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Thinking based on the “dark past” can cost Russia a prosperous future. This was stated by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the Munich Security Conference.
“The world is watching in disbelief as we face the largest troop buildup on European soil since the darkest days of the Cold War.” ;,— she noted.
According to her, Moscow's threats against Ukraine are “a blatant attempt”; rewrite the rules of the established international system. Von der Leyen stressed that Russia and China are striving for a “new era” to notice the existing international order.
The head of the European Commission clarified that Moscow and Beijing prefer the rule of power to the rule of law, intimidation— self-determination, coercion— cooperation.
Von der Leyen warned that in the event of Russian aggression against Ukraine, the EU would impose sanctions that would affect the energy sector and high technology. This will have serious consequences for the Russian economy, she stressed.
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The FSB border department announced that all checkpoints in the Rostov region on the border with the Ukrainian Donbas have been switched to entry.
It is indicated that the checkpoints allow refugees from the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR to enter the territory of the Russian Federation, however, exit from Russia to these regions is temporarily closed.
Earlier, the authorities of the Rostov region declared a state of emergency due to with the arrival of a large number of refugees in the region.
In the morning of February 19, general mobilization was announced in the DPR and LPR. Men aged 18-55 are ordered to appear at the recruiting stations. The LPR confirmed that citizens of this age category are temporarily prohibited from leaving the republic.
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Acting head of the EMERCOM of Russia Alexander Chupriyan said that at the moment 26 regions reported their readiness to accept refugees from the DPR and LPR.
“26 regions sent us lists that they are ready,” Chupriyan said.
He noted that Russian Railways was told that it was possible to provide trains for transporting people.
“We will relocate them to other regions of the Russian Federation,” said Chupriyan.
Earlier, the authorities of the Abkhazian capital Sukhum announced that they were ready to accept part of the refugees.
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Refugees who came from the DPR to Russia after the leadership of the self-proclaimed republics announced the evacuation due to of the alleged offensive of the Ukrainian security forces, they told how they were met.
“We arrived late yesterday. Bedding, towels were given out, a room was allocated. We hope that everything will calm down there, and we will go home,” said Ekaterina from the village of Kazatskoe , who arrived with her two daughters.
She also said that two kittens and her husband remained at home, who was not allowed to evacuate.
According to the woman, in the DPR they live next to line of demarcation. And in Russia they were placed in the Zvezda sanatorium in the Rozhok farm in the Rostov region, on the shore of the Taganrog Bay.
The Bundestag deputies didn't like the Ukrainian diplomat dictating terms to the Chancellor
Mützenich's interview was published on Saturday by the Funke media group.
In particular, the politician pointed out that Melnik “crossed the line” by demanding the chancellor to issue an ultimatum to the Russian president. Mutzenich believes that in the brewing conflict, diplomatic measures should be used more actively, and not talk from a position of strength. “We must do everything to prevent a war in Europe,” the head of the SPD faction believes.
The parliamentarian suggested that Russia has been seeing NATO as its main adversary for some time now. At the same time, he emphasized that it is not a matter of the personality of the President of the Russian Federation. After all, the former heads of state criticized the expansion of NATO to the East.
Recall that Ambassador Melnyk is actively demanding that Berlin provide weapons to Kiev. Earlier, on Twitter, he accused the head of the Bundestag foreign policy committee, Michael Roth, of not wanting to meet with him.
“The situation is difficult, but under control”
The evacuation of residents of the DPR and LPR to the Rostov region continues due to the aggravation on the line of contact. According to the Russian Emergencies Ministry, about 3,500 people crossed the border overnight, mostly women and children. “MK” learned from Andrey Marochko, a veteran of the People's Militia of the LPR, about the procedure for leaving and entering the republics.
By words Marochko, the situation in Luhansk at the moment is “difficult, but controlled.”
– The order of entry and exit these days remains the same. That is, previously adopted resolutions are in force that determine the movement of persons between the DPR and LPR and the regions of the Rostov region bordering them. Covid-19 restrictions are still in effect, and a reason is needed (a list of them has been determined) in order to enter the territory of the republics.
– Now all these issues are listed, information can be found on the websites of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the DPR and the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the LPR, in special sections. There are also recommendations of the ombudsmen. Everything is clearly labeled. The sites are functioning. It indicates what documents are needed for the child.
– Yes, according to existing agreements, the Russian Federation recognizes both driver's licenses and car documents of citizens of the DPR and LPR. That is, our cars can enter the territory of the Russian Federation with license plates of the republics of Donbass.
– General rules apply here. Nothing has changed. According to veterinary certificates and permits.
Why the West accuses both Russia and China of aggressive intentions
In 2008, during the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, a war broke out in South Ossetia. During the Beijing Olympics in the winter of 2022, they only talked about the upcoming conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The expert analyzed the background of the full-scale information war that the West launched around two potentially “hot spots” of the planet – and saw a direct connection between the whipping up of military hysteria on the Russian-Ukrainian border and, allegedly, the upcoming Chinese invasion of Taiwan.
– Yes, at first it seemed and I even crossed myself, – says the president of the Russian section of the International Police Association, Lieutenant-General, Doctor of Law, Professor, Honored Lawyer of Russia Yuri Zhdanov. “But the obsession has not disappeared—it is, a well-organized 'coincidence'. The Americans, on the one hand, are making noise about Russian aggression against Ukraine and, at the same time, Chinese aggression against Taiwan. Moreover, they link the events of 2014, when, at the end of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the Crimeans decided to return from the “Maidan” Kiev to Russia. And now the Olympics in Beijing have successfully turned up. Well, how not to use such an analogy! So they began to strain the whole world with the expectation of an attack on Taiwan. Or rather, promises to protect him. Moreover, with deliberately ethereal promises – some kind of sanctions that are unlikely to solve anything. Good American guys, like European ones, will not die for the same good, but Ukrainian and Taiwanese guys.
– There are many authors, as they say – “certain interested circles”. It's easier to call herald. This is a high-ranking Republican on the foreign affairs committee of the US House of Representatives from Texas, Michael McCall. It was he who suggested that China would launch an invasion of Taiwan sometime after the Winter Olympics in Beijing. This was reported by the New York Post back on January 21, 2022.
“I really think that China has become so provocative, so aggressive in the South China Sea, that after the Olympics, you will see how the Chinese Communist Party invade Taiwan,” McCall told reporters on a conference call.
McCall also continued, “China's move will not be unprecedented. In 2014, Russia began moving regular and special forces troops to Crimea during the last weekend of that year's Winter Games, which it hosted in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. A few weeks later, she completed the annexation of the Ukrainian region. Putin has always wanted Ukraine back, he wants the Soviet empire back on the throne. Xi wants imperial China and Taiwan to be part of the Chinese empire. So they see an opportunity to do so because of US weakness.” And, of course, the politician called on the US military to strengthen its presence in the region.
– As the Americans themselves say, nothing personal, just business. Yes, McCall is known as an anti-Chinese hawk. But according to independent news outlet Sludge, McCall is the second-largest congressional investor in the US defense industry. Since McCall is also the second richest U.S. congressman in 2021, he could make even more money advocating for more arms sales to Taiwan.
That being said, McCall is certainly not an isolated example. In recent years, many US politicians have called for a tougher US stance on the Taiwan issue. By playing a wave of support for Taiwan, these politicians could spur Congress to pass more Taiwan-related bills, urge the US government to sell more weapons to Taipei, and generate more concern or even hostility in the American public towards mainland China.
Recall the latest U.S. arms sales to Taiwan in February 2022, when Washington approved $100 million worth of equipment and services for the island to “maintain, maintain and improve” its Patriot missile defense system.
When rhetoric is not enough, direct provocations are used. For example, on January 20, 2022, the American guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold passed through two disputed island chains in the South China Sea in the so-called “Freedom of Navigation Patrol”, which provoked protest from Beijing – such visits by American destroyers occur regularly.
– You will not believe – even on coup d'état in Beijing! They believe that after the invasion of Taiwan, the world community will literally declare China a pariah and impose severe economic sanctions on it. And this will hurt the interests of some groups of Chinese officials, party functionaries and businessmen. And they will “definitely” overthrow Xi.
There is Roger Garside, author of The China Coup, who believes that “a group of high-ranking Chinese officials could stage an internal coup against Xi Jinping and move towards a democratic political system.”
Garside, a former diplomat who worked at the British Embassy in Beijing, claims that senior Chinese Communist Party officials, including Premier Li Keqiang, believe that Xi is taking China in a “very risky and dangerous” direction, endangering his wealth and power. as well as the future of the party. Garside claims that this is the reason they are plotting against the Chinese leader. According to Garside, China's private sector has become powerful and autonomous. This puts pressure on the Communist Party, causing concern among the country's leadership.
– Garside is not a stupid person, he cynically pits the party leaders, knowing that no one in the CCP will not only not make any coup, but even does not plan to. Just as none of the current Chinese oligarchs will bribe party leaders for the purpose of a coup. But Garside wants to push President Xi to take decisive action on Taiwan with such statements. After all, the annexation of Taiwan will further rally the CCP and the PLA around Xi. And at the same time it will help to solve painful economic issues.
Again, nothing personal. China needs Taiwanese computer chips. Because of this, all the fuss. It is technology that is the key factor in political, economic and military power, which are at the center of competition between the US and China. Chips are driving breakthroughs in a number of critical technology areas, from artificial intelligence to synthetic biology and quantum computing.
So, Taiwan is the central link in the semiconductor supply chain. It is home to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world's largest chip manufacturing plant. I emphasize that more than half of the world's semiconductor production is outsourced and almost all advanced production facilities are located in Taiwan. Therefore, secure access to products from the Taiwanese semiconductor industry is a strategic necessity.
TSMC manufactures chips designed for both civilian and military customers. It is a vast industry, valued at nearly $100 billion in 2021. Safe access to products from the Taiwanese semiconductor industry is a strategic necessity. Moreover, both for the United States and for China. So consider whether it is worth fighting because of this.
– Yes, and the US has already taken a number of measures to limit the supply of chips to China. So, in May 2020, TSMC stopped accepting orders for processors for the Chinese company Huawei, which formed about 15% of the order portfolio of the Taiwanese manufacturer. The decision was dictated from the USA. The next Chinese company that TSMC refused to work with in 2021 was Tianjin-based supercomputer developer Phytium Information Technology. Taiwan's Alchip Technologies also announced a halt to production of all Phytium-related products. The reason for these decisions was the decision of the US Department of Commerce to put Phytium on its sanctions list.
– Here they have more realistic forecasts than the myths about our invasion of Ukraine. Moreover, China has never concealed its intentions to return Taiwan. The question is when and how? The PLA has been planning this for decades. There is even a forecast by Chinese scientists that the accession will take place in 2027 – the centenary of the PLA. By the way, China immediately warned Japan that if it intervened in the conflict, it would immediately be destroyed. As they say in Hollywood films, “don't even think about it.”
However, Americans are not inclined to say that all this will happen by force of arms. For example, Grant Newsham, a former diplomat and now a senior fellow at the US Center for Security Policy, believes that China will not do this – at least not launch a full-scale assault to seize Taiwan.
“They assume that China will and is already waging some kind of “political war.” This means using China's enormous economic, diplomatic, political, psychological and covert military pressure to establish influence in the country of its choice. So far this is working well for Beijing. China has spread its influence across the Pacific—the Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Kiribati, to name but a few. And Southeast Asia is hedging its bets – some countries are already tying their fate to China.
Cambodia, for example, allows the PRC to build a new military base. In addition to being an advantage in itself, it allows China to increasingly isolate Taiwan economically, diplomatically, politically, psychologically, and militarily.
The PRC even locks down Latin America, Central America and the Caribbean. Across the region, pro-Chinese leaders are winning elections, and some countries are moving into the Chinese camp. From Beijing's point of view, Africa also looks quite attractive.
According to the Americans, Beijing is lighting so many small “bonfires” that they can distract and suppress the US reaction and, ultimately, weaken their resistance.
Thus, according to US analysts, the Chinese plan may be to do nothing extra that will force the Americans to fight. But do just enough to humiliate and discredit them. Hold your fire a little, and Wall Street and American companies, which view Taiwan as a trump card at best and a one-time irritant in more important US-China relations at worst, will commend Beijing for its restraint and insist that Washington did everything possible to avoid a war with a nuclear China.
– Quite expected, as in the situation with the “Ukrainian issue”. There are about a dozen different condemning declarations, a series of economic sanctions that China, apparently, did not even feel, responding symmetrically. At the same time, not all EU members are unanimous regarding China. Thus, Germany, Greece and Hungary are in favor of developing economic ties with China.
Well, perhaps as a curiosity, we can recall the trade embargo against Lithuania and European firms from Lithuania, which China introduced last year after after this superpower announced the opening of an office in Taiwan. Who got worse from this – consider for yourself. Well, Lithuania loves to shoot itself straight in the foot. Sniper.
– You don't have to be a visionary to understand that immediately after the end of the Olympics, the degree of confrontation around Taiwan will rise even more and will constantly grow. The two crises – the Ukrainian and the Taiwanese – are inextricably linked by the unwillingness of the United States to give up its position as world hegemon. Moreover, the Taiwan crisis, in addition to political and military consequences, is due to the possible loss of technological leadership by the United States if China takes control of the production of semiconductors in Taiwan. In essence, this is a good reason for a real war.
More than 10,000 people have already entered Russia, and there will be even more today
On Friday evening, residents of the DPR and LPR wished each other good night – “no shelling”. It didn't work out. After midnight there was a rumble along the entire demarcation line. Especially got the city of Dokuchaevsk and the village of Zaitsevo. “At the moment, the Armed Forces of Ukraine with a large caliber are trying to “unwind” the supporters of the NM (People’s Militia) of the DPR in Zaitsevo. Volleys, at least 120 mm,” such messages went through local telegram channels. The morning greeted the inhabitants of the DPR with the order of the head of the DPR on the beginning of general mobilization.
The representatives of the DPR and LPR also announced the use of heavy weapons that night. At midnight there were reports of explosions in the Luhansk region. First, they announced an explosion at one of the gas stations, then about damage to the Druzhba gas pipeline. And this is more serious, because its pipeline carries gas to Europe.
In the evening, the ex-presidential candidate of Ukraine in 2014, the former head of Novorossiya, Oleg Tsarev, added “fire” to the situation. According to him, he has information from Kiev that “in the very near future, Zelensky will indeed start a military operation in the Donbass. Ukraine wants to implement the “Croatian” scenario, using an instant military strike to take control of the border with Russia of the DPR and LPR, followed by a cleansing of the population disloyal to the current authorities.” According to him, “the plans have already been drawn up, the tasks have been set. Equipment and personnel are ready.”
The commander of the Vostok battalion, ex-head of the Security Council of the DPR Alexander Khodakovsky adheres to the same version. “There is a high probability on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to cut off the republics of Donbass from the Russian border,” he says in his telegram channel.
It seems that the population of the DPR and LPR has finally realized that this time is not a simple aggravation. And the evacuation of civilians is not an ideological whim. Lines of cars stretched to the border with Russia in the evening, at night the lines to the checkpoint reached several kilometers. Due to the fact that people will have to stand at the checkpoint for more than one hour. At the Uspenka checkpoint, a mobile life support center of four heated modules with a kitchen was deployed. Dining room, ambulance service. More than 80 buses with evacuees have already left for Russia from the DPR;In the Rostov region, where the main flow of refugees is sent, it is reported that they are ready to temporarily accommodate more than 700 thousand people in the region. The first batches of evacuees had already arrived in Rostov at night. They were placed in the Zvezda boarding house. Living conditions there are quite acceptable: separate rooms for a family with everything you need: from bed linen and toiletries to irons and TVs.
At night, there were rumors that men from 18 to 55 years old would not be allowed to leave the republics. In part, they were confirmed: those men of military age who are carrying their family in their car are allowed to leave. For those traveling by bus, the exit is closed. Moreover, it was reported that at night there were attempts to disembark from passenger cars and male drivers, while the family itself was offered to move on. But these cases are isolated and not fully verified.
In the morning, the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, addressed his fellow citizens with another appeal, in which he announced that he had signed a decree on general mobilization. “I urge fellow countrymen who are in reserve to come to the military commissariats,” he made an appeal. In the neighboring republic, queues to the military registration and enlistment offices began to line up the night before. Announced the recruitment of volunteers and the “Union of Volunteers” of Russia.
The US President commented on the escalation in the Donbass, praising Kiev's “restraint” and threatening Russia
Joe Biden is “convinced” that Russia is planning an invasion of Ukraine, but says that diplomacy “always possible”. The head of the White House spoke after consulting with Western allies amid a sharp escalation of the Ukrainian crisis.
US President Biden is convinced that Vladimir Putin has decided to invade Ukraine and strike at its capital, Kiev. Which, he said, would be “a disastrous and unnecessary war of choice.” But the U.S. president insists that “diplomacy is always possible” until an attack is launched.
According to The Guardian, Biden spoke to the press late Friday night after consultations with European and Canadian allies on a day of rapid events in and around Ukraine that brought the region closer to the brink of conflict.
The American president presented claims of Ukrainian attacks on Donetsk and Lugansk as a fabricated attempt to provide a pretext for an invasion.
“There is simply no evidence for these claims, and it is against elementary logic to believe that the Ukrainians would have chosen this moment, when there are more than 150,000 troops at its borders, to escalate a long-term conflict,” Biden claims.
“Over the past few days, we have witnessed a significant spike in ceasefire violations by Russian-backed militants seeking to provoke Ukraine in the Donbas,” President Biden assures his audience.
and I could add restraint,” the US president praised Kiev’s actions. “They don't let the Russians drag them into the war.”
Biden said he had come to the conclusion that the Russian leadership was in the mood for war, writes The Guardian. The President of the United States substantiated this confidence with the words: “We have a significant intelligence potential.”
At the same time, Biden added that until the attack began, “diplomacy is always possible.” The American president confirmed that US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is due to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov next Thursday, “but if Russia takes military action before that day, it will be clear that they have slammed the door on diplomacy.”
“They will choose war and pay a heavy price for it,” President Biden threatened. “Make no mistake, if Russia follows through with its plans, it will be responsible for a catastrophic and unnecessary war of its own choosing.”
As CNN notes, citing sources, President Biden is planning to spend the weekend overseeing the ongoing Ukraine crisis. from the White House, holding meetings with his national security team and maintaining close contact with world leaders. In the run-up to the weekend, Biden considered going to Delaware as usual, but decided to stay in Washington.
In recent days, CNN points out, the Biden administration has publicly released several intelligence reports on Russian troop movements, a marked change in the way US national security officials routinely operate. The administration's decision to “loudly and repeatedly” discuss their movements, Biden explained on Friday, was made “to eliminate any reason Russia might give to justify invading Ukraine and prevent them from moving.”
Commenting on the American president's claims that Russian troops “practically surrounded Ukraine,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova sarcastically remarked: “I should have added:” Russia has dangerously approached the borders of NATO. The most monstrous thing is not a word about the true state of affairs of the civilian population in the Donbass. No people, no problems?”
Meanwhile, writes The Guardian, at the Munich Security Conference, German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock said that the world has reached “one of the most dangerous moments when provocation and disinformation can turn into an escalation.”
“At stake what is at stake for the people of Ukraine is their right to determine their future, and for all of us, what is at stake is nothing less than peace in Europe and whether we are going to defend our rules-based order, ”says the head of the German Foreign Ministry. She also warned that the violence had increased dramatically in the last 48 hours. According to her, the conflict was not a crisis in Ukraine, but “a crisis in Russia… Those who want to live together in safety do not threaten each other.”
Burbock said she feared Russia would act through a false flag or coup d'état rather than an invasion.
Speaking alongside US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, head of German diplomacy Annalena Burbock vowed Germany was “ready to pay a high economic price” through sanctions, adding that all options remain on the table, including the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
EU foreign ministers will review their expected package of sanctions on Monday, but Western officials have said a sanctions strike against Russia may be needed “quickly and massively” in the event of an attack on Ukraine. Sanctions could be imposed “in cases where we believe Russia has crossed a line on this issue,” EU officials said.
Nonetheless, the US is still hopeful Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will negotiate on Russia and NATO's rival schemes for a future security map for Europe later next week, possibly in Geneva.
Blinken warned that everything he saw indicated that Russia had decided not to embark on the path of diplomacy, and he worries that the events of the past 48 hours were likely “part of a Russian plan to create false provocations.”
The head of the State Department claims that he is still fully engaged in diplomacy, but the West had to rely on history, including Russia's actions against Ukraine in 2014 and Georgia in 2008.
The Washington Post, citing a source in the State Department, reported that a group of 44 Afghans, whom Ukraine in September last year, they evacuated from Afghanistan, they wanted to leave Ukraine.
“On the eve of the second evacuation, a group consisting of 44 Afghans, whom the Ukrainian military evacuated from the country to Kiev in September last year,” writes the media.
It is specified that nine families went to Doha. There, their documents will be processed for further entry into the United States.
According to the ICTV channel, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal issued a statement in which he boasted that the efforts of the Ukrainian authorities to block the operation of the new Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 were successful.
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At the same time, the head of the Ukrainian Cabinet stressed that official Kiev considers this a commercial project " “hybrid weapon”, which poses a threat not only to the Independent, but to the whole of Europe.
“Ukraine … successfully blocks Russian hybrid gas weapons” Nord Stream — 2″. We will continue to do this,” Shmyhal said.
The Prime Minister made the corresponding statement as part of the “Day of Unity” initiated by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
According to The Mirror newspaper, sources close to the British royal family said that Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain plans to invest a tidy sum in the Virginia Giuffre Charitable Foundation. Recall that it was this woman who made allegations of sexual harassment against Prince Andrew, Duke of York.
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According to the publication, the amount of investments of the royal person will be two million pounds, which corresponds to 2.7 million US dollars. The funds are to help Elizabeth's 61-year-old son settle the scandalous case.
“Elizabeth II intends to help her son settle the rape case by personally donating £2 million to the Giuffre Foundation,” the message says.
In addition, the Queen of Great Britain also decided to allow the disgraced son to retain the position of Councilor of State, the title of Duke and the rank of Vice Admiral, despite the expressed demands to deprive him of his privileges.
The government of Chile said that the last speaker of the Yagan Indian language died on Wednesday at the age of 93, reports TASS.
The Ministry of Social Development and Family Affairs of Chile noted that she worked to preserve the culture of the Yagans and their language. In particular, she compiled a dictionary of the Yagan language and a collection of stories and legends.
Posthumously, she was awarded a medal for her contribution to the development of the Magallanes region and its culture.
In 2003, UNESCO awarded Calderon the status «living heritage».
Until recently, it was assumed that the ancestors of modern Indians migrated from Southern Siberia and Altai about 14-15 thousand years ago during a single wave of migration. Meanwhile, archaeological discoveries and the decoding of the DNA of a number of ancient Indians, which was carried out by Professor Eske Willerslev of the University of Cambridge and colleagues, showed the fallacy of these judgments.
Cloudy weather is predicted in the Russian capital on Thursday, February 17, according to the official website of the Hydrometeorological Center of the Russian Federation.
“Cloudy. Light precipitation (rain, sleet). In some places there is sleet,” the report says.
Daytime air temperature in the city will be from two to four degrees Celsius. South wind at a speed of 7 to 12 meters per second. Atmospheric pressure – 735 millimeters of mercury.
Cloudy weather and precipitation (rain, sleet) are predicted in the capital on Friday night.
South wind at a speed of six to 11 meters per second, in some places its gusts can reach 18 meters per second.
The air temperature will be from one to three degrees Celsius. Atmospheric pressure is 727 millimeters of mercury.
Earlier, the scientific director of the Russian Hydrometeorological Center Roman Vilfand told whether Russians should wait for early spring.
Roscosmos Press Service reported that the program of scientific research in the Russian segment of the ISS included tests of a 3D printer designed to work in zero gravity, the Izvestia newspaper writes.
It is reported that the test equipment will be delivered into orbit by the transport cargo ship Progress MS-20″, which starts on June 3, 2022. It will be placed in the new Russian module “Science”.
The main task of the experiment is to print products with predictable characteristics.
It is noted that the ability to quickly manufacture the necessary tools or parts will become extremely useful when working in orbit, as well as during expeditions to the Moon and Mars.
It was previously reported that the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle with the cargo ship “Progress” launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station.
This is the first launch from Baikonur in 2022. Docking with the ISS is scheduled for 10:08 Moscow time on February 17.
The first air regiment, equipped with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, has joined the long-range aviation, the Izvestia newspaper writes.
According to the Ministry of Defense, an attack with these weapons is still impossible reflect.
It is specified that a separate regiment of MiG-31K, equipped with “Daggers”, was deployed at the Savasleyka airfield in the Nizhny Novgorod region.
By the end of this year, the new air regiment is planned to be replenished with several new missile carriers . At present, he has started combat training.
So, on Tuesday, February 15, MiG-31K aircraft arrived in the SAR. They will take part in large-scale exercises in the Mediterranean Sea.
The "Dagger" missile can reach speeds of Mach 10 and overcomes all existing air and missile defense systems. It is capable of carrying conventional and nuclear charges.
The flight range is up to two thousand kilometers. Successful missile tests were carried out in early 2019. The carriers of hypersonic missiles are MiG-31 fighters.
Weekly “Argumenty i Fakty” No. 7. Olympics-2022: victories, forecasts, scandals 02/16/2022
They write that a unique eczema was sold at auction Plyar of the first edition of The Tale of Igor's Campaign. Is it possible to throw away the national treasure?
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Candidate of Historical Sciences Alexander Bayramov answers:
— Auction house «Literary Fund» reported that for & nbsp; 3.4 million rubles. a copy of the book «Iroic hymn about the campaign against the Polovtsy of the appanage prince of Novagrod-Seversky Igor Svyatoslavich, written in the old Russian language at the end of the 12th century with arranged into the now used dialect», was sold. But this specimen still cannot be called unique.
"The Tale of Igor" was first published at the end of 1800 Circulation in 1.2 thousands copies was printed in & nbsp; Moscow, in & nbsp; the Senate Printing House. After the fire of 1812 g. both the original manuscript and a significant part of the edition perished. At the moment, 70 copies of the first edition of “Words…” have survived, one of which was sold at auction. However, the so-called Catherine's list is considered a truly unique copy of the masterpiece of ancient Russian literature. This is one of the first handwritten copies made from the original discovered by Aleksey Musin-Pushkin. It was presented to Catherine II, who made a number of notes in the margins. Subsequently, this copy was lost, but in 1864 it was found among the draft manuscripts of the Empress. Now this document is stored in RGADA.
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Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed a resolution expanding the functionality of the Unified State Health Information System.
The system will link regional medical organizations, and most of the documents — extracts, certificates, etc. — will be electronic. Doctors will be comfortable. And what will benefit this?
“First of all, the availability of information in a single system in electronic form allows the doctor to free up time that he used to spend on collecting information about the patient, turning over the history of the disease. And and thus give more time to the patient, — explains Head of the Department of Information Technology at Sechenov University Georgy Lebedev. After all, an appointment with, say, a general practitioner, takes an average of 12 minutes. During this time, you need to have time to talk with the patient, conduct an examination, write out a referral, prescriptions. The information system should just provide template data entry, which speeds up the „paper“ doctor's work. The second thing that will make it possible to make the formation of a single digital circuit in health care, — ensure the operation of modern services for the patient, including interaction with doctors online.
Access to medical documents in electronic form, with the permission of the patient, can be obtained by other doctors, if necessary — organizations. This is especially important when working with an ambulance, when the patient is in a serious condition, doctors can immediately find all the information about his health in order to make the right decision. Or a surgeon — resolve the issue with emergency operation».
Another plus is that the patient will not need to store and provide paper certificates, extracts. Everything will be in electronic form.
Bloomberg: US official says Russia has deployed another 7,000 troops to the border According to the US, another 7,000 were sent to the region, where there were already 100,000 Russian troops.
Another 7,000 Russian troops have arrived at the Ukrainian border, in addition to the 100,000 already there, despite Moscow's statements about the withdrawal of troops, Bloomberg reports, citing US officials. They held a briefing for journalists on condition of anonymity and did not provide evidence of their words, the agency notes.
The message of the US representative on the results of the briefing is also given by The Wall Street Journal.
Earlier, the US State Department announced the increase in Russian military forces near the border, without giving specific figures. “In recent weeks and even days, Russian forces on the [Ukraine] border have been getting bigger, not smaller,” — spokesman Ned Price said.
RBC sent a request to the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Ministry of Defense.
On February 15, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the completion of part of the exercises and the return of units of the Southern and Western military districts to their places of permanent deployment. The day before, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to the President that the exercises were being held in the Barents, Black and Baltic Seas, as well as in the Western, Central and Eastern military districts. In addition, from February 10 to 20, the Russian military participate in joint maneuvers with Belarus “Allied Resolve” 2022».
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg then said that there were still no signs of de-escalation on the Russian-Ukrainian border— on the contrary, the build-up of Russian forces and armaments continues. He noted that the withdrawal of troops “does not mean a real de-escalation” in itself, because the military can leave military equipment near the border and, if necessary, return to previously abandoned positions.
US President Joe Biden on Tuesday, February 15, said that Washington has not yet been able to confirm the departure of part of the Russian troops from the region. “Now Russia has 150 thousand military <…> near the border with Ukraine»,— said the head of state.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky did not see the withdrawal of troops from the border areas either. According to him, when the military leaves the borders, everyone will see it, not just the military and intelligence. Zelensky stressed that Kiev is calm about any threats, because they have existed for “for many years.”
The Russian side has repeatedly stated that it can move troops across its territory as it sees fit, and is not going to attack Ukraine.
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The tank army of the Western Military District set off from the exercises to the points of permanent deployment. The equipment was loaded into a military echelon. How the train with tanks and soldiers left – in RBC video
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More than 20 ships of the Caspian flotilla took part in exercises at sea. Among them are the missile ship “Dagestan”, small missile ships “Grad Sviyazhsk”, “Uglich”, “Veliky Ustyug” and others. How the exit of the ships looked like – in the RBC video
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The State Duma submitted a bill to ban commercial activities for the heads of state institutions In the law on combating corruption, it is proposed to add an article banning the heads of state institutions from engaging in any activity other than scientific, educational and creative. The bill was submitted to the State Duma by the Duma of the Astrakhan Region
Astrakhan deputies proposed to ban the heads of Russian state institutions from engaging in commercial activities. The corresponding bill was submitted to the State Duma.
Changes are proposed to be made to the law “On Combating Corruption”. According to the draft law, “substitute heads of state (municipal) institutions are not entitled to be founders (participants) of another legal entity, <…> engage in entrepreneurial activity and any paid activity other than teaching, research and “other creative activities”. The exception is cases where participation in the bodies of a commercial organization is part of the official duties of these leaders.
The explanatory note to the document notes that the official duties of the heads of municipal institutions “are associated with significant corruption risks.” According to the authors of the bill, the proposed changes will contribute to the “good faith implementation” of of their powers by these leaders and will not allow them to lobby the interests of other people, legal entities and government bodies.
If the document is approved, it may enter into force on January 1, 2023.
Article 275 of the Labor Code requires that heads of state institutions and persons entering such positions must provide information about their income and property, as well as property and income of spouses and minor children.
Similar to the proposed restrictions now apply to civil servants, notaries, judges.
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Some of the logistics units of the troops of the Western Military District arrived at the points of permanent deployment after the exercises. What their return looked like is in the RBC video
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Analysts told Politico that Russia could invade Ukraine on Feb. 20 alt=”American analysts have named a new date for a likely Russian invasion” />
Russia may invade Ukraine after February 20, analysts have suggested, Politico writes, citing analysts.
The period after February 20 February has always been more important in the conversation about a possible invasion of Ukraine, said Michael Kofman, an expert on the Russian military at the CNA think tank. He pointed out that it is after this date that it is worth monitoring the actions of the Russian army in order to understand the “true intentions” of the Russian army. Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The publication emphasized that on February 20, Russia and Belarus should complete the Allied Resolve exercise. Observers should check whether the military personnel of the Western Military District have really returned to the east, the analyst noted.
In addition, the Munich Security Conference, which Putin did not attend this year, will end on February 20, Politico noted. Russia could launch an invasion while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken are in Europe, which would be “a kind of geopolitical trolling”, the publication says.
Another reason Russia is could attack Ukraine after February 20, analysts called the Beijing Olympics. Russia will not invade the country before the closing ceremony of the Olympics, “to please Chinese leader Xi Jinping,” experts said.
Western media and politicians have been naming the dates of the Russian invasion of Ukraine for more than four months. According to them, the attack could have taken place in January or on February 15 and 16. The British tabloid The Sun wrote that Russia would invade Ukraine at 04:00 Moscow time. Reuters broadcast live from Kiev all night, but the invasion did not happen. Later, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that the US did not specify a specific time frame for the Russian invasion.
The Kremlin has repeatedly denied plans to attack Ukraine, and Putin said that Russia doesn't want war. His press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, suggested that Ukrainians set alarms for the time of the alleged invasion and make sure that it would not happen.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged the West not to sow panic and provide evidence to the country's authorities about the preparation of the invasion on 16 February. He noted that there are risks of an attack, but there are too many messages about a full-scale war with Russia in the information space.
Western media and politicians managed to name different dates for a possible Russian “invasion” of Ukraine. The new version given by the newspaper Politico is the period after February 20. All dates in one picture — in RBC infographic
The topic of Russian military training on the border with Ukraine appeared in the Western media in the fall of 2021. Moscow denies such plans. After the New Year, politicians from Washington and the press named several dates for the possible start of a military operation. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov called these messages “an unprecedented campaign to escalate tensions.” and said that Putin was joking about this topic, specifying that the specific time “in hours” was not indicated in the publications.
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Armed Forces of Ukraine and the self-proclaimed DPR with the LPR accused each other of shelling The DPR claims that the Ukrainian military shelled the outskirts of Donetsk, and the Armed Forces of Ukraine report shelling the village of Luganskaya. The People's Militia of the LPR talks about a significant aggravation of the situation and the republics of Donbass accused each other of shelling” />
The Armed Forces of Ukraine (UAF) have begun shelling the outskirts of Donetsk, the representative office of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) at the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire, reports the Donetsk News Agency.
According to him, the security forces fired at the village of Yelenovka and the village of Signalnoe in the Donetsk direction, the villages of the mines named after Gagarin and Izotov in the Gorlovka direction, and the villages of Petrovskoye and Novolaspa in the Mariupol direction. The DPR claims that 82mm mortars, grenade launchers and small arms were used in the shelling.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), in turn, announced the shelling of the village of Luhanska. The message of the Ukrainian side says that two civilians were wounded, the shells hit the kindergarten. Half of the village was left without electricity. Residents were evacuated to a shelter.
In the morning, the authorities of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) announced that the Ukrainian military had shelled its territory four times in a day “with 120-mm and 82-mm mortars, SPG-9 heavy anti-tank grenade launchers, AGS-17 automatic heavy grenade launchers and a heavy machine gun.” . The people's militia of the LPR pointed to a “significant aggravation” of situation on the line of contact.
The DPR reported that it opened fire on the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in response to the shelling of the Donbass regions.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine denied the information about the shelling. The press service of the joint forces operation announced eight violations of the ceasefire by the republics of Donbass, including two violations of the Minsk agreement.
In the self-proclaimed republics, since the beginning of the year, military operations are being prepared by the Ukrainian side. Eduard Basurin, deputy head of the People's Militia Department of the DPR, said on February 14 that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had prepared a plan to invade the territory of the republics. Kiev has repeatedly denied such reports.
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The Court of Appeal replaced the father of colleague Alexei Navalny with a suspended sentence for a real one. Zhdanov's lawyer promised to challenge this decision in the cassation instance
The military rehearsed the salute for 23 February. The Guards Division of the Western Military District fired artillery. How the rehearsal went – in the RBC video.
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British Undersecretary of Defense Hippies: The West is entering a new era of competition with Russia The Undersecretary of Defense has warned that this new era could last for generations. He expressed concern about the ongoing buildup of Russian military power on the border with Ukraine
For the West, a new era of struggle with Russia is coming, and it can last for generations, Deputy Defense Secretary James Hippie said on LBC.
“Regardless of whether he (Russian President Vladimir Putin. — RBC) invades [Ukraine], I think you need to understand that we are entering a new period of intense competition with Russia,” — he said in response to the host's remark that the West seemed to be “returning to the Cold War era.” The hippie suggested that the confrontation would escalate “in a generation.”
In his opinion, the concentration of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine is not “an attempt to tease, staged or in any way undermined the activities of Western intelligence” because it is very costly to Moscow. “Putting 140,000 troops on the borders costs incredible money,” — he explained.
The hippie believes that there are many scenarios for the development of the situation: the troops may remain on the border for an indefinite period, they may leave the region, leaving military equipment there, or leave with the equipment, and “in six months” return. [But], “Unfortunately, the most likely scenario is that at some point he (Putin.— RBC) will do this (will order an invasion.— RBC)”,&mdash ; underlined the Deputy Minister of Defense.
According to him, now instead of the “withdrawal of troops from the borders, which the Kremlin announced”, there is an influx of troops into the region.
16 February, the kingdom decided to double the number of troops in Estonia as part of the NATO mission due to the escalation around Ukraine.
On February 15, London decided, following Washington, to transport part of the diplomats from Kiev to Lviv due to the risk of escalation, while maintaining the diplomatic presence in the Ukrainian capital. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss called a Russian invasion of Ukraine very likely.
The Russian side has repeatedly stressed that it has no plans to attack Ukraine. Truss has previously stated that Britain will believe that Russia has no plans to invade Ukraine only after the withdrawal of all troops from the borders.
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The situation in Donbass could escalate at any moment, said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, TASS reports.
According to him, there is a huge potential of the Ukrainian forces.
The material is being supplemented.
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