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On July 13, the Moon will be as close as possible to the Earth.

Inhabitants of the globe on July 13 will witness the supermoon — the phenomenon in which the closest approach of the moon to the planet occurs. This was reported by TASS, referring to the Moscow Planetarium.

On this day at 12:09 (Moscow time) the Moon will be in perigee — point of its orbit closest to the earth. The distance between the two celestial bodies will be 357 263 km.

In 9.5 hours, at 21:38, the full moon will occur, and around midnight the moon will reach its maximum height above the southern horizon.

In case of clear weather in the sky it will be possible to make out two planets accompanying the supermoon — Saturn and Jupiter. Also, three stars of the Summer Triangle will shine above the Moon, and on the right — the star Arcturus from the constellation Bootes.

A supermoon is a combination of perigee and full moon, the time interval between which does not exceed three days. The planetarium clarified that the coincidences of these events occur every year, but they are rarely close in time (less than 9 hours).

It was previously said whether traces of water were found on the Moon.

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Vice Chancellor of Germany considers the reduction in gas supplies a sign of the work of sanctions

German Vice Chancellor Calls Cuts In Gas Supplies Sign Of Effective Sanctions Gas shortages appear in Germany, but cuts in supplies from Russia show that sanctions are working, Vice Chancellor said

Reduction in gas supplies from Russia can be considered an indicator of effective sanctions, German Vice Chancellor, Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck said on RTL TV channel.

Russia receives money from the sale of fossil fuels, but sanctions limit the list of those goods and services , which Moscow can import, he noted.

Khabek suggested that Russia cannot acquire anything with the money from energy supplies. “If she no longer needs this money, then Russia can reduce gas supplies. It is also a sign that the sanctions are extremely effective,— the minister emphasized (quote from TASS).

He called gas a scarce commodity in Germany and said that Russia uses it as a weapon against the country.

Western countries have imposed unprecedented sanctions against Russia in response to the country's military operation in Ukraine. Among them is a ban on monetary relations with Russian individuals, legal entities and organizations.

June 14 Gazprom announced a reduction in gas supplies through the Nord Stream gas pipeline; from 167 million to 100 million cubic meters m per day. This happened due to the fact that the German company Siemens delayed the repair of gas pumping units of the Portovaya compressor station.

Siemens explained that gas turbines for Nord Stream Produced by Canada, they were delivered to Russia in 2009. One engine is undergoing refurbishment in Montreal, but the repaired turbines cannot be returned due to Canadian sanctions.

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Problems with gas transit also occurred due to the development of the overhaul life of gas pumping units and technical malfunctions of engines, which were revealed by Rostekhnadzor, Gazprom said.

The next day, the company decommissioned another gas turbine engine from the German company Siemens at the station «Portovaya», as the time between overhauls before the overhaul was ending. Since June 16, the plant's capacity has dropped to 67 million cubic meters. m of gas per day.

“From a technological point of view, the mechanical infrastructure of this pipeline is suffering because of the sanctions imposed by the European Union”,— Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

On June 23, Germany raised the emergency warning level for gas to the second. He suggests that utilities will be able to sell gas to businesses and households at high prices in order to reduce demand.

After that, Peskov said that Russia is strictly fulfilling all its obligations to supply gas to Germany.

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The Kremlin urged to prepare for the worst in the situation with transit in Kaliningrad

Peskov: Russia is determined in the situation with the transport blockade of Kaliningrad Moscow is determined in relation to the situation with the restriction of transit through the Kaliningrad region, but is not in a hurry with decisions. The Kremlin hopes for the best, but does not rule out the worst scenario The Kremlin urged to prepare for the worst in the situation with transit in Kaliningrad” />

Lithuania may cancel the decision to restrict transit to Kaliningrad, but it is worth preparing for the worst. This was stated by the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov, TASS reports.

“Let's not rule anything out. Let's hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. What we always do,»,— he said, when asked if Moscow allowed Vilnius to reconsider the decision.

According to him, the Russian authorities are determined enough, but will not rush to make decisions. They analyze the situation and plan to give time to “opponents” in order to find settlement options. “Here our correctness is absolute,” — summed up Peskov.

Lithuanian Railways has stopped transit deliveries to the Kaliningrad region, as well as the export of a large list of goods that fall under EU sanctions, from June 18. The list includes products made from iron, steel and some other metals, fertilizers, timber, wood products, glass containers, cement, natural gas liquefaction plants, iron and steel products, purebred horses, truffles and their products, cigars, perfumes and other.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis explained that the country took this measure as part of the implementation of European sanctions that came into force on June 17, but did not impose restrictions on its own. The Kremlin considered these measures unprecedented and illegal.

On June 21, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned EU Ambassador Markus Ederer. The diplomat said that the blockade of the Kaliningrad region was out of the question, and asked to resolve the issue through diplomacy. However, on the same day, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said that Moscow was working on a response to “hostile actions.”

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Later, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova pointed out that a possible response to the transit restriction would lie not in the diplomatic, but in the practical plane. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stressed that the restriction of transit would be a heavy blow to the foundations of European architecture, and noted that Russia's interests would be ensured in any case.

Head of the Agency for International and Interregional Communications of the Kaliningrad Region Alla Ivanova proposed to supplement the EU document 833/2014 with the concept of “Kaliningrad transit of people and goods” and a general exemption from sanctions. Another solution is to exclude the phrase “including transit” from the text of the articles of the sanctions document that relate to oil products, metals, coal and other goods. In addition, the authorities can send clarifications to the Lithuanian customs about the non-application of the effect of the articles introduced by the fourth to sixth packages of sanctions to the “Kaliningrad transit” goods.

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Kremlin postpones ‘direct line’ with Putin due to ‘more important events’

Last year, a direct line with the president took place on June 30. According to Peskov, the president now has many “more important events”, so the traditional format of communication with citizens will take place later

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This year, the “straight line” with President Vladimir Putin will be held later than in previous times. This was announced by his press secretary Dmitry Peskov, reports TASS.

«Direct Line— she will definitely. She is not forgotten, moreover— in demand»,— said Peskov.

Nevertheless, the Kremlin spokesman noted that “now there are a lot of more important events for the president.” “Therefore” a little bit later. But it will definitely happen, — he assured.

Earlier, Peskov said that the direct line would take place after the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), which was held from June 15 to 18. He later ruled out holding a “straight line” with Putin in June.

“Direct Line” has been held every year since 2001, with the exception of 2004, 2012 and 2020. On the air, citizens ask Putin their questions, he answers. In 2020, due to the outbreak of the pandemic, the direct line was canceled.

In 2021, Direct Line passed June 30th. The program lasted 3 hours and 42 minutes, the head of state was sent more than 2.2 million questions, he managed to answer 68.

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Ukrainian authorities announced a forced retreat from Severodonetsk

According to the head of the Ukrainian administration of the Lugansk region, Sergei Gaidai, the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Severodonetsk received an order to retreat to new fortified areas. Ramzan Kadyrov announced the capture of the city by Russian forces at the end of May

The Ukrainian military received an order to retreat from Severodonetsk to more fortified positions. About this on the air of the TV channel «Dom» said the head of the Ukrainian administration of the Lugansk region Serhiy Gaidai.

So, to the host’s question that Severodonetsk “will have to be left now,” Gaidai answered: “Unfortunately, yes. We'll have to take our guys. <…> Now the situation that being in broken positions does not make sense, because every day the number of deaths in unfortified territories can grow proportionally. Therefore, such a decision was made.

According to him, the Ukrainian military has already received a command to retreat to new fortified areas.

Russian troops and forces of the LPR took control of Severodonetsk (since 2014 it was the regional center of the Luhansk region of Ukraine instead of Luhansk) at the end of May, the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov reported. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the residential areas of the city were “liberated”, but Ukrainian military personnel remained in industrial areas, including on the territory of the largest chemical plant in Ukraine, Azot.

According to the Ambassador of the LPR in Russia, Rodion Miroshnik, on the territory of the Azot plant then there were about 300-400 Ukrainian soldiers.

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

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At the same time, the official representative of the People's Militia of the LPR Andrey Marochko said that the Ukrainian military surrendered en masse in the area of ​​Severodonetsk and Lisichansk, among them mostly privates and “not a single officer.” According to him, the Ukrainian command retreated in anticipation of the encirclement.

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What happened in Russia and the world over the past four months – in RBC infographics

Special military operation

Over the past month, Russian, DPR and LPR forces have reported advances in Severodonetsk direction. On June 16, the LPR authorities declared control over almost the entire territory of this city, except for the Azot chemical plant, where at that time there were from 1,000 to 1,500 Ukrainian military personnel. In the DPR at the end of May— At the beginning of June, Krasny Liman (Liman), Svyatogorsk and other settlements were taken.

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Kherson authorities reported the death of the head of the sports department in a terrorist attack

According to preliminary data, Dmitry Savluchenko, head of the regional department of youth and sports, died in the explosion, the authorities recognized the incident as a terrorist attack

The explosion occurred in Kherson, according to preliminary data, one person died, reports TASS with reference to the military-civilian administration ( CAA) Kherson region.

“We confirm the information about the explosion. Now the group has gone to the place, they are sorting it out. No data. So far, according to preliminary information, one person has died,— noted by the administration. Later, its representatives clarified to RIA Novosti that the explosion killed the head of the youth and sports department, Dmitry Savluchenko. The authorities ruled the incident a terrorist attack.

According to the representative of the CAA, the explosion occurred on the morning of June 24 in the urban microdistrict of KhBK. According to a TASS correspondent, at least two vehicles were damaged.

Earlier in June, unknown people blew up the personal car of the head of the Kherson Department of the Penitentiary Service (UFSIN) Yevgeny Sobolev, RIA Novosti reported. and TASS, citing their own sources in law enforcement agencies. The official was hospitalized, his life was not in danger.

At the end of May, Andriy Shevchik, the head of the city administration of Energodar in the Zaporozhye region, was injured in an assassination attempt. There was also an explosion in the entrance of his house, besides him, two guards were injured. The Russian Investigative Committee then said that Shevchik was threatened after he took a pro-Russian position.

Also, the head of the military-civilian administration of the village of Chernobaevka, Kherson region, Yury Turulev, spoke about the attempt on his life. According to him, unknown people blew up his car when he was leaving for work, using a high-explosive projectile.

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How Ukraine is fighting: how many and what kind of weapons Kyiv received from the West

In less than six months, Ukraine will receive Western military assistance worth more than the military spending of Italy, Canada or Poland for the whole of 2021. What is Ukraine fighting with?

Howitzer M777

After four months of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, European and Western countries have supplied or committed to supply Kyiv with weapons, military equipment and funds for military purposes totaling approximately $38.5 billion. This is more than allocated for military spending last year, for example, Italy, Australia, Canada or Poland (according to SIPRI). Russia, which ranks fifth in the world in terms of military spending, allocated $65.9 billion for defense purposes in 2021.

How did they help, what did Western and European countries promise to Ukraine, and how did this help affect the course of hostilities— in RBC material.

How we counted

Estimates of the number of delivered equipment and its total cost are approximate. The total amount did not include equipment that was delivered to Ukraine, but its quantity was not disclosed. Some of the prices taken as a basis for calculations are catalog prices.

The study was based on reports from the Russian Ministry of Defense, Pentagon press releases, data from the Ukraine Support Tracker project of the Kiel Institute for World Economy and media publications.

The data collected includes both military assistance provided and promised from January 24 (the day some NATO countries put their troops on alert) to June 22.

What kind of weapons Kyiv had and got


At the time of the start of the military operation, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, together with the National Guard, numbered 260.2 thousand military personnel, follows from the data published by the Russian Ministry of Defense at the end of March. The Ukrainian army had 2,416 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 1,509 field artillery guns and mortars, 535 MLRS, 152 aircraft, 149 helicopters, 36 Bayraktar TB2 UAVs, 180 S-300 and Buk M1 air defense systems. , 300 radars for various purposes.

UAV “Bayraktar TB2” (Photo: Yulii Zozuliaukrinform/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press)

The Russian special operation began on February 24, and two weeks later, the Russian military announced the destruction of 90% of Ukrainian airfields and anti-aircraft missile systems.

From the data of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, which cover the period from January 24 to June 7, as well as from official statements by Western and European officials made after June 7, it follows that since the beginning of the year, from artillery Ukraine received:

  • up to 215 NATO 155mm towed howitzers (more than half of them are American M777 howitzers). At least 17 more self-propelled howitzers were promised to be transferred, and Poland also intends to conclude a contract for the sale of another 60 self-propelled howitzers to Kyiv. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine confirmed the receipt of 150 units;
  • at least 29 Soviet-type howitzers (the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine says that 50 such vehicles were received);
  • at least 100 mortars (the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine says that hundreds of mortars have been received) ;
  • 8 self-propelled artillery mounts with a 155 mm howitzer.

From armored vehicles Ukraine received:

  • up to 395 armored vehicles, another 99 are promised for delivery. Ukrainian military reported about 250 vehicles received;
  • 147 other armored vehicles, plus 218 pledged;
  • 18 howitzer towing vehicles;
  • four tactical equipment recovery vehicles.

Frommultiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), the Armed Forces of Ukraine have at their disposal:

  • 20 Soviet-type MLRS. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine says that dozens of such MLRS have been delivered;
  • Eight NATO-type MLRS are promised for delivery.

Tanks that went to Kyiv:

  • 252 Soviet-type tanks, plus eight promised for delivery;
  • 40 tanks made by NATO countries promised for delivery.

TankT-64 (Photo: Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

To date, only one air defense (AD) system sent to Ukraine, and another promised for delivery, also delivered three nanti-ship missile systems(Ministry of Defense of Ukraine confirmed receipt of one).

Man-portable anti-aircraft and anti-tank systems (MANPADS) delivered:

  • at least 2310 MANPADS, 60 more promised to deliver (Ukraine announced thousands received MANPADS);
  • 32,800 other missile systems, and 6150 planned for delivery.

From helicopter technology Ukraine has received three helicopters so far, another 19 have been promised.

UAVs received by Kyiv:

  • It is stated that strike drones were delivered, but how many were not disclosed. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine talks about several dozen strike drones delivered to the country;
  • up to 846 other drones.

As for light weapons, ammunition, equipment and equipment, it is stated that at least delivered (no information on the number of some deliveries): 117,532 helmets, 53,411 body armor of various types, 8,712,832 NATO-type rifles, 45,031 Soviet-type rifles, as well as cartridges for them, 1,470 grenade launchers, 107,500 hand grenades, 5,775 machine guns and submachine guns, various ammunition for howitzers, mortars and other things in the amount of about 8.1 million pieces, thousands of radio encryption devices, at least 4 tons of fuel, several thousand Starlink terminals for communicating with satellites, as well as an unknown number of satellite images worth tens of millions of dollars.

Who and how supplied

Since the beginning of the military operation, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has constantly stated that the country needs heavy weapons, such as tanks, artillery, and armored vehicles. By the end of March, only the US, Estonia, and Poland had sent heavy weapons to Ukraine, while most European countries were sending infantry weapons or man-portable anti-tank missiles (like Javelin, NLAW, or MILAN launchers). The situation changed in April, when a number of countries, including Canada, the Czech Republic, Australia, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Lithuania, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia and Latvia, pledged to send heavy weapons to Ukraine.

NLAW man-portable anti-tank guided missile (Photo: Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

According to the data cited by the Kiel Institute of World Economics, the United States is in the first place in providing military assistance to Ukraine (both financial and delivered/promised equipment). Great Britain is next, Poland is in third place, fourth & mdash; Germany, completes the top five Canada. This is followed by Norway, the Czech Republic, Greece, Estonia and Latvia.

However, if we take into account only the delivered equipment and exclude promises, as well as financial assistance for military purposes, then the first half of June, the United States delivered only about 50% of the promised (while remaining leaders in supplies), Great Britain— 90%, Czech Republic— 58%, and Germany— 35% of the declared amount.

Ukrainian officials have repeatedly criticized Berlin for being slow to deliver weapons promised to Kyiv. In particular, in May, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk accused German Chancellor Olaf Scholz of neglecting Ukraine's interests. “Militarily, Berlin simply abandoned Ukraine,” — Melnik said. At the same time, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba criticized Germany for delays in the supply of “much necessary for the Ukrainian army”; weapons. “We dream of the Leopard (the main German battle tank.— RBC), but we are still far from that … And then there is the saga of the “Cheetahs” (anti-aircraft self-propelled gun.— RBC), but I need popcorn to wait for it to complete»,— the minister said.

Poland, Canada, Norway, Latvia, France, Italy, Belgium, Finland, Luxembourg have fulfilled their promises by 100%, by 98%— Estonia.

That is, if we take into account the actually delivered military equipment, then the first place remains with the United States. It was they who supplied more than a hundred M777 howitzers, 100 Humvee highly mobile multi-purpose wheeled vehicles, two hundred M113 armored personnel carriers, 800 Stinger and 2000 Javelin air defense systems, three Mi-17 military helicopters, 700 Switchblade kamikaze drones (partially delivered, it is not possible to isolate the exact number ), more than 120 Phoenix Ghost drones (partially delivered), a number of RQ-20 Puma hand-launched reconnaissance drones, and millions of dollars worth of satellite imagery.

Humvee, a highly mobile multi-purpose wheeled vehicle (Photo: Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

Poland comes in second place, handing over 100 LMP-2017 60mm light infantry mortars, 18 ASH Krab self-propelled howitzers, 240 T-72 tanks, an unknown number of Javelin anti-tank missile systems, FlyEye drones and Warmate kamikaze drones.

The United Kingdom, which moved into third place, sent 3,965 NLAW anti-tank systems, 200 high-tech Brimstone-1 homing missiles, 120 Mastiff armored vehicles, as well as an unknown number of MLRS, anti-ship missile systems, Stormer armored vehicles, Starstreak MANPADS and heavy drones to Ukraine. Germany moves from fourth position to eighth— instead, Canada ranks fourth, supplying Ukraine with 4,500 M72 rocket-propelled grenade launchers, 100 Carl Gustaf M2 anti-tank grenade launchers, M777 four-howitzers and eight Senator armored vehicles. Norway closes the top five, sending Kyiv 4,000 M72 rocket-propelled grenade launchers, 100 Mistral anti-aircraft missile systems, and 22 M109 self-propelled howitzers.

How much did the help cost and how did it cost influenced the course of the operation

Since the beginning of the year, Western and European countries have provided or promised to provide military assistance to Ukraine (in equipment or finance for military purposes) for a total amount of $38.466 billion.

This amount includes:

  • military assistance provided/promised from January 24 to February 24, totaling $362,809,746;
  • military assistance provided/promised from February 24 to June 7, totaling $36,632,964,002;
  • military aid rendered/promised from 7 to 22 June totaling $1 470334560.

Director of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, expert of the Russian International Affairs Council Vasily Kashin notes that the assistance provided to Ukraine in a few months exceeds military spending in a year in many European countries and is already comparable to Russian military spending ($65.9 billion in 2021 ). “In reality, the volume of military assistance to Ukraine in annual terms will be significantly larger than the Russian military budget. That is, de facto, we are talking about Russia's war with the entire Western world, where Ukraine provides territory and manpower,” — considers Kashin.

According to the calculations of the Ukrainian Ministry of Finance, Ukraine spends about $10 billion in a month of hostilities. On June 1, Volodymyr Zelensky said that 60-100 Ukrainian soldiers are killed every day, 500 people are injured every day. On the same day, Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the presidential office, said that Ukraine's daily losses were between 100 and 200 people. A few days later, Vadim Skibitsky, deputy head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, said that Ukraine was “losing” Russia in terms of artillery. “Ukraine has one artillery unit for every 10-15 Russian artillery units. Our Western partners give us about 10% of what they have.

The Russian military has repeatedly reported on the destruction of equipment destined for Kyiv from Western and European camps. Nevertheless, some part of the deliveries still reaches its goal, the editor-in-chief of Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine noted in a conversation with RBC. Reserve Colonel Viktor Murakhovsky. “The deliveries of artillery, tanks and unmanned systems will be especially sensitive,” he specified. Murakhovsky notes that there are no known cases when Russian troops were knocked out from one position or another with the help of European or Western equipment. At the same time, these deliveries “go in bulk to the Armed Forces of Ukraine”; and thus “allow her to resist longer,” the expert summed up.

Of great importance in the conflict are several thousand Starlink terminals delivered to Kyiv for communication with low-orbit satellites, which ensure the controllability of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Kashin said. Existing Russian electronic warfare (EW) systems are not very effective in jamming such communications, he explained. “Russia was working on creating an electronic warfare system capable of suppressing communications based on low-orbit groups, but by the beginning of the conflict, apparently, it was not in the series,” — expert noted.

Without which the Ukrainian defense would not have taken place at all, these are drones, Kashin notes. «Advertised «Bayraktars»— this is just the tip of the iceberg, more important is the constant flow of tactical reconnaissance drones, — the expert explained. Since the war is fought mainly by artillery, drones radically increase its capabilities and the capabilities of infantry units, Kashin added.

Another significant moment— this is the supply of ammunition and spare parts for Soviet-style equipment, as well as fuel and lubricants, says the interlocutor of RBC. In his opinion, heavy weapons systems are only in fourth place in terms of importance. Among these heavy systems, the vast majority do not provide any new capabilities, but are simply a replacement for disabled tanks and artillery, Kashin explains. “Warning items include new types of precision weapons, such as Brimstone missiles, Excalibur howitzer shells, and so on,” — expert added.

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Russia hands over examples of Zelensky’s ‘hate speech’ to UN

The document handed over to the Security Council and the UN General Assembly lists examples of “hate speech” by Ukrainian politicians, including President Volodymyr Zelensky and ex-President Petro Poroshenko

Russia circulated as an official document in the Security Council and the UN General Assembly compilation of “hate speech” Ukrainian politicians and public figures, Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Representative of Russia to the UN, said on his Telegram channel.

“As we promised during our speech at the UN Security Council on June 21, the Russian Permanent Mission to the UN circulated as official document of the UN Security Council and General Assembly, a selection of some hate speeches by Ukrainian politicians and public figures of Ukraine”, — he wrote.

The diplomat also attached a relevant document to his post. Among others, it cites the words of Volodymyr Zelensky dated November 29, 2021, where he speaks about people who were subjected to NSDC sanctions. “And you call them people? There are different. There are human representatives. Not all representatives of people— people. There are individuals, I think so, — he said then.

In addition, the permanent mission recalled the words of ex-President Petro Poroshenko on November 13, 2014 about the residents of the DPR and LPR. "We will have a job— They dont have. We will have pensions— They dont have. We will take care of pensioners, children— They dont have. Our children will go to schools and kindergartens— their children will be in basements <…> This is how we will win this war,— said Poroshenko then.

The words of Alexander Turchinov dated February 24, 2022 are also mentioned, who stated that he was ready to “destroy Russia wherever possible.” At the same time, he urged “to beat Rusnya” not only in Ukraine, but also abroad— on Russian territory. The circulated document contains quotes from many other Ukrainian representatives.

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Russia has repeatedly accused the Ukrainian authorities of “genocide” population of Donbass. President Vladimir Putin, announcing the start of a special operation in Ukraine on the night of February 24, said that its main goal was to protect people who “are subjected to bullying, genocide by the Kyiv regime.” “And for this we will strive for the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. As well as bringing to justice those who committed numerous bloody crimes against civilians, including citizens of the Russian Federation, — noted by the head of state.

After the start of the special operation in Ukraine, proposals to abandon the “Russian heritage”, including the renaming of streets, squares, parks, cultural and other objects, began to sound more often. So, in April, the mayor of Kyiv, Vitaliy Klitschko, promised to rename the streets and stations in the Ukrainian capital, the names of which are associated with Russia.

Also, in mid-June, a working group of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine published a decision to exclude Russian works from the school curriculum. literature. In particular, the Ukrainian authorities intend to exclude from the program the fables of Ivan Krylov, the novels of Anton Chekhov, Fyodor Dostoevsky and some works by Nikolai Gogol. its future and takes itself out of the brackets of world history, refusing the heritage of Russian culture. The head of the Ministry of Education, Sergei Kravtsov, noted that “this is another confirmation of the stupidity of the Kyiv regime,” since the heritage of Russian culture “cannot be deleted from history.”

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The Ministry of Culture banned the export of exhibits from Russia to foreign exhibitions

The temporary export of art objects has been suspended since the beginning of March, they are planned to be sent to exhibitions in friendly countries from next year

The Ministry of Culture does not issue permits for the temporary export of exhibits from Russia, the press service of the department reported.

“The Ministry of Culture of Russia suspended the temporary issue and temporary export of museum items from the territory of the Russian Federation on March 3rd. The corresponding letter was then sent to all subordinate museums,— RBC was informed in the press service.

They added that the export of art objects to exhibitions in friendly countries will resume from 2023.

The agency clarified that 1,500 exhibits from exhibitions in Europe, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Oman, and Belarus were returned to Russia. The department, together with other departments, is working to return other Russian exhibits.

The Hermitage announced a moratorium on exhibitions in Europe and the United States until the end of the year. The museum stated that all of its exhibits have returned from exhibitions. The Hermitage recalled that in the 1990s, such a measure was taken in relation to exhibitions inside the country for security reasons.

At the end of May, Mikhail Shvydkoy, the president's special envoy for international cultural cooperation, expressed the opinion that art objects from the Russian museum fund “should stay at home for some time.” In his opinion, now it is better to accept exhibitions than to send exhibits abroad until the situation becomes “calmer”.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the termination of cooperation with the NGO “Finland-Russia”

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs terminates cooperation with the Finnish non-governmental organization Finland-Russia Society due to “anti-Russian stance,” the ministry said in a statement.

The agency drew attention to the “openly anti-Russian position” this organization, which she occupied after the start of the special operation in Ukraine, the report said. According to the Foreign Ministry, its leadership “carefully repeats in the public space the Russophobic propaganda clichés of the collective West.”

“Obviously, the declarations of this organization about its focus on maintaining versatile ties with Russia, spreading knowledge about our country are untenable. With this in mind, the Russian side decided to terminate cooperation with the Finland-Russia Society, which has discredited itself,— noted in the department.

The organization unilaterally froze bilateral cooperation through the Russian-Finnish Cultural Forum and the Congress of Sister Cities, the Foreign Ministry said. The Ministry believes that “Russia-Finland” interferes in the internal affairs of the country “under the guise of” supporting the anti-war movement “.

The Foreign Ministry added that they are ready to cooperate with individual members of the society and its regional divisions “if they are ready to develop truly constructive and mutually respectful cooperation.”

Society «Finland-Russia»— is a Finnish non-governmental organization that operates under the auspices of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and receives grants from it. The organization introduces those who wish to the culture, everyday life, society, language and Finno-Ugric peoples of Russia, as well as the culture of Finland, promotes the study of the Russian language and encourages cooperation between the two countries within the framework of international projects.

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In early April, the organization suspended the work of the Finnish Institute in St. “We believe that we cannot work according to our values ​​and principles in St. Petersburg. Our working environment has become very cramped,— said then the chief secretary of the society “Finland-Russia” Niina Sinkko.

On June 20, the company withdrew from its founders. The institute has worked in the city for 30 years.

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Russian troops took Mirnaya Dolina and Ray-Aleksandrovka in Ukraine

The Ministry of Defense confirmed that they completely blocked the grouping of Ukrainian troops in the area of ​​Gorsky and Zolote. The department says that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are suffering losses in several directions, and Ukrainian fighters are deserting en masse

Groups of Russian troops in the Lugansk direction took several settlements in five days: Loskutovka, Podlesnoe, Mirnaya Dolina, Shchebkarier , Vrubovka, Nyrkovo, Nikolaevka, Novoivanovka, Ustinovka and Paradise-Aleksandrovka. This was reported by the Ministry of Defense.

In the areas of the cities of Gorskoye and Zolote, a grouping of Ukrainian troops was completely blocked, the department added. Half of the Gold has been taken under control. In the “Mountain cauldron” up to two thousand people were blocked, including 120 members of the Right Sector; (recognized as extremist in Russia and banned) and up to 80 foreign mercenaries, the Defense Ministry said. During the day, 41 soldiers surrendered in this area.


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

“According to the prisoners, the encircled Ukrainian group is exhausted. The staffing of units with personnel is less than 40%. Management of units by the higher Ukrainian command is lost. The supply of weapons, ammunition, fuel and other materiel has been completely stopped, — they say in the ministry.

The day before, the LPR reported that the armed forces of the republic had taken Gorskoye and Zolote under blockade.

According to the Ministry of Defense, Kyiv also “suffers significant losses” in other directions. So, during the strikes of the Aerospace Forces on “three points of deployment of foreign mercenaries” in the Nikolaev and Kharkov regions, “more than 200 “soldiers of fortune” were destroyed; and up to 100 Ukrainian nationalists».

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The Ministry of Defense also states that the Armed Forces of Ukraine have recorded massive cases of desertion and refusal to participate in hostilities: for example, in Alexandropol, more than 30 soldiers of the 25th airborne brigade, “thrown their personal weapons, left their positions without permission” ;. “The Ukrainian command, in order to make up for losses in manpower in the Donetsk and Luhansk directions, is forced to form separate rifle battalions in each region from untrained citizens called up to mobilize,” — approves the defense department.

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Sverdlovsk Governor condemned the ban on Zemfira and Mumiy Troll at school

The students of gymnasium No. 9 planned to perform the songs “Goodbye” and “Vladivostok 2000” at graduation. /v6_top_pics/media/img/8/30/756560566490308.jpg” alt=”Sverdlovsk governor condemned the ban on Zemfira and Mumiy Troll at school” />

Forbid eleventh-graders of the Yekaterinburg gymnasium No. 9 to perform the song “Goodbye” at the graduation Zemfira and “Vladivostok 2000” group “Mumiy Troll” because of “dangerous words” no need. Governor of the Sverdlovsk region Yevgeny Kuyvashev wrote about this on his Telegram channel.

“I'm sure they chose these songs because they are about farewell, and not because they contain the word” grenade “,” ; wrote Kuyvashev in Telegram.— Let's at least here, on a holiday, let's not forbid anything to children. Let them sing.

RBC sent a request to gymnasium No. 9 and to the Yekaterinburg Department of Education.

On the eve of the ban, was announced by the co-founder of the online service for entrepreneurs “Button” and the father of one of the students of the 11th grade of the gymnasium, Yevgeny Kobzev. The school administration, according to him, did not like the words “grenade”, “kill”; and “shoot” in songs, besides “rock is too cheeky, and there is a lot of attention for graduations now.” The father of the graduate added that schoolchildren were not allowed to perform other songs either, because “Goodbye” and “Vladivostok 2000” were approved in advance and it is too late to choose new ones. The information was given to the students by one of the teachers, who himself was supposed to play the bass guitar.

“Whose initiative is unclear. The daughter says that they were told at school that they were allegedly banned at the regional level, — Kobzev said. Subsequently, he said that he contacted the director of the gymnasium Larisa Kulkova. She said that “there were no orders from above”, just “the songs are not festive and do not correspond to the general outline of the evening.” The press service of the city administration confirmed that the content of public speeches of schoolchildren will be coordinated by the head of the educational organization.

Earlier, both Zemfira and Mumiy Troll urged to stop the military operation in Ukraine.

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Kobzev suggested that the school feared a repeat of the “LGBT dance” scandal; students of the Yekaterinburg Lyceum No. 12. There, on May 12, at the “Dance Galaxy” competition timed to coincide with the International Dance Day, a group of schoolchildren performed twerk. During the number, the lyceum students took off their T-shirts and continued to dance in belts. The video of the dance was published online, and TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov drew attention to it.

Kuyvashev then stood up for the leadership of the lyceum: “The guys danced an ambiguous dance. I don't like him, such “parodies” I'm not close at all. But it was a joke. And joking, albeit bad, is not forbidden in our country. He refused to fire the director of the school, Lyubov Kuleva. According to the governor, the schoolchildren's parents also did not consider the dance terrible and supported Kulev, and he trusts them “much more than TV presenter Solovyov, who once again did not like something.” in Yekaterinburg.

Soloviev responded by saying that many public figures in the city do not support “LGBT hobbies”; head of the Sverdlovsk region. “Perhaps we should send Ramzan Akhmatovich [Kadyrov] to instruct Kuyvashev?” he suggested.

The head teacher of the school was fired soon after. The mayor of Yekaterinburg, Alexei Orlov, said that “in principle, this should not happen within the walls of the school.” The director retained her position: her mayor called her a “deserved person”, with almost 50 years of experience.

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Spiegel learned about Germany’s plans to nationalize part of Nord Stream 2

According to the publication, the plan is being developed by the German Ministry of Economy. It is assumed that the section running through the territory of Germany will be cut off from the main part of the gas pipeline and connected to the floating LNG terminal

The German Ministry of Economy is considering the possibility of nationalizing a fragment of Nord Stream— 2», which is located on the territory of the country, writes Spiegel.

After that, the German part will be cut off from the rest of the pipeline and can be connected to a floating LNG terminal, the publication explains. This section is already included in the country's gas transportation system, and it will be possible to supply gas to the south of Germany through it.

Spiegel also points to the shortcomings of such a plan. Firstly, it may take a long time to agree on changes: the territory along which the pipeline is laid is protected as part of the pan-European Natura 2000 network, and the requirements will be strict. There are also legal difficulties associated with the project operator— Swiss company Nord Stream 2 AG.

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on the publication in the absence of official statements and specific actions.

Nord Stream — 2″ runs along the bottom of the Baltic Sea through the waters of Russia, Germany, Denmark, Finland and Sweden, it was completed last year. The German authorities suspended the certification of the project after Russia recognized the independence of the DPR and LPR. The US Treasury has sanctioned the pipeline operator and its chief executive, Matthias Warnig, freezing their assets and isolating them from the dollar system.

After that, Reuters, citing sources, reported that Nord Stream 2 AG is considering filing for bankruptcy. The company laid off 106 employees, but declined to confirm reports that bankruptcy proceedings have begun. In May, a court in Switzerland suspended the company's bankruptcy process until September 10, giving the Nord Stream operator 2″ temporary moratorium on payments to creditors. Transliq AG has been appointed interim manager.

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The head of “Gazprom” Alexey Miller said in June of this year that the gas pipeline is under pressure and gas can be delivered to Europe even now through it. The company redirected the project's unclaimed capacities to the north-west of Russia.

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The Ministry of Education responded to publications about sending teachers to Donbass

The condition of schools on the territory of the LPR and DPR suggests that they did not receive support from the Kyiv authorities, the Ministry of Education said. So the department responded to RBC's request to send teachers from Russia to Donbass ” alt=”Ministry of Education responded to publications about sending teachers to Donbass” />

The Ministry of Education of Russia is conducting “large-scale continuous work” to support education systems in the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, as well as in other territories where there is an “urgent need” for this. The department told RBC about this in response to a request to comment on media publications about plans to send teachers from Russian schools to the region.

The Ministry of Education indicated that it supplies textbooks to the Donbass, and also provides “assistance with a wide range of educational needs.”

As explained in the ministry, this is due to the fact that “the state of many schools” in the DNR and LNR “distinctly speaks of the complete absence of any support in recent years from the Ukrainian regime.” In order for the education systems in the republics to “may function”, the department is implementing “extensive programs for the training and advanced training of teachers”, and also helps to introduce “high-quality Russian standards” into the educational process.

This work comes with the support of “leading expert organizations,” the department said, without naming these organizations. “Many courses are held remotely, but with maximum immersion in practical activities,” — emphasized in the Ministry of Education.

Earlier, Kommersant reported that teachers and methodologists of schools in some Russian regions are planned to be sent on business trips to the Donbass. citing a government source. The authorities of two Russian regions also confirmed to the publication that they have sent or are preparing to send teachers to work on the territory of Donbass. According to the newspaper, teachers are offered a double salary for the duration of the business trip.

The Ministry of Education of Primorye informed the publication that employees of the regional department had already left for the Donbass “for methodological support of educational processes.” With the dispatch of teachers, the issue is “resolved” for the time being, the department explained.

The Ministry of Education of the Novosibirsk region told the newspaper that they had already formed a delegation of teachers from the region, without specifying how many people were included in it. The department explained that last week they accepted “applications on a voluntary basis” from employees with the qualifications of a teacher, methodologist or methodologist of the education system to work in the territories of the DPR and LPR, “liberated by the armed forces of the Russian Federation”. The specific places of work for teachers, as well as the terms and conditions of the business trip, “are being specified and are under discussion,” the department explained. “Kommersant” also reported that they planned to send teachers to the Donbass in Buryatia, but did not provide details and comments from the local Ministry of Education.

RBC sent inquiries to the Ministry of Education of the Primorsky Territory, the Novosibirsk Region and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Buryatia.

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On June 20, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed a government decree that established double wages for employees of state departments seconded to the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics. The decision concerns citizens holding positions in federal bodies that are not classified as public service, as well as employees of organizations and institutions subordinate to federal authorities. Also, according to the document, employees of organizations that participate in the restoration of Donbass infrastructure can count on double pay.

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Peskov refused to evaluate data on the nationalization of Nord Stream 2

Engage in “hypothetical reasoning” on the nationalization of Nord Stream— 2″ it makes no sense, said the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov. This is how he commented on the Spiegel publication about the plans of the German Ministry of Economy to cut off the German section from the rest of the gas pipeline and connect it to a floating LNG terminal.

“If there are specific actions. first of all, it will be a job for lawyers,— added the Kremlin spokesman. According to him, now, without official statements, it is impossible to evaluate the information.

Spiegel writes that the German authorities are going to cut off a section that is already part of the gas transmission system and supply gas from the terminal to the south of the country through it. At the same time, the publication notes that the implementation of the plan may be hindered by EU environmental regulations, which will delay the certification of such changes, and the status of the project operator— Nord Stream 2, registered in Switzerland.

The material is being supplemented.

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Over 800 fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine surrendered near Lisichansk


A source in the People's Militia of the LPR said that the losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Lisichansk and in the cauldron near Gorsky and Zoloty amounted to over one thousand people. It is specified that about 800 people surrendered.

“In a couple of days, the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Lisichansk, in Zolote and Gorsky lost more than one thousand people. More than 800 Ukrainian soldiers surrendered, many were wounded,” the source added.

Earlier, the head of the Ukrainian-controlled Lugansk regional administration, Serhiy Gaidai, said on the air of the Dom TV channel that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had received an order to leave the city of Severodonetsk.


Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki called on Europe to switch to coal energy


Poland calls on Europe to switch to coal energy, this issue will be raised at the summit in Brussels. Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters about this after arriving at the summit.

“Today we will raise issues related to the new launch of coal energy. It is clear that such countries as Germany, Austria and even the Netherlands, on the principles of emergency plans, are returning to coal energy,” he said.

The Prime Minister added that Poland retained its coal energy and intends to increase production in the country coal. Morawiecki called this a prerequisite for the security outlook for the autumn and winter.


The Russian complex “Bastion” destroyed the Ukrainian S-300 near Odessa

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The Russian military destroyed the launch site of the S-300 air defense system of the Armed Forces of Ukraine using the Bastion coastal missile system (AFU) near Odessa, said the official representative of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation Igor Konashenkov.

Also, according to the representative of the Russian military department, manpower and military equipment of Ukrainian troops in 367 districts were hit. 5 warehouses of ammunition, rocket and artillery weapons and materiel were destroyed in the regions of the Privolye of the LPR and the city of Nikolaev, as well as artillery and mortar units in 62 districts, including an artillery battery of M777 howitzers in the Oleshki region of the Kharkov region, the general shared the details.


About 100 foreign mercenaries ended up in the “Gorsky cauldron” near Lisichansk


About 100 militants, including foreign mercenaries, are in the city of Gorskoye, Severodonetsk region of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR), a platoon commander with the call sign “Flint” said.

“There are still about a hundred people in Gorskoye , mostly mercenaries. We found Georgians, Italians there,” the interlocutor of RIA Novosti shared the details, noting that the mercenaries were in a residential area in the center. Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that a grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) was completely blocked in the area of ​​​​the settlements of Gorskoye and Zolote. , up to 2000 Ukrainian servicemen were taken to the “Gorsky cauldron”.


Sobchak answered Shnurov for a song about Nevzorov and deleted the post

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Ksenia Sobchak reacted to the new near-political attack of her former friend, musician Sergei Shnurov, who this time was directed not against her, but against the journalist Alexander Nevzorov (recognized as a foreign agent in the Russian Federation). Earlier, Shnurov and his colleagues recorded a video with a song in which he makes fun of Nevzorov because of his political position. Among other things, the song contained the words “worm” and a rough designation of the gluteal part of the body.

Sobchak posted a comment on this video on the social network, recalling Shnurov that she had previously considered him a friend and did not understand why he abruptly broke off relations with her. As for Nevzorov, she considered the attack against the journalist a logical continuation of the model of behavior chosen by Shnurov: according to Sobchak, Shnurov had previously been a close friend, criticized the authorities with him, but now he forgot about his former friendship. In her post, Sobchak suggested that Shnurov's character and behavior began to change when he had a new wife.

She also expressed the opinion that the former friend was very quickly spoiled by those who today have influence on him. At the same time, after some details were mentioned – a couple of names, as well as one of the “departments”. It is worth noting that this post hung for no more than a couple of minutes – Sobchak deleted it and posted a new entry on a completely different, neutral topic.

Nevzorov himself also reacted a little earlier to Shnurov's song about himself, suggesting that ” they” are very afraid of his author's programs on the Internet, since they use such methods to discredit them. Nevzorov refused to talk about Shnurov himself: “I never urinate on the graves of friends.”


DPR officer told how French howitzers hit Donetsk

“Ukrainian Armed Forces are hitting residential areas”

Ukrainian armed formations are shelling Donetsk with artillery pieces supplied by NATO countries. Serviceman of the people's militia of the DPR with the call sign “Sith” told the correspondent of “MK” what kind of foreign howitzers and ammunition kill civilians in Donetsk and other cities of Donbass and why the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) choose residential areas as targets.

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“The Armed Forces of Ukraine are hit with NATO standardized shells of 155 mm caliber,” the interlocutor shared, “which often do not explode yet. This happens for the reason that the enemy uses artillery at the maximum range, approximately from a distance of 24 kilometers. The shells don't explode because the fuses don't work. Therefore, “blanks” arrive, destroy buildings, but the projectile does not detonate. Due to the strong kinetic energy, fragments of building structures hit people. Together with the sappers, we dug out these shells, sometimes even from a depth of three meters. In particular, this happened in the Voroshilovsky district of Donetsk.

– What are the APU firing from?

– Mostly we encountered the use of French shells. Most likely, the shelling is carried out from the Caesar howitzers.

– Why are they shooting at the city?

– Because at the maximum range, accuracy and accuracy are low. And hitting a specific military target is very difficult. But hitting the squares of the city is not difficult. When NATO howitzers were delivered, in particular the American M-777A2, or the French Caesars, it was said that they would also be supplied with a wide range of shells, including extended-range active-reactive-active ones. The same shells that hit at a distance of 60-70 kilometers, corrected and hit clearly on the target. So, we have not seen any of these shells in Donetsk yet.

Outwardly, they are characteristically different from the usual. They are longer, as they have additional powder gas chambers. And what's more, they have plumage. This is their main difference from ordinary cannon artillery shells. 

Recently, I was present at the search for a shell that hit the water utility building on Shchorsa Street, pierced the roof, pierced the wall and went into the ground. They dug up to about 2.5 meters, but the projectile could not be found. It didn't explode, it just sank into the ground.

Another interesting fact is that during the last week of intense shelling of Donetsk, there were no arrivals of Hurricanes, Gradovs, etc. or “Tornados”, inherited by the Armed Forces of Ukraine since Soviet times. This suggests that either the Russian Aerospace Forces, which have been actively using their Su-25 attack aircraft in recent days, leveling the territory near Avdiivka and Yasinovataya, effectively destroy enemy rocket artillery, or the Ukrainians began to take care of it very much and hid it out of reach of our artillery and aviation . Most likely, it was in those underground bunkers underground near Avdiivka and Marinka that they had been digging for eight years.

Donetsk, DPR.


Peskov announced the inevitability of a direct line with Putin

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The Kremlin representative assured that the event would take place, that “a little later,” TASS reports.

“A direct line – it will be necessary. She is not forgotten, moreover, she is in demand, ”Peskov said, answering a question from the agency. At the same time, he added that the head of state now has “a lot of more important events.”

In 2021, a direct line with the participation of the President of the Russian Federation took place on June 30.


The European Union gave Ukraine candidate status: what’s next

The EU's symbolic move does not solve the problems of the Ukrainian crisis

European leaders granted Ukraine the status of an EU candidate late on Thursday. But this, as they say in Brussels and Kyiv, is a “historic decision” rather symbolic. And threatens to overshadow the more pressing issues of the country's survival.

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EU leaders at a meeting in Brussels approved Ukraine's candidate status comes almost four months after President Zelensky applied for his country to join the bloc in the early days of Russia's special military operation. Moldova also received EU candidate status.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said it was “a good day for Europe”. French President Emmanuel Macron spoke in the same vein, saying that this was a “historic decision” that sent “a strong signal towards Russia in the current geopolitical context.”

Switching from application to candidate usually takes years, but the EU has drastically accelerated this process in solidarity with Ukraine.

“Ukraine is going through hell for a simple reason: its desire to join the EU,” — wrote von der Leyen on the eve of the summit. Last week, the European Commission urged EU leaders to grant Ukraine candidate status.

But, according to The Guardian, the “historic decision” in Brussels threatens to overshadow more pressing issues of Ukraine's survival.

Ever since the start of the Russian operation, Ukraine has been demanding weapons from the West. EU leaders will call for quick work on “further increasing military support for Ukraine,” according to the summit's draft communiqué, which provides little detail on the vital issue.

The EU has already agreed to allocate 2 billion euros in military assistance to Ukraine, mainly for armaments, which was the first such event in history for the bloc. But a more pressing question may be how quickly European countries will deliver the promised weapons to Kyiv. After complaints about Berlin due to delays, earlier this week Ukraine accepted the first delivery of heavy weapons from Germany in the form of Panzerhaubitze 2000 howitzers. According to German diplomatic sources, Germany and the Netherlands will together supply Ukraine with 12 weapons systems.

Ukraine is also in desperate need of money as it faces financial collapse, reminds The Guardian. The European Commission is working on a €9bn emergency financing proposal for Ukraine. Details on the combination of grants and loans have not yet been determined. The Ukrainian government said the €9bn macro-financial assistance program sounds good, but it's not enough. Kyiv needs about $5 billion a month to keep going, an adviser to President Zelenskiy said last month, urging the European Union to provide grants rather than loans that would deepen the debt.

A separate problem for the European Union in the context of the Ukrainian crisis is anti-Russian sanctions. After months of painful negotiations over the latest package of EU sanctions against Russia, including a 90 percent oil embargo, the bloc is reluctant to discuss further restrictive gas measures. Instead, EU leaders will focus on closing loopholes in existing sanctions. “Work on sanctions will continue, including to strengthen implementation and prevent circumvention,” — stated in the conclusions of the summit.

Several countries, such as Poland and the Baltic states, continue to advocate a ban on Russian gas supplies. However, senior EU officials believe that gas sanctions are not needed, since the bloc has already decided to phase out Russian fossil fuels. By relying on the EU's latest energy strategy, rather than proposing new sanctions, a devastating internal conflict could be avoided, writes The Guardian.

A new sore point in relations between the EU and the Russian Federation – Kaliningrad region. EU officials are increasingly concerned about what they see as the serious situation around Kaliningrad. Russia has threatened retaliation after Lithuania began screening some goods transiting through its territory into the Russian exclave. The checks began when the EU's ban on Russian steel exports came into force recently. The European Commission said that the inspections are “targeted, proportionate and effective”, but promised to give additional instructions.

And the issue of the export of Ukrainian grain continues to be acute. EU again accuses Russia of “using food as a weapon” in the conflict against Ukraine” and calls on Moscow to end the blockade of the Black Sea ports, in particular Odessa. The EU is betting that the UN will agree with Russia on the opening of Black Sea ports. Meanwhile, the European Union is trying to help exporters find alternative rail and road routes from Ukraine. While grain shipments along the so-called “solidarity routes” have increased since April, delivery remains the fastest and cheapest option.


Experts explain the revival of neo-Nazism in Europe by an ideological vacuum

Governments “want to make Russophobia legal”

Eighty-one years ago, Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union, and the Great Patriotic War began. After its end, the world tried to forget Nazism like a bad dream, making efforts to ensure that such a tragedy did not arise again. However, now, in 2022, the issue of the revival of Nazism has become very acute. An international videoconference “Current events through the prism of history. Why Neo-Nazism Exists and How to Fight It”, which featured public and political figures from the USA, Serbia, Greece, Poland, China, Italy and others.

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Speaking at the conference, Serbian political scientist Stevan Gajic noted that the revival of Nazism is associated with the so-called “ideological vacuum”. After the collapse of the USSR, the former republics faced the lack of a clear ideology, which was taken advantage of by the governments and elites of the West, who began to sponsor and in every possible way develop nationalists and radicals in the countries bordering Russia. A museum dedicated specifically to the “Soviet occupation” was opened in Poland, and only a small part of it told about the atrocities of the Nazis from Germany. The propaganda of anti-communism gradually transformed into anti-Russian sentiments that swept the countries of Eastern Europe.

In the absence of ideology, the inhabitants of Eastern Europe were increasingly saturated with the spirit of nihilism, which we now see in the actions of the military from Ukraine – they are ready to sacrifice not only themselves, but also peaceful, innocent citizens for their own purposes. Members of the “Friends of Crimea” clubs from all over the world compared them with suicide bombers who destroy buildings with civilians at the cost of their lives.

After the delivery of “Azovstal” it was found that the soldiers protecting him were strewn with Nazi symbols. Photos of the military from the Azov regiment have been circulating on the Internet for a long time; with Nazi flags. Until now, few people believed that Nazism could really be revived, especially in the country of the former Soviet republic, which was just fighting this infection. Neo-Nazism appeared in Ukraine a long time ago, but only now it has opened up to the world, people have seen with their own eyes that these are really Nazis, and not just citizens who want to protect their country.

However, neo-Nazism – The problem is not only Eastern European countries. We see this in the US, UK, France and other countries. “All Russophobia, which has seized the world with renewed vigor after the start of the special operation, is nothing but neo-Nazism,” – conference participants came to the conclusion. Only for the inhabitants of these countries, propaganda exposes Russophobia as a normal and even necessary phenomenon.

Patrick Poppel, member of the Association of Friends of Crimea from Austria and General Secretary of the Suvorov Institute, said: “The world does not support racism against Arabs, Asians and blacks , but if you hate Russians – it means you will be respected, if not – you will be canceled.

Members of the “Friends of Crimea” clubs from all over the world spoke about oppression, persecution and even repression. Andrey Romanchuk, a member of the Friends of Crimea association, secretary of the Russian Cultural and Educational Society in Poland, said that they want to deprive Russians of the title of minority so that the law “on national and ethnic minorities” does not apply to them. Roughly speaking, the Polish government wants to make Russophobia legal. Russians have already been banned from public activities, publishing books and speaking on radio and television. Andrei Romanchuk said that they were kicked out of their rented premises in Bialystok, citing the fact that they support Russia's actions.

The representative of the club from the USA, documentary filmmaker Regis Tremblay, said the following at the conference: “Our films and videos on YouTube are being deleted and blocked. People who are not indifferent to our activities are simply afraid to help openly, because they are afraid of persecution. He is engaged in telling American viewers about the Donbass, Russia and Crimea.

The founder and CEO of the Center for Geostrategic Studies in Belgrade, Dragana Trifkovic, said that Serbia is being pressured by the American authorities to adopt a package of sanctions against Russia. Refugees from Ukraine stage demonstrations in Belgrade with Ukrainian flags and demand support.

Governments and elites in unfriendly countries use nationalism and neo-Nazism in Eastern Europe as a fist against Russia, holding it back and putting pressure on it.

The special operation in Ukraine is global in nature and is a great battle for the future of all mankind, said Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Crimea – Permanent Representative of the Republic of Crimea to the President of the Russian Federation Georgy Muradov: “All Russophobia and Western propaganda, which puts in their reports and articles before the word “Russians” obligatory “barbarians” and “aggressors”, could lead to a full-scale war throughout Europe.


Russian special operation in Ukraine: online broadcast June 24

Latest events, Defense Ministry reports, sanctions, politicians' comments

The leaders of the EU countries agreed to grant the status of candidate members of the union to Ukraine and Moldova. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, according to the publication, wants to dismiss the head of the SBU, Ivan Bakanov. The head of the LPR, Leonid Pasechnik, said that the grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Lisichansk was almost completely deprived of supplies. The encirclement will be closed for the next three days. In addition, the LPR stated that the Armed Forces of Ukraine intended to hit the administration building of the head of the republic. Read online of the previous day of the special operation here.

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9:55A rally was held in Milan against discrimination against Russians, as well as Italy's policy towards Ukraine. At that moment, more than 200 people came out to the demonstration in the square in front of Milan's La Scala theater. Some came to the event with Russian flags.

9:42According to TASS, an explosion occurred in Kherson. According to preliminary data, one person died. The explosion itself occurred on Friday morning in the Kherson microdistrict KhBK.

9:37 The head of the German Ministry of Economy said that the country was in a gas crisis. He argues that gas consumption should be reduced wherever possible.

9:32In the LPR itself, they declare that they have taken control of the settlements of Gorskoye and Zolote. Previously, they were taken into the boiler.

9:26The forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will move away from Severodonetsk to new positions, as the head of the Lugansk administration appointed by Kyiv said. According to him, they have already received the appropriate command.

9:18The Kremlin representative Dmitry Peskov said that the idea of ​​holding a direct line of the president is in demand. However, the event will take place “a little later”.

9:07In the territories under the control of Russia, the broadcasting of Russian TV channels is resumed. This was reported by TASS.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has made the final decision that Ukraine will not host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023. It's all about the desire to ensure the safety of participants and workers.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Reznikov announced the arrival of American HIMARS missile systems in the country. Washington has provided $6.1 billion in military support to Ukraine since February 2022, White House National Security Council strategic communications coordinator John Kirby said. In addition, the United States on Thursday announced a new aid package for Ukraine worth at least $500 million. It will include the supply of MLRS and artillery ammunition.

A representative of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region said that in Kherson they managed to prevent a terrorist attack in a hotel with refugees, which was supposed to be carried out by soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.


Insanity grew stronger: Biden accidentally “lit up” his cheat sheets

Aged U.S. President uses hints for elemental actions

U.S. President Biden, in a meeting with wind energy leaders, accidentally showed a cheat sheet in public reminding him: “Take YOUR seat”, “YOU will give short comments (2 minutes)” and “YOU are leaving”. This is not the first time Biden, 79, has been photographed using a cheat sheet in public meetings. He was also seen with ready responses to the media while talking about the Ukraine crisis earlier this year.

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Joe Biden accidentally revealed a cheat sheet with rudimentary commands on where to sit and what to do during a meeting with wind power leaders at the White House, writes the Daily Mail.

The President mistakenly showed photographers a list of instructions that said: “Take YOUR seat,” “You make brief comments,” and “You're leaving.”

Tips also told the 79-year-old head of the White House to speak to specific attendees, ask them questions, and thank them before leaving.

Apparently, this is not the first time Biden has been caught using a cheat sheet: he was seen with ready-made answers for the media during a conversation about Ukraine earlier this year.

Thursday's confusion was the latest in a series of gaffes in which America's president lost his balance and collapsed in public and said things he shouldn't have said. These incidents have raised serious concerns for the well-being and mental capacity of the head of the nuclear superpower as he approaches 80, despite the fact that the White House does not answer questions about his health.

During a meeting with wind energy leaders in the Roosevelt room at the White House, Biden presented photographers with an eight-point cheat sheet on how to behave.

Instead of calling “the president” by his first name, whoever typed the note clearly intended it for the president's eyes and called Biden “YOU” in bold and capital letters.

Detailed instructions told Biden to “enter the Roosevelt room and greet the participants.” A piece of paper told him to sit down: “Sit down in YOUR seat.” The memo then asked the President to speak after the journalists were brought into the room: “You are making brief comments (2 minutes).”

After the reporters left, Biden was told to speak to some of those present at the meeting . “YOU ASK a question to Liz Schuler, President of the AFL-CIO” followed by “YOU thank the participants” and “You are leaving.”

The meeting proceeded without further incident, but sharp-eyed photographers subsequently quickly realized what the President of the United States had accidentally revealed to the cameras.

Biden continued to use such notes throughout his presidency, and they were sometimes handed to him at very public moments.

Last July, an assistant handed him a note that said, “Sir, you have something on your chin.” This alerted the President that something was on his face for about the first 10 minutes of his virtual meeting. He had a yellow dot under his mouth, but kept talking. He was then handed a note prompting him to wipe his chin and look at his hand.

Biden again held the note so that all reporters and photographers could read it. The note was only visible because Biden used the same note card during the meeting.

Earlier this year, Biden was ridiculed for using a printed “cheat sheet” with answers to expected questions when he met with the media to discuss the conflict in Ukraine.

The notes said: “If you didn't speak for regime change, what do you mean? Can you explain? Another note read: “Does this threaten to split unity with your NATO allies?”

Biden already had the answer on a printed card ready: “No. NATO has never been more united.”

The President of the United States regularly used clue cards and was often photographed with them during the campaign before taking office. He often took out of his pocket papers with daily data on COVID cases, which he regularly referred to. He also used them to give accurate information at the town hall before the election when he asked a question about taxes.

“I carry this card with me,” Biden said. He used several cheat sheets during his first presidential press conference, including one with portraits and names of reporters he planned to call.

Biden also used the notes during the Geneva summit with President Putin in 2021 and while talking to reporters at the G20 summit in Rome.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, Biden's well-being was again called into question when he fell off a bike at Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. The President of the United States told the press: “I'm fine” after he collapsed. Biden told reporters that he had difficulty removing his shoes from the pedals of his bicycle, which led to his fall. He pulled up to greet the crowd that had gathered near the bike path in Gordon's Pond State Park, and people shouted “Happy Father's Day” to the President. As Biden tried to get off his bike, his boots got stuck and he fell sideways, causing a frenzy of Secret Service agents and members of the press trying to help him up. such as stumbling down the steps on the airstairs of the Presidential Air Force One, and also straying from the path of thought during speeches.


Desperate goal of Biden’s trip to Europe named: mission failed

U.S. President Wants to Keep 'Ukrainian Coalition Integrity'

U.S. President Joe Biden is heading to Europe later this week in hopes of maintaining the integrity of the Western coalition in support of Ukraine. Observers note that the head of the White House has a more difficult task to solve than the last time the president traveled to the European continent.

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The Ukrainian conflict continues, “but the mission of President Joe Biden is now very different,” notes Politico. When Biden was last in Europe, just weeks after the events in Ukraine began, his task was to forge a shaky alliance overwhelmed by the onslaught of Russia.

But now Biden is back across the Atlantic for a couple of summits with a new assignment: keep the European continent committed to a common cause, as the conflict could continue for many more months and cause continued global economic tension. In many ways, Biden's job next week will be more challenging, Politico predicts.

The international media is beginning to lose keen interest in the Ukrainian conflict, and the US president is about to convince other Western leaders whose economies have been hit by rising inflation to continue sending money and weapons to Ukraine.

Some of Biden's colleagues have suffered from scandals and defeats, their political position has weakened, writes Politico (suffice it to recall the bad outcome for Macron in the parliamentary elections in France and Johnson's “Pyrrhic victory” following the vote of confidence). And Biden himself is seeing his poll ratings plummet as spending rises, and the United States is nervously awaiting a Supreme Court ruling that could overturn abortion rights and turn the tide while the president handles foreign affairs.

“Now he has a tougher job because of all the economic issues, but there is still support,” says former US ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor. “For now, the Europeans are gritting their teeth and staying the course, even though they have bigger oil and natural gas problems than we do.”

“But the way to save the union is to pave the way forward, the way to success,” Taylor insists. “That's what a president should do.”

Biden will have two stops in Europe after the presidential Air Force One takes off from Andrews Air Force Base on Saturday: first in Germany for the G-7 summit. ), and then to a meeting of NATO leaders in Spain.

Biden has received high marks — even from some Republicans — for his handling of the Ukraine crisis, but White House aides have come to terms with the reality that it probably won't help in the midterm vote this fall, as inflation and other issues are likely to prevail.

Advisors say Biden will use European trip to push allies to stay on course, saying Ukraine needs to be defended not only to deter Russia's advance, but to send a message of united democracies to the world , namely China.

The agenda, according to the White House, aims to show support for Ukraine as it tries to deal with disruptions caused by conflict in the global economy, namely energy and food prices.

Biden plans more once again support Finland's and Sweden's bids for NATO membership, working to assuage Turkey's objections. The White House suggested that the US President would also champion the Global Infrastructure Initiative and hinted that more sanctions could be imposed on Russia.

“He came to power with the specific purpose of resurrecting and strengthening our allies and partnerships around the world, and that is exactly what he did,” said John Kirby of the White House National Security Council. “He raised these partnerships to meet the major challenges of our time.”

A year ago, Biden met with the G7 in Britain and was hailed for heralding a return to “normality” after Donald Trump's tumultuous rule. At the time, Politico notes, Russia, whose president Biden met in Geneva, was seen mostly as a nuisance, a threat that paled in comparison to the challenges posed by China and the fight to vaccinate the world against COVID-19. Everything changed after the start of the Ukrainian crisis.

When Biden visited Brussels and Poland this March, he pushed Europe to balance the moral and geopolitical imperative to act on behalf of Ukraine, along with fears of a further escalation of the conflict and the economic costs of imposing an aggressive sanctions regime against Russia, writes Politico.

Despite the fact that the West has imposed a whole series of punitive sanctions against Russia, it has not achieved its goals. Moreover, as the conflict in Ukraine continues, “tensions have begun to emerge among the allies,” acknowledges Politico.

While Washington has authorized tens of billions of dollars in funding for Ukraine, there are questions about whether some countries, notably Germany, have contributed their fair share to Kyiv. The blockade of Ukrainian Black Sea ports has contributed to a sharp rise in food prices, exacerbating the pandemic-induced inflation that has gripped much of the world. And sanctions against Russia, as well as bans on part of its energy sector, led to a sharp increase in gas prices.

Some in Europe have tried to push Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the negotiating table, believing that a brokered resolution could save lives and stabilize the economy. But Zelenskiy has refused any territorial concessions.

Biden himself, as Politico notes, will arrive in Europe politically weaker than during his last trip in March, his approval rating eroded by inflation as Democrats fear defeat in the interim elections in November.

Some of Biden's closest allies have recently suffered political setbacks – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson narrowly survived a no-confidence vote and French President Macron suffered a crushing defeat in Parliament – which could complicate their resolve.

“Despite the fact that Since the French president has significant influence on foreign policy issues, his weakened stance is likely to lead to a more cautious stance, said Charles Kupchan, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a professor at Georgetown University. This is “bad news for the United States as Washington is counting on Europe to take on more geopolitical responsibility.”

In recent weeks, many Western leaders have made surprise visits to Ukraine, and rumors have circulated in Washington that Biden will do the same while in Europe. But this week, the White House downplayed that possibility, citing the incredible security efforts required for a president to visit a conflict zone safely. Far more likely, the aides suggested, is that the clandestine visit could take place at a later time.


Political scientist told why the EU is going to expel Ukrainian men

This is an indicator of who these people are for Europeans

The head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region, Kyrylo Stremousov, said on June 21 that the EU is considering the option of expelling Ukrainian men of military age in the form of assistance for APU. Political scientist, head of the BaltNews news agency Andrei Starikov believes that the possible decision of the European Union says two things.

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On the air of the press conference of the media group «Patriot» Starikov noted that the desire of Washington and Brussels to fight against Russia “to the last Ukrainian” is not a figure of speech. According to the expert, the possible expulsion of people from the EU primarily indicates a shortage of fighters capable of resisting the Russian Armed Forces.

The political scientist noted that “the last Ukrainian is already on the horizon”, namely the one who will be ready to defend the criminal regime of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Starikov stressed that there are not enough people, so mobilization is needed, which will not be limited to the territories of the “former Ukraine”, but will also affect the Baltic countries and Poland, where there are quite a lot of men of military age.

According to the expert, it is not worth harbor illusions about protection from the European Union. The political scientist is convinced that for direct or indirect support of the criminal authorities in Kyiv, one will either have to pay with their lives or participate in the confrontation that Kyiv started, and the West, in turn, supported.

In addition, the political scientist noted that the actions of the European authorities show their true attitude towards Ukraine and its inhabitants, to whom they promised protection. According to Starikov, someone went to the West to take refuge there, and now they are being deprived of temporary shelter and they want to be thrown “into the meat grinder.” The expert believes that this is done out of desperation and understanding of the real picture of the battle, gigantic losses in eastern Ukraine, as well as the lack of command and control from the decision-making center.

In conclusion, Starikov added that the Kyiv regime will go to any lengths to demonstrate to the collective West the intention to go all the way in the confrontation with Russia. According to him, statements about the planned expulsion of Ukrainian men from the EU are an indicator of who these people are for Europeans. In addition, the political scientist clarified that the fatigue of the Europeans themselves from the situation is superimposed on this, since they do not need either refugees or the consequences of their “adventure”.

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Peskov sharply appreciated the receipt by Ukraine and Moldova of EU candidacy

“The more they show themselves to be anti-Russian, the more Europe will like it”

Dmitry Peskov commented on Ukraine and Moldova getting the status of a candidate for EU membership.

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According to him, these are “internal European affairs”, it is important for Russia that these decisions “do not bring more problems” and “did not lead to the deterioration of our relations with the EU”, which are “already very complex and there is nothing to spoil there”.

Peskov said that everything is clear with the behavior of Ukraine on this track. As for Moldova, in his opinion, she “wants to become a European more than the Europeans themselves” and “goes out of her way.”

For some reason, the Moldovan authorities associate the European status with “anti-Russian”: the more they show themselves in this, the more they will like the EU, continued Peskov. “We wouldn't want that to happen,” he said.

Peskov recalled that when he came to work at the Russian Embassy in Turkey 20 years ago, Turkey had just become a candidate for EU membership. “She also nurtured hope and was ready to give up a lot in order to get out of the gray zone and become an organic part of the EU at the junction of Europe and Asia. But we see that Turkey has not moved further than this candidacy,” the Kremlin speaker recalled. At the same time, he stressed that at the same time, Turkey “became a sovereign independent country.”

“So there are possible nuances here,” Peskov concluded.