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Putin asked the Security Council to consider the recognition of the DNR and LNR


Russian President Vladimir Putin began a large meeting of the Russian Security Council with a discussion of the situation in Donbas. He stated that Moscow initially wanted to solve all problems peacefully.

However, Kiev has already carried out punitive operations in the region twice. According to the head of state, all these years the inhabitants of Donbass were actually mocked.

“The Kiev authorities are not going to implement the Minsk agreements, they have publicly stated this many times. The purpose of today's meeting of the Security Council is to determine steps on Donbass, bearing in mind the appeal of the DPR and LPR with a request to recognize their sovereignty. The issues of recognizing the DPR and LPR are closely related to the global problems of ensuring security in the world, and in Europe in particular,” the head of state said.

Putin said that the Security Council would consider this issue. The President stressed that not all citizens of the republic recognized the “anti-constitutional and bloody” coup in Ukraine.

The Russian president added that the threats to Russia would increase many times over if Ukraine was accepted into NATO. He asked Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Dmitry Kozak to report on their vision of the situation in Donbass.

“There is a threat that Kiev will start to retake Crimea, since they do not recognize its entry into the Russian Federation, and NATO will turn on into these events,” the president admitted.

The head of the Duma Committee on the CIS, Leonid Kalashnikov, said that if Putin makes a statement recognizing the DPR and LPR, then tomorrow this issue will be discussed in the State Duma.

“We talked with Macron until two o'clock in the morning, he assures that there are changes in the American position. We need to understand what they are,” the Russian president summed up.

Earlier, the heads of the DNR and LNR turned to President of Russia with a request to recognize their independence and conclude cooperation agreements. They are especially interested in the defense sector.

Putin made a statement at the Security Council on the situation in the Donbass: video

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The UN regrets the decision of the Russian Federation to send troops to the east of Ukraine

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs said that Russia's decision to recognize the LPR and DPR is likely to lead to regional and global consequences.


Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Rosemary Di Carlo said that Russia's decision to recognize the Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics (LPR and DPR) is likely to lead to regional and global consequences.

“In fact, we are very sorry about this decision on the part of Russia. It can lead to regional and global consequences,” she said at a meeting of the Security Council.

Di Carlo added that at the moment the risk of a major conflict over Ukraine is real and countries need to make every effort to prevent it.


“We also regret the decree according to which, as part of an alleged “peacekeeping mission,” the Russian Federation will deploy troops in eastern Ukraine,” the UN Deputy Secretary General emphasized.


Permanent representative of Ukraine: we demand from Russia to cancel the decision to recognize the LPR and DPR

Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Serhiy Kislitsa said that Kiev is demanding that Moscow cancel the decision to recognize the independence of the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR.


Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Serhiy Kislitsa said that Kiev demands that Moscow cancel the decision to recognize the independence of the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR.

“We demand from Russia to cancel the decision on recognition of the LPR and DPR, as well as a return to the negotiating table. We strongly condemn the order to deploy additional occupying forces on the territory of Ukraine,” Kyslytsya said at a meeting of the UN Security Council, which is dedicated to Ukrainian issues. on the recognition of the sovereignty of the Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics.


China reacted with restraint to Russia’s recognition of the DNR and LNR

Meanwhile, the West has already threatened with new sanctions

Chinese Permanent Representative to the UN Zhang Jun commented on Moscow's recognition of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics during an emergency meeting of the organization's Security Council. The meeting was broadcast on the UN YouTube channel.

According to a Chinese diplomat, Beijing calls on all parties around Ukraine to show restraint and avoid escalating conflict. He also said that opponents should continue dialogue and consultations.

At the same time, Jun did not speak in favor of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Also, during an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, the US Ambassador spoke United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield. She said that Washington will impose sanctions against Russia today because of its recognition of the DNR and LNR. The authorities of Canada also expressed their intention to impose sanctions against Moscow.

The day before, on February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.

Also, Moscow signed with Donetsk and Lugansk treaties of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance.


The Federation Council clarified the boundaries within which Moscow recognized the DPR and LPR

Russia recognized the sovereignty of the Donbass republics

Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council for International Affairs Andrei Klimov clarified the boundaries within which Russia recognizes the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics. He made the corresponding statement on the air of the Russia 24 TV channel.

Photo: Gennady Cherkasov

The senator said that Russia recognizes the republics within the boundaries that are actually established. Part of the territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, we recall, are controlled by Kiev.

“We are talking, of course, about those territories that are within the boundaries established today. Everything else is beyond the scope of legal action,” he said.

Klimov added that the agreements signed the day before with the republics will be ratified by the Federation Council today, February 22.

Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decree recognizing the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics. Before that, he made an appeal explaining Moscow's position on Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the United States and Canada have already threatened to impose new sanctions on Russia, and the list of restrictive measures is expected to be announced today.



Zakharova evasively answered the question about the borders of the DNR and LNR

The Foreign Ministry said that this issue should be resolved by legislators

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on the topic of the borders of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics, in which Moscow recognizes them. Earlier, the Federation Council and the State Duma gave diametrically opposite answers to this question.

Photo: Natalya Muschinkina

Zakharova said on air Soloviev Live channel on YouTube, that first Moscow needs to ratify friendship treaties with the republics, and only then bring this issue up for discussion.

“Let's still let our legislators play their role today and let the legal process (ratification of the treaty) will be completed,” she said.

The day before, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated in his address that Moscow would recognize the independence of the DPR and LPR.

Later, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council On international affairs Andrey Klimov, on the air of the Russia 24 TV channel, said that Russia recognizes the DPR and LPR within their actual borders. Part of the territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions is currently controlled by Kiev.

However, today the head of the Russian State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Leonid Kalashnikov, announced that Russia recognizes the DPR and LPR within the borders of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.


OSCE confirms violation of international humanitarian law by Ukrainian security forces

The People's Militia of the LPR reported that the OSCE mission confirmed the violation of international humanitarian law by the Ukrainian military, who shelled residential buildings.


The People's Militia of the LPR reported that the OSCE mission confirmed the violation of international humanitarian law by the Ukrainian military, who shelled residential buildings.

“According to the report dated 21.02.2022, the OSCE mission confirmed the violation of international humanitarian law by Ukrainian militants. Experts recorded damage to residential buildings and industrial premises in the village of Nikolaevka. The fire was fired from artillery pieces of 122 mm caliber,” the agency noted on social networks.

Among other things, the People's Militia added that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are hindering the work of OSCE observers. Using special equipment, they suppressed the signal of the OSCE mission’s UAV control channel in the area of ​​​​the village of Luganskaya, so that specialists could not examine the territory and detect military equipment.


Zyuganov spoke about the state of Zhirinovsky

LDPR leader was hospitalized in serious condition

Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov during a faction meeting spoke about the health of his colleague in the Duma, LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky. He stated that the politician was on the mend.

Photo: Alexander Astafiev

“Volfovich (Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky. — “MK“) is getting better,” Zyuganov is quoted by TASS.

Zhirinovsky was hospitalized in early February, he was placed in the Central Clinical Hospital. It was reported that the politician was diagnosed with coronavirus, although he himself had previously stated that he had been vaccinated against COVID-19 eight times.

Recently, there were reports that the politician allegedly needed an operation. After that, the LDPR issued a statement and said that Zhirinovsky continues to work from the hospital and leads the party by phone.

In turn, the deputy head of the LDPR Duma faction, Yaroslav Nilov, said that Zhirinovsky was on the mend, but he still medical supervision required.


“We will fall asleep, no one will find us”: residents of Luhansk told about the night shelling

“We believe that after the recognition of Russia, peaceful life will finally begin”

While Russian President Vladimir Putin was holding a meeting of the Security Council on the recognition of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, in the Donbas shells exploded. In the evening, at about 20:00, the settlement of Aleksandrovsk, located on the outskirts of Luhansk, came under artillery fire from the Ukrainian armed formations. The MK correspondent visited the site of the terrible events and talked with the residents, who were miraculously lucky to survive.

The satellite town of Luhansk Aleksandrovsk is located just seven kilometers from the center of the capital. Private densely populated residential sector with narrow streets. People themselves are surprised how they managed to avoid victims. A young woman named Marina, a resident of one of the houses near which the shell exploded, tells about what happened.

— It all happened around 7:40 pm,” she shares, clearly still under the influence of a strong fright. – We were at home with the child, when we suddenly heard some pops, then a whistle and an explosion. Glass shattered and dust flew into the room. When everything calmed down a bit, I decided to go outside. There I already saw that all the windows were broken both at our place and at the neighbors. The roof was damaged, the slate fence was simply scattered around the garden.

Marina tells with horror that her nine-year-old son was in his room at the time of the explosion, the boy was simply covered with glass. He is still very scared. According to the woman, what peace is, they don’t remember since 2014, but in the last week the situation has worsened significantly. They began to shoot constantly.

Between the house of my interlocutor and the neighboring fence, a large funnel gapes in the ground. Representatives of the LPR are already working on the spot in the joint control and coordination center, who are removing the remains of an exploding shell from the ground.

Photo: Lina Korsak

As Senior Lieutenant Aleksey Getmansky explained, the shelling was carried out with 152 mm caliber shells prohibited under the terms of the Minsk agreements. Next to the officers is a gas service car, the employees have been restoring the gas pipeline damaged as a result of Ukrainian aggression since the night.

At the house opposite, a little old woman, wrapped in a scarf, watches everything that happens. All three windows in her house were also blown out by the blast. Grandmother wipes tears from her wrinkled face.

According to Lidia Sergeevna, this is the name of an elderly woman, she and her granddaughter were in the room in the evening, watching TV. When there was a terrible explosion, even the appliances in the house trembled.

– It's good that the electricians and the gas service quickly arrived. Well, the neighbor's gas broke through, hissing from the pipe, we were very scared.

– I am 82 years old, – Lydia Sergeevna answers, unable to hold back her tears. – I really don't want to leave my house.

– I really hope it gets better. And maybe, and vice versa, this morning it rumbled again. This is such a thing. But I want to believe it's better. Maybe Zelensky will be screwed a little.

Soboleva Maria, the granddaughter of Lydia Sergeevna, shared that she has been living in her hometown with her grandmother all her life & nbsp; and left her home only in the most terrible moments of 2014. Here she graduated from high school and went to college. There was a time when we lived for several days even without light, we had to learn lessons with a candle. But we always tried to think that all this would end and life would be the same. Peaceful.

– You know, it's very scary, but for some reason you always think that it won't affect you personally. And yesterday, when it all started, we were very scared. Glass flew, slate crumbled. We hid in the house, my grandmother wanted to go to the basement, but I told her: “They will fall asleep there and no one will find us, but here at least they can save us.” Then they came out and saw that everything was broken. Both ours and our neighbors. It's a pity, of course, but it's all nonsense & nbsp; in fact. The main thing is that everyone is alive. Material and human life are incompatible things. But, I confess, I was afraid all night that they might still shoot and now they would hit.

– We will restore it. If you are talking about whether we will leave after this or not, then of course not. As we lived, so we will live here. We really believe that after recognition by Russia will finally begin a peaceful life.


Armored vehicles appeared on the streets of Donetsk

2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers spotted in Donetsk


The movement of armored vehicles was recorded on the streets of Donetsk. This is reported by the telegram channel Mash. According to journalists, self-propelled artillery installations were seen in the city.

Meanwhile, local publics urge subscribers not to post information and videos about the movement of equipment online. And also to identify and eliminate “destructive groups” in the network.

The aggravation of the situation in Donbass began the day before. The heads of the self-proclaimed republics – the DPR and the LPR announced the evacuation of citizens. And then about general mobilization. OSCE observers record an increase in the number of ceasefire violations in the conflict zone.


The DPR announced the shelling of three settlements

Photo: DAN

The representative office of the DPR issued a statement saying that the Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled three settlements in the self-proclaimed republic. Moreover, the shots were fired with prohibited mines with a caliber of 120 mm.

Four mines hit Staromikhailovka, five mines hit Zaytsevo Yuzhnoye, and 24 mines hit the suburbs of Donetsk. The DPR and LPR have been reporting shelling since Thursday.

On Friday, the authorities of the republics began evacuating the population to Russia. On Saturday, it became known about the mobilization in the DPR and LPR.


CNN and AFP journalists come under fire in Donbass


The American television channel CNN reports that its journalists came under fire in the Donbas while escorting Ukrainian Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky. It is specified that the reporters of the French Agence France-Presse also came under fire.

The delegation accompanied Monastyrsky on his way to the line of contact. From which side the mortar shelling was carried out is not specified.

On Saturday, it also became known that Ukrainian parliamentarians and foreign journalists came under fire. It also happened on the territory of Donbass.


49 ceasefire violations reported in LPR

Photo: DAN

The representative office of the self-proclaimed LPR stated that the Armed Forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire 49 times. It is said that heavy weapons were used during the attacks.

During the shelling, 120 mm caliber mines prohibited by the Minsk agreements were used. Reports of attacks on the DPR and LPR have been appearing since Thursday.

On Friday, the leadership of the republics announced the evacuation of the population, and on Saturday – about mobilization.


Aggravation in Donbas: the beginning of the war depends on Zelensky

Will Ukraine survive the role of “aggressor”

It would be funny if it weren't for the seriousness of the situation, but now the Western approach to the Ukrainian crisis is being worked out in a mirror image on our part. Emergency evacuation from the DPR and LPR, accusations of aggression against Ukraine, and even maps of the Ukrainian invasion of Donbass, compiled according to “intelligence data”. On Saturday, already Zelensky, speaking in Munich, had to talk about peaceful intentions. What's next?


What's next globally is generally clear: Donbass goes to Russia. Now the question on the agenda is how exactly this will happen.

Speaking in Munich, Zelensky accused Russia of provocations. That is, it is proposed to believe that the Ukrainian shells that fell on the territory of the Rostov region (one of them turned the house around) are the work of the Russians. The explosion of the car of the chief of police of the DPR – too. And the Ukrainian detained for this act of terrorism is a Russian artist. A blown up gas pipeline, a bombed-out substation and a car bomb discovered on the way to evacuate the population from Donbass are all Russian provocations. And evacuation is the biggest provocation.

However, there is such a consideration. If Russia now send troops to the Donbass and bring them to the line of demarcation, not a single clash would have happened. Where is Russia's aggression, what is it? Is it that a territory that is actually not Ukrainian ceases to be one even formally? Well, it seems to be aggression, but not very evil – here you can argue and right now it’s somehow indecent to introduce “crippling” sanctions.

But if Ukrainian troops first come to the Donbass, and then the Russians will liberate it, then Russian aggression is in full swing. And that means sanctions in full, and the rallying of Europe under the banner of the United States. Zelensky does not like this scenario at all, but he is being pushed towards it. And not Russia at all. All at the same Munich conference, Zelensky admitted: “I had a conversation with the leader of one of the leading countries. I was told the war would start in a few days. I said – impose sanctions today. I was told that we will introduce it when the war starts. I did not find understanding even on the issue of voicing all the sanctions against Russia in advance.” That is, come on, fight to the last Ukrainian, and then we will take revenge. But Russia still does not attack. And what to do? Against this background, the Russian evacuation no longer looks like a provocation, but a necessity.

The bargaining around the Donbass has entered a hot phase. Russia played the role of “aggressor” assigned to it and withstood it. Will Ukraine survive? It will depend on how she loses the Donbass – they will tear it off with blood or just under sighs of indignation.


Film actor mobilized in the LPR: “Never served”

How is the general conscription going in Lugansk

The leaders of the LPR and the DPR signed a decree on general mobilization in the self-proclaimed republics. At the collection points, the first groups of men of military age began to form. An MK correspondent was present during the gathering of the first mobilization detachment in Lugansk.

Collection point for reservists in Luhansk Photo: Elina Moshkova

On the territory of the Luhansk Pedagogical University, several military PAZs are parked at once. The men in the yard are discussing something with serious faces, someone is smoking nervously.

– Hurry up to the gym, the formation is already beginning, – the officer of the People's Militia urges.

On wooden On the door of the university building there is an inscription in large red letters “Point for the mobilization gathering of citizens.” Make no mistake.

Collection point for reservists in Luhansk Photo: Elina Moshkova

Those present, under the leadership of the officers of the People's Militia, are already beginning to organize in columns of three.

– On the basis of the Luhansk State Pedagogical University, a preliminary collection point for citizens was set up, – Zhanna Marfina, rector of the Leningrad State Pedagogical University, deputy of the People's Assembly, explains to the press. – I want to say that among those who are in this hall today, there are students and teachers of our university.

They also came here to fulfill their civic duty. Our university provides all kinds of support in the defense of our Fatherland and we are all ready to stand up for our Motherland …

The command “At ease!” Sounds. There is very little time left before the departure of the buses. Those present disperse to collect their belongings before boarding the bus.

At the collection point for LPR reservists Photo: Elina Moshkova

A young man named Sergey sincerely answers that he has no idea where he is going to go now.

– I have never been to a military training camp, even in the army did not serve, he admits. Sergey said that he works as an artist of theater and cinema. He was told about mobilization at work.

– I have a wife and a little daughter, we are not going to leave Lugansk for Russia. So, I have to protect my family here.

Reserve officer, and now assistant to the rector of the Leningrad State Pedagogical University Alexey Kovalev says that, without hesitation, he decided to arrive at the mobilization point, as he swore an oath to defend his homeland and people .

– I am a participant in the hostilities of 2014-2015. Before the war, I had nothing to do with the military department, but, unfortunately, the aggression of Ukraine forced us to take up arms. And now, until this war is over, we will not lay it down. The truth is on our side, and those people who are gathering here are determined. No one will have any doubts.


Biden convenes National Security Council meeting over Ukraine

U.S. presidential advisers believe Russian forces could launch an invasion of Ukraine at any moment.

According to White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, US President Joe Biden will convene a meeting of the National Security Council on February 20 due to a sharp escalation of the situation in eastern Ukraine.

Psaki's statement also notes that in Washington continue to closely monitor how the situation in the Donbass is changing, the head of state regularly receives reports from the special services.

In particular, the US national security advisers confirmed that the Russian army could launch an invasion of Ukraine at any moment .


“Terrible, scary”: the whole of Donetsk woke up from a three-hour shelling

The strongest cannonade was heard in all regions

Donetsk does not sleep. Artillery cannonade sounds over the city – but communication in the DPR is working, so frightened local residents write about what is happening in social networks and upload videos. A typical picture: trying not to stick out too much from the window, Donetsk residents film the darkness on their phones, which explodes with the sounds of explosions and lights up with flashes.

The consequences of the shelling of the village of Nikolaevka. Photo: Luhansk Information Center

According to information in local chats, massive shelling began around 11 pm Moscow time. The DPR was about to go to bed, but failed. Here are the messages shared by residents of different districts of Donetsk and its environs.

“A heavy thing is falling in the direction of the airport.”

“I can't sleep, I woke up because of the bugs.”

“Yasinovataya – the doors are slamming … They are powerfully laid.”

Dozens of residents of the DPR posted videos of night shelling in Donetsk

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“Telecentre – you can hear something heavy, powerful, scary.”

“Putilovka – terrible … Trunk – scary.”

“Kalinin hospital area, heard a dozen babahs at intervals of half a minute”.

In house chats, Donetsk residents were instructed: “Everyone move away from the windows and be ready to go down to the basement.” People were debating when to run to bomb shelters – many agreed that if communication and power went out, it should be done immediately.

At the time of this writing, the shelling has subsided somewhat, but for obvious reasons, the residents of Donetsk fall asleep they can’t – it’s not clear what will happen in an hour, in two. The past “hot” years taught them to distinguish arrival from departure – that is, incoming shells from shells fired towards Ukrainian positions, but this knowledge does not make it any easier. Another typical picture: a grandson who went out into the courtyard of a private house takes pictures of the sky in the gaps from behind the gate with his phone. Grandmother shouts to him: “Come back to the house immediately!” “Don't worry, I'm just making a video report.” Other shots show a group of teenagers walking along the streets of Donetsk, fearless of anything, swearing wildly and pointing their fingers in the direction where the volleys are coming from.

Donetsk residents also began to report on the movement of military equipment along the streets of Donetsk. But in chats they are asked not to make such videos in order “not to provide information to the enemy.”


Is it allowed to put deuces for bad behavior?

Weekly “Argumenty i Fakty” No. 7. Olympiad-2022: victories, forecasts, scandals ratings for bad behavior?

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— No, this practice is illegal. The teacher has the right to give grades only for  knowledge, for learned or unlearned material, — explains Chairman of the Society for the Protection of the Rights of Consumers of Educational Services Viktor Panin. — Nevertheless less deuce for behavior — not rare. Alas, we have teachers who are trying to maintain their authority with the help of such a whip. If parents are faced with such things, you can’t leave everything as it is — you need to contact the administration. Unfair low grades affect not only the final scores, but also the psyche of the child.


On February 20, up to four degrees of heat is expected in Moscow

Cloudy weather with clearings is predicted in the Russian capital on Sunday, February 20, according to the official website of the Hydrometeorological Center of the Russian Federation.

«Cloudy with clearings. In some places, light precipitation,” the report says.

Daytime air temperature in the city will be from two to four degrees Celsius. Atmospheric pressure – 735 millimeters of mercury.

The wind is southwest and west at a speed of six to 11 meters per second. in some places its gusts can reach 17 meters per second.

Note that the Hydrometeorological Center extended the “yellow” the level of weather danger in Moscow and the Moscow region due to the wind. The warning is valid until 21:00 Sunday.

Cloudy weather is predicted in the capital on Monday night. In some places, light precipitation and sleet are expected.

Southwest wind at a speed of six to 11 meters per second. The air temperature will be from minus one degree to one degree Celsius. Atmospheric pressure is 737 millimeters of mercury.

Recall that on Friday, February 18, the first rain in 2022 fell in Moscow. early spring.


The EU did not believe the statements of the leaders of the DPR and LPR about an imminent attack on Ukraine

Borrell: EU does not believe the statements of the leaders of the DPR and LPR about the preparation of the Ukrainian offensive He condemned the use of heavy weapons in the region and welcomed the “restrained position of Ukraine” ” alt=”The EU did not believe the statements of the leaders of the DPR and LPR about an imminent attack on Ukraine” />

The European Union does not believe the warnings of the authorities of the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR about the preparation of an offensive against the republics by Ukraine. This is stated in a statement by the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell.

“The EU sees no basis for accusations coming from non-government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions about a possible attack by Ukraine. The EU calls on Russia for constructive dialogue, diplomacy, restraint and de-escalation,— he pointed out.

The head of EU diplomacy also condemned the use of heavy weapons and indiscriminate shelling of residential areas. According to him, all this is a clear violation of the Minsk agreements and international humanitarian law. “We welcome the restrained position of Ukraine in the face of ongoing provocations and efforts to destabilize the situation,” — he added.

In addition, Borrell supported the proposal to hold an extraordinary meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbass.

Another aggravation of the situation in eastern Ukraine has been going on since February 17, when the self-proclaimed republics and the Armed Forces of Ukraine accused each other of massive violations of the ceasefire.

The next day, the heads of the DPR and LPR, Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik, said that the threat of an attack by the Ukrainian army was growing and began evacuating residents to Russian territory. Against this background, a series of explosions occurred in the republic, including on a gas pipeline in the Luhansk region. Later, the authorities also announced military mobilization.

On the same day, Kiev announced that they were not planning an offensive in the Donbass. Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny noted that the authorities of the DPR and LPR are using residents to escalate, “to unleash another bloodshed.”

A day later, US President Joe Biden said that an attack by Russian troops on Ukraine could happen ” ;in the coming weeks» and even “in the coming days.” Previously, Biden also claimed that he had information that Moscow was going to conduct a military operation “under a false flag.”

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied any military plans for Ukraine, and the words of the US President were called another escalation situations. As the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov noted, the situation in the Donbass is alarming. In turn, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia does not want a new war in Europe.

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Germany declares that the Budapest Memorandum has no legal force

German Ambassador to Ukraine: Budapest Memorandum Has No Legal Obligations Earlier that day, Zelensky called for a summit of countries participating in the Budapest Memorandum, which provided for Ukraine's renunciation of nuclear weapons. If the summit does not take place, Kiev may invalidate the document

The Budapest Memorandum, according to which the three nuclear powers act as guarantors of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, has no legal obligations. This was stated by the German Ambassador to Kiev, Anka Feldhusen, reports

«Budapest Memorandum— it is indeed a format without legal obligations under international law. But I think that now we need to try everything to avoid war, — she said.

At the same time, the diplomat noted that there is still a chance for a diplomatic settlement, since in recent months US President Joe Biden has spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin “more often than previous heads of state in 10 years.” .

Earlier that day, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, speaking at the Munich Conference, announced his intention to convene a summit of countries— participants in the Budapest Memorandum, which provided for its renunciation of nuclear weapons. At the same time, the head of state stressed that “if it [the summit] does not take place or does not provide security guarantees to Ukraine, then [the memorandum] will be recognized by Kiev as invalid along with the clauses signed in 1994.”

The Budapest Memorandum, signed on December 5, 1994 by Great Britain, Russia, the United States and Ukraine, provided guarantees for the security and territorial integrity of Ukraine in exchange for Kiev's renunciation of nuclear weapons. The document entered into force in connection with Ukraine's accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. In connection with the removal of nuclear weapons from the territory of Ukraine, the states that signed the treaty assumed obligations to respect the sovereignty of Ukraine and refrain from using force against it.

After Crimea became part of Russia, the Ukrainian authorities already suggested referring to this document. In 2016, attract the countries— the signatories of the Budapest Memorandum were proposed to the negotiation process by the President of the country, Petro Poroshenko. In April 2019, Oleksandr Turchynov, then Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), said that “nuclear disarmament was a historical mistake.” Ukraine. “The security guarantees given to us aren't even worth the paper they were written on,” — said Turchynov.

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Biden will convene a meeting of the National Security Council on Ukraine on February 20

According to a White House press secretary, Biden's national security aides have confirmed that Russia can launch an attack on Ukraine at any moment

U.S. President Joe Biden will convene a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday, February 20 ) White House on the situation in Ukraine. This is stated in a statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

“Tomorrow the president will convene a meeting of the National Security Council on the situation in Ukraine”,— she said.

The White House spokeswoman noted that “Biden continues to monitor the changing situation in Ukraine and his national security team regularly reports developments to him.” “They (Biden’s national security aides—RBC) confirmed that Russia could launch an attack on Ukraine at any moment,”— she pointed out.

The document says that on February 19, Biden was also informed about the results of the meetings that Vice President Kamala Harris held on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen , Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, as well as the leaders of the Baltic countries “and other allies and partners.”

On February 18, against the background of another aggravation in the east of Ukraine, the authorities of the DPR and LPR announced the evacuation of the population to the territory of Russia. According to the statements of the authorities of the self-proclaimed republics, the Ukrainian army will soon begin a full-scale military operation. In turn, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that Kiev “does not commit and does not plan” no offensive actions in Donbass.

The next day, Biden said that an attack by Russian troops on Ukraine could happen “in the coming weeks.” and even “in the coming days.” “We have reason to believe that Russian troops are planning and intend to attack Ukraine next week. In the next few days. We believe that their target may be the capital of Ukraine, Kiev, a city where 2.8 million innocent people live,— the President of the United States said. Earlier, he also claimed that Russia could be preparing a “false flag” operation. in Ukraine, and threatened harsh sanctions if invaded.

Russian authorities have repeatedly said that Moscow is not planning an invasion. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the Western version of alleged preparations for an invasion “propaganda, fakes and fabrications.” President Vladimir Putin also spoke about the fact that Russia does not want war at a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. “Do we want this [war] or not? Of course not. That is why we put forward proposals for a negotiation process, the result of which should be an agreement on ensuring equal security for everyone, including our country, — the president said.

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Shelling continued throughout the night in Donbass

According to the JCCC of the DPR and LPR, the Armed Forces of Ukraine use shells prohibited by the Minsk agreements and use heavy weapons on the line of contact

On the territory of the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass, intensive shelling continued throughout the night, using 120-mm mines and explosive shells prohibited by the Minsk agreements. This was reported by the representative offices of the DPR and LPR in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire (JCCC).

According to the DPR JCCC, from 22:10 on February 19 to 00:08 on February 20, the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired more than 20 grenades, 40 mines of 120-mm caliber and 4 shells of 122-mm caliber towards the republic. As the RIA Novosti correspondent reported, the explosions were heard mainly on the outskirts of Donetsk. The cannonade was also heard in the north-west of Donetsk, a TASS correspondent said. Residents of the Kievsky district noticed explosions of more than two dozen heavy ammunition, he pointed out.

The shelling continued all night: from 00:08 to 04:37, representatives of the DPR reported shelling in the areas of Yelenovka, Staromikhaylovka, Spartak, Dokuchaevsk, Kommunarovka and the settlement of Leninskoye. In total, more than 150 mines and shells of various calibers were fired.

At the same time, the LPR JCCC announced 49 ceasefire violations overnight, including with the use of heavy weapons.

On February 18, against the background of another aggravation in the east of Ukraine, the authorities of the DPR and LPR announced the evacuation of the population to the territory of Russia. After that, a series of explosions occurred on the territory of the self-proclaimed republics, and shelling intensified. According to the OSCE monitoring mission, 1566 cases of ceasefire violations were recorded during the day.

The next day, US President Joe Biden said that an attack by Russian troops on Ukraine could happen “in the coming weeks.” and even “in the coming days.” At the same time, Eduard Basurin, a representative of the People's Militia of the DPR, said that the scouts received a plan for an offensive operation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donbass. According to him, the Ukrainian military plans to strike at Debaltseve, reach Alchevsk and Yenakiyevo within three days, and then to the Russian border.

The Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly stated that they are not preparing an attack on the Donbass republics. On February 19, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stressed that Kiev would not return Donbass and Crimea by force. The leaders of the self-proclaimed republics and representatives of Russia also repeatedly denied plans to invade the territory controlled by Ukraine.

Earlier that day, CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas proposed sending peacekeepers to the Donbass with the consent of Kiev and with the sanction of the UN Security Council. According to him, the intra-Ukrainian conflict can only be resolved through diplomacy, but now the situation is developing in a dangerous direction.

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“Sentry, women run around in old age”: How refugees from Donbass are met

On the second day of the mass evacuation from Donbass, many kilometers of traffic jams formed at the border, refugees complained about confusion and hours of waiting, sanatoriums about urgent settlement

“They announced that there would be war everywhere” ;

On Saturday, February 19, on the second day after the authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics announced an emergency evacuation of the civilian population, thousands of refugees arrived in the border Rostov region. Due to the influx of people in the region, a state of emergency was declared.

At one of the border crossings— in the village of Avilo-Uspenka— The Ministry of Emergency Situations has set up a transshipment camp for people coming from Donbass. In inflatable tents with two-story bunks inside, people warm themselves and wait for buses that will take them to TAPs (temporary accommodation points)— sanatoriums, hotels and other shelters. On the afternoon of February 19, confusion reigned in the camp— several hundred people gathered in it, but no one could say where and when people would be sent further. There were almost no grown men among the refugees. All men from 18 to 55 years of age are prohibited from leaving the DPR. There are no exceptions for holders of Russian passports; you can leave the unrecognized republic only if you have a residence permit in Russia.

“Because we are being bombed, we are being shot there,” — explains why she decided to leave for Russia, 77-year-old Ekaterina. She did not leave Donbass in 2014, she only moved from the shelled outskirts of Donetsk closer to the city center, and now she has left. «I ran from one end of the city to the other— from Oktyabrsky to Budenovka. I spent the night under the table, we get up in the morning, I tell my grandfather: let's tick, where they shoot less, — she recalls the events of seven years ago. “But it was in my city, and now they announced that there will be war everywhere, and I completely ran away. Because they announced that it would be famous, & mdash; she says and adds that “grandfather”, her husband, passed away last year.

According to her, explosions in Donetsk have been heard every day in recent days: “how can you count them?” “In general, the guard, in old age, women run around,” — she smiles sadly and adds that she is going to go to Krasnodar to see her daughter— she moved to Russia from Donetsk back in 2014. “Let a Bandera man come, I’ll tell him, I’m also a Ukrainian, why are you me, — she adds.— I'm a Ukrainian and I can speak Ukrainian language. I would sleep him: boy, why are you hitting me? (I am Ukrainian and I can speak Ukrainian. I would ask him: boy, why are you hitting me)».


“We are two left, I— grandma— and my grandson»,— tells Maria and nods at the orphan teenager sitting next to her. He hesitates and covers his face with his hand. They left Donetsk because they “received a warning”. In 2014, they, like Ekaterina, remained in the Donbass, despite fierce fighting. “We somehow have two, three days— the week in our [Proletarian] region was the most tense— and now things are not going very well,»,— she says. “Yesterday, in my opinion, yes, Seryozh, it was at night.— she addresses her grandson.— They blew it up there, then there, then something else. Like everyone in this transshipment camp, Maria does not know where they will be sent now, “whether to Taganrog, or somewhere else.” And like everyone else, how long will the evacuation take: “We just wait for the bus and don't ask.”

A young woman with children, who introduces herself as a “state employee”, looks at the journalists from the depths of the tent with a smile, but refuses to speak in her own name, because she “will have problems.” She is sure— there will be no war. “For no reason, people were raised, told to leave,” — she is indignant and adds that all this was done “for the news.” Her neighbors nod approvingly.

“Then they’ll take me to Novocherkassk, and I don’t know anything else”

A column of buses is lined up in front of the tents. The camp is revitalizing— people with children in their arms, with bags and tightly tied packages, dressing on the go, pour out into the street. There is a crowd at the entrances to the buses, people swear— there are not enough places for everyone. “Don't let your children go,” — employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations shout in the crowd. In a minute, the refugees will find out, they are being taken to Novocherkassk. “How it is organized, I cannot judge, — says a woman on the bus who, with her whole appearance, showed reporters that she had something to say.— But the fact that the old people cannot walk from customs to the tents of the Ministry of Emergency Situations … My mother is sitting here, & mdash; she points her finger over her shoulder.— She says I already regret going. You have to walk for 15-20 minutes. And yet, the loaded ones are still coming…».

Representatives of the DPR take refugees to the border, where traffic jams accumulate in several hundred cars, then they need to cross the neutral zone on foot, and then wait for the responsible people to pick them up for accepting refugees in Russia.

“It rumbled well, somewhere from the direction of Dokuchaevsk and Petrovka, — 72-year-old Dmitry tells here on the bus.— And the windows cracked, scary all the same. And then on TV the head (Denis Pushilin) ​​said not to create panic, we are getting ready and leaving for an indefinite time. Well, of course [we went], but what is left for us old people— you won’t run away anywhere [if anything]. While there is an opportunity— left. It's a pity, of course, they left a daughter, a son. Let's call back, let's hope for peace, for our victory (victory).

Most of the refugees, answering the question of what they will live on, say that “there are savings” or that they do not know and are counting on Russia's help. President Vladimir Putin ordered to allocate 10,000 rubles to all those leaving the Donbass. “But what, have they already been directly distributed chtoli (money & mdash; RBC)? My son is already calling me, why did they give you money? Yes, right now, we haven’t even got on the bus yet, & mdash; says a woman who did not like the way the border crossing was organized. Even if not in a sanatorium, we were ready to go to the tents, & mdash; her neighbor intervenes in the conversation, peering out from behind the back of the chair. “We weren't ready, no,” — objected to her first.

“Ukraine should be asked why we are here”

By the end of Saturday, refugees began to be transported to different cities, several Russian regions at once— from the Leningrad Region to the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug— announced their readiness to accept them. The first arriving groups settled in the hotels closest to the border. In Taganrog and its environs, several hotels were filled by those who left Donbass on the second day.

The emergency evacuation order caught by surprise not only residents of the unrecognized republics. On the coast of the Taganrog Bay near the Ukrainian border, surrounded by fields, there are several sanatoriums— they are all filled with refugees. This is easy to understand from the cars parked near them with the numbers of the unrecognized republics. In one of the sanatoriums & mdash; «Star»— settled more than 300 people, half of them children. “From babies to teenagers, there are a lot of children. Settled yesterday from eight in the evening, the buses went without stopping. The pandemonium was terrible, — says Daria, manager of the sanatorium. The sanatorium found out about the need to receive people at half past five in the evening, she says. “We found out that we were opening as a TAP, being in a state of repair, that is, we had all the furniture taken out of the rooms, our walls were painted, oilcloths were laid,— tells the manager Daria.— At the same time they settled, cleaned, brought in furniture. All the staff worked all night.

“Why? And who to ask why we are here? Ukraine should be asked why we are here. We and our children»,— says a woman who has left the building for a walk. “We dropped everything, — her voice changes, breaking into a cry.— Loaded up and arrived. Only the children [were taken], understand? We don't have anything. We have a household left at home, husbands, sons. We only took the children with us, that's all. She does not know how long she will have to stay in the evacuation, but she believes that everything in the Donbass is heading towards war. “Because we have a connection with home. There is a mobilization of men. That is, my husband, my two adult sons, 25 and 30 years old, they must go to war,— she says, adding that even 2014 is hard to compare to what is happening now. “There was no mobilization, there was no such tension, — she explains.— If people thought it was scary, they left on their own, but mostly stayed. I can't tell you more.

Chronicle of a new aggravation

On February 15, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the start of the withdrawal of the Russian military who took part in the exercises, including on the border with Ukraine. Western countries have repeatedly called on Russia to start a withdrawal, which, according to US and European officials, could be a step towards de-escalation. However, in the following days, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, US President Joe Biden and other Western leaders stated that they did not notice the withdrawal of the military. On February 17, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin estimated the number of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine at 150 thousand people.

Starting from February 15, mutual shelling in the Donbass has become more frequent. On February 17, OSCE observers recorded 870 ceasefire violations.

On February 18, the heads of the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR, Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik, called on residents to evacuate to Russian territory. On the same day, the US president said he considered the Russian invasion of Ukraine a done deal.

Russian officials have consistently declared no military plans. President Putin said that Russia does not want war at a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on 15 February. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the Western media's version of alleged preparations for the invasion “propaganda, fakes and fabrications.”


Reuters learns about Trump’s TRUTH Social app in Apple Store

Reuters: Trump's TRUTH Social app will be available in the Apple Store from February 21 Trump announced the creation of his own social network last fall. Since then, it has been working in test mode for a limited circle of invited users

Former US President Donald Trump's new social network TRUTH Social is likely to be available in the Apple Store starting Monday, February 21st. This was reported by Reuters.

According to the agency, one of the development directors, answering questions from people who had access to the beta version, said that TRUTH Social will be available from February 21st. Reuters has reviewed the corresponding screenshot of the correspondence.

The former US president decided to create his own social network after Twitter permanently blocked, and other services (Facebook, YouTube, TikTok and others) temporarily froze his accounts. The formal reason was Trump's statements— while the head of state— against the backdrop of the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. On that day, Congress held a meeting at which they were supposed to approve the victory in the presidential election of the opponent of the ex-president— Democrat Joe Biden. Republican supporters rioted and broke into the building. The leadership of social networks saw in Trump's posts a threat of incitement to violence.

Before the January events, the ex-president actively used social networks. He called the blocking of his accounts a disgrace in the US, and the companies that own these services — corrupt. Trump said he was deprived of his freedom of speech because “radical leftists are afraid of the truth.”

In October last year, Trump announced the development of the TRUTH Social social network, which, according to him , should compete with the “liberal media consortium.”

In early December, Trump's media company Trump Media & The Technology Group (TMTG) has raised $1 billion in funding to build the app. Earlier, TMTG reported that the social network will start working in test mode for a limited circle of invited users in November, and a full launch is scheduled for the first quarter of 2022.

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British PM warns of biggest war since 1945 over Russia

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

The planned Russian invasion of Ukraine could turn into the biggest war in Europe since 1945, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in an interview with the BBC.

“I'm afraid to say that the plan that we see is destined for something that could truly be the biggest war in Europe since 1945 in terms of scale alone,— Johnson said.

He called a Russian invasion of Ukraine inevitable as it was pointed to by “evidence that cannot be embellished.” At the same time, according to him, Russia has already begun “in a sense” carry out the attack plan.

Russian troops can enter Ukraine not only through the Donbass, but also from Belarus and the vicinity of Kiev, Johnson said, citing intelligence data from US President Joe Biden.

Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg accused the Russian authorities that, contrary to statements, they are not withdrawing troops from the border with Ukraine, but rather increasing their military presence. He considered alarming signs of a violation of the ceasefire in Donbass, “false allegations” about the possible genocide of the inhabitants of the self-proclaimed republics and the evacuation of the population to Russia.

Western politicians have been warning about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine for more than four months. In addition, the Western media regularly give dates for the possible entry of troops with reference to American intelligence or unnamed interlocutors.

So in early February, Bloomberg, citing sources in Kiev, reported that Russia would launch an offensive against Ukraine on February 15. At the same time, Politico, citing a source, wrote that Biden, during online negotiations, called February 16 the date of a possible invasion. At the same time, the publication indicated that the information may be preliminary. On the night of February 15-16, Reuters broadcast live from Kiev, but there was no invasion.

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied plans to invade Ukraine, accused Western countries of fueling the conflict and pointed to the right of troops to move inside Russia. On the eve of the “night of the invasion” the Russian Foreign Ministry announced the conspiracy of the Western media with politicians in order to hide “their own aggression” and exacerbate the situation in Ukraine. Later, the Russian Embassy in the United States noted that the American side had unleashed the “flywheel of anti-Russian hysteria”; and engages in “self-hypnosis” to suggest the inevitability of a Russian attack.

Ukrainian authorities are skeptical about claims of a Russian invasion and urge the West not to sow panic in the country. The day before, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksiy Danilov indicated that he did not see the risk of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. “Today we can say that targeted provocations by Russia are possible. To do this, we must respond with our armed forces, our security and defense sector forces, — he said.

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The British Foreign Office decided to create a center to combat “Russian disinformation”

The head of the British Foreign Office decided to create a center to combat “Russian disinformation” in Ukraine According to Liz Truss, since the beginning of the month, 40 cases of dissemination of false data by Russia on the Ukrainian issue have been identified. London is working with allies to ensure that Moscow “does not make statements that are not true”

Liz Truss

Great Britain to set up a Government Information Cell (GIC) to fight “Russian disinformation” on the situation around Ukraine. Foreign Minister Liz Truss announced this, according to the Mail on Sunday.

“At the end of the Cold War, we disbanded our information division, but Russia did not disband its own, so we were faced with Russian disinformation for many years,” — the minister said.

Truss said London is responding to Moscow's actions and working with allies “to ensure that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin cannot continue to make statements that are not true.”

Since the beginning of February, according to the head of the Foreign Ministry, 40 cases of dissemination of disinformation by Russia on the issue of Ukraine have been identified. Such activity has doubled in the past week, she says. “We've done a lot to combat this,” — the minister said. In particular, she claims, Britain revealed a plan according to which Russia was trying to “install a puppet regime” in Kiev and carry out a false flag operation to fake an attack by Ukraine.

In late January, the British Foreign Office said that Russia was seeking to install a “pro-Russian leader” in Kiev. As a candidate for this role, the ministry named the ex-deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Yevgeny Muraev, who has been under Russian sanctions since 2018. The agency also said that Russian intelligence maintains ties with many former Ukrainian politicians, including former First Deputy Prime Ministers Sergei Arbuzov and Andriy Klyuev, former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, and former Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Volodymyr Sivkovich.

Moscow responded by saying that London was spreading disinformation, and this indicates that “it is the NATO countries, led by the Anglo-Saxons, who are escalating tensions around Ukraine.” The Russian Foreign Ministry urged colleagues to “stop spreading nonsense.” The representative of the department, Maria Zakharova, commenting on reports of an allegedly planned Russian invasion of Ukraine under a false flag, said that Britain had begun a “retreat back and sideways” and inventing new versions. “Perhaps it means that they [Great Britain] will use their flag? I don’t know, this is a question for them, & mdash; said the diplomat. The Russian side insists that it is not going to attack anyone.

The fact that Moscow can use a “provocation or incident”, including carrying out an operation under a false flag, is also say in Washington: in particular, they spoke about this in the State Department and the Pentagon. Permanent Representative of Russia to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov stressed that the Russian side does not deal with such things.

In early February, about the creation of a “psychological protection” agency, the purpose of which combat fake news and foreign interference, including from Russia and China, Sweden announced. The structure will not fight those who spread false information in the country, but will focus on “foreign malefactors”. According to the deputy head of the agency Magnus Hjort, this became necessary on the eve of the parliamentary elections to be held in Sweden in the autumn.

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Experts named problems for issuing guarantees for Ukraine from Russia and the USA

The idea of ​​Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to give the country security guarantees before joining NATO “is impossible to imagine in practice,” interviewed experts told RBC. They recalled that guarantees had already been provided under the Budapest Memorandum, the provisions of which each of the guarantors read in their own way.

Zelensky came up with the idea of ​​obtaining other guarantees in mid-February. He pointed out that Ukraine has an “open door position” in NATO, but that this path will take “years and months.” And while Ukraine needs guarantees that will not be inferior to the system “which is being offered to NATO countries.” Later, the President of Ukraine recalled that similar guarantees had already been provided to Ukraine in 1994 when signing the Budapest Memorandum. Then the United States, Russia, Great Britain guaranteed the country's territorial integrity in exchange for its renunciation of nuclear weapons. Zelensky proposed to collect urgent consultations of guarantors, and if they do not pass— threatened to withdraw from the 1994 agreements.

There are two key problems associated with the implementation of Zelensky's idea, a political scientist, editor-in-chief of the Russia in Global Affairs magazine told RBC. Fedor Lukyanov. Firstly, this is due to the position of the United States, which “on the one hand is understandable, on the other hand is very evasive.” “They insist that Ukraine has the right to join NATO. Has the right— this does not mean that they are ready to take it there or are ready to give some other obligations, but they consider this right to be sacred, as well as the right of NATO to accept Ukraine if they wish. But there is a right, but there is no acceptance, and so far, judging by official statements, there are no plans at all, — he said. Secondly, there is the position of Russia, which indicates that “NATO and any other form of entry of Ukraine into the military sphere of the United States— this is the essence of the matter, almost casus belli, that is, we will not allow this,” Lukyanov added.

According to him, “in Zelensky’s statement, if taken seriously at all, what is interesting is that he admitted that there may be some other guarantees besides NATO.” Lukyanov recalled that until recently, the Ukrainian leadership did not consider other ways to ensure security, except for joining NATO.

Ukraine has already had a negative experience of guarantees— The Budapest Memorandum, reminds President of the International Institute of Political Expertise Yevgeny Minchenko. “But, as I understand it, the Russian side considered that it was not bound by guarantees after a coup d’état took place in Ukraine, according to Vladimir Putin, in 2014,” — he added. Guarantors under the contract “in different ways” interpreted it, and he “didn't help Ukraine at a critical moment,” Fyodor Lukyanov noted.

Under the new conditions, if “Russia seeks Ukraine’s non-entry into NATO, Kiev will remain on its own as a result, and will not receive any help and support without security guarantees in such a situation,” which is why Zelensky proposed a new version of security guarantees, says political scientist Oleksiy Kurpas. “If they want to see Ukraine as militant, which will win back its territories, defending, attacking, then okay, let the United States and Russia sign a document between themselves. If they want peace in this region, and peace in this region guarantees, among other things, economic stability, Ukraine must have security guarantees from the United States and Russia, — he added.

February 18, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky at the Munich Conference said that Kiev should receive a system of guarantees that is not inferior to that offered by NATO countries. He attributed this to the delay in the process of Ukraine's entry into the alliance.

According to the Ukrainian president, a document with fixed guarantees for Ukraine should be signed by Russia and the United States. “We will not get off with the Normandy format team and no one will get off. The powerful of this world, including the States and Russia, will sit down and sign that there is such a way. But there should be three-four-five points about the security of our country. Then it's a conversation, — he said.

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NATO temporarily closed office in Kiev

NATO transferred employees from the Kiev office to Brussels and Lvov The Alliance transferred part of its employees in Ukraine from Kiev to Lvov and Brussels. Earlier, the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia announced the temporary relocation of diplomatic missions from the Ukrainian capital

The North Atlantic Alliance decided to transfer its employees in Ukraine from Kiev to Lvov, some of the personnel will move to Brussels. The Kiev office has been temporarily closed, according to the Norwegian channel VG, citing the NATO press service.

The alliance and allied countries are monitoring the situation in Ukraine and are taking the necessary precautions, the bloc's press service said. “The safety of our employees is a top priority, so the staff has been transferred to Lviv and Brussels. Thus, NATO offices in Ukraine are still functioning,— added there.

In mid-February, the United States decided to temporarily move the embassy in Ukraine from Kiev to Lvov. According to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, such a measure was taken “for the safety of employees”; diplomatic missions against the backdrop of “a significant build-up of Russian forces.” A few days earlier, the State Department had directed non-critical US diplomats in Kiev to leave Ukraine.

Great Britain decided to move the Ukrainian embassy to Lviv following the US. Previously, Australia and Canada took a similar measure.

Several dozen countries, against the backdrop of escalating tensions around Ukraine and Western fears about a possible Russian invasion of the country (Moscow denies that it has aggressive plans towards Kiev), recommended their citizens not to visit Ukraine or leave it, a number of Western states announced the evacuation of their diplomats or reduction of diplomatic missions.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the departure of foreign diplomats a mistake, noting that Kiev needs the presence of allies amid escalating tensions. At the end of January, he said that he considered what was happening to be part of a “complex diplomatic game”, which, however, did not mean an inevitable escalation.

Along with the aggravation of relations between Russia and Western countries, the conflict in Donbass also escalated. This week, the unrecognized DPR and LPR announced the start of an evacuation to Russia, saying that Kiev was planning an offensive into the Donbass. Ukraine denies this.

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Ukrainian presenter insulted Putin and Lavrov with a question about “two chairs”


The host of the Ukrainian TV channel "Rada" allowed himself an insulting joke about the top Russian leadership. During the information program, the presenter turned to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergei Lavrov, who recently spoke about the “concepts” in foreign policy.

The other day, the head of the Foreign Ministry addressed his American colleagues with a call to comply with international agreements. “I don’t want to turn to jargon,” Lavrov said, “but we have a concept:“ The kid said – the boy did. The Ukrainian TV presenter decided to support the correspondence discussion and spoke on the air with veiled obscene language.

“Look,” the host turned to the minister, “there are two chairs. On one, the peaks are chiseled, on the other … the state channel, so … The fingers are twirled. Which one will you sit on, which Putin will you sit on?"

"I am waiting for an answer like the nightingale of summer", – added the presenter.

In 2019, there was a scandal in Georgia due to TV presenter Georgy Gabunia, who on the air burst into obscene tirade against Russian President Vladimir Putin. After this trick, the TV journalist lost his job on the Rustavi-2 channel. The Kremlin, however, preferred to leave the Georgian statements without comment, noting only that Russians often witness “events of a Russophobic, extremist nature.”