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Lavrov told Blinken that weapons for Kyiv prolong the “agony of the regime”

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Supplies of Western weapons to Ukraine “prolong the agony of the regime in Kyiv.” This was stated by the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, in a conversation with the head of the US State Department, Anthony Blinken.

“The attention of the Secretary of State was drawn to the fact that the continued pumping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the national battalions with American and NATO weapons, which are used on a large scale against the civilian population, only prolongs the agony of the regime in Kyiv, prolonging the conflict and multiplying the victims,” — The Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Lavrov also stressed that the Russian Armed Forces strictly observe the norms of international law, and in the “liberated territories” work on returning to civilian life has been launched.

The goals and objectives of the Russian special operation in Ukraine will be fully achieved, the Russian minister told Blinken.

In early June, US President Joe Biden announced a decision to transfer HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems to Ukraine. In early July, Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valery Zaluzhny announced that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had begun to use them.

According to the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznik, the country “passed the test” and successfully uses US-supplied artillery systems. He also pointed out the need for new deliveries of armored vehicles and drones.

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Weapons that Ukraine asks for from Western partners can be compared with a vaccine, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “It’s like with vaccines: if you don’t help other nations, be prepared for the fact that new strains of the virus will arise that will render your own protection ineffective,” — he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking about the transfer of missile weapons to the Ukrainian side, called the goal of “all this fuss” the desire to “prolong the armed conflict as long as possible.” A similar point of view was expressed earlier by Lavrov. The minister considered arms supplies by the West “absolutely counterproductive and harmful”.

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Sandu said that Moldova will ask for help from Romania in case of a military threat

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Moldova will ask for help from the allies in the event of a military conflict with Russia. This was stated by Moldovan President Maia Sandu at a press conference in Bucharest, Digi24 reports.

“If Russia tries to attack the Republic of Moldova, we will obviously ask for help,”— she said.

According to her, Moldova feels a threat to security, since the “Russian-Ukrainian front” approaching the border of the republic. “The number of provocations by internal forces aimed at destabilizing the situation in Moldova is growing,” — Sandy added. The Moldovan institutions are closely following the development of the situation in Transnistria and are analyzing the risks. “We are worried. We allow all scenarios, including the most pessimistic ones. We are preparing for all scenarios, — she concluded.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, in turn, stressed that Chisinau and Budapest remain “the closest” partners and that Romania “does not refuse” from its neighbor, no matter what position it finds itself in.

The Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR) declared its separation from Moldova in 1990. Until 1992, hostilities took place there, which ended with the signing of a truce. There are about a thousand Russian peacekeepers on the territory of Transnistria as part of the Operational Group of Russian Forces (OGRF).

On March 15, PACE recognized the region as “occupied by Russia”, and in 1992 it considered the conflict in the territory of Transnistria an “act of military aggression”. Russia vs Moldova. The Russian Foreign Ministry called the wording of PACE “unacceptable”.

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After that, Sandu called on Russia to withdraw troops from the region and expressed hope that the country would be able to resolve the conflict with Transnistria and join the European Union together with the republic.

Foreign Minister of the unrecognized republic Vitaly Ignatiev said on July 21 that Moldova's withdrawal from the 1992 agreement could become a prerequisite for the start of hostilities in Transnistria.

He also pointed out that Moldova would have to resolve the issue with Transnistria, since “EU membership without resolving territorial and legal issues is impossible”, and the country at the end of June, together with Ukraine, received the status of a candidate for joining the union.

At the same time, Ignatiev did not see the possibility of resolving the conflict through negotiations, since ” ;European Perspectives» Moldova contradict the will of the inhabitants of Transnistria. Tiraspol intends to seek independence with subsequent accession to Russia, he stressed.

After that, the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin had seen media reports about the plans of Pridnestrovie to become part of Russia, but did not know what these publications are connected with.

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The Ministry of Justice recognized Bykov, Albats and Mitya Aleshkovsky as foreign agents

In addition to the writer, editor-in-chief of The New Times and director of Takikh Dela, the legal entity of the former editor-in-chief of Ekho Moskvy Alexei Venediktov, created by him after he himself was recognized as a foreign agent, was included in the register of media-foreign agents

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The Ministry of Justice added journalists Dmitry Aleshkovsky and Evgenia Albats, as well as writer Dmitry Bykov, to the register of foreign media agents.

Aleshkovsky— journalist, photographer, director of the online publication “Takie Dela” and co-founder of the Need Help Charitable Foundation. At the end of 2021, he announced his resignation as director of the foundation, explaining that he could not say what he thought and do what he wanted, because he had to constantly assess how this could affect the organization's wards.

In 2022, Aleshkovsky opposed the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

Albats— editor-in-chief of The New Times magazine, which has been published online only since 2017. In February, the publication's website was blocked by the decision of the Prosecutor General's Office after a demand to remove materials about the conflict in Ukraine. The reason for blocking was the publication on the website of information “with calls for mass riots, extremist activities or participation in mass (public) events held in violation of the established procedure, unreliable socially significant information disseminated under the guise of reliable messages.” In May, Roskomnadzor drew up four protocols on administrative offenses for the publication and Albats due to publications deleted three months earlier.

“I was not notified about this,” — Albats commented to RBC on the decision of the Ministry of Justice to declare her a foreign agent, promising to challenge it.

Bykov— writer, poet, publicist, literary critic and teacher, creative editor of the Sobesednik newspaper, member of the Writers' Union of Russia. In the early 2010s, he was especially famous for the Citizen Poet projects. and «Mr good»— within them, he wrote satirical poems on current events, taking as a basis the works of the classics of Russian literature.

Bykov was an active participant in the rallies of 2011-2012 and was a member of the coordinating council of the Russian opposition. In February 2022, he opposed the Russian military operation in Ukraine. After that, the chairman of the State Duma Committee on Culture, Elena Yampolskaya, spoke out against the sale of his books in stores, as well as the works of other authors who opposed the war— Leonid Parfenov, Boris Akunin and Dmitry Glukhovsky.

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RBC turned to Mitya Aleshkovsky and Dmitry Bykov for comments.

The list also included Foreign Agent AAV LLC, created by the former editor-in-chief of Ekho Moskvy. Alexey Venediktov. The Ministry of Justice himself recognized him as a foreign agent in April. Subsequently, Venediktov said that the department explained the reasons for his inclusion in the list: this is a salary at Ekho Moskvy; and dividends from the historical magazine Diletant, 76.43% of whose shares until recently belonged to the journalist (his wife Elena now owns a matching share). Venediktov promised to appeal against the decision of the Ministry of Justice.

In July, he registered the legal entity Foreign Agent AAB. with the right to publishing.

Radio station “Echo of Moscow” On March 1, it was disconnected from the air after the Prosecutor General's Office announced materials posted on its website with calls for extremist activities and false data about the actions of the Russian military in Ukraine. On March 3, the board of directors of Ekho Moskvy decided to liquidate the radio channel, and then corporate social media accounts were also deleted. At the frequency of “Echo” in Moscow on March 9, owned by the MIA “Russia Today” began to work Sputnik.

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Ukraine will not call on those whose relatives died in battles

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has expanded the list of persons who are not subject to conscription as part of the mobilization announced in the country due to the Russian military operation.

Parliament approved two bills on this topic. According to the first of them, people whose close relatives (husbands, wives, children, parents, grandparents, as well as full and half brothers and sisters) died or went missing during the hostilities are exempt from conscription.

The second document gives a deferment from military service to scientists and teachers who work in educational institutions.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky declared martial law and mobilization on February 24— on the same day when Russia launched a special military operation on the territory of the country for “demilitarization and denazification”. The Rada extended these measures until August 23.

The Ukrainian authorities explained that the mobilization would take place in several stages. At the first of them, former servicemen with combat experience who had served in the army under a contract or participated in hostilities in the Donbass were supposed to be drafted into the army. Next in line— military men who served in the military until 2014 or served under a contract. At the third stage, it was planned to call up reserve officers and graduates of military departments of universities, and at the fourth & mdash; all citizens 18 & ndash; 60 years old without health restrictions. Persons liable for military service with disabilities or temporarily unfit for military service due to health reasons are not subject to conscription.

In mid-June, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported that hundreds of thousands of citizens had been mobilized since the end of February.

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The Russian Ministry of Defense reported about a Ukrainian ship blown up by a mine

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Small geographical vessel of Ukraine “Shlyakhovich” was blown up by a Ukrainian drifting mine at the mouth of the Danube River, the Russian Defense Ministry said. As stated in the interdepartmental coordinating headquarters for humanitarian response, this happened during the measurement of the depths of the fairway at the mouth of the Danube River.

“The threat of shelling and the high mine danger created by official Kyiv do not allow ships to freely go to the open sea,” — the message says. Thus, 70 foreign ships from 16 countries remain blocked in the ports of Kherson, Nikolaev, Chernomorsk, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhny.

The Russian side accused Kyiv of avoiding interaction with representatives of other countries and ship-owning companies in resolving the issue of ensuring the safe exit of ships.

In early July, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Administration announced the resumption of navigation along the Danube Canal— Black Sea. It was restored after the withdrawal of Russian troops from Zmeiny Island.

This canal is located in the Odessa region and passes through the territory of the Danube Biosphere Reserve. It is laid along the mouths of Bystry, Starostambulskoye and Kiliya in the Danube Delta. The length of the ship's course along the natural channels of the rivers is 172.36 km, the length of the artificial sea approach channel — 3.4 km.

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The White House announced plans for Biden to be re-elected in 2024

Against the backdrop of the highest inflation rates over the past 40 years and high prices in the United States, Joe Biden's government is being criticized and his ratings are declining. Nevertheless, he plans to run for president in 2024

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Despite falling ratings amid falling GDP, high US prices and rising inflation, US President Joe Biden still plans to be re-elected in 2024, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at a press conference. conferences. The broadcast was conducted on the White House YouTube channel.

“The President intends to participate in the elections in 2024”, — she said, noting that the elections are still far away and she would refrain from further comments. The journalist who asked the question indicated that, according to some polls, only 26% of Democrats would like to see Biden again as president.

In mid-July, the US Department of Labor reported that consumer prices in the country rose by 9.1% year on year, exceeding the estimates of experts who had expected consumer inflation to be 8.8%. At the same time, core inflation (growth in prices for goods and services, excluding food and energy) amounted to 5.9%, which was the highest value since 1981.

Prices in the United States began to rise during the coronavirus pandemic, and now they are also influenced by geopolitical factors: the situation with gasoline prices, in particular, worsened after the embargo on Russian oil and gas was introduced in early March. The US recognizes the economic downturn, but argues that the situation will not reach a recession,— so said including Biden himself. On July 28, the US Department of Commerce announced that, according to preliminary data, the country's GDP fell for two consecutive quarters. Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, told Bloomberg that the US economy is “very vulnerable to a recession” today. But Janet Yellen, the head of the Fed, insists that the US economy is in transition, not recession.

Against this background, the ratings of Biden and his administration are declining. For example, according to a CNN poll, 75% of respondents who support Democrats said they would like to nominate someone else from the Democratic Party in 2024. At the same time, the number of those who do not want to see Biden in the presidency has doubled,— 32% against 16% earlier this year, the channel notes.

Biden took office as the 46th President of the United States in January last year, winning the election at the end of 2020. He canceled a number of decrees of his predecessor Donald Trump, including those related to the country's migration policy. Biden also stepped up the fight against coronavirus.

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The White House did not rule out classifying Russia as a sponsor of terrorism

Earlier, the Senate called on the Secretary of State to include Russia on the list of sponsors of terrorism, and members of Congress prepared a bill that would allow doing this bypassing the State Department

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The US administration is studying the possibility of classifying Russia as a state— sponsors of terrorism, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at a briefing (broadcast by CNBC). According to her, Washington is also considering other sanctions.

Jean-Pierre recalled that such decisions are made by the State Department. “We are considering this [measure] along with various other proposals,” — she said.

In July, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi warned that if Secretary of State Anthony Blinken did not recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism, parliament would. The newspaper Politico wrote about this, citing sources. Blinken then stated that the sanctions adopted against Russia already have the same consequences that led to the recognition of her country— sponsor of terrorism.

Now the list of sponsors of terrorism in the United States includes four countries— Iran, North Korea, Cuba and Syria.

Being on the list means strict restrictions on interaction with this state, a ban on the export of defense goods, control over the export of dual-use products, financial and other restrictions— these measures are included in the list of anti-Russian sanctions. In addition, sanctions are envisaged against other states that maintain trade relations with a sponsor of terrorism.

On July 28, the Senate passed a resolution calling on Blinken to include Russia in the list of such states. The document mentions military operations in Ukraine, as well as the “brute force” that Russia used “against civilians during the Second Chechen War”; and Moscow's support for “separatists in acts of brutality against Ukrainian civilians in the Donbass” and some other reasons.

On the same day, Politico reported that Congressmen from the Democratic and Republican parties will introduce a bill in the House of Representatives to officially recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism. The authors of the initiative decided that they could make such a decision bypassing the State Department.

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“I think that this is an absolutely ugly action. It is simply immoral to accuse a great neighbor of being a terrorist state. It was Russia that fought international terrorism in the Middle East, Syria, Iraq, and the North Caucasus,” — Vladimir Dzhabarov, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, spoke earlier, commenting on such a decision of the Lithuanian Parliament.

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CNN learned about Moscow’s request to include Krasikov, convicted in Germany, in exchange

CNN: Russia asked the United States for the exchange of life-sentenced in Germany Vadim Krasikov According to the channel, in the United States, the satisfaction of such a request was considered problematic, since Vadim Krasikov is serving a life sentence in Germany. Nevertheless, Washington clarified with Berlin whether they are considering such a possibility

The Russian side asked to include in the prisoner exchange with the United States former FSB officer Vadim Krasikov, who was sentenced in Berlin to life imprisonment for the murder of Georgian citizen Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, CNN reports citing sources.

According to them, the request was transmitted through unofficial channels of the FSB. Sources noted that for this reason and because Krasikov is serving a sentence in Germany, the United States considers it difficult to fulfill the request.

An interlocutor of the TV channel in the German government said that American officials nevertheless sent a request to Berlin to find out if Germany was ready to consider such a possibility. A United States administration official described the request as a “status check”; Krasikov. A source in Berlin said that the German authorities did not seriously consider the exchange of the Russian, and this discussion did not reach high-ranking officials.

According to several sources CNN, even if the extradition of Krasikov fails, Russia will most likely ask for two prisoners in exchange for the Americans Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner.

Khangoshvili was killed in Berlin in the summer of 2019. According to investigators, Krasikov rode up to him on a bicycle and shot him three times with a pistol. A Georgian citizen died on the spot, and a Russian was detained.

Krasikov was sentenced in Germany in December last year. The court agreed with the prosecutor's office, according to which it was not just about the murder of a Georgian citizen, but about the fulfillment of the “state order to kill on German soil.” Moscow has repeatedly denied involvement in Khangoshvili's murder. President Vladimir Putin called him a “separatist” who took part in the hostilities and one of the organizers of the terrorist attack in the Moscow metro.

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Blinken in a conversation with Lavrov threatened Russia with new sanctions

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Telephone talks took place between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. This was their first face-to-face conversation since February 24, 2022.

The State Department press service reports that the parties discussed the exchange of Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner, as well as the export of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea ports. In addition, Blinken threatened Russia with new sanctions if new “Ukrainian territories” become part of it.

Earlier, Lavrov said that a telephone conversation with Blinken should take place when he himself would be “in his office” . However, he added that it is unlikely that the call will take place on Friday.

Prior to this, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Washington requested a conversation between Blinken and Lavrov. Moscow confirmed receipt of the request.

Meanwhile, the DPR began to create a commission to prepare for a referendum on joining the Russian Federation. There, the plebiscite procedure will take place simultaneously with the LPR.

In addition, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the administration of the Zaporozhye region, said that according to preliminary data, a referendum on the status of the region could be held in the first half of September. He clarified that it is quite possible that the referenda in Zaporozhye and Kherson regions will be held simultaneously, on the same day.


The ex-commander of “Azov” announced a hunt for those who carried out the attack on Yelenovka


The former commander of the Azov nationalist regiment recognized as extremist and banned in Russia, Andrey Biletsky, announced a hunt for all who was involved in the missile attack on the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka. It is located in the Donetsk People's Republic (DNR). The captured fighters of the unit were kept there.

In his Telegram channel, Biletsky called the incident a planned act, as well as a violation of the customs and laws of war. He also promised to find and exterminate the perpetrators.

Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the Ukrainian military shelled a prison in the urban-type settlement of Yelenovka. They also noted that a large number of Ukrainian servicemen voluntarily lay down their arms. It is noted that the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are aware of the “humane attitude towards prisoners of war from the Russian side.” The provocation from the Ukrainian side was committed to intimidate the Ukrainian military, as well as to prevent their surrender. Subsequently, it became known that the number of those killed during the shelling of Yelenovka increased to 53.

According to the republican department, the shelling was carried out in order to “cover up the traces” of war crimes against the civilian population of Donbass, as well as to force the rest to continue hostilities and not surrender.

At the same time, Ukraine denies participation in the shelling of Yelenovka. But later, fragments of ammunition from the HIMARS multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) were found at the site of the shelling of the pre-trial detention center. It is known that the American system is supplied to Kyiv.


Media: at the entrance to Latvia, Russians are asked to condemn the special operation

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When entering Latvia, Russian citizens were asked to sign a document condemning the special operation in Ukraine. The portal writes about it. The resident of Riga Svetlana told about the innovation. Her husband, being a citizen of Russia, permanently resides in the Latvian capital. Recently, he went to his mother's funeral in his homeland, and when he returned he was ordered to sign a paper against the special operation.

According to the woman, a man in civilian clothes approached her husband at the airport and held out a ready-made form. It remained only to enter the name, surname and passport data. The text on paper was in Russian and English. The man could not refuse. Otherwise, he was threatened with revoking his residence permit.

Recall that the idea of ​​a ban on the issuance of Schengen visas to Russians is now being actively discussed in Europe. The European Commission ruled out such a decision for the entire EU. However, individual countries can decide locally.


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Putin was promised to restore the destroyed Mariupol in three years: an estimate is presented

6 thousand rubles per square meter will be allocated for repairs – whether it is an apartment in a high-rise building or a private residential building

Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin presented Vladimir Putin with a 100-page master plan for the development of Mariupol. According to him, the city can really be completely restored in just three years. The work will be carried out according to high standards of improvement, which are not yet available everywhere in Russia: Mariupol will receive a new road network, a modern embankment, a large transport interchange hub, a multidisciplinary medical center and modern jobs. Even the preliminary costs of turning the ruins left after the battles into a garden city were not announced at a meeting with the president, but the allocation of funds had already begun. However, this winter, most of the residents remaining in the city will have to spend in temporary housing with minimal amenities.


On Friday, Vladimir Putin received Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin at his Novo-Ogaryovo residence near Moscow: the official brought a master plan for the development of Mariupol to the meeting. Work on these documents began immediately after the second largest city in the DPR was taken under the control of Russian troops. According to the mayor of Mariupol, Konstantin Ivashchenko, appointed by the authorities of the republic, 60-70% of the buildings were damaged as a result of hostilities, and 20% of the housing stock cannot be restored. The mayor of the city, Vadim Boychenko, appointed by the Ukrainian authorities, estimated the degree of damage to the city's infrastructure at 90%, and the amount beyond repair at 40%. Marat Khusnullin at a meeting with the president did not give his data on the extent of the destruction. However, he assured that for a normal life the city could be restored in three years. And then development will begin – the master plan is designed until 2035.

Today, the main priorities are social infrastructure and housing. By the end of 2022, work will be completed at 90 social infrastructure facilities – these are kindergartens, schools and clinics. For housing, the schedule is scheduled for three years. “What we can restore, we will restore. Everything that we cannot restore, we will build,” Khusnullin said. However, those who do not want to wait will be able, according to him, to receive a housing certificate for the purchase of housing in any locality of the DPR. As for repairs, it is proposed to finance the work at the rate of 6 thousand rubles per square meter, whether it is an apartment in a high-rise building or a private residential building. Residents who want to repair themselves will be able to receive a lump sum payment. As Khusnullin explained, these are really working mechanisms that were used during the flood in Irkutsk and proved their relevance and effectiveness. “If you would approve such approaches, we would prepare an appropriate order together with the Donetsk Republic and approve it at the Government level,” the Deputy Prime Minister addressed Putin. “Let's do that. But this should concern not only the Donetsk Republic, but also, say, the Luhansk Republic,” the President noted. He stressed that people should spend the winter, which is just around the corner, in “normal, human conditions” – in order to “then calmly go to construction and, accordingly, to receive decent housing for people.”

Based on the results of surveys, the Ministry of Construction and Housing of the DPR reported that out of 2,327 apartment buildings that were in Mariupol at the time of the outbreak of hostilities, and 49,343 private houses, 517 and 7,929 buildings, respectively, could not be restored. Only 261 (!) High-rise buildings and 10802 IZHS have no damage. Thus, almost 70% of Mariupol's multi-apartment housing stock will have to be restored and repaired. And rebuild 22% (Volumes for private houses: 62% repair and 16% new construction) Now 12 five-story houses are being built in the city, designed for 2.5 thousand apartments. (The first six are planned to be submitted by September 1, the remaining six by November 1). However, it is quite obvious that even if these deadlines are met, most residents of the destroyed city will have to spend the coming winter in temporary housing: according to Mayor Ivashchenko, 30 hostels and other objects of the maneuverable fund have been selected, where by October 1 “at least minimal conditions should be prepared” for human habitation.” Now even water in Mariupol is supplied by gravity: pumps cannot be started due to a large number of breakthroughs. The picture for heating systems is obviously similar.

In the Russian regions, meanwhile, builders are being recruited to work in the DPR and LPR: according to a government decree, shift workers are entitled to double wages, daily allowances and insurance – 3 million rubles for injury and 5 million for death. Local authorities wanted to involve captured Ukrainians in the restoration of the city, but the Russian military explained to them that this was contrary to international convention.

How many people can stay in Mariupol for the winter is known from the words of Konstantin Ivashchenko. In a recent interview with TASS, he said that there were fewer people left in the city than officials thought. The census counted 200-218 thousand people instead of the expected 300 thousand. Before the start of the special military operation, the city, we recall, had 430 thousand inhabitants. However, officials believe that the population deficit will be quickly overcome. According to the master plan, 500 thousand people will live in Mariupol by 2035, and by this time it will be transformed beyond recognition. “We have made a completely new transport infrastructure, we want to use the railway and restore the entire tram service. We are planning to make a new transport interchange hub… We have worked out completely new street standards with parking space, with landscaping,” Khusnullin told Vladimir Putin. According to him, a competition will be held for the historical part of the city with the participation of famous Russian architects. A well-maintained embankment and a beach will also appear in the city.

However, it is not entirely clear from the Deputy Prime Minister's speech how the issue of jobs will be resolved. Before the special operation, a tenth of the inhabitants of Mariupol (that is, 40 thousand people) worked at industrial enterprises – these are Azovstal, the Ilyich Iron and Steel Works and Azovmash. All of them were built into the European chains of cooperation, which are now destroyed and cannot be restored in the near future. And in Russia itself, because of the sanctions, steel production is falling. Marat Khusnullin (without details) told Putin only about the prospects of Azovstal. “We see that it is still possible to save some jobs there without restoring hazardous production,” he said. Local authorities, in turn, expect that other enterprises will also be able to resume work.

“The industrial potential of our city should be high, and the plant named after. Ilyich, and the Azovmash plant should be restored,” Ivashchenko said. According to him, technically, this can be done no earlier than the summer of 2023. However, officials are still ignoring the problem of ownership (all enterprises had owners before February 24), specialization and potential production load.


“Conspirators” appeared before the Belarusian court: from a Pushkinist to a truck driver

The trial of Lukashenko's enemies presented a motley vinaigrette

The Minsk Regional Court began to consider a criminal case on a conspiracy to seize state power in Belarus. There are five defendants. These are Yuri Zenkovich, Alexander Feduta, Grigory Kostusev, Olga Golubovich and Denis Kravchuk. The defendants could face up to 12 years in prison.

Yury Zenkovich is a Belarusian opposition politician and American lawyer. Has US citizenship. In 2003-2007 he was a member of the Minsk Regional Council. He is a “locomotive” in this group, a whole “bouquet” of accusations has been brought against him: a conspiracy to seize power, the creation of an extremist formation and leadership of such a formation, public calls for the seizure of power, distribution of materials containing such appeals using the Internet, inciting social enmity and discord on the basis of a different social affiliation. Zenkovich studied in Poland and Ukraine, received an M.A. in American Law from Fordham University in New York, and has lived in the United States since 2007. In 2017, the BNF (Belarusian People's Front) nominated him as a party candidate for the presidency of Belarus. Acquaintances characterize him as a man of an adventurous warehouse. In social networks, he openly called for the overthrow of Lukashenka and even kept a record in the resistance units. President Lukashenko claims he is connected to the US intelligence agencies. This is by far the most serious figure among the “conspirators”.

Zenkovich and another defendant, Alexander Feduta, were detained by the FSB in Moscow in April 2021 and transferred to Minsk. It remains a mystery why Zenkovich came to Moscow at all, fully aware of the danger of such a trip. It is possible that he, like Feduta, was purposefully lured out, and this whole story with the “conspiracy” is an operation of the special services. Because it is very difficult to assume that a 57-year-old literary critic, Pushkinist, a teacher, by the way, of the Russian language and literature, who is clearly overweight, could take part in the plot to kill Lukashenka and his sons. He does not look like a conspirator in any way, and even his admission of guilt does not convince.

Alexander Feduta helped Lukashenko come to power. He entered his first campaign headquarters and became his first press secretary and biographer. He left his team back in 1995. Since then, he has been in opposition, although he has never shown a propensity for violent actions.

The 65-year-old head of the Belarusian Popular Front, Grigory Kostusev, also bears little resemblance to a militant. He and Feduta are accused of conspiracy to seize power by unconstitutional means (part 1 of article 357 of the Criminal Code). Kostusev was detained by the KGB of Belarus on April 12, 2021, he was at his home in the city of Shklov.

Olga Golubovich and Denis Kravchuk are accused of active participation in group actions that grossly violate public order and involve obvious disobedience to the lawful demands of government officials, which resulted in the disruption of transport, enterprises, institutions or organizations, in the absence of signs of a more serious crime (part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code). 43-year-old Olga Golubovich is an employee of Zenkovich, she worked in his Minsk office. Denis Kravchuk is a nuclear physicist by profession, but worked as a truck driver. He was an opposition activist and an election observer. According to one version, during the 2020 presidential election, he and Zenkovich spent 10 days of arrest in the same cell.

So far, it seems that everything revolves around the figure of the American lawyer Zenkovich. It is possible that he really planned some kind of conspiracy, or maybe they decided to neutralize him preventively, as a potentially dangerous figure. It is also possible that he will be used as a trump card in bargaining with “American partners” or he will go for an exchange. Unless, of course, it really represents some value for the US intelligence agencies.


The expert revealed the purpose of the new aircraft radar during the special operation

“Sees” from a few hundred kilometers

Recently, the media wrote that during a special military operation, new reconnaissance equipment of the Su-34 front-line bomber is being used. Military expert Mikhail Khodarenok spoke today about the unique capabilities of the new complex. It turns out that we are talking about the so-called universal UCR intelligence container weighing half a ton.

Photo: Press Service of the Ministry of Defense

As a military expert noted in his Telegram channel, the container has a streamlined shape and is suspended under the fuselage of the Su-34. The crew of this aircraft is two people who sit side by side in the cockpit. The nose of the Su-34 has a peculiar wide flattened shape, for which the aircraft is sometimes called a “duck”.

As for the new reconnaissance complex, its characteristics really inspire respect. Moreover, there are three varieties of it: for optical-electronic reconnaissance, radar and radio engineering.

The equipment of the UKR-RL radar reconnaissance complex is capable of detecting targets at a distance of up to 300 kilometers. For comparison, the distance in a straight line between Kherson, which is controlled by our troops, and Nikolaev, which is still under the control of Ukrainian troops, is about 60 kilometers. And from Kherson to Odessa – less than 150 km.

The radar allows you to receive high-resolution information, distinguish moving targets, identify troop concentrations and artillery position areas.

The UKR-RT electronic intelligence complex also has a range of several hundred kilometers. It “captures” the radiation of enemy radars, communication stations, electronic warfare systems.

“Thus, the Su-34, equipped with UKR-RT or UKR-RL, is capable of opening air defense centers of Ukraine, command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, movements techniques and positions of technique, – Khodarenok concludes. “Moreover, the bomber does this in the course of performing tasks to defeat Ukrainian positions and military facilities, that is, without breaking away from its main function.”

Another feature of the aircraft reconnaissance complex is that it allows you to direct your missile troops and artillery at identified targets almost in real time (with a delay of a few minutes). “This speed is quite enough to solve all applied problems in the framework of modern conflicts,” the expert concluded.


Military correspondent “MK” became the laureate of the special award of the Union of Journalists of Russia “For Courage”

Golden Pen of Russia Award Ceremony took place in Moscow

On July 29, the Golden Pen of Russia, the main journalistic award ceremony, was presented in Moscow. This year's event was unusual. The special operation made its own nuances: the famous song of the military correspondents based on the verses of Konstantin Simonov and the unofficial anthem of Donbass sounded in the hall.

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“We all live in a new reality, at the turn of the era. It is hardest of all for those of our colleagues who fulfill their duty in the war zone,” said Vladimir Solovyov, chairman of the Union of Journalists of Russia.

That is why this time 11 of the 39 nominees for the award are war correspondents.

For them, the UJR established a special award “For courage in the performance of journalistic duty.” The military commissars were awarded by the heads of the unions of journalists of the DPR and LPR.

“They have already become more Donetsk residents than we are. They help, they bring humanitarian aid,” said Viktor Petrenko, chairman of the Union of Journalists of the DPR.

One of the winners of a special award, which is rightfully considered the highest recognition of the professionalism of a military journalist, was our colleague, military commander of Moskovsky Komsomolets Lina Korsak.

Photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

Lina came to journalism from law enforcement agencies. For many years she served as a senior detective in the departments of the Internal Affairs Directorate in Moscow. She retired with the rank of Police Captain. In addition, Lina completed advanced training courses in the specialty “Rescuer”, as well as courses in extreme journalism “Bastion”, which are organized by the Union of Journalists of Moscow and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. This experience is perhaps indispensable in the war zone.

Lina began her creative path at MK in 2019. At first she worked as a crime reporter for the investigative department. But she never hid from her colleagues that she dreams of becoming a military correspondent. In 2021, her dream came true: Lina moved to the law enforcement department. Here she implemented several major projects aimed at popularizing military service, increasing the prestige of the Russian Armed Forces and the military-patriotic education of the younger generation.

Lina Korsak prepared a large series of reports on the combat training of tankers, paratroopers, military engineers, and sappers , aviators under the heading “At gunpoint”.

In addition, our military correspondent prepared several large materials from the military exercises “West-2021”, “Peace Mission-2021”, as well as from the International Army Games-2021 and International military-technical forum “Army-2021”.

She made a great personal contribution to the implementation of the MK project “Right on Target!”.

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To cover military topics, she went on business trips to Vladivostok, Murmansk, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novorossiysk, Chelyabinsk, Ryazan, Tula, Orenburg, Kaliningrad, Pskov, and other Russian cities, as well as in Beijing.

At the very beginning special military operation Lina Korsak went to Donbass. She is still at the forefront today. However, like most military correspondents. Few were able to attend the ceremony in person. Colleagues will hand over the awards to the rest.

The Lina Korsak Prize was received by Pavel Gusev, editor-in-chief of Moskovsky Komsomolets.

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“Today our amazing guys are doing dangerous tasks. Today we talked with Lina and said that, most likely, she would be awarded. She's happy. But now she is on a very dangerous mission, in the line of fire,” said Pavel Gusev.

Oleg Vorobyov, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Moskovsky Komsomolets, was among those awarded the prestigious award. He won the Best Media Manager of the Year award.


Experts named countries ready to let Russians in without a visa

18 states are approaching visa-free travel

While some European countries are considering whether to stop issuing visas to Russians altogether, 18 states are considering the complete abolition of the visa regime for citizens of the Russian Federation or its maximum simplification. Domestic diplomats reported on ongoing negotiations with countries that would be of interest to both Russian business and tourists. With the help of tourism industry experts, we found out what prospects this will open up for Russian vacationers.


For obvious reasons, the Russian Foreign Ministry does not disclose the list of 18 countries until the end of the negotiations, but it is already known that these are the countries of Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. According to representatives of the domestic consular service, the emphasis in visa facilitation is, among other things, on the tourism component on a reciprocal basis – that is, we will go to the countries that have simplified entry to us as much as possible, and their tourists will come to us.

“Although we don’t have official data yet,” they say in the capital’s travel agency specializing in “author’s” – complex and often individual – tours overseas and to Southeast Asia, “but we already know that visa-free travel is on the way countries that can revive the industry. These are Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Macau. And probably the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Venezuela, as well as Iran, India and Sri Lanka. All this makes it possible to form an attractive tourist product, including combined tours – an excursion block plus rest. For example, to Mexico, where there are plenty of opportunities for educational tourism to the places of the Mayans, Aztecs, and for a beach holiday on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.

– If charters are launched, then no. Mexico itself is not an expensive country. If indeed, as they say, they open an additional Russian consulate in the tourist region of Cancun, then our tourism to Mexico has every chance of becoming massive.

The Consulate General of the Russian Federation, as they say in diplomatic circles, is planned to open in the Maldives (currently the nearest one is in Sri Lanka, 650 km or an hour's flight), which indicates that the tourist flow from Russia promises to grow there too.

But domestic “long-steers” – lovers of spending the entire winter season in warm regions, working remotely, have special hopes for Malaysia, with which, according to the information of the authorized department, a draft bilateral intergovernmental agreement on the mutual abolition of visa requirements is in the process of being agreed with the authorities.

– A very convenient country for “remote work” and for life, – says a winterer with experience from Izhevsk. – There is no such widespread fraud due to the gigantic flow of “packagers” (tourists who come on organized package tours for a period of no more than two weeks. – “MK”), as in Thailand. And low quality of life, as in Indian Goa. For a working person, the prices are reasonable, the climate is good, the country is multinational and multi-confessional, and therefore habitually tolerant of everyone, without any religious pressure or the dominance of local traditions. Everything is very civilized and adequate.

The return to the tourist system of China and Hong Kong, with which the Federal Tourism Agency is also working to improve the bilateral agreement on visa-free group tourist trips, is waiting not only for travelers, but also for “buyers” – buyers of consumer goods, but simply “shuttles”. By the way, countries that are considering simplifying the entry procedure for us are simultaneously discussing the possibility of launching a Russian payment system, which will make visiting them as comfortable as possible for Russians. The Iranian Foreign Ministry, for example, calls the acceptance of domestic bank cards in their country a matter of the near future. And on the eve of the Association of Tour Operators reported that our cards began to serve ATMs in Cuba. To date, Myanmar, Nigeria, Bahrain and Thailand have also announced that they are considering connecting to the Russian system.


German self-propelled guns supplied to Ukraine could not withstand the high rate of fire

Just a month later, the Panzerhaubitze 2000 showed signs of wear

The German Ministry of Defense announced new gifts to Kyiv: Ukraine will receive 16 Biber (Beaver) bridge-laying tanks. With such armored vehicles, “Ukrainian troops can overcome water and other obstacles in battle,” the German military department explains. Meanwhile, unexpected problems arose with previous gifts: just a month after the delivery of Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled artillery mounts (ACS) some already showed signs of wear and needed repairs.


According to Spiegel, Kyiv informed the German Ministry of Defense about this in the middle of the outgoing week. In the Bundeswehr, according to the publication, problems are associated with the excessively high intensity of the use of self-propelled howitzers, which puts a huge load on the loading mechanism.

By Bundeswehr standards, already 100 rounds a day is an extremely high intensity. However, the Ukrainians, experts of the Bundeswehr suggest, shoot at a much higher frequency. In addition, the Ukrainian military apparently “tried to fire special ammunition at too great a distance.”

To solve the problem, the Bundeswehr agreed to send additional sets of spare parts to Ukraine. At the same time, the German government is negotiating the creation of a repair center in Poland, which will significantly speed up the maintenance of German armored vehicles supplied to Ukraine.

For reference: Panzerhaubitze 2000 (abbreviated version: PzH 2000) is considered one of the most modern and efficient systems this class in the world. In the Bundeswehr, without false modesty, they call it the most modern. The self-propelled guns are equipped with a 155 mm 52-caliber howitzer. The maximum firing range (with Excalibur active rockets) is 48 kilometers.

There are 12 such self-propelled guns in Ukraine. Seven delivered by Germany, five – by the Netherlands, where these self-propelled guns are also in service. In the near future, six more are expected to arrive: three each from the Germans and the Dutch. But that's not all: in mid-July, the German government gave permission to the manufacturer, the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann concern, to sell 100 such self-propelled guns to Ukraine. The estimated contract amount is 1.7 billion euros.

However, the question of when this hundred will appear on the battlefield – and whether it will appear there at all – is still open: as the Bild newspaper notes, the production of such a number of vehicles may take several years.

PzH 2000 is not the only heavy German armored vehicles, which are currently in service with the Ukrainian army. In July, Ukraine also received five Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (ZSU) (a total of 30 will be delivered). But even with them, according to the available information, not everything, as they say, thank God.

The main problem here is ammunition. The manufacturer of guns Gepard (ZSU is equipped with two 35-millimeter anti-aircraft guns), the Swiss company Oerlikon Contraves AG, obeying the instructions of its government, refuses to supply shells to Ukraine. And in the warehouses of the Bundeswehr, there are very few “native” ammunition left. Therefore, we have to look for palliative options.

Certain hopes were pinned on one manufacturer from Norway. However, during recent test firing, it turned out that the “cheetah” fire control system does not recognize the Norwegian “ersatz”. Now the projectile will have to be redone. In August, the modified ammunition will be re-tested.


The State Department will not request a meeting between Lavrov and Blinken at the ASEAN summit

A meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US State Department Secretary Anthony Blinken on the sidelines of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), East Asia Summit (EAS) and the ASEAN Regional Security Forum (ARF) is not planned. This is reported by TASS with reference to the head of the press service of the State Department, Ned Price.

The summits will be held in early August in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Blinken will be there from the 3rd to the 5th. Lavrov will also be in Phnom Penh on August 4-5.

“We have no plans to hold a meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov when they will be in Cambodia»,— Price said, answering a question about the possibility of such contacts between the heads of the diplomatic departments of the two countries.

The day before, the first telephone conversation between Blinken and Lavrov took place. The main topic of the negotiations was the possible exchange of the Russian businessman Viktor Bout, convicted in the United States, for the Americans Paul Whelan, who is serving a 16-year sentence in Russia on a case of espionage, and basketball player Brittney Griner, accused of drug smuggling.

Also The parties discussed the situation in Ukraine and the special military operation that Russia has been conducting there since February 24. “The attention of the Secretary of State was drawn to the fact that the continued pumping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the national battalions with American and NATO weapons, which are used on a large scale against the civilian population, only prolongs the agony of the regime in Kyiv, prolonging the conflict and multiplying the victims,” — The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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Polyansky condemned the transfer of long-range artillery by the West to the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The transfer of long-range weapons and MLRS by NATO countries to Kyiv shifts the “necessary line of peaceful development” further west. This was stated by Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, RIA Novosti reports.

According to Polyansky, Ukraine's allies “are shifting the conditional security line necessary for the peaceful development of the mentioned regions further to the West.” “Think about this, as well as the fact that after it ends, one way or another, we still have to live next to you and cooperate,” — he said.

The authorities of the Luhansk People's Republic accuse Ukraine of shelling settlements in the Donbass from American MLRS. The Russian Ministry of Defense reported on the destruction of four HIMARS systems from July 5 to 20, which were transferred to Ukraine by the United States and allies. But on July 20, the head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, stated that “these systems were not destroyed by the Russians.”

In total, Washington promised to send more than 20 such installations to Ukraine, 12 MLRS have already been transferred to it.

Kyiv has repeatedly announced that it needs weapons for protection. Both the authorities of Ukraine and the politicians of Western countries that supply the country with weapons have repeatedly said that Kyiv will not use them to strike at Russian territory. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov promised the head of the Pentagon to use American weapons only “to deter the enemy and de-occupy territory.”



Volodin accused those who left the country because of a special operation of betrayal

Citizens of Russia who left the country after the start of a special military operation are traitors. This, according to RIA Novosti, was stated by the speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin at the forum “Territory of Meanings”.

that's all, must understand— he is a traitor,— said Volodin.

Volodin recalled that “100% of the political factions in the State Duma” supported the recognition of the independence of the LNR and the DNR.

In early May, the FSB disclosed data on the number of departures of Russian citizens to foreign countries for the first quarter of 2022. According to the intelligence service, in January—March 2022, 3.88 million Russian citizens went abroad — 36% less than in the last quarter of 2021, but 46% more than in January—March last year.

28% of these trips (1.09 million) were in countries recognized by the Russian authorities unfriendly: most — to Ukraine (328 thousand), Finland (157 thousand), Estonia (125 thousand) and Germany (61 thousand).

Since the end of February, when Russia launched a special operation in Ukraine, the departure of Russians abroad has supposedly increased, although official data that would describe this trend has not yet come out. RAEC estimated that 50-70 thousand IT specialists left the country in February & March.

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Zakharova denied Sofia’s accusations of corrupting the Bulgarian elites

Speculations by Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov about the “Russian threat” are a sign of political agony. This was stated by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

“From the point of view of logic and truth, we see no reason to comment separately on each of the deliberately false statements about Russian interference in the affairs of Bulgaria, corruption as our” main foreign policy tool» in the Balkans and “processing” local politicians by organizing “field trips” to Greece»,— she said.

According to her, “speculation about the” Russian threat ” for domestic political and other selfish purposes is a sure sign of political agony.

The day before, the Bulgarian prime minister gave an interview to Novini, in which Petkov, among other things, spoke about relations between Russia and Bulgaria. According to him, for 70 years the Kremlin kept Bulgaria dependent on its energy resources. He noted that the only oil refinery in Bulgaria belongs to Lukoil.

According to Petkov, Russia, with the help of Gazprom, corrupts the Bulgarian elite, which enriches itself by concluding contracts with a Russian company. According to him, some officials deliberately signed agreements to buy expensive gas at the expense of taxpayers, despite cheaper alternatives.

“Most often, the same people get rich by diverting funds and making deals with Russians that damage the economic and political independence of our country. We have found that by fighting corruption, we are jeopardizing the goals of Russian foreign policy, — he said.

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Bulgarian Energy Minister Alexander Nikolov then explained that the procedure for paying for gas in rubles , which Russia insists, “involves significant risks.” “In practice, we will lose control of our money after paying in US dollars, as we agreed. There will be a risk of breach of — non-fulfillment [of the conditions] by a Russian bank, which will be responsible for converting the corresponding amount into rubles, — he clarified.

Later it became known that Bulgaria would buy liquefied natural gas in the United States at a price lower than that of Gazprom. In June, the Bulgarian government agreed with the Azerbaijani authorities on the pumping of Azerbaijani gas through the IGB gas pipeline. from 3 billion to 5 billion cubic meters m per year with the possibility of increasing up to 10 billion cubic meters. m.

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Spiegel found out about the wear of German howitzers a month after being sent to Kyiv

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A month later After the delivery of German Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled artillery mounts to Ukraine, several howitzers were worn out and in need of repair, writes Der Spiegel magazine.

According to the publication, this week Kyiv informed the Bundeswehr that some of the seven PzH 2000s delivered to the country at the end of June began to show error messages.

The German military attributed this to the high rate of fire when using artillery pieces Ukrainian armed forces, which creates an increased load on the weapon loading mechanism.

In addition, the Ukrainian military, according to the Bundeswehr, first tried to shoot at targets at too great a distance.

According to Spiegel, the Bundeswehr will additionally send spare parts to Ukraine to fix the problem. In addition, the German government is negotiating the establishment of a weapons repair center in Poland.

The publication also writes about problems with the supply of ammunition for the German Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns. The first five Gepards were previously delivered to Ukraine. During tests in Germany, it turned out that they do not recognize Norwegian-made shells, which is why they will have to be modified.

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In mid-July, Lambrecht noted that the Bundeswehr almost exhausted the resources to help Ukraine.

Russia has repeatedly criticized the supply of arms to Ukraine by the West. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in a conversation with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, pointed out that pumping Ukraine with weapons “only prolongs the agony of the regime in Kyiv, prolonging the conflict and multiplying the victims.”

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“EP” learned about Kyiv’s refusal to let the head of the Belgian Foreign Ministry into the country

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Crimea, writes the newspaper “European Truth”.

Lyabib— Belgian television journalist, recently headed the Foreign Ministry, & mdash; came to the peninsula through Russia in July 2021. Then she also attended a cultural festival called “Global Values”; in Sevastopol, the newspaper reports.

Having become a minister, the Belgian has already requested a visit to the Ukrainian side several times, but so far she has been refused, the newspaper writes.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, through diplomatic channels, is clarifying the details of Lyabib's trip to Crimea, when she was still a journalist, Oleg Nikolenko, spokesman for the department, said earlier.

The press service of the Belgian Foreign Ministry declined to comment, although they acknowledged that Lyabib went there.

In April, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier did not visit Ukraine. According to sources of the Bild newspaper, Kyiv refused to let him in because of “close ties”; with Russia and support for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The President of Germany was to visit Kyiv together with the heads of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to demonstrate “pan-European solidarity”; with Ukrainians.

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz after the incident refused to go to Kyiv until Steinmeier was there. Later, the press service of the German president said that the parties had overcome “annoying factors”; in relationship. Scholz eventually visited Ukraine together with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk, because of Scholz's refusal to come to Kyiv, called him “an offended liverwurst”, later he, however, admitted that these words were inappropriate. In early July, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky fired Melnyk, explaining his decision by rotation.

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The DPR reported eight dead in shelling from Ukraine

On the morning of July 30, the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire announced that Ukraine had launched several dozen shells in the direction of Donetsk regions. message of the DNR defense headquarters.

“Over the past 24 hours, from 08:00 on July 29 to 08:00 on July 30, as a result of the shelling of the VFU in the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic, 8 people were killed and another 15 civilians were injured,” — noted at the headquarters.

At the same time, the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire (JCCC) reported a series of attacks on Donetsk on the morning of July 30th. A total of several dozen shells were fired at several districts of the city.

The day before, the DPR reported a missile attack on a prison with prisoners in the village of Yelenovka. The Russian Defense Ministry later clarified that it was inflicted with the help of the Himars MLRS on the pre-trial detention center. As a result, according to the ministry, 40 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed, another 75— suffered. The head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, later said that the death toll had risen to 47 people, with a total of 193 people in the pre-trial detention center, he added.

“RIA Novosti” referring to his correspondent, he wrote that fragments of ammunition for the Himars MLRS were found at the site of the shelling. Washington began supplying such systems to Kyiv in June. In July, the US authorities reported that they had already delivered 12 MLRS to Ukraine, and a total of 20 would be transferred. The Ukrainian authorities said they expected to receive 25-30 Himars.

Russia has repeatedly criticized Western countries for supplying weapons to Kyiv. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that if long-range missiles were handed over to Ukraine, the Russian military would launch strikes against targets that had not been hit before, while Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the geography of the special operation would expand as “as the West pumps Ukraine with more and more long-range weapons.

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Volodin said that “Zelensky and Washington are behind the strike on Yelenovka”


Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin blamed Ukraine and the United States for the attack in Yelenovka, where dozens of prisoners died Ukrainian military.

“President Zelensky and Washington are behind the missile attack on the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka,” Volodin writes in his Telegram channel.

In his opinion, “this has been done with one goal” – to “prevent a new Nuremberg trial”, and now “Washington and Kyiv are removing witnesses to their crimes against humanity.” Volodin expressed confidence that “the recognition of their atrocities by nationalists” would inevitably lead to demands for criminal liability for the heads of NATO countries.


Expert: Americans were put between world and civil war

“For ordinary US residents, the price of a Big Mac, coffee and gasoline is more important than the supply of howitzers to Ukraine”


– This is what Western Kentucky University researchers Timothy S. Rich, Madeleine Einhorn, Sydney Windhorst tried to figure out. They conducted the original national web survey in the United States from June 29 to July 11 using Qualtrics, with quota sampling by age, gender, and geographic region, to determine how Americans feel about US involvement in world affairs. The results of the study were published July 25 in The National Interest.

– They asked 1,728 Americans a simple question: What best describes your idea of ​​the US role in world affairs? Respondents could choose one of two answers. First, we should pay less attention to problems abroad and focus on problems at home. And secondly, it is best for the future of our country to take an active part in world affairs.

– The result is very interesting. Perhaps this will form the basis of many sociological studies and dissertations. Opinions were divided almost equally! This means that in a nuclear superpower that claims world domination, there is no unity in its own society. And this is before the first shells and bombs fell on their territory. What happens if they fall?

– I assure you, the songs “Get up, the country is huge!” it certainly won't. Here are the results of their own research. Overall, 55.44% of respondents were in favor of less attention to problems abroad and more attention to domestic affairs, and 44.56% would like to play an active role in world affairs. Democrats considered activity in world affairs more favorable (56.29%). Conversely, Republicans were more likely to favor focusing on domestic issues (67.34%). Not surprisingly, party-independent respondents fell somewhere in the middle, with 59.69% choosing to focus on domestic issues.

– In general, yes, but there are nuances. Most likely, Republicans are still drawn to Trump's “America First” mantra, while Democrats see events such as Russia's sting operation in Ukraine and climate change as reasons for America's sustained engagement globally. Empirically, Republicans were less supportive of international commitments, and past public opinion results showed that Republicans were less supportive of foreign aid.

Of course, the opinions of women housewives, citizens of different ages, professions and income levels were taken into account. But the result is this: about fifty – fifty.

– They do, of course, but very strange. Which, however, corresponds to the level of American science and general education. We, too, will soon have the same scientists, if the exam is not canceled.

American geniuses sagely remark that “domestic issues are probably more concrete in the minds of respondents than many issues abroad, because domestic issues, especially such important issues as gun control and controversial decisions of the US Supreme Court, have a greater direct impact on Americans. in the short term than abstract external affairs.

From this verbal porridge, it is hardly clear that for ordinary Americans the price of a Big Mac, coffee and gasoline is more important than the supply of howitzers to Ukraine! At the same time, scientists condescendingly sympathize with their fellow citizens as disabled children: “While the call for a focus on domestic problems is understandable, it also contradicts the long-held idea of ​​​​America as the “leader of the free world.”

They say, these wretched do not understand their happiness and their historical mission.

As a result, American scientists came to the conclusion that “lack of participation in world affairs can exacerbate the fall of American hegemony.” In their opinion, “instead of viewing these two spheres as separate from each other, it is useful to think about the non-traditional manifestations of American international influence and how the solution of domestic problems can help American influence abroad.”

– It turns out so. People expressed a clear position – take care of the affairs of America itself, do not go where no one needs American influence!

– I'm afraid not. Noted – maybe. For example, in mobilization calculations – how many enthusiasts can be put under arms.

– But this is interesting. America is a country of fearless liberals. “Panthers” and “Tigers” did not crawl over their Texas and Californias, “Messerschmidts” and “Junkers” never flew over them. By the way, the same syndrome exists in Japan, which is strange. Hiroshima and Nagasaki – so who remembers them? Even the Japanese themselves, who were born after the 90s, believe that the Russians launched a nuclear attack on them. Well, maybe one day the Chinese will enlighten them. Or the North Koreans.

– To the fact that the vast majority of Americans, like the Japanese, have no idea what a war on their territory means. They never fought with anyone – only with themselves, with varying success.

However, half of the American population, according to a survey of their own scientists, does not want any war at all. And I understand them.

– Probably, the American elite is studying and preparing opportunities for the next redistribution of the world – in their own favor, of course. And it took this sociological study to understand your chances. And there are chances, they think.

“They are trying to recreate a modernized scenario of the Boston Tea Party of 1773, after which the nine-year war for independence of the thirteen North American colonies broke out. By the way, very bloody and merciless. Who is interested, let him read the work of Fenimore Cooper “Spy”. The reason for the revolutionary war, in essence, was trifling, not at all the same as in Russia in 1917. Just think, the Americans – the inhabitants of these same colonies – were forced to pay a few pence more for imported tea. And all because of the fact that representatives of these American colonies were not in the British Parliament. But then there was the “Stamp Duty Act”, according to which the tax was paid by all territories not represented in this distant British parliament. What, was it so difficult for these turkeys in powdered wigs to introduce another dozen and a half of the same turkeys into their party? But the British Empire might still exist. As a result, England in the 21st century has become America's tame lap dog – take a look at Boris Johnson's spicy hairstyle.

But back to the American Revolution. Yes, not very rich at that time American colonists were crushed by the “toad” to overpay for tea. And they took up their flintlocks. And for insignificant “tea” pence, thousands of people died. Nine years of merciless war! By the way, this is where the popular expression came from – to give a tip. It doesn't make the same sense as we do. We would say – give a light.

But, on the other hand, could not the founding fathers of the world's first Masonic state be able to agree with the Lords of the London Parliament? Or didn't you want to?

– So it's obvious. If back then, almost three hundred years ago, all those Washingtons played on the popular instinct of greed, why not do it now? Like, then because of the damned London had to overpay for tea. And now, because of Putin, for gasoline and in general for everything. Isn't that a reason for a crusade? Here it is – the combination of personal domestic problems with the international situation. Russia and Putin personally are to blame for the lack of food, heat, whiskey and gasoline in American homes. Why don't you like the Boston Tea Party?

– I hope no. But nothing will surprise me. At a minimum, this scheme can be used in the presidential elections in 2024. But here is what the American elite should have taken into account. Then, three hundred years ago, far from all the inhabitants of the North American colonies rose up for the so-called independence. Almost half of them became the so-called “royalists” – they joined the ranks of the English royal infantry. And they called hordes of Indians with them – again, read Cooper. And we fought, I repeat, for nine years. Maybe that's why the victorious colonists then killed these Indians?

Perhaps today the rulers of America for some reason create the prerequisites not only for a world war, but also for a civil war. To do this, they kneel before the blacks, rot their own police and “do not notice” ethnic crime.

For what? It is possible that an internal redistribution of power has been started. And for this, more than ever, you need to understand the mood in society. One way or another, an interesting spectacle awaits us in the American theater. Get comfortable.


Russian special operation in Ukraine: online broadcast July 30

News, official statements and comments, economics and sanctions

Russia continues to conduct a special military operation on the territory of Ukraine. Between the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the US Secretary of State, the first telephone conversation since its beginning took place. In Odessa, preparations are underway to send ships with grain with the participation of Turkey and the UN. Against the backdrop of a reduction in fuel supplies to Europe, Gazprom lays responsibility on Germany for violating contracts for gas turbines.

Read the previous day's online here.

Photo: Donetsk News Agency

09:34 Congresswoman Victoria Spartz called on the UN Secretary General to suspend the grain deal until Ukraine is secure. According to her, “Russia has achieved a significant lifting of sanctions on the export of grain and fertilizers, this agreement should be suspended until better security measures are provided for Ukraine.”

09:18 Germany announced the shipment of 16 Biber bridge-laying tanks to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They “will allow Ukrainian troops to cross water barriers or obstacles in combat,” the country's defense ministry said in a statement. It is expected that the first six systems will arrive in Ukraine this year, in autumn, ten more – already next.


09:11 State Duma Speaker Volodin said on Telegram this morning that “the president is behind the missile attack on the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka Zelensky and Washington” that “Washington and Kyiv are removing witnesses to their crimes against humanity” in order to “prevent a new Nuremberg trial, where captured Nazis would testify.”

09:01 European Pravda edition writes that the Ukrainian authorities have already denied entry to Belgian Foreign Minister Aji Labib several times. The reason, allegedly, was her visit to the Crimea in 2021, when she was a TV journalist – Lyabib attended the Sevastopol culture festival. Now a diplomat, she dismissed the criticism, saying it was part of her job. The agency declined to comment.

09:00 The EU reduced the share of Russian gas in its purchases from 40% to 20%, Borrell said. According to him, Brussels “cannot work miracles” and you can't "in one night" abandon Russian energy sources.

09:00 The Bryansk governor Bogomaz said that on Saturday morning “there was an artillery shelling of the village of Lomakovka in the Starodubsky municipal district” from the territory of Ukraine. According to the head of the region, an electrical substation and several households were damaged. No casualties were reported.


Germany decided to send tanks to Ukraine

Inhabitants of the eastern and western lands of Germany have different attitudes towards supplying Kyiv with weapons

Germany is providing additional support to the Ukrainian forces by supplying tanks. This move comes amid reports of permission to sell howitzers for the Kyiv army.


The German Ministry of Defense has decided to send 16 Biber bridge-laying tanks to Ukrainian forces, the ministry said on Friday.

“Biber will allow Ukrainian troops to cross water barriers or obstacles in battle,” the German defense ministry said in a statement. – Delivery of the first six systems will take place this year, starting in autumn. Ten more systems will appear next year.”

As The Guardian explains, Biber tanks are armored support vehicles equipped with a bridging system that can be used to help troops cross streams, ditches or other obstacles on the battlefield.

The announcement of the tanks being sent to Ukraine was taken a few days after it became known that Germany had given the green light to the request of the defense company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann to produce 100 Panzerhaubitze 2000 howitzers for the Ukrainian army.

While the Economics Ministry's legal move does not yet constitute a sale of howitzers, it was nonetheless seen as a significant increase in Germany's long-term support for Ukraine's war effort.

Following initial reports in Der Spiegel, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann confirmed that Kyiv ordered 100 howitzers from the company for a total of 1.7 billion euros, and that the German Ministry of Economics gave the necessary permission on July 13.

Germany has already sent nine Panzerhaubitze 2000 artillery systems to Ukraine from the warehouses of its own army, which have been put into operation in the conflict zone since the end of June.

In May, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht allowed the delivery of 15 Gepard anti-aircraft tanks with about 60 thousand rounds of ammunition. A Social Democrat politician said this week that five of these tanks have already arrived in Ukraine.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a historic departure from Germany's pacifist stance on military spending in a February 27 speech, but faced criticism for not backing up the rhetoric with technology.

While public support for sending arms to Ukraine in Germany remains stable despite growing concerns about the gas crisis, opinions in the west of the country and in the eastern states differ significantly.

While 54-61% of respondents in a regular Forsa poll favored military support Kyiv since early May, only 32% of respondents in the east said in a poll this week that giving Ukraine heavy weapons was the right thing to do.

At a public dialogue in the southern city of Bayreuth Thursday night, Economics Minister Robert Habeck was booed by a group protesters holding placards with the word Kriegstreiber (“warmonger”). The “green” politician, who spoke out in support of sending weapons to Ukraine even before Russia launched a special operation, said that the majority of the German population was “resolute and united” in their position and that Russian “imperialism” would not stop in Ukraine.


The new format of class hours will be introduced in Russian schools

Classroom hours, called “Conversations about the Important”, will begin to be held in Russian schools from September. It is planned to discuss with schoolchildren the values ​​of Russian society enshrined in the national security strategy, TASS reports with reference to the head of the Presidential Administration for Public Projects Sergei Novikov.

According to him, a new format of class hours is expected to be introduced in all schools of the country from September 5. The Ministry of Education plans to prepare class teachers to conduct “Conversations about the important.”

The interlocutor of the agency noted that the form of conducting class hours may differ depending on the age of the students.

“This may be a discussion based on the results of the film, a quiz, methodological material in the form of a full-fledged lesson, communication with an expert on the topic of a certain class hour, which can be broadcast throughout the country,” Novikov explained.

Earlier, the Ministry of Education reported that that Russian schools will introduce the ceremony of raising and lowering the state flag of the Russian Federation on the first school day of each week.

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