Ministry of Defense: Russia controls the area around the Zaporizhzhya NPP, background radiation is normal
The Russian military took control of the cities of Energodar and Berdyansk, as well as the area around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant (NPP), said the representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov.
«NPP personnel continue to work on maintenance of facilities and control of the radioactive situation in the normal mode. The radioactive background is normal, — said Konashenkov.
Four days earlier, on February 24, Russian paratroopers took control of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP) during a military operation in Ukraine. Konashenkov noted that the Ministry of Defense had reached an agreement with the Ukrainian military guarding the nuclear power plant on the joint security of the Chernobyl sarcophagus and power units. “The radioactive background in the area of the nuclear power plant is normal”, — he added.
The Ministry of Defense then also noted that the help from the Ukrainian nuclear power plant guard battalion was a guarantee that the attackers would not be able to organize a “nuclear provocation”.
The IAEA urged not to take actions that could jeopardize the safety of “nuclear material” and the safe operation of all nuclear installations.
Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on the night of February 24, a decision made by President Vladimir Putin. He called such a step forced and assured that Russia does not seek to occupy the territory of a neighboring state, but to protect the civilian population. The Russian Ministry of Defense said that they did not strike at civilian targets.
Ukraine lost 198 civilians dead, more than 1.1 thousand people were injured, the country's Ministry of Health reported. “Not a single hospital has closed, everyone is working and providing medical care,” — Minister of Health of Ukraine Viktor Lyashko noted.
Russian troops surrounded Kyiv, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on the evening of February 27, adding that there were no evacuation routes left. Moscow assured that civilians can leave the city along the Kyiv — Vasilkov.
The start of negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv is scheduled for 12:00 Moscow time, the head of the Russian delegation, presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky told TASS.
According to him, the arrival of the Ukrainian delegation is expected “in about an hour.” “Accordingly, at 12:00 we will sit down at the negotiating table,” — he pointed out.
Medinsky also noted that the Russian side is ready for negotiations with Ukraine immediately after the arrival of their delegation.
The representative of the pro-presidential party of Ukraine “Servant of the People” Yevgenia Kravchuk said that the delegation is heading to the place of negotiations by Polish helicopter, the meeting will begin in 1-1.5 hours, Interfax reports.
Earlier in the morning, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry reported that the venue for talks between Moscow and Kyiv was fully ready and that the delegations were waiting for the arrival.
The representative of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov announced on February 27 that a Russian delegation had left for Gomel, which headed by presidential aide, former Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky. In addition to him, the delegation included Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin, head of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky and Russian Ambassador to Belarus Boris Gryzlov. The latter still heads the Russian representation in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG).
Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on the night of February 24th. President Vladimir Putin, announcing his decision, assured Moscow's intention to demilitarize and “denazify” neighboring state because of the “genocide” civilians from Kyiv.
The next day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced his readiness for negotiations with Moscow and allowed the discussion of the issue of the neutral status of Ukraine.
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Civilians of Kyiv can freely leave the city along the Kyiv highway— Vasilkov, said the official representative of the department, Major General Igor Konashenkov.
“This direction is open and safe,”— he stressed.
On Sunday, the mayor of the Ukrainian capital, Vitali Klitschko, told the Associated Press that all exits from the city were blocked, the infrastructure for the delivery of food and medicine was destroyed. “We are on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe,” — he said. However, later he recorded a video message in which he accused the media that published his words about the encirclement of Kyiv of participating in the information war and urged “not to believe nonsense.”
Konashenkov also announced, that the Russian military had gained air supremacy over Ukraine. According to him, since the beginning of the operation, the Russian Armed Forces have hit 1,114 objects of the military infrastructure of Ukraine.
The Russian military operation with the aim of “demilitarization and denazification” Ukraine continues from February 24. In Kyiv, Russia's actions were considered a war, President Volodymyr Zelensky decided to break off diplomatic relations with Moscow.
Negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian sides are to be held on Monday. They will be held in Belarus. The Russian delegation headed by Presidential Aide Vladimir Medinsky has already arrived at the venue of the meeting in the Gomel region.
According to the estimates of the Bank of Russia, 80% of the foreign exchange earnings of exporters is about $470-480 billion a year. The decision will be made on February 28 and will come into force on the same day alt=”Ministry of Finance will oblige Russian exporters to sell 80% of foreign exchange earnings” />
The Russian Ministry of Finance has announced a decision on the mandatory sale of foreign exchange earnings by exporters.
“Today, a decision will be made on the introduction from February 28, 2022 for residents— participants in foreign economic activity of the mandatory sale of foreign currency in the amount of 80% of the proceeds due to residents under all foreign trade agreements, — according to a message on the ministry's website.
RBC turned to exporters for comments. A spokesman for Severstal declined to comment. RBC sent inquiries to NLMK, MMK, Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, LUKOIL, SIBUR, Surgutneftegaz, Rosneft, NOVATEK, PhosAgro, UC Rusai, Nornickel, Uralkali» and “Pole”.
In February, before the active phase of the military conflict in Ukraine, the Bank of Russia predicted that the export of goods and services from the country in 2022 would amount to $595 billion. Based on this, 80% of exporters' foreign exchange earnings will correspond to about $470–480 billion a year. According to VTB Capital, the export of goods and services in 2022 will be about $650 billion, based on current prices. However, real exports may be lower as many importers in foreign countries have now suspended or reduced purchases of raw materials in Russia due to sanctions (for example, difficulties with bank financing of commodity trade have been reported). In March 2020, when Russian exports began to shrink amid the pandemic and falling oil prices, the supply of goods abroad brought about $30 billion to Russian companies, according to the FCS data.
In a crisis situation, the government is returning the mechanisms of currency regulation that were used in the 2000s, said Alexander Shirov, director of the INP RAS. “All Russian exports [per year] are approximately $500 billion, respectively, about $400 billion will go to the market,” — economist appreciated. In his opinion, this measure will largely be able to replace the foreign exchange interventions of the Central Bank, which will have a positive impact on the ruble exchange rate. At the same time, Shirov noted that a complete ban on the foreign exchange market today is impossible, since Russia will continue to trade with all countries, except for those that have imposed sanctions.
The EU, the UK and the US continue to impose sanctions on Russia due to the military operation in Ukraine that began on February 24. After the outbreak of hostilities, the Central Bank announced the start of foreign exchange interventions to stabilize the situation on the financial market and gave Russian banks a temporary relaxation in terms of the size of open foreign exchange positions.
On February 28, the European Union and Great Britain announced sanctions against the Central Bank. The measures limit the use of the Bank of Russia reserves to minimize the damage from earlier sanctions.
FSB: Russians should report contacts with persons collaborating with Ukrainian intelligence Earlier, the FSB announced the risk of attacks on digital resources due to geopolitical tensions jpg” alt=”The FSB asked to report the use of Russians by the special services of Ukraine” />
Russians should report contacts with persons who can be used by the special services of Ukraine to conduct activities against the security of Russia, said the FSB department for Moscow and the Moscow region, RIA Novosti reports.
The FSB indicated that the collection or transfer of information on the instructions of a foreign intelligence service for its use against the security of Russia faces criminal liability under the article on espionage (276 of the Criminal Code). The maximum penalty for it is imprisonment for up to 20 years.
The agency urged to report contacts with persons who can be used by the special services of Ukraine to conduct activities against the security of Russia and assured that a person can be exempted from criminal liability. The condition for this is a timely and voluntary application to the authorities, which helped to prevent further damage.
In mid-February of this year, a court in Crimea sentenced the journalist Krym. Realities» (Radio Liberty project; the Ministry of Justice entered both media outlets into the register of foreign agents) Vladislav Esipenko. He was found guilty of illegal acquisition, transportation and storage of an explosive device, as well as illegal alteration of an explosive device— Part 1 Art. 222.1 of the Criminal Code and part 1 of Art. 223.1 of the Criminal Code. According to the FSB, Esipenko collected information about various Crimean objects, photographed and filmed places of mass stay of people in the interests of Ukrainian intelligence.
In mid-October last year, Ukrainian citizen Konstanin Shiring was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Crimea, who was found guilty of spying against Russia. According to the FSB, Shearing was engaged in espionage in the interests of Ukrainian military intelligence and recruited a Russian soldier. The purpose of his actions in the department was called “her further involvement in obtaining information of interest to Ukrainian military intelligence”, in July 2021 she was sentenced to eight years with a two-year delay.
The next day after the start of Moscow's military operation on The FSB told Ukraine about the risk of attacks on Russian information resources. “In the current tense geopolitical environment, we expect an increase in the intensity of computer attacks,” — explained in the department.
The Ukrainian delegation at a meeting with the Russian Federation included the Minister of Defense and the head of the Servant of the People Kyiv said that it would demand a ceasefire and the withdrawal of the Russian military. Moscow indicated that it was ready to reach “some agreements as soon as possible.” At the same time, they should be “in the interests of both sides”
The Ukrainian delegation at the talks with Russia included Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, chairman of the Servant of the People faction; David Arakhamia, Advisor to the Head of the Office of the President Mikhail Podolyak, Deputy Foreign Minister Mykola Tochitsky, First Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) Andriy Kostin and People's Deputy Rustem Umerov, the office of the President of Ukraine said in a statement received by RBC.
The Ukrainian delegation arrived at the place of negotiations in the area of the Ukrainian-Belarusian border— about an hour after the Russian woman announced her arrival.
«The key issue of the negotiations— immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of troops from the territory of Ukraine, — says the president's office.
Russia pointed out that the agreements “should be in the interests of both parties.” The head of the Russian delegation, Russian presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky, said that Russia was ready to negotiate with Ukraine “for as long as it takes to reach an agreement.” “Since every hour of the continuation of the conflict there are dead Ukrainian citizens, dead Ukrainian soldiers, we are certainly interested in reaching some agreements as soon as possible. These agreements must be, of course, in the interests of both parties, — Medinsky said.
In addition to negov, the Russian delegation includes Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin, head of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky and Russian Ambassador to Belarus Boris Gryzlov, who heads the Russian representation in the TCG.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky announced his readiness for negotiations already on February 25 & mdash; the day after the start of the Russian military operation. The delay in organizing the talks was due to the fact that Kyiv did not accept Moscow's ultimatum demands: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Russian side would be ready for negotiations if the Armed Forces of Ukraine laid down their arms. In addition, the Ukrainian authorities at first refused to meet in Belarus, offering other options: Budapest, Bratislava, Istanbul and Baku.
After the negotiations in the Gomel region were agreed by the parties, Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba stressed that Ukraine, following the discussion, does not plan to capitulate, but does not exclude the conclusion of peace.
Finnish Alko and S-Group remove Russian-made goods from sale The decision was made due to the actions of the Russian military in Ukraine. The S-Group explained that for them such a measure is a way to influence the situation
The Finnish company Alko has been suspending the sale of alcohol from Russia since February 28 due to the military operation in Ukraine.
«The situation in Ukraine is extraordinary and shocking»— the words of its purchasing director Anu Koskinen are quoted in the company's statement.
The Finnish S-Group (engaged in retail trade) also announced the decision to remove Russian-made goods from sale in its stores. We are talking about about 50 items: food, sports equipment, textiles.
“We closely watched the reaction of our customers to what was happening. Everyone wants to somehow influence the situation, for us such a solution— one way to do it»,— explained in the company.
Earlier it became known that in protest against the actions in Ukraine, the authorities of four US states decided to stop selling Russian alcoholic products in liquor stores.
On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine an operation aimed at “demilitarization and denazification”.
In Kyiv, Russia was accused of starting a war, diplomatic relations between the countries were severed. The West criticized Moscow's actions and imposed harsh economic sanctions.
The Pentagon offered Moscow to open a communication channel between military departments, similar to the one that worked during the Russian military operation in Syria, writes Politico. The United States has not yet received a response from Russia
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the EU with a request for Ukraine's urgent accession to the EU. He stated this in his video message published on Telegram.
«We appeal to the European Union with a request for immediate accession under the new special procedure. We are grateful to our partners for being with us, but our goal— to be together with all Europeans and, most importantly, to be on an equal footing,— said the President of Ukraine.
“I'm sure it's fair, I'm sure we deserve it, I'm sure it's possible”,— Zelensky added.
Zelensky made such a statement before the start of negotiations between the delegations of Ukraine and Russia, which are taking place on February 28 in Belarusian Gomel. Kyiv called the ceasefire and the withdrawal of the Russian military as its goals in the negotiations.
Moscow previously noted that it was ready to reach “some agreements as soon as possible.” At the same time, they must be “in the interests of both parties.”
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Roskomnadzor warned the owners of Russian Internet resources about the responsibility for the distribution of advertising messages with false information. This announcement was posted on the department's website. It says that the check found false information in Google Ads contextual advertising.
“Such messages contain false information about numerous casualties among Russian military personnel, as well as the civilian population of Ukraine during a special military operation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine»,— noted in the department.
In a letter to Google, the regulator demanded to immediately restrict access to such materials in contextual advertising.
In addition, Roskomnadzor warned the owners of Internet resources and advertising networks of responsibility for distributing contextual advertising containing unreliable socially significant information and threatened with a fine of up to 5 million rubles.
The message says that such resources will be blocked, and materials about this will be transferred to the Investigative Committee.
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The deceased is contract service sergeant Batu Khasikov expressed his condolences to his family. The day before, the head of Dagestan, Sergei Melikov, announced a native of the republic who died during a special operation
A native of Kalmykia died during a Russian special operation in Ukraine, the head of the republic Batu Khasikov said on his Instagram.
special operations to protect the Donbass, our countryman, contract service sergeant of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Konstantin Yuryevich Mandzhiev tragically died, — Khasikov wrote.
The head of Kalmykia offered condolences to the family of the deceased. “Konstantin Mandzhiev will forever remain an example of courage and will stand on a par with the best warriors of our people,” — he said.
On Sunday, the head of Dagestan, Sergey Melikov, announced the death of a native of the republic officer Nurmagomed Gadzhimagomedov.
The operation in Ukraine began on February 24th. On February 27, the Russian Ministry of Defense for the first time reported on the dead and wounded during military operations. Their number is not specified, but the representative of the department, Igor Konashenkov, said that the losses of the Russian side are “many times less” than those of the Ukrainian side. The Ministry of Health of Ukraine on February 26 reported 198 dead (including three children) and 1,115 wounded.
On Monday, the Ministry of Defense announced that the Russian military had gained air supremacy over Ukraine. According to Konashenkov, the armed forces have hit 1,114 military infrastructure facilities since the beginning of the special operation.
Bulgaria will close the airspace for Russian airlines, the press service of the Ministry of Transport reported.
“All aircraft with a license issued by the Russian Federation cannot enter the sovereign airspace of the Republic of Bulgaria, including air space above territorial waters»,— the message says.
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An Israeli radio station, citing sources, said that Vladimir Zelensky spoke with Naftali Bennett and asked him to mediate in ceasefire negotiations with Russia
Ukraine asked Israel to mediate in ceasefire negotiations with Russia, Israeli radio station REKA reports, citing Israeli and Ukrainian sources.
According to them, President Volodymyr Zelensky, during a conversation on Friday, offered the role of mediator to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. According to the plan of the Ukrainian president, representatives of Moscow and Kyiv should meet in Jerusalem.
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Gary Koren confirmed to REKA the fact of the conversation between Zelensky and Bennett. He also said that in the past, Israel passed messages between Ukraine and Russia.
The Prime Minister's press office did not comment on the details of the conversation.
After the start of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, Zelensky recorded several video messages in which he announced his readiness to discuss with Russia the issue of Ukraine's neutral status. In an address on Friday, he invited President Vladimir Putin to “sit down at the negotiating table to stop the loss of life.” In another video message, he said that Kyiv is not afraid to talk with Moscow about a neutral status and security guarantees.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that this “movement in the direction of the positive” and the Kremlin will analyze it. He also said that Putin is ready to send a Russian delegation to Minsk for negotiations with the Ukrainian side.
According to Peskov, immediately after Zelensky's proposal, Russia formed a delegation for negotiations. However, Kyiv first stated that it wanted to move the talks from Minsk to Warsaw, and then completely “paused”, the presidential representative specified.
Friday evening, the Foreign Ministry said that Kyiv postponed the issue of negotiations with Russia to Saturday. “The Ukrainian side refused to negotiate. Representatives of the Kiev regime proposed to postpone this issue until tomorrow, — said the representative of the department, Maria Zakharova.
Zelensky's press secretary, Sergei Nikiforov, denied Ukraine's refusal to negotiate. “Ukraine was and remains ready to talk about a ceasefire and peace. This is our permanent position. We agreed to the proposal of the President of Russia. Directly during these hours, the parties consult on the place and time of the negotiation process. The sooner negotiations begin, the more chances there will be to restore normal life,»,— he wrote on Facebook.
In a new address to the people, Zelensky said that the coming night would be difficult and that the Russian military would storm the Ukrainian positions. “You can't lose the capital,” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote down a new appeal to the people, saying that the coming night will be difficult and more stressful than the day.
He noted that ” ;under attack» Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Sumy and «especially» Kyiv. “You can't lose the capital”, — Zelensky stressed. He also added that an assault on Ukrainian positions is expected this night. “We have to endure this night. The fate of Ukraine is being decided now,»,— added by the president.
The President also urged citizens to be careful, help each other and go down to shelter when there are signs of danger.
On Friday evening, the Kyiv authorities announced the threat of an air strike on the city. «Attention— airstrike threat! Everyone, proceed to the shelter immediately, & mdash; The city administration said in a statement.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko claimed that the capital had entered “a phase of defense”.
On Friday afternoon, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that paratroopers blocked Kyiv from the western side during a special operation. In addition, the blockade of Chernigov was completed, the department claimed.
Later, from the message of the ministry, it became known about the blocking of Sumy and Konotop, the capture of Melitopol.
On February 24, President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military operation in Ukraine, explaining his decision by the self-defense of Russia, as well as the “demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine.” At the same time, the head of state claims that the occupation of Ukraine is not part of Moscow's plans.
Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with Russia due to the operation, President Volodymyr Zelensky introduced martial law in the country and declared about general mobilization. Zelensky said on February 25 that Kyiv had been bombed at night. On the morning of the same day, TASS and RIA Novosti sources the Russian Defense Ministry reported that the Russian military did not launch missile strikes on Kiev. The Russian Defense Ministry added that the Russian military did not intend to strike residential areas.
From February 28, the EU will suspend the simplified visa regime with Russia. This is a short-term visa with the right to stay no more than 90 days within 180 days. The decision concerns members of delegations, government and parliament, courts, holders of diplomatic passports and businessmen
The EU partially suspends visa facilitation with Russia due to the military operation in Ukraine. The decision concerns members of official delegations, the government and parliament, the Constitutional and Supreme Courts, holders of diplomatic passports, as well as entrepreneurs.
The restriction comes into force on February 28.
The agreement between the European Union and Russia on the simplified issuance of visas has been in force since the summer of 2007. This is a short-term visa with the right to stay no more than 90 days within 180 days. Either side may suspend the document in whole or in part for reasons of public order, protection of national security or protection of public health.
On February 24, Putin announced his decision to launch a military operation in Ukraine. The President claims that the occupation of Ukraine is not part of Moscow's plans.
The White House said that “full blocking sanctions” are being prepared against the fund. Earlier, the US imposed sanctions against Russian banks, President Vladimir Putin, and also announced export restrictions
The US will impose full blocking sanctions against the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Twitter.
“The Minister of Finance will also introduce full-fledged blocking sanctions against the Russian Direct Investment Fund” state financial institution that functions as a sovereign wealth fund, which is supposed to attract capital to the Russian economy in sectors with high growth, — she wrote.
RDIF declined to comment.
Since February 24, when the Russian military operation in Ukraine began, the United States has announced various restrictions against Russian companies and individuals several times. So, on Wednesday evening it became known that Sberbank, VTB, Sovcombank, Novikombank and Otkritie were under US sanctions. The maximum possible restrictions apply against VTB and other banks, except for Sberbank: blocking assets in US jurisdiction, a ban on dollar transactions and any transactions with counterparties from the US.
Measures in relation to Sberbank, softer— all American financial institutions must close its correspondent accounts, while the bank's assets are not frozen and US institutions as a whole can do other things with it.
In addition, Washington decided to impose export restrictions on high-tech products, including including electronics and components for the aerospace industry. They will come into force on March 3.
In addition, the United States decided to impose sanctions against President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said neither Putin nor Lavrov had an account “anywhere abroad”.
Washington's decision followed the European Union, Britain and Canada. The President of Russia, as commander in chief, is responsible for the “military invasion” of Ukraine, according to the US Treasury
The United States, following the EU, Canada and the UK, imposed sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The sanctions list published by the US Treasury also Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov.
OFAC put Putin on the SDN list, noting that it is extremely rare to blacklist an incumbent head of state (other examples: President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko or Syrian President Bashar al-Assad). Putin, as Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Federation, is responsible for the “military invasion” to Ukraine, the US Treasury explained.
The assets of the sanctioned person (if any) in US jurisdiction should be blocked. In addition, non-U.S. individuals who are seen as “substantially assisting” may be subject to secondary sanctions. a person on the SDN list. Putin is barred from entering the United States, except as specifically directed by US authorities.
In 2014, when imposing sanctions on businessman Gennady Timchenko, OFAC said that “Putin has investments in Gunvor.” (a Swiss oil trader), however, did not subsequently clarify its comment, and Gunvor officials categorically denied the fact of any financial connection with the Russian president.
“Neither Putin nor Lavrov has accounts in Britain or anywhere abroad. Maybe the government of the Kingdom did not freeze, but froze something?»,— said the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, commenting on the British sanctions imposed a few hours earlier than the American ones.
Earlier, Brussels included the president in the list of restrictions due to Moscow's actions Putin and Lavrov. They also included Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, Special Representative of the President for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport Sergei Ivanov, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, as well as some Belarusian officials. In addition, the sanctions affected the deputies of the State Duma for the recognition of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.
Sanctions against the Russian president and the head of the Foreign Ministry followed from Canada and the UK.
Prior to this, the United States administration announced “unprecedented” sanctions against Russian state-owned banks, state-owned companies and US technology supplies to Russia.
The EU imposed sanctions against President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov The restrictions also included State Duma deputies and other officials, including Belarusian ones. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said earlier that neither Putin nor Lavrov has accounts abroad
The EU has imposed sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov due to the military operation in Ukraine, according to the Official EU Journal .
Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, Special Representative of the President for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport Sergei Ivanov, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, and State Duma deputies and some Belarusian officials.
Following the European Union, the US added Putin and Lavrov. The restrictive measures will also affect Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov.
The West believes that Putin, as commander in chief, is responsible for the “military invasion” in a neighboring country.
In addition, Canada and the United Kingdom announced sanctions against the head of state.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said earlier that “neither Putin nor Lavrov there are no accounts in Britain or anywhere abroad.
On February 24, the Russian president announced his decision to launch a military operation in Ukraine, explaining it as self-defense, as well as “demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine.” At the same time, he claims that Russia is not going to occupy a neighboring state and impose anything on anyone by force.
The list, consisting of dozens of companies, includes Russian banks, aircraft and shipbuilding corporations, the Ministry of Defense, and the Foreign Intelligence Service. It is forbidden to make deals with it and provide them with financing
The European Union has published a regulation on sanctions against companies in the Russian defense, financial and space sectors.
The list of those subject to sanctions includes:
For four banks, citizens and EU institutions are prohibited from making transactions, including buying and selling, as well as investing, transactions with securities issued after April 12, 2022.
The group, which includes Almaz-Antey, ” Kamaz, the commercial port of Novorossiysk, Rostekh, Russian Railways, Sevmash, Sovcomflot and USC The European Union has banned the provision of investments, assistance in conducting transactions with securities or other financial market instruments, as well as concluding transactions with them.
In addition, companies included in the “defense” list, as well as shipbuilding and aircraft building corporations are prohibited from supplying goods and technologies, as well as providing financial assistance. The competent authorities should refuse to issue an appropriate decision if they have “reasonable grounds to believe” that the products are ultimately intended for these companies or will be used in the Russian aviation or space industry.
UN Secretary General Guterres acknowledged the failure of the attempt to prevent a military operation in Ukraine Nevertheless, António Guterres urged not to give up and “give peace one more chance”
The UN was unable to prevent a military operation in Ukraine, said the Secretary General of the organization António Guterres.
“The UN appeared after the war to stop wars. Today she did not achieve her goal, — Guterres wrote on Twitter.
However, he urged not to give up and “give the world another chance.”
Earlier, Russia vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution calling for it to stop military operation in Ukraine.
On February 24, President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military operation in Ukraine, explaining it as self-defense, as well as “demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine.” At the same time, he claims that Moscow is not going to occupy a neighboring state and impose anything on anyone by force.
As Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, Russia does not recognize Ukrainian democratic a government that carries out “genocide” and calls the inhabitants “not people, but non-humans.” According to him, Kyiv is “under complete external control.”
Moscow will try to overthrow the Ukrainian government, according to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. However, Ukrainians will resist this, he is convinced.
Ukraine and Western countries have condemned Moscow's actions. The US, EU and UK and some other states have imposed sanctions, including against Putin and Lavrov.
Mikhail Fedorov explained that such actions will encourage Russian youth and activists to counter Moscow's “military aggression”
The Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, Mikhail Fedorov, turned to Apple CEO Tim Cook and asked him to disconnect the Russians from the AppStore. Fedorov posted screenshots of letters to Cook in English and Ukrainian on his Telegram channel.
He also asked Cook to support US sanctions and prohibit Russian products from being uploaded to the Apple app store.
In a letter from the minister it is said that “modern technologies— perhaps the best answer to tanks, rocket systems and projectiles. “We are confident that such actions [disconnecting from the AppStore] will motivate the youth and active population of Russia to actively oppose the shameful military aggression,” — the minister wrote.
On Thursday, applications from Promvyazbank, which had previously been subject to US sanctions, were removed from the AppStore. The bank had three applications and they all disappeared from the store. Also, the applications were not available in the Google Play Store.
In addition, for cards of banks that fell under US sanctions (VTB, Sovcombank, Novikombank, Promsvyazbank, Otkritie), payments using ApplePay and GooglePay will no longer be available .
On Friday, Tim Cook tweeted that he was deeply concerned about the situation in Ukraine. “We are doing our best for our teams there and will support humanitarian relief work locally. I think of the people who are in danger, and I join with all who call for peace, — he added.
The EU has announced sanctions against the Russian transport sector, which include a ban on the sale of aircraft and aircraft parts, the EU Council said in a statement.
The Union has imposed a ban on the export to Russia of goods and technologies used in aviation and space sectors, as well as a ban on insurance and maintenance of goods related to these industries.
“This ban on the sale of all aircraft, spare parts and equipment to Russian airlines will worsen the condition of one of the key sectors of the Russian economy and domestic travel, since three-quarters of Russia's current commercial air fleet was built in the EU, the US and Canada,” Brussels says.
In a separate EU document— regulation detailing the sanctions regime— it is prescribed that the sale, supply, export for any organization of goods and technologies intended for use in the aviation or space industry is prohibited in Russia.
The same document specifies that the embargo applies to all goods from group 88 of the commodity nomenclature&mdash ; “Aircraft, spacecraft and their parts”. It is prohibited to provide any insurance or reinsurance services in relation to European aircraft in Russia, as well as services for the repair, modification, elimination of defects in relation to European aircraft. Deliveries of aircraft from the European Union can only continue until March 28, 2022 under contracts concluded before February 26, follows from the EU document.
In 2020, the EU countries exported aircraft and their parts to Russia (group 88) in the amount €1.33 billion, in 2021— €2.61 billion, follows from European foreign trade statistics. Last year, most of the aerospace equipment and its components were delivered to Russia from Germany (€917 million) and France (€1.43 billion).
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According to experts, the long-term consequences of sanctions come to the fore.
According to the head of the Ministry of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov, due to the imposed sanctions, the current situation in the financial markets “calms down”, but the consequences of restrictive measures in the long term come to the fore.
The agency has created a group of experts to analyze documents.
He noted that so far the entire package of measures being introduced has not been published, and there are discrepancies in the published sources.
The head of the IEC noted that three blocks of sanctions can already be distinguished.
The first group includes measures against the Russian state debt, major companies and banks.
According to the minister, these sanctions are unlikely to impede the functioning of the banking system, and Russia has its own resources, write “Vedomosti”.
The second group includes restrictions on the import of technologies into the Russian Federation.
Thus, Washington is going to significantly restrict Russia's access to technical solutions. However, according to Reshetnikov, Russia has already encountered such measures before.
The minister included measures aimed at restricting Russia in the world economy to the third group.
“ This is the brightest moment”, – Reshetnikov said.
He noted that the presence in the markets of Western countries, as well as Japan and Australia, would be greatly complicated.
At the same time, the energy sector is excluded from the sanctions, therefore, its share will simply decrease.
“The most noticeable blow was dealt to the Russian export support system – non-resource non-energy”, – he said, noting that this is primarily due to the sanctions against VEB and the REC.
Earlier, TopNews wrote that Chinese banks had joined the sanctions against Russia.
Two state-owned banks introduced restrictions on transactions for Russian raw materials.
The two largest state-owned banks of the PRC have stopped transactions in commodities in Russia.
In China, the two largest state-owned banks stopped servicing transactions for the purchase of commodities in Russia.
This is reported by Bloomberg, citing a source familiar with the situation.
Following Western banks, divisions of the Chinese Offshore ICBC has stopped issuing letters of credit to cover transactions with Russian commodity exporters.
The financial institution has stopped servicing deliveries in dollars, but in some cases issues letters of credit for transactions in yuan, and for each such decision it is necessary to obtain management approval.
Bank of China has limited funding for the purchase of raw materials in the Russian Federation. This decision was made by the risk management of the bank.
Now the credit institution is awaiting the recommendations of the national regulator.
Prior to this, China's largest banks adhered to sanctions against Iran, North Korea, and Hong Kong officials for fear of falling under measures of the US Treasury.
According to experts, Chinese banks are serious about sanctions decisions, as they do not want to lose access to transactions in dollars.
Recall that last Thursday, Western banks began refuse to issue letters of credit for oil supplies from Russia. As a result, the price of the Russian grade Urals fell to a record low compared to other brands – now a barrel costs $11.25 less than Brent, and the demand for spot shipments of Urals has fallen to zero.
Earlier, TopNews wrote that the US, EU and UK will put Putin and Lavrov on the sanctions list.
Their assets in these countries will be frozen.
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Of these, according to the agency, $ 2.9 billion will go to defense needs and assistance to neighboring states in Eastern Europe, another $ 3.5 billion will go to the Pentagon. The funds may be in addition to the $600 million that the United States has already allocated to Ukraine
The White House has asked the US Congress to provide $6.4 billion in financial assistance to Ukraine, Bloomberg reports, citing a representative of the presidential administration.
Funds will be directed to the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. Also, money is needed to help neighboring states in Eastern Europe and support the Pentagon. Of these, $2.9 billion will go to humanitarian needs and ensuring the security of Ukraine, Poland and other neighboring countries. The US Department of Defense will receive another $3.5 billion to effectively respond to the crisis.
According to the agency, last year the United States provided Kiev with $650 million in security funds, and humanitarian aid— for $52 million
Earlier, US President Joe Biden instructed to allocate $600 million to Ukraine, of which $350 million should be spent on defense, Washington promised to provide the remaining $250 million free of charge. To do this, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken must determine whether such gratuitous assistance met the interests of the country's security.
Ukraine, in connection with the Russian military operation on its territory, applied to the International Monetary Fund for an emergency loan. On February 23, Great Britain announced its readiness to provide a loan in the amount of $500. London promised to give Kiev money to “mitigate the economic consequences of Russian aggression.”
The Russian military operation in Ukraine began on February 24 after a speech by President Vladimir Putin. The head of state emphasized that Moscow did not intend to occupy Ukrainian territory, and that its real goal— denazification and demilitarization of this country. Putin called the current Ukrainian leadership “a gang of drug addicts and neo-Nazis” and urged military personnel to take power into their own hands. According to him, it will be “easier for Russia to come to an agreement” with them.
In Ukraine, they believe that Moscow has unleashed a war against it. Kyiv has already offered Russia to start peace negotiations on a neutral status, in response, Putin agreed to send a delegation to Minsk for this. Press Secretary of the Ukrainian President Sergei Nikiforov said that Ukraine is ready for negotiations and is discussing the venue.
Western countries condemned the operation and imposed sanctions against Putin, Foreign and Defense Minister Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu, Washington has tightened restrictions on the export of microelectronics to Russia, and the EU has imposed sanctions against the banking sector. Australia and Japan are also studying the possibility of restrictions.
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The Russian military launched a strike with long-range precision weapons using cruise missiles at military facilities in Ukraine, said the representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov.
The strike was carried out both from the air and from sea-based bases.
Konashenkov stressed that the strikes are carried out only on Ukrainian military facilities and they do not damage residential and social infrastructure.
In total, according to a representative of the Ministry of Defense, the Russian military hit 821 military targets in Ukraine. In particular, seven combat aircraft, seven helicopters and nine drones were shot down, as well as 87 tanks and other combat vehicles were destroyed.
The Russian military took control of the city of Melitopol in the south of the Zaporozhye region . The Ministry of Defense stated that they were taking measures to ensure the safety of residents and exclude “provocations by the Ukrainian special services and nationalists.”
On the eve of February 25, the Russian military also blocked the Ukrainian cities of Sumy, Konotop and Chernihiv. In addition, they occupied the Gostomel airfield in the suburbs of Kyiv and blocked the capital from the western side.
UN Secretary General Guterres: at least 100,000 Ukrainians have left their homes since the beginning of Russia's operation Ukraine needs more and more humanitarian aid, Guterres said. According to him, the number of residents who left the country has grown to 100 thousand. The day before, the UN reported about 50 thousand, most went to Poland and Moldova
At least 100,000 Ukrainians were forced to leave their homes since the beginning of the Russian special operation in the country, UN Secretary General António Guterres said on Twitter.
“Humanitarian needs in Ukraine are growing by the hour. Civilians are dying. It is reported that at least 100 thousand Ukrainians have already left their homes, — he wrote.
On the eve of February 25, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi reported that more than 50,000 people left Ukraine in less than two days. According to him, most of them headed to Poland and Moldova, “and a lot more moving towards the border.” Ukraine.
Poland, among other countries, has previously declared its readiness to accept refugees from Ukraine. Deputy Interior Minister Pavel Shefernaker said that eight refugee reception centers were being deployed near the Ukrainian border.
President of Moldova Maia Sandu also announced the preparation of centers for accommodating refugees from Ukraine. “We will help people who need our support. We are ready to accommodate several tens of thousands of people»,— she said.
The Russian operation in Ukraine continues for the third day. As President Vladimir Putin stated, its goal is the demilitarization and denazification of the country.
On the eve of February 25, Russian troops landed at the Gostomel airfield near Kiev. The military blocked the capital from the western side and Chernihiv. The Ministry of Defense stressed that they would not strike at residential areas.
In Ukraine, they said that Russia had started the war. Kyiv went on the defensive, the authorities warned residents about the threat of an air strike and active fighting on the streets. On the evening and night of Friday, February 25, it was planned to organize seven passenger trains from Kyiv to the west for those wishing to leave the city.
Bloomberg: The United States returned to the issue of disconnecting Russia from SWIFT Representatives of the Biden administration are discussing the possibility of cooperation with the leadership of the EU to jointly disconnect Russia from SWIFT, the agency writes. No final decision yet
The United States authorities returned to discussing the possibility of disconnecting Russia from the SWIFT interbank information exchange system after the country launched a military operation in Ukraine. This is reported by Bloomberg, citing sources.
According to the agency, Washington is seriously considering such a possibility, since the EU authorities do not exclude it. Members of the JoeBiden administration are discussing cooperation with European allies on this issue.
Two agency sources said plans to cut Russia off from SWIFT are being discussed with the Federal Reserve, which acts as the system's oversight body. According to another interlocutor, negotiations with the European Commission on this topic have already begun. There is no final decision on this issue yet.
The idea of disconnecting Russia from SWIFT seemed unlikely just a few days ago, writes Bloomberg. So, on February 18, the White House announced that the package of US sanctions in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine would not include this measure. Biden, announcing sanctions against Russia after its recognition of the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (they affected Russian sovereign debt, VEB and Promsvyazbank), said that they would have more consequences than disconnecting from the SWIFT system.
This measure was not included in the second tranche financial and economic sanctions of the United States, announced after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. Biden said that at that time some of the European allies were against its application to Russia, but Washington and Brussels can return to the issue.
On the night of February 26, the European Union imposed sanctions against Vladimir Putin and a number of other restrictions, disconnection from SWIFT was not included in the package. However, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said the day before that it is being discussed. As reported by the Ukrainian authorities, the idea is supported by the authorities of Italy and France, and the Czech Republic earlier supported it.
In early February, Moody's named Russia's disconnection from SWIFT among potential sanctions measures. On the night of February 26, the rating agency placed the country's Baa3 sovereign credit rating on review with the possibility of a downgrade.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly stated that the country is ready for the option of disconnecting from SWIFT . In this case, Russia will be able to switch to a domestic analogue (Financial Message Transfer System) or other information transfer systems, said Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.
A shell hit a residential building on Lobanovsky Avenue in Kyiv, the residents of the house are being evacuated, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine reported on Facebook. According to the agency, the projectile hit the 17th and 18th floor, there were no casualties or injuries.
“On February 26, the State Emergency Service received information that a projectile hit a multi-storey residential building along 6A Lobanovsky Avenue ( 17–18th floor)»,— The State Emergency Service said in a statement.
A rocket hit the house, Mayor of the Ukrainian capital Vitaliy Klitschko said on his Telegram channel.
“In a residential building on the street. Lobanovsky, 6A, hit by a rocket. The emergency services are on their way there,— he wrote.
The mayor also posted a photo of the building.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military operation in Ukraine on 24 February. Among its goals, he named “the liberation of the population”, “demilitarization and denazification”; Ukraine. The President added that Russia has no plans to occupy Ukraine.
The Ukrainian authorities called the incident an invasion, they were supported by Western countries. Russia has been sanctioned by the US, the EU and many others. Banks fell under various sanctions, including Sberbank, VTB, Alfa-Bank and PSB.
The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the Russian military strikes only at Ukraine's military infrastructure. “I emphasize once again that the fire is conducted only on the objects of the military infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, excluding damage to residential and social infrastructure”, — Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday.
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia has included the singer Nikolai Baskov in the list of persons who are prohibited from entering the country. This was announced by the head of the department, Edgars Rinkevics.
The decision was made on the basis of Part 2 of Art. 61 of the Immigration Act. “War propaganda and support for Russian aggression against Ukraine is unacceptable for Latvia,” — he wrote on Twitter.
On February 25, Baskov published an Instagram post in which he supported the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine and called it “the end of the genocide and the prevention of an attack on Russia.” The publication said that it was aimed at protecting the inhabitants of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, whose independence was recognized by Russia. “We have no right to continue to endure the killing of Russian-speaking citizens and the build-up of military and declared nuclear infrastructure aimed at our destruction,” he wrote (spelling preserved).
RBC turned to Nikolai for a comment.
In addition to Baskov, TV presenters Tina Kandelaki, Alla Dovlatova, Dana Borisova and others spoke out in support of the Russian operation.
Many cultural figures and public figures spoke out against military operations in Ukraine. Nobel Peace Prize winner, editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta Dmitry Muratov called the incident grief, on February 25, the newspaper was published in two languages: “Because we do not recognize Ukraine as an enemy, and the Ukrainian language— the language of the enemy. And we will never recognize it.
Many actors, singers, TV presenters, bloggers and athletes, heads of NGOs and charitable foundations, the Yeltsin Center, as well as the daughter and granddaughter of the first president of Russia Tatyana and Maria Yumashev. Among politicians, State Duma deputy from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Mikhail Matveev, who voted for the recognition of the independence of the DPR and LPR, spoke out against the military operation, the European Union included the parliamentarian on the sanctions list. On February 25 and 26, uncoordinated anti-war actions took place in Russian cities.
Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko criticized Russians who oppose military operations and accused them of worrying about “their momentary problems that will arise about some difficulties. President Vladimir Putin explained the need for the operation “demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine”.
On February 24, Latvia announced the cessation of issuing visas to Russians, except for humanitarian ones.