoming bases for supplying both Russian troops and the corps of the People's Militia of the LPR and DPR. The front line is quite clearly defined.

– The Ukrainian group has about 50 thousand people. Some sources give an estimate of 90 thousand, apparently, they consider not only the official forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which have already suffered quite serious losses, but also the territorial defense that is mobilized to protect cities. In fact, territorial defense is not a regular army. If we talk about the active brigades, then I would note the units of the 81st assault brigade, the 95th assault brigade, separate battalions of the National Guard, the 15th regiment, the 2nd battalion of the 17th tank brigade, the 57th motorized brigade and the battalion ” Donbass. These are the most odious divisions of the Ukrainian army, which have already been noted in battles. “Donbass” is a separate story, the number of such battalions, as a rule, does not correspond to the data that is known about them. They are constantly replenished with mercenaries and reservists, and their number is many times greater than the regular strength of the battalion and can reach five thousand people and even more. Plus, from the territories where the siege of Russian troops has been lifted towards the Donbass, a reserve has moved forward, the task of which will be to prevent the encirclement of the Donetsk group.

– The strike force of the Russian army, which is being formed, among other things, from those units that are now moving away from Kyiv and Chernigov. They will be reinforced by the corps of the People's Militia of the republics. At the same time, we see that the southern direction of Ukraine continues to be under siege and the grouping near Nikolaev has not decreased, but rather the opposite. But back to the Donbass arc. We have a complete advantage in manpower, superiority in the air. These are Su-25 attack aircraft, Su-24 and Su-34 bomber aircraft, Su-30 and Su-35 fighter aircraft. Speaking about our self-propelled artillery mounts, one cannot but mention the Msta-S, which is the best artillery system in the world today. Multiple launch rocket systems – “Hurricane” and “Grad”. Russia also has an absolute advantage in operational-tactical missiles. These are Iskander-M complexes, Caliber cruise missiles. Separately, I will note our advantage in tanks, because, be that as it may, in the 21st century, the tank is the main breakthrough weapon.

It should not be discounted that Ukraine has been actively strengthening positional areas and creating strongholds for eight years. Even where the line of contact did not have any strategic significance, the Ukrainians equipped fortified positions, pouring concrete into them to a depth of five or more meters. Therefore, it is impossible to take them by simply bombing them. Cleansing in urban combat conditions will be long and difficult, everyone understands this.

– As Mariupol showed, this is a month or even more. The Armed Forces of Ukraine will again hit residential buildings and infrastructure facilities. So, of course, it is better for local residents to leave them in advance. Now. Fighting in urban areas is also complicated by the fact that it is very difficult to control the movement of enemy troops, it is difficult to calculate fortified points from where fire can be fired. Any building is a threat, as a shot can be fired from it. Promotion takes a long time and takes a lot of effort. The main weapons for urban combat are assault flamethrowers, grenade launchers and anti-tank systems. Considering that Ukraine now has practically no heavy equipment left, no aviation, and the movement of non-self-propelled artillery systems in an urban environment is impossible, the advantage, of course, remains with the Russian troops.

– Unfortunately, not a single armed conflict impossible without loss. Therefore, of course, they will be, but I think no more than a percent of the current group. This is from our side. If we talk about Ukraine, then the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be completely destroyed.

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Orban, who won the election, was called the “Hungarian enemy” in the West

The success of the conservatives was compared to the “darkness that enveloped Europe”

The West reacted very sourly to the victory in the parliamentary elections held on Sunday in Hungary, led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has the reputation of almost “Putin's ally”; within the EU and NATO. “Orban's victory in Hungary thickens the darkness that has engulfed Europe” & nbsp; & ndash; The headline in the UK's The Guardian reflects the extent of Western political and intellectual elites' disillusionment with the results of the Hungarian elections.

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Writing in The Guardian, historian and political commentator Timothy Garton Ash writes that “Putin's closest ally among EU leaders,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, was re-elected in part because he was able to use the conflict in Ukraine to his own political advantage. . “In addition to exploiting all the advantages he has already built into a heavily rigged political system, such as electoral fraud and overwhelming media influence,” Orban, the columnist claims, won by promising the Hungarians that he would keep them out of the Ukraine conflict and that their bills heating bills will remain the same due to his gas deal with Moscow.

In his victory speech, the Hungarian leader listed the “opponents” he defeated., recalls the author of the publication in The Guardian: “Among them were the international media, Brussels bureaucrats and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, who severely criticized him for his opposition to further sanctions, which Ukraine desperately needs. So he tells us who exactly his enemies are.

“If the Hungarian six-party opposition coalition led by Marki-Zay won, Hungary would become a staunch Western ally.” in the face of Russia, as demonstrated by other Central European countries such as Poland and the Czech Republic. Talking about missed opportunities, Timothy Garton Ash calls the electoral winner Viktor Orban an “aging cynic” who flatly refuses to allow Western arms supplies for the Ukrainian army through Hungary.

According to the British observer, the victory of the opposition “put would begin the complex process of bringing Hungary back into a true liberal democracy.

“Instead, Orban’s Fidesz party again won a supermajority of two-thirds of the vote, which allows her to change the constitution at will, – continues to lament Timothy Garton Ash. – Whatever sweet assurances she gives in Brussels or Washington, she will continue to strengthen what political scientists call an electoral authoritarian regime. Hungary's political system is now closer to that of non-EU Serbia, which was simultaneously won by another nationalist-minded authoritarian President Aleksandar Vucic at the same time this weekend, than to that of a democracy like France or Portugal. Orban and Vucic — close allies.

While acknowledging that the Hungarian opposition had suffered serious setbacks (“The six parties were not as united as they should have been, and the leading candidate clearly failed to convince the electorate outside of Budapest. On the whole, the opposition actually lost votes, although it did win several single-member constituencies in the capital”; ), Timothy Garton Ash peremptorily asserts that “it was by no means a fair election.”

“Wherever I have been for the past five days, – writes a columnist for The Guardian, – I saw streets and subway cars plastered with state-funded posters of the good-natured Viktor Orban next to the slogan “Let's Defend the Peace and Security of Hungary.” Another ubiquitous poster showed a young mother and child with the slogan “Protect the Children.” It advertised a government referendum held at the same time as the election, with questions such as “Do you support the promotion of sex reassignment therapy for underage children?” (The referendum did not receive the required 50% of the valid votes.)»

“Nevertheless, having spent generously on taxes and social benefits to win the elections, the Orban government needs EU funds to fill a large hole in its finances, – Timothy Garton Ash doesn't lose hope. – If the EU is not ready to simply accept that it now has an authoritarian member state, it must finally impose strict conditions on the flow of European money, which has long been one of Orban's main sources of power. This means continuing to withhold grants and loans for post-COVID recovery, as transparency cannot be guaranteed by a regime that is in fact built on the corrupt use of EU money. It also means finally launching the rule of law conditionality, which could hold back significant chunks of EU regular budget funding. (And not be fooled into giving Hungary a lot of money for Ukrainian refugees who have actually already moved to other countries.)»

But here's the problem, admits Timothy Garton Ash: The Orban government will never allow, to ensure that arms supplies to Ukraine pass through Hungary, and would not allow the imposition of sanctions on 85% of Hungarian gas and 64% of oil coming from Russia. The conclusion, which is made in the author's column of the observer, sounds almost like a declaration of war on one of the EU and NATO countries that voted for the “wrong” one. politics: “Europe must now fight hard against both the Russian enemy outside and the Hungarian enemy inside. But can and will he do both at the same time? Here's another dilemma this dark, depressing weekend has posed to a deeply shaken Europe.

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Zelensky said that Orban is afraid to communicate with him because of fear of Moscow

The Hungarian Prime Minister himself listed the President of Ukraine on the list of opponents the day before

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban would have to make a choice between a foreign policy oriented towards Moscow , and a course oriented to the West.

Photo: vk.com/vladimir_zelenskiy95.

“He (Orban) can say that I choose Hungary, but Hungary is part of another world,” Zelensky told reporters on Tuesday.

The President of Ukraine added that he had repeatedly invited Orban to meet, called him and invited to a meeting. At the same time, Zelensky expressed confidence that the Hungarian prime minister is afraid of direct negotiations with him.

“He is afraid of the influence of the Russian Federation on his state. There is this influence, it’s another matter whether he likes it or not,” Interfax quoted Zelensky as saying.

At last Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Hungary, Orban’s Fidesz party won again, thus the current prime minister will remain in office.

In his victory speech, Orban listed the opponents of the party, including Zelenskiy.

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