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Channel One announced the surrender of the commander of the brigade of marines of the Armed Forces of Ukraine of Volyn

According to the correspondent of Channel One, the commander of the unit of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Sergei Volynsky, left Azovstal and handed over his weapons. There is no official confirmation of this information yet

The commander of the unit of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Sergey Volynsky (Volyn) left the territory of the Azovstal plant. and went out for surrender, the correspondent of Channel One reported on the Telegram channel. Irina Kuksenkova.

According to her, Volyn left without the deputy commander of the Ukrainian nationalist Azov battalion. (its symbols are recognized as extremist in Russia and banned, and the battalion itself is going to be declared a terrorist organization) Svyatoslav Palamar (Kalina).

“[Volyn] looked almost brand new, he handed over his weapons, they looked through things” in general, went through the standard procedure before loading onto the bus. The process of unconditional evacuation into captivity is going according to plan, — added Kuksenkova.

Evacuation of the wounded from the Azovstal plant began on the morning of May 16. The Russian military blocked the plant, it remains the only place in Mariupol that is not controlled by Russian forces.

According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, by May 20, 177 civilians had been evacuated from the plant. More than 1.9 thousand Ukrainian military surrendered, the minister said. In the Kremlin, the question whether the Russian authorities considered them prisoners of war was forwarded to the Ministry of Defense.

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At Azovstal fighters of “Azov” were blocked, as well as the 36th Brigade. Volyn, being the commander of this brigade, made a number of appeals, including writing a letter to the Pope, and also addressed a statement to the presidents of Ukraine, the United States and Turkey, Vladimir Zelensky, Joe Biden and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson with a request to release ” ;Azovstal» to evacuate civilians. At the end of April, he called for the “extraction procedure” to be applied to the Ukrainian military and civilians blocked in Mariupol. following the example of Dunkirk, and in May he created a Twitter account, through which he turned to the American businessman Elon Musk.

Kalinina is already called the “press secretary of” Azov “. He also repeatedly recorded videos and turned to Zelensky. The day before, May 19, the correspondent of Komsomolskaya Pravda Dmitry Steshin reported that Kalina surrendered on the evening of May 18. However, there is no official confirmation from the Russian Ministry of Defense about the detention of Volyn and Kalina. On May 19, Kalina recorded another video message in which he stated that he was still at Azovstal.

In Ukraine, they announced that they expected to exchange evacuees from Azovstal. At the same time, the State Duma is discussing a ban on the exchange of “Nazi criminals” so that they can stand trial. According to Andrey Klishas, ​​head of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, to judge the participants of Azov needed in the DPR and LPR, because it was there that they “committed their crimes.” As the senator noted, the process should be open, “with the invitation of the public and the media, according to the laws of the people's republics.” There is no ban on the use of the death penalty in the DPR and LPR.

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Russians have proposed almost 3,000 funny names for the new McDonald’s

The company also wants to keep the recipe.

The Russians responded to the news about the sale of the McDonald’s restaurant chain in the country. An American fast food company that has been in Russia for almost 30 years is leaving the market due to supply difficulties.

In a company statement, McDonald’s promised to sell restaurants to a “local buyer”, and it happened. Now the sale to Alexander Govor is being completed.

It is reported that under the terms of the contract, McDonald’s in Russia must change its name, for almost 2 years the new owner will keep the previous staff at their workplaces and pay salaries.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Russian McDonald’s will most likely retain the old recipe. The ministry also suggested choosing a new name for the restaurant chain. The Russians have already proposed over 3,000 options.

MakGovor is among them – in honor of Alexander Govor, owner of the GiD company, who bought McDonald’s.

GavMak

McDak – doesn’t violate anything and people use this name”

“MakNash”

“Kazan has a long-standing TatMak, a chain of cafes”

ShaurMAK

EchpochMak – Tatar variant”

“Poppy here what side? Have you run out of Russian names already?”

“PutinDak”

“Russian Poppy”, – commentators write on the Web.

The ministry promised to transfer the “most creative and interesting” to the Russian owner.

RBC conducted a survey in its Telegram channel and chose the most popular name from the proposed names for McDonald’s. They became McDuck. And there were also in the survey options “Uncle Vanya”, “Rusburger”, “Cafe Minutka”, “Potato”.

As Topnews wrote earlier , media sources reported that McDonald’s was concerned about the loss of its funds due to the special operation of the Russian Federation in Ukraine and the suspension of work, so it was decided to leave the market in Russia.

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Finland has announced the date of cessation of gas supplies from Russia amid record sales

Helsinki reported that they had not received notifications from Gazprom.

A message appeared on the website of the Finnish state-owned gas company Gasum that fuel supplies from Russia are being stopped this week.

The statement also mentions the dates when the pumping will be stopped – the evening of May 20, or the 21st. The company also noted that no information about the suspension was received from the Russian side. That is, neither “Gazprom Export”, nor the Russian operator reported anything to the Finnish side.

However, Gasum believes that such a risk is very real. Their opinion was formed against the backdrop of a statement made on May 17 by Finland refusing to fulfill the conditions of Gazprom, that is, to pay for fuel in rubles.

Recall that according to the contract, payments from Finland to Russia must arrive no later than May 23 . Official Helsinki already assumed that there would be no deliveries from May 14, but did not comment on the situation.

The scenario may be possible because Gazprom has already deprived Bulgaria and Poland of Russian fuel after a similar refusal to pay. On the eve of the blackout, Varashava imposed sanctions against “Gazprom”.

At the same time, France reports a record increase in Russian revenues against the backdrop of European fuel supplies. So, the Echos edition, citing Citi analysts, called the size & # 8211; $100 billion. They cite rising prices as the reason.

It is indicated that the amount is twice the transfers of 2021.

“And this is without taking into account income from oil, coal and other raw materials” and the embargo, imposed on Russia, he emphasizes. Thus, Moscow can celebrate the first victory in the “energy battle” with Europe. Even a decrease in fuel purchases will not affect income, because. prices compensate for the gap.

The French observer believes that the embargo has trapped Europe itself, and the President of the Russian Federation “wins”.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that about twenty European companies opened accounts in “Gazprombank” to pay for Russian gas supplies. And EU members have still not been able to agree on the size and terms of the embargo.

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The dollar exchange rate for the first time in 4 years fell below 58 rubles, the euro below 60: currency experts gave advice

The expert advised the Russians not to sell dollars and euros.

During trading on the Moscow Exchange on May 20, the dollar exchange rate fell below 58 rubles.

At the minimum, the dollar traded at 57.55 rubles. For the first time in four years, the US currency fell below the 58 ruble border.

The euro also fell to multi-year lows – it could be bought for 59.58 rubles. By 21:15, the dollar exchange rate was correcting to 58.06 rubles, the euro was worth 60.24 rubles.

Both currencies lost 5 and 4.5 rubles at the start of the trading session.

The ruble strengthened is associated with measures to support the Central Bank of the Russian Federation and a large trade surplus.

Against this background, economist Nikita Maslennikov recommended that the Russians not rush to exchange money.

76 rubles.

“Therefore, there is no point in dumping dollars and euros today”, – quotes the words of the economist “Pravda.ru”.

According to the expert, people going on vacation abroad will need currency anyway. However, “discard” it's better not to rush it.

Earlier, TopNews wrote that an economist warned about the “trap” for the dollar at the end of May.

According to the expert, the dollar exchange rate depends on the behavior of the euro.

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Italian Foreign Ministry announced the transfer of the settlement plan in Ukraine to the UN

Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Manlio Di Stefano confirmed that Rome had submitted a four-stage plan to the UN on how to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that Kyiv should determine the terms of the truce alt=”The Italian Foreign Ministry announced the transfer of the settlement plan in Ukraine to the UN” />

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Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio handed over to UN Secretary General António Guterres a plan developed by Rome for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine, Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Manlio Di Stefano said on Twitter, confirming reports that appeared the day before.

“The truce plan proposed [ Luigi Di Maio] UN, outlines new perspectives for ending the conflict in Ukraine through coordinated actions at the world level to quickly achieve a ceasefire and restore political and economic balance,— written by Di Stefano.

However, the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that the conditions for a truce with Moscow should be determined by Kyiv. At a briefing following the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Development, he was asked to comment on Italy's plan.

“We support any effort to end this conflict. However, we are in favor of an immediate ceasefire and the complete withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine. As for the conditions, here the decision is up to Ukraine,»,— said Borrell.

He also noted that the EU hopes that Kyiv will be “in a strong position” during the settlement negotiations.

La Repubblica wrote that the plan proposed by Italy includes four stages . It is proposed to start with a ceasefire and demilitarization of the front line under the supervision of the UN, then move on to negotiations on the status of Ukraine, involving the entry of the country into the European Union, but not joining NATO.

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The third stage involves the conclusion of a bilateral agreement on Crimea and Donbass between Russia and Ukraine, according to which the “disputed territories” will receive autonomy and the right to ensure their own security, but sovereignty over the regions will belong to Kyiv. The final stage will be the conclusion of a multilateral agreement on peace and security in Europe, followed by the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine, follows from the document.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that a diplomatic solution to the conflict is possible only after a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops. At the end of February, Vladimir Putin named “the recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea, the solution of the tasks of demilitarization and denazification of the Ukrainian state and ensuring its neutral status” among the necessary conditions for a truce.

Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Moscow and Kyiv have held several rounds of talks in person and remotely. The most effective was the meeting in Turkey at the end of March. Then Ukraine offered to ensure its security to the countries from among the permanent members of the UN Security Council (guarantees will not work in Crimea and on part of the territory of Donbass). In return, Kyiv should accept a neutral and non-nuclear status, as well as refuse to produce and deploy all types of weapons of mass destruction.

However, since the beginning of April, the Russian authorities have repeatedly made statements that the negotiations have stalled. On May 17, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Andrey Rudenko said that there were no negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow in any form. The suspension of contacts was confirmed by Advisor to the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak: “After the Istanbul communiqué, there are no changes, there is no progress.”

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Elysee Palace announces new French government

Jean-Yves Le Drian was replaced as Minister of Foreign Affairs by the French Ambassador in London, and the French Minister of Overseas Territories became Minister of the Armed Forces

The heads of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Economy of France, Gerald Darmanin and Bruno Le Mer, retained their posts in the new government. The new Cabinet of Ministers was announced by Secretary General of the Office of the President Alexis Kohler, broadcast on Twitter.

Catherine Colonna, who served as Ambassador of the Republic to the UK, replaced Jean-Yves Le Drian as Minister of Foreign Affairs. The post of Minister of the Armed Forces was taken over by Sebastian Lecornu, who had previously been Minister of Overseas Territories, he replaced Florence Parly in this post.

Bridget Bourguignon became Minister of Health, Minister of Education— Pap Ndiaye.

On May 16, French President Emmanuel Macron appointed Elisabeth Born, who previously headed the Ministry of Labor, as Prime Minister of France. She became the first woman in 30 years in this post: before her, the French government was headed by Edith Cresson in 1991.

“Environment, health, education, full employment, democratic renaissance, Europe and security: together with the new government, we will continue to work tirelessly for the good of the French people,” Macron said at the time. As Reuters wrote, the French president decided to appoint a woman with experience in social or green politics as prime minister.

The French presidential election took place in April, Macron was re-elected for a second term, with the support of 58.54% of voters.

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Gazprom promised to protect its interests in arbitration with Finland

Gazprom will stop gas supplies to Finland on the morning of May 21, the suspension will last until payment is made in the manner prescribed by the decree of the President of Russia

Gazprom Export intends to defend its interests in arbitration with Finland, which has not accepted the new Russian gas payment terms, the company told RBC.

“Gazprom Export” will defend its interests in the arbitration proceedings by available means, — said the company.

«Gazprom Export» added that by the end of the working day on May 20 (the payment deadline stipulated by the contract), he had not received payment from Gasum for gas supplies in April. Therefore, until payment is made, gas supplies to the Finnish side will be suspended.

Gasum announced on May 17 that it did not accept Russia's new conditions for paying for gas and “submitted the contract to arbitration.” The company later reported that Gazprom informed her about the suspension of supplies from 7:00 Moscow time on May 21.

The Finnish gas company said it was “thoroughly preparing” to gas problems and will continue to supply fuel from other sources, in particular through the Balticconnector pipeline. It connects Finland with the Latvian gas storage facilities at Incukalns. Gasum is confident that it will be able to provide customers with gas in the coming months.

President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on gas payments in rubles for unfriendly countries at the end of March. Foreign gas companies must open two accounts with Gazprombank— in foreign currency and rubles. The foreign buyer transfers the gas fee in foreign currency, after which the bank sells it on the stock exchange and credits the funds received to the ruble account. The Russian side considers the obligations fulfilled only after they are credited to the account in Russian currency.

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The European Commission previously sent clarifications to member states, in which it explained how to pay for Russian gas without violating sanctions. Brussels clarified that opening accounts with Gazprombank does not violate the sanctions, but a foreign company, after crediting money to an account in foreign currency, must make a “clear statement” that the payment has been made and its obligations have been fulfilled.

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Putin made a remark to Alikhanov after mentioning the special operation

The Kaliningrad governor tried to explain the decline in construction by the beginning of hostilities in Ukraine. The President in response asked “not to refer to this special military operation of ours”: it “has absolutely nothing to do with it”

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President Vladimir Putin made a remark to the governor of the Kaliningrad region, Anton Alikhanov, who tried to explain the decline in the construction sector by the start of a special operation in Ukraine. The head of state held a working meeting with the governor via videoconference, according to the Kremlin website.

“Your construction sector has seen a fairly noticeable reduction in general,”— drew Putin's attention and asked to explain what it was connected with.

Alikhanov explained that after the start of the military operation, “logistic ties were temporarily disrupted.” “Still, we bought a lot abroad and were focused on transit through the territory of neighboring states. It took us time to adapt the supply to the new realities. It's done now,— he said.

The President in response asked: “This special military operation of ours should not be referred to in this case.” A decline in construction was observed back in 2020-2021, “noticeable at that”, and the Russian operation “has absolutely nothing to do with it”, he told the head of the region.

Putin agreed that “additional difficulties arise” but noted that “this reference was, frankly, not very appropriate.” “But I already said: there was a 48.9 percent decline in construction in 2020-2021,” — he added.

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Alikhanov has been governor of the Kaliningrad region since September 2017. On September 11, 2022, on a single voting day, new elections for the head of the region should take place. At the end of April, Alikhanov announced his intention to be re-elected for a second term. “I would like to go to the polls and be elected in a fair fight,” — he said.

Putin, at today's meeting with the Kaliningrad governor, praised the results of his work, calling them “completely satisfactory.” “The work was done well, of high quality,” — he noted. According to him, he expects Alikhanov to continue “in the same spirit” in the coming years.

The President announced his decision to launch a military operation in Ukraine on 24 February. Then Putin explained it as “the protection of people who have been subjected to bullying, genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years,” as well as the desire “for demilitarization and denazification.” neighboring country.

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Putin supported the candidacy of Kuyvashev in the elections in September

According to Putin, Kuyvashev's team was able to achieve positive results “on a number of fundamental indicators.” He has been the head of the Sverdlovsk region since 2012

Yevgeny Kuyvashev

President Vladimir Putin supported the candidacy of Sverdlovsk Region Governor Yevgeny Kuyvashev in the upcoming elections in September. The broadcast of their working meeting was broadcast by the TV channel “Russia 24”.

In a conversation with the head of state, Kuyvashev recalled the expiration of his powers and noted that it was important for him “to see where to work next.”

In response, Putin said that Kuyvashev and his team were able to achieve positive results and this creates a good basis for the development of the region. “I wish you success. I think you will be able to do it soon. Therefore, I hope that you will continue this work, and in the same vein, — Putin said.

Kuyvashev has been heading the region since 2012. Prior to that, he was the presidential envoy to the Urals Federal District (2011–2012), the mayor of Tyumen (2007–2011) and Tobolsk (2005–2007).

In April 2017, Kuyvashev resigned early from the post of governor, Putin left him acting until the elections, which were held in September of that year. He won them with a score of 62.16% of the vote.

In the spring, the Kremlin considered the option of abolishing direct elections of governors, three RBC sources reported this at the end of April. The head of the Fair Russia faction also spoke out in favor of refusing to hold elections in the fall; For the truth” Sergei Mironov, who offered to channel money from the army's election campaigns and opposed the infighting and competition of political parties. Secretary of the General Council of “United Russia” Andrei Turchak did not support his position.

Later, RBC sources close to the presidential administration reported that they decided not to postpone the elections in September, and leave the elections of governors direct. One of the interlocutors explained that keeping the elections as they were demonstrates the “normality of the situation.”

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“Channel One” announced the surrender of the deputy commander of “Azov” Kalina

According to the correspondent of the channel, Svyatoslav Palamar (Kalina) handed over his weapons and left the territory of Azovstal. On May 19, the military commander Dmitry Steshin announced the surrender of the deputy commander of Azov, but Kalina denied this information in a video message

Svyatoslav Palamar

Deputy commander of the Ukrainian national battalion “Azov” (his symbols are recognized in Russia as extremist and banned, and the battalion itself is planned to be declared a terrorist organization) Svyatoslav Palamar (Kalina) left the territory of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, the correspondent of Channel One reported on Telegram Irina Kuksenkova.

«Kalina left Azovstal! Surrendered weapons— personal machine gun and pistol. Whether he will be reunited with his Volyn (previously surrendered commander of the marine brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Sergey Volynsky. — RBC) in the same cell of the Yelenovka pre-trial detention center is not yet clear,— the journalist wrote.

Military correspondent of “Komsomolskaya Pravda” Dmitry Steshin reported on the surrender of Kalina the day before: according to the journalist, he handed over his weapons on the evening of May 18. After that, Kalina, who is called the press secretary of Azov, recorded a video message in which he stated that he was still at Azovstal.

Kuksenkova earlier on Friday reported that the commander of the unit of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Serhiy Volynsky (Volyn) handed over the weapon. “He looked almost brand new, he handed over his weapons, things were inspected” in general, went through the standard procedure before loading onto the bus, & mdash; the journalist wrote. At the same time, Kalina, according to her, did not come out with him.

The Ministry of Defense did not report the surrender of Kalina and Volyn.

At the end of April, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to the president that he had complete control over Mariupol, with the exception of the territory of Azovstal, where the Ukrainian military was stationed. Vladimir Putin ordered to cancel the assault on the plant and block its territory.

Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk reported on May 10 that by that time there were more than 1 thousand Ukrainian soldiers, including the wounded, in the industrial zone.

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At the same time, State Duma committees were instructed to study the issue of banning the exchange of “Nazis” who “are war criminals”; and must be brought to justice. Andrei Klishas, ​​Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, said that the Azov fighters should be judged in the DPR and LPR, where they “committed their crimes.” The senator recalled that there is no moratorium on the death penalty in the republics. The head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, called for an international tribunal over those who surrendered at Azovstal. by the military.

On May 17, Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov forwarded to the Ministry of Defense the question of the status of the exported from Azovstal; military.

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The State Duma urged to work out the issue of transport accessibility of resorts

The government is recommended to submit to the State Duma information on measures to improve transport accessibility of the south of Russia in the context of flight restrictions and the beginning of the holiday season

The State Duma Committee on Tourism and Tourism Infrastructure Development submitted a draft resolution to the lower house of parliament, in which it proposed to improve the transport accessibility of the regions of southern Russia, including Crimea and Sevastopol, under restrictions. The document was published in the legislative support system.

“Taking into account the holiday season that began on May 1, 2022,

which will last until the end of September 2022, it is necessary to work out the issue of transport accessibility of the regions of the south <…>, paying special attention to transport accessibility from the territories of the subjects of the Russian Federation of the Far Eastern and Siberian Federal Districts, — says the document.

The deputies recommend that the government submit to the State Duma information on the measures taken to improve transport accessibility, as well as “on an ongoing basis to inform citizens about the available ways to travel to such cities.”

On May 18, the Federal Air Transport Agency again extended restrictions on flights to 11 Russian airports until 3:45 Moscow time on May 25. The airports of Anapa, Belgorod, Bryansk, Voronezh, Gelendzhik, Krasnodar, Kursk, Lipetsk, Rostov-on-Don, Simferopol and Elista are closed. Russian airlines are advised to use the airports of Sochi, Volgograd, Mineralnye Vody, Stavropol and Moscow.

Restrictions on the operation of airports in the Russian south were first introduced on February 24, after the start of the military operation in Ukraine. Since then, they have been extended several times, most recently— until May 19.

Sochi— the only major airport that continues to operate in the south of the country.

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Khodorkovsky and Kasparov added to the list of foreign agents

There are now seven people on the list. In addition to these two politicians, these are journalists Kiselev and Ganapolsky, Alexei Navalny's associate Volkov, oppositionist Kara-Murza and rapper Morgenstern

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

The Russian Ministry of Justice has included politicians Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Garry in the list of individuals acting as foreign agents Kasparov.

In the column “Information about foreign sources” next to the name of Khodorkovsky, the department indicated Ukraine, and next to Kasparov— Ukraine and the Human Rights Foundation.

There are currently seven people on the list. In addition to Kasparov and Khodorkovsky, journalists Yevgeny Kiselev and Matvey Ganapolsky, an ally of oppositionist Alexei Navalny Leonid Volkov, oppositionist Vladimir Kara-Murza and rapper Alisher Morgenstern were previously included in it.

In April 2017, the Prosecutor General's Office declared three foreign non-governmental organizations undesirable in Russia: Mikhail Khodorkovsky's organization Open Russia registered in the UK, the Institute of Modern Russia (USA) of his son Pavel Khodorkovsky, and the public network movement Open Russia. (United Kingdom). “Open Russia” continued to work in the country as a social movement without registration.

In May 2021, the executive director of the movement, Andrei Pivovarov, announced its liquidation in order to protect members of the Open Russia from criminal prosecution.

A month later, the Prosecutor General's Office recognized the work of four more foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as undesirable: the British organizations Future of Russia Foundation (Future of Russia Foundation), Oxford Russia Fund (Oxford Russian Foundation) and Khodorkovsky Foundation (Khodorkovsky Foundation), as well as the French European Choice (“European Choice”). The Khodorkovsky Foundation, founded in 2004, supports educational projects both in Russia and abroad. Oxford Russian Foundation— branch of the Khodorkovsky Foundation— deals with the distribution of scholarships for students.

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Azov battalion commander surrendered at Azovstal

Denis Prokopenko left the territory of the Azovstal plant and surrendered. Earlier, the commander of the marine brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Volynsky and the deputy commander of “Azov” Palamar surrendered their weapons ” alt=”Azovstal battalion commander surrendered at Azovstal” />

Denis Prokopenko

Commander of the Ukrainian national battalion “Azov” (his symbols are recognized in Russia as extremist and banned, and the battalion itself is planned to be declared a terrorist organization) Denis Prokopenko (Radis) left the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol. Initially, the correspondent of Channel One reported this on Telegram. Irina Kuksenkova.

«Commander of Azov» Denis Prokopenko (Redis) left the Azovstal and surrendered, — she wrote.

Earlier, on May 20, the journalist reported that the commander of the unit of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Serhiy Volynsky (Volyn) and the deputy commander of the “Azov” Svyatoslav Palamar (Kalina).

Later information about the surrender of the leaders of Azovstal confirmed by the Russian Ministry of Defense. The military department said that Prokopenko, Volynsky and Palamar were taken away in an armored car.

On Friday evening, RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan wrote in her Telegram channel that “with Azovstal” everyone got out. In turn, Senator Andrei Klishas also wrote that “all the militants left Azovstal, calling it primarily a military victory.

The commander of the Vostok DPR battalion Alexander Khodakovsky wrote that before the last groups left the plant, the sounds of explosions were heard inside. He suggested that “something valuable to the enemy” was being destroyed.

“Azov” was founded in 2014 as a volunteer unit. Its first leader was the nationalist Andrei Biletsky. Later “Azov” was transformed into a regiment of the National Guard. In 2017, it was headed by Prokopenko.

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At the end of April, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin that Mariupol had come under the control of Russia and the DPR, and the territory of the Azovstal plant “with the remaining remnants of nationalists and foreign mercenaries”; blocked. To clean up Azovstal he took about three or four days. However, Putin ordered to cancel the assault on the plant, urging them to think about “saving the life and health of our soldiers and officers.” and “do not climb into these catacombs.” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky threatened to stop negotiations with Russia in the event of the destruction of the Ukrainian military remaining in Mariupol. “Ukrainian heroes need Ukraine alive”, — he noted later.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk reported on May 10 that more than 1,000 Ukrainian servicemen, including the wounded, were on the territory of the plant. On May 16, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the start of the surrender of the Ukrainian military and Azov fighters. at Azovstal and evacuation of the wounded. On May 20, Shoigu reported more than 1,900 surrendered Ukrainian soldiers. In Kyiv, they expect to exchange them.

In the Kremlin, the question was whether the Russian side considered prisoners of war evacuated from the territory of Azovstal. Ukrainian servicemen were forwarded to the Ministry of Defense. “The only thing I want to remind — [President Vladimir] Putin's statement that they will be treated in accordance with international law, — Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

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Zelensky announced plans to complete the construction of a new super-heavy aircraft “Mriya”

The Ukrainian authorities reported the loss of the only An-225 flight model at the end of February. There is a second, unfinished copy in the country, in 2020 Turkey was offered to participate in its completion, then it was estimated at $800 million

Vladimir Zelensky at the Antonov Aviation Plant, May 2021

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called for the construction of a new An-225 Mriya transport aircraft, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

“In this case, this is not a matter of money, it is a matter of ambition. We were contacted by Ukroboronprom, the Antonov team. This is a matter of the image of our state and all the excellent professional pilots who died,»,— Zelensky said at a meeting with students.

He considered the construction of “Mriya” in memory of the pilots “the correct state position.” Zelensky said that earlier Kyiv intended to complete the construction of the second An-225 and applied to Turkey with a proposal to participate in the project. This required $800 million, Zelensky explained, but “no money was found.”

In April 2020, representatives of the Antonov design bureau told Zelensky that there was a second, unfinished plane “in metal”. Then the Ukrainian authorities noted that “Mriya” can be completed “both theoretically and practically.”

About the loss of the only flight copy of the Mriya Zelensky said at the end of February. In “Ukroboronprom” explained that as of the morning of February 24, the plane was at the Antonov airfield. in Gostomel for repair work. One of its engines was removed, and “the plane could not fly that very day, although the appropriate commands were given.” During the fighting at the airfield, the plane was destroyed.

“Mriya” was the world's largest transport aircraft at the time of its creation and the only one assembled to full readiness. An-225 “Mriya” developed by OKB them. OK. Antonov in 1988. Its maximum takeoff weight is 640 tons, length— 84m, wingspan— 88.4 m, maximum load capacity— 250 t.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the liberation of the territory of Azovstal

In total, 2,439 Ukrainian soldiers surrendered, blocked at Azovstal. The commander of “Azov” was taken out of the territory of the plant in an armored car because of “the hatred of the Mariupol residents and the desire for reprisals against him,” the Defense Ministry said

Those who surrendered on the territory of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol

The territory of the metallurgical plant “Azovstal” completely released in Mariupol, said the official representative of the department, Major General Igor Konashenkov.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to the President “on the completion of the operation and the complete release” territory of “Azovstal” and Mariupol. According to the Ministry of Defense, on May 20, the last group of fighters of the Azov National Battalion surrendered. (its symbols are recognized as extremist in Russia and banned) — 531 people. A total of 2,439 Ukrainian soldiers have laid down their arms and surrendered since May 16.

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The underground facilities of the plant came under the control of the Russian armed forces.

Commander of “Azov” Denis Prokopenko “because of the hatred of Mariupol residents and the desire of the townspeople to punish him for numerous atrocities” taken out of the plant in a special armored car, said Konashenkov.

Earlier on May 20, the correspondent of Channel One Irina Kuksenkova reported that Prokopenko (Redis), his deputy Svyatoslav Palamar (Kalina) and the commander of the unit of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Sergey Volynsky (Volyn) left the territory of the plant and handed over their weapons.

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At the end of April, Vladimir Putin ordered to cancel the assault on Azovstal. and block its territory, after Shoigu announced complete control over Mariupol, with the exception of the industrial zone, where the “remnants of the nationalist formations” took refuge.

The Ministry of Defense announced the start of the surrender of the Ukrainian military and Azov fighters at Azovstal 16th of May. As Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk previously reported, there were more than 1,000 Ukrainian military personnel on the territory of the plant.

Kyiv expects to exchange those who surrendered for Azovstal. In the Kremlin, when asked whether the Russian side considered these fighters prisoners of war, they recommended contacting the military department. “The only thing I want to remind you is [Vladimir] Putin's statement that they will be treated in accordance with international laws,” — Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov stressed.

At the same time, State Duma committees were instructed to work on the issue of banning the exchange of “Nazis” who are “war criminals”; and must be brought to justice. On the need for a tribunal over those who surrendered at Azovstal Denis Pushilin, head of the DPR, also spoke.

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Shoigu reported to Putin on the complete “liberation” of Mariupol

The Russian military took full control of Mariupol after Ukrainian servicemen from the Azovstal plant surrendered. Ukrainian forces held the defense of the city for 86 days

The military operation to “liberate from Ukrainian militants” the territory of Mariupol and the plant “Azovstal” completed, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin. This was reported by the Ministry of Defense in Telegram.

“The territory of the metallurgical plant” Azovstal ” in Mariupol, where a group of Ukrainian militants of the Nazi formation “Azov” was blocked from April 21; (part of the materials of the organization is recognized as extremist in Russia and banned), completely released. The underground facilities of the enterprise, in which the militants were hiding, came under the complete control of the Russian armed forces, — The report said.

According to the agency, since May 16, 2,439 fighters of the Azov regiment have surrendered. and military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who were at the plant. Including, on May 20, 531 soldiers surrendered.

“The so-called” commander ” Nazi “Azov” because of the hatred of the Mariupol residents and the desire of the townspeople to punish him for numerous atrocities, he was taken out of the territory of the plant in a special armored car, — said the agency.

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

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that with Azovstal evacuated almost all people— civilians, doctors, seriously wounded and wounded, UNIAN reported. “It seems to me that in the near future, even, not one of these days, but the time will be completed, the export of all,” — he said.

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According to Zelensky, he agreed to unblock Azovstal with Turkey, Switzerland, Israel, with France because of the relations of their leaders with Russia. “Although, to be honest, dozens, hundreds of times I spoke with the leaders of other states to provide appropriate weapons to our military, so that we would reach Mariupol by military means in order to unblock these people,” — said the Ukrainian president.

He stressed that the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine allowed the Ukrainian military to “go out and save their lives”, as they have the right to do so.

The Ukrainian military held the defense of Mariupol for 86 days. Most of the time they were at the Azovstal plant, which occupies 11 sq. km and is approximately 1/15 of the city. Together with the military, civilians took refuge at the plant.

Evacuation of civilians and military personnel from Azovstal became a condition for Ukraine to continue negotiations with Russia. Zelensky said that if the Ukrainian military in Mariupol were killed, then Kyiv would stop the negotiation process.

In early May, Russia and Ukraine evacuated civilians from the plant to the territory of the DPR, LPR and settlements controlled by Kyiv under the control of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN.

May 16 from the territory of &laquo ;Azovstal» began to evacuate the military. Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar noted that the seriously wounded were taken to hospitals in Novoazovsk and Olenivka (both settlements are under the control of the DPR).

Zelensky then stressed that “Ukrainian heroes are needed by Ukraine alive.” They were expected to be exchanged for the Russian military. A possible scenario was the export of the military to Istanbul along the Black Sea, which was proposed by Turkey.

The command of “Azov” remained on the territory of the plant until the last, however, on May 20, the commander of the unit of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Sergey Volynsky (Volyn), the deputy commander of “Azov” Svyatoslav Palamar (Kalina) and the commander of the Azov Denis Prokopenko (Radish).

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Berlusconi invited the EU to persuade Kyiv to accept Russia’s terms of peace

Europe must convince Kyiv to accept the demands put forward by Moscow and personally by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the politician said. EU countries need to join forces and develop proposals for a settlement, he said.

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Europe must convince the Ukrainian authorities to accept Russia's terms in peace talks, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said, according to Libero Quatidiano.

“It is necessary to reach the world <…> as soon as possible. I believe that Europe should join forces to put forward a peace proposal for [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and the Ukrainians, trying to convince the Ukrainians to accept Putin's questions, — he said.

The day before, on May 19, the newspaper La Repubblica, citing the document, reported that Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio handed over Rome's proposals for a peaceful settlement in Ukraine to UN Secretary General António Guterres. Excerpts from the project, cited by the Huffington Post and Open Online, said the plan had four stages:

  • ceasefire in Ukraine and demilitarization of the front line under UN supervision;
  • negotiations on the status of Ukraine, which involve the country's accession to the EU, but not joining NATO;
  • In turn, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, at a briefing following the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council on development issues, said that he supported the proposals of Rome, but noted that the final decision on the conditions of peaceful settlement must be accepted by Kyiv.

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The Ministry of Defense showed a video of the exit of the Ukrainian military from Azovstal

The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that on May 20, the last group of Ukrainian soldiers blocked there left the territory of Azovstal – 531 people

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The Russian Ministry of Defense published a video of the exit of the last group of Ukrainian soldiers who were blocked at the Azovstal plant. in Mariupol, from the territory of the plant.

On the footage, the Russian military asks if there are officers among those who came out, examine people's things, search them and force them to undress and show tattoos on their bodies.

According to the Russian ministry, on Friday, May 20, 531 people left the plant; from May 16 & mdash; 2439. The department calls them “Nazis” Azov ” (some of the materials of the organization have been recognized as extremist in Russia and banned) and members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The representative of the Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov reported that the territory of “Azovstal” “completely released”, the head of the department, Sergei Shoigu, reported this to President Vladimir Putin.

The Ukrainian side has previously said that it hopes to exchange the wounded soldiers for Azovstal. The press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, forwarded the question to the Defense Ministry about whether Moscow considered those taken from the plant to be prisoners of war. At the same time, the Russian State Duma is discussing the issue of a ban on the exchange of “Nazi criminals” so that they can be brought to justice (the Russian authorities have repeatedly called the Azov battalion a neo-Nazi association).

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March against the “Soviet heritage” took place in Latvia

About 10 thousand people took part in it. The organizers demanded to dismantle the monuments of the Soviet era throughout the country, expel from Latvia all persons disloyal to her and deprive them of their citizenship. On May 16, the procession was announced by the president

In the center of the capital of Latvia, the city of Riga, a procession “for liberation from the Soviet legacy” took place. in support of the demolition of Soviet monuments, Delfi reports.

According to the portal, about 10 thousand people participated in the march. They sang Latvian folk songs, carried posters, Latvian and Ukrainian flags. At the same time, the City Duma told the portal that at the stage of coordinating the procession, it was only about 5 thousand participants.

The activists walked from the Town Hall Square in the center of Riga towards the Victory Park and headed towards the Freedom Monument. The organizers of the march demanded that the monument be demolished, calling it a “monument to the occupation”; and appealed to the Latvian authorities with a demand to “identify and dismantle all <…> memorials [of the times] of the USSR” and “monuments of the Russian occupation.” In addition, among the demands of the organizers was a call to “change the names of streets and squares”; throughout Latvia.

The Pentagon denied that the United States plans to destroy the Black Sea Fleet

The fact that the United States is preparing such plans, said the adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby assured that this was not true. He also did not confirm the discussion of the supply of anti-ship weapons to Kyiv. denied that the United States has plans to destroy the Black Sea Fleet” />

John Kirby

The United States does not have any plans to destroy the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at a briefing.

“That's not true,” — he assured reporters.

Kirby was asked to comment on a May 20 Twitter post by adviser to Ukrainian Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko that “the United States is preparing a plan to destroy the Black Sea Fleet.”

Gerashchenko also wrote that Kyiv was able to convince Washington of the need ” prepare a plan to unblock the ports. According to the adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the countries are discussing the supply of anti-ship weapons to Ukraine— Harpoon and Naval Strike Missile missiles with a range of 250-300 km).

On May 19, the White House is considering providing Ukraine with anti-ship missiles to overcome the naval blockade of Russia, Reuters reported, citing US officials and congressional sources. According to them, Washington is considering their direct transfer from the United States or from one of the European countries that also has such weapons. Kirby, commenting on this data, said: “I will not speculate about systems that have not been sent or have not yet been approved for shipment.”

On May 19, the US Senate approved the allocation of $40 billion in aid to Ukraine. According to Bloomberg, $6 billion will go to direct security assistance, $8.8 billion— for economic support, $9.05 billion— to replenish stockpiles of weapons from the Pentagon, and other countries that supply weapons to Ukraine are calculated $ 4 billion. Now the law must be signed by President Joe Biden.

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Truss announced plans to arm Moldova “according to NATO standards”

The head of the British Foreign Office said that this issue is being discussed with the member states of the military bloc. The intention to provide military assistance to Chisinau after the aggravation of the situation in Transnistria was previously announced by the EU and the USA .jpg” alt=”Truss announced plans to arm Moldova “according to NATO standards”” />

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss

The UK is discussing with its allies in the North Atlantic Alliance the supply of modern weapons to Moldova, Foreign Minister Liz Truss said in an interview with The Telegraph. She called the republic a “vulnerable state”.

“I would like to see Moldova armed according to NATO standards”,— the minister said. If the members of the alliance agree, then Chisinau will be provided with new types of weapons, and the soldiers of the Moldovan army will be taught how to use them, the newspaper writes.

The Republic borders on Odessa, Vinnitsa and Chernivtsi regions of Ukraine in the north, east and south. On May 19, French President Emmanuel Macron warned that the conflict in Ukraine could spread to Moldova. “Recent incidents in Transnistria show that the spread of the conflict to neighboring countries is not excluded,” — he declared.

Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilitsa said on May 18 that Chisinau is aware of the risk of a situation in the immediate vicinity of the borders or on the territory of Moldova, but so far considers the danger distant. The head of government stressed that the republic plans to maintain the neutrality prescribed in the Constitution and is not going to join NATO after Sweden and Finland.

Russian peacekeepers have been in Pridnestrovie since 1992. Chisinau calls on Russia to withdraw them from the republic.

On April 22, the Ministry of Defense announced that during the second phase of the special operation in Ukraine, the Russian military was going to establish “full control over the Donbass and southern Ukraine.” The department indicated that control over the south of the neighboring state would allow providing another corridor to Transnistria, where “there are facts of oppression of the Russian-speaking population.”

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After that, a series of incidents took place in the unrecognized republic, which Tiraspol considered terrorist attacks: an explosion near the building of the Ministry of State Security, two explosions at a radio and television center in the village of Mayak (disabled antennas relayed Russian radio), an attack on a military unit in the village of Parkany. On April 26, the PMR authorities declared a red level of terrorist threat.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of trying to destabilize the situation in the region. The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that unknown people want to involve Transnistria in the conflict.

Chairman of the European Council Charles Michel promised in early May that the EU would provide additional military support to Moldova: provide assistance in the field of cybersecurity and take action to ” “strengthening the military power of the country”. He did not give details and called for “refraining from provocative statements” in order to prevent an escalation in Moldova and Transnistria. Before that, the United States announced its intention to continue supporting the modernization of the Moldovan army.

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Hungary proposed to the EU to impose a ban on offshore oil supplies from Russia

The Foreign Ministry believes that this will help find a compromise, since most of the oil from Russia comes to the EU by sea. Hungary depends on Russian oil imports by 60% and does not remove the veto from the sixth package of EU sanctions, it has no access to the sea

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In the sixth package of sanctions against Russia, which the EU is currently discussing, there is a proposal for an embargo on imports of crude oil from its territory. If the package is approved, Brussels may impose a ban in six months, and restrict the import of Russian oil products from 2023.

Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia did not support the idea of ​​an oil embargo because of their dependence on Russian energy supplies. Then the European Commission gave in and allowed Hungary and Slovakia to import Russian oil until the end of 2024, and the Czech Republic— until June 2024. After that, Bratislava and Prague stopped opposing the ban, but Hungary did not change its position.

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Zelensky proposed an agreement on the seizure of Russian assets in favor of Kyiv

The President of Ukraine proposed to conclude a multilateral international treaty providing for the confiscation of Russian assets abroad and their transfer in favor of those who “suffered from the actions of the Russian army”

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Ukraine offers partner countries to conclude an international treaty and create a mechanism for the withdrawal of Russian foreign assets in favor of Kyiv. This was stated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a video message on Telegram.

The President of Ukraine believes that on the basis of such an agreement, Russian funds and property that are in the jurisdictions of the partner states should be arrested or frozen, and then confiscated and sent to a specially created fund

According to Zelensky, at the expense of this “each and everyone who suffered from the actions of the Russian army will be able to receive compensation for their losses.”

The need for a “legitimate international mechanism” that would provide Ukraine with compensation for the damage caused as a result of hostilities was previously stated by the head of the office of the Ukrainian president, Andriy Yermak. “Compensations can be both the mentioned special taxes and duties on Russian energy carriers and transactions, as well as state and private property. However, Russia's foreign assets are protected by sovereign immunity, and the rights of the oligarchs— inviolability of private property,»,— he said.

In early May, Zelensky announced that $600 billion would be needed to restore Ukraine after the Russian military operation. Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmygal also mentioned this amount. According to him, it will be needed to restore the economy and infrastructure in the long term.

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According to Anton Siluanov, the head of the Russian Ministry of Finance, about half of the gold and foreign exchange reserves were frozen due to sanctions: about $300 billion out of $640 billion.

The head of the US Treasury, Janey Yellen, said that the idea of ​​arresting Russian assets and transferring them to Kyiv natural given the “enormous destruction and cost of rebuilding,” but in the United States such action would be illegal. The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in turn, said that the EU is looking for ways to use the assets of Russians frozen under sanctions to restore Ukraine. In her opinion, Russia “should do its part.”

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the seizure of assets for these purposes “was illegal, blatant”; and demanded a response from Moscow. He noted that no one officially notified the Russian side of such plans. Earlier, Peskov compared the seizure of assets of Russian businessmen with a robbery in the Wild West.

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Pentagon Press Secretary Kirby Moves to the White House

John Kirby has been with the US Department of Defense since 2021. Biden appointed him National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator />

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U.S. President Joe Biden has appointed Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby as National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator, White House reports.

“In this position, Kirby will coordinate interagency efforts to clarify United States policy and will serve as the administration's senior representative on related matters,” Reuters cites an excerpt from the statement.

Kirby will report to the head of the National Security Council, Jake Sullivan.

Biden said that Kirby “possesses a unique qualification.” for this position and “understands the complexities of foreign and defense policy” United States.

The Washington Post and CNN previously reported that Kirby would be stepping down as Pentagon spokesman. According to the latter, he will not regularly hold briefings, but will speak with White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre when necessary. 2017).

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Kirby served as a State Department spokesman from 2015-2017, then spent several years as a military analyst at CNN. He joined the Pentagon in 2021. According to WP, Kirby “impressed White House officials” with their briefings, especially in recent months, during the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

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CNN announced US intention to leave 100,000 troops in Europe

The United States has brought the grouping of troops in Europe to 100,000 against the background of the Russian military operation. Washington does not rule out that the contingent will grow. The military will not take part in hostilities on the territory of Ukraine, the authorities emphasize alt=”CNN announces US intention to keep 100,000 troops in Europe” />

The United States is expected to maintain a presence of about 100,000 troops in Europe in the near future, CNN reports citing American officials.

The U.S. force could temporarily increase if NATO decides to conduct additional exercises in the region, the sources said. In addition, they admit, the number of troops could increase if the US deploys new bases in Europe deploys new bases in Europe “in the event of a change in the security situation.”

The US began considering these plans after a meeting of the commanders in chief of the armed forces NATO countries in Brussels, the TV channel reports.

The United States brought its grouping of troops in Europe to 100,000 in March, the US European Command reported. Before the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, there were about 60,000 American troops in the region. In addition, Washington sent thousands of soldiers to the NATO Response Force.

President Joe Biden has stressed that US troops are in the region to protect NATO allies, not to fight Russia and fight in Ukraine. The United States authorities have repeatedly said that there is no option for the development of events in Ukraine, in which Biden will send American soldiers to fight in this country against Russia.

In late March, Chief of Staff of the Army James McConville said that the United States would not increase military presence in Europe to the level that was on the continent during the Cold War era – up to 350 thousand.

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On May 13, the Pentagon announced that the United States, as part of strengthening the defensive capabilities on the eastern flank of NATO against the backdrop of events in Ukraine, will rotate the military contingent in Europe. On behalf of the head of department Lloyd Austin, 10.5 thousand soldiers will return to the United States, while the other 10.5 thousand will go to bases in Europe; thus, the total number of soldiers stationed in the region will remain the same — about 100 thousand.

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Gasum announced the suspension of gas supplies from Russia to Finland

Gas supplies from Russia have been stopped, Finland will supply it in the summer season via the Balticconnector pipeline, Gasum reported. Gasgrid Finland assured that the country's system is balanced

Natural gas imports from Russia to Finland are suspended, during the entire summer season the company will purchase it from other suppliers through the Balticconnector pipeline, according to the website of the Finnish state gas company Gasum.

“Gasum will supply natural gas to its customers from other sources via the Balticconnector pipeline. Gasum filling stations in the gas network will continue to operate as usual,— said in the message.

According to the Finnish state gas operator Gasgrid Finland, gas supplies were stopped through the Imatra point, while all the volume needed by the country is already imported through Balticconnector. According to the company, “[Finland's] gas system is now balanced.”

Balticconnector connects Finland to Estonia, this pipeline provides the Finnish side with access to the Latvian natural gas storage facilities in Incukalns.

Gasum CEO Mika Välänen said earlier that the company had prepared for such a situation and was ready to provide customers with fuel in the coming months in the absence of interruptions in the operation of the gas transport network. The company also indicated that they refused to pay for gas in rubles or according to the new scheme proposed by Russia, while there are other “substantial disagreements”; in relation to other requirements presented to the contract. Gasum “had no choice but to arbitrate the contract,” Viljanen added.

At Gazprom, previously warned that they intend to “defend their interests in arbitration by available means”, and gas supplies will be suspended due to the refusal of the Finnish side to pay for them under the new conditions.

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At the end of April, the Finnish government announced its intention to stop Russian gas supplies as soon as possible. «Purpose— get rid of all payments to Russia so that we don't use them to fund Putin's military fund. It would be undesirable to be in a situation where we have to pay for breach of contract,— said Minister for European Affairs and Corporate Governance Titti Tuppurainen.

Bloomberg learned in mid-May that Gasgrid Finland intends to charter a specialized tanker used as an offshore LNG terminal from US Excelerate Energy. Helsinki believed that this deal would stop the import of Russian gas. The head of Excelerate Energy Stephen Cobos noted that Finland and Estonia need 3 billion cubic meters. m of gas annually, while the tanker is capable of delivering 5 billion cubic meters. According to the company, this is about 52 freight shipments.

The Exemplar vessel, which is currently in Argentina, will sail to Finland by the end of the year. The agreement was signed for ten years, while the surplus gas can be sold to neighboring countries, including Estonia.

The contract between Gasum and Gazprom Export valid until the end of 2031. The Russian company reported that it supplied the Finnish side in 2016-2019 with about 2.5 billion cubic meters. m of gas. In 2020, against the backdrop of the spread of the coronavirus, supplies fell by 34.5%, but in the first half of 2021 they reached 1.035 billion cubic meters. m, which is 35.6% more than in the same period last year.

According to Bloomberg, Finland purchased 92% of natural gas from Russia last year, but this type of fuel accounts for only 5% of energy, consumed in the country.

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Rogozin offered to “improve life” at Ukrainian space factories

Roskosmos can restore work at Ukrainian space enterprises in regions controlled by Russia, Rogozin said. Khusnullin announced on the eve of the work of the interdepartmental headquarters for the restoration of territories Rogozin proposed to “improve life” at the Ukrainian space plants” />

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In the Kyiv, Kharkov, and Dnepropetrovsk regions of Ukraine, there are Soviet factories in the space industry, Roskosmos; is ready to restore production on them, said the head of the state corporation Dmitry Rogozin on the air of the Rossiya 24 TV channel.

?.. Something that is connected with space, of course. What has always been an inseparable part of the unified space family of the great Soviet Union as a great space power,— said Rogozin.

The head of the state corporation pointed out that Roskosmos could “establish a normal life” and provide jobs for those in Russian-controlled regions of Ukraine.

Rogozin did not specify the names of the enterprises in which the state corporation is interested. At the same time, the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau is located in Dnepropetrovsk. them. M.K.Yangel —the Russian Ministry of Defense called him “the leading center of rocket science” THE USSR. The design bureau created spacecraft and missile systems with ground-based ballistic missiles.

Dnepropetrovsk also houses the A.M. Makarov Southern Machine-Building Plant («Yuzhmash»). With this enterprise in the spring of 2017, the American representative office of S7 Space, S7 Sea Launch Limited, entered into an agreement for the supply of 12 Zenit launch vehicles. for Sea Launch programs and Ground Launch, but in March 2019 decided to end cooperation.

Dnepropetrovsk and Kyiv regions of Ukraine are not controlled by Russia. Russian forces are in the Kherson, Kharkov, Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

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The Russian government has formed a special headquarters, which included “all interested bodies” to restore the territories of Ukraine occupied by Russian forces, Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin told reporters the day before, May 20. He said that there is already a schedule, “work is in full swing,” it is planned to restore roads, housing and the economy.

“We have prepared a number of measures in order to start the economy as quickly as possible, to establish the financial system,»,— Khusnullin stressed, RIA Novosti reported.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of equipment from the US and Europe near Zhytomyr

Russian forces with Kalibr missiles in the Zhytomyr region destroyed weapons supplied from the United States and Europe to Ukrainian troops. In the Odessa region, the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed storage facilities with fuel for armored vehicles of the Ukrainian forces alt=”The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of equipment from the US and Europe near Zhytomyr” />

In the Zhytomyr region, Russian forces with Kalibr missiles destroyed the “large party” weapons and equipment supplied from the US and Europe to Ukrainian troops, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

“High-precision long-range sea-based missiles” Kalibr ” a large consignment of weapons and military equipment delivered from the United States and European countries for the grouping of Ukrainian troops in the Donbas was destroyed in the area of ​​​​the Malin railway station in the Zhytomyr region, — said the official representative of the department, Igor Konashenkov, during a briefing, without specifying the specific amount of equipment and weapons.

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In the Odessa area, the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed storage facilities with fuel for armored vehicles of the Ukrainian forces, which were located at the Odessa Port Plant chemical plant.

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

Russian aviation and air defense systems shot down two Ukrainian Su-25 aircraft: one— during an air battle near the city of Belitskoye in the Donetsk People's Republic, and the second & mdash; near the village of Novoaleksandrovka, Kherson region.

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According to the Ministry of Defense, since the beginning of the special military operation, Russian troops have destroyed 174 aircraft, 125 helicopters; automotive equipment.

Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24th. The Ministry of Defense has repeatedly said that strikes are inflicted only on military infrastructure. The Ukrainian authorities have introduced martial law in the country and announced a general mobilization. Kyiv also severed diplomatic relations with Moscow.

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Zelensky explained the surrender of the military from Azovstal as a signal from Kyiv

The Ukrainian military left their hiding places and surrendered after receiving a “signal” from Kyiv, Zelensky said. The Ukrainian leader added that now they have to wait for the exchange in one format or another *

Ukrainian forces stationed at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, received a “signal” from the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine about the right to “go out and save your life”, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with the TV channel “Ukraine 24”.

According to the head of Ukraine, everything will depend on the obligations assumed by the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Russia, who promised that the surrendered military would be safe to wait for “this or that format of exchange.”

Zelensky also said that Kyiv was in talks with partners to provide weapons that could allow Ukrainian forces to break through to the Mariupol plant. He added that many Ukrainian pilots died while trying to get to Azovstal. According to the president, it was planned to deliver medicines and food to the plant by air.

“A lot of things happened that no one could officially comment on. Air corridors to “Azovstal” was not due to the powerful Russian air defense,»,— Zelensky emphasized.

RBC sent a request to the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Ukrainian servicemen held the defense of Mariupol for almost 90 days. For most of this period, they were at Azovstal, whose area is 11 square meters. km, or about 1/15 of the entire city. Together with the military, civilians were hiding at the plant.

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In early May, Moscow and Kyiv evacuated civilians from the plant to the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities, as well as to the Lugansk and Donetsk republics. The process took place under the control of the UN and the Red Cross. In mid-May, from the territory of “Azovstal” the military began to be evacuated; The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reported on the hospitalization of the seriously wounded in Olenivka and Novoazovsk. Both settlements are under the control of the DPR.

Zelensky then indicated that “Ukraine needs Ukrainian heroes alive” and expressed the hope that Kyiv would be able to return the military. Earlier, he threatened to stop negotiations with Russia to resolve the conflict if the defenders of Mariupol were killed.

On the evening of May 20, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the establishment of full control over Mariupol, including over the territory of Azovstal. “The underground facilities of the enterprise, in which the militants were hiding, came under the complete control of the Russian armed forces,” — Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin. He added that 2,439 Ukrainian soldiers had surrendered since May 16.

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Biden called the condition for a meeting with Kim Jong-un

A meeting between the US and North Korean leaders is possible if the North Korean side is serious, the American leader said. The White House did not see such signs in the actions of Pyongyang Biden called the condition for a meeting with Kim Jong-un He said this at a press conference during a visit to South Korea, reports Reuters.

“As for whether I meet with the leader of North Korea, it will depend on whether he is sincere and serious” ,— Biden said.

Washington offered coronavirus vaccines to Pyongyang to combat the country's outbreak, the president continued, but the US “didn't get any response.” In the DPRK, the day before, they reported the identification of almost 2.5 million patients with symptoms of an “unknown fever”.

In February, then-South Korean President Moon Jae-in called a meeting between Biden and Kim Jong-un “a matter of time.” “Because the dialogue— the only way to resolve the issues is expected to eventually be a meeting between President Biden and Chairman Kim,— he said in an interview with Yonhap.

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The South Korean leader also expressed regret that the meeting in 2019 between the head of the DPRK and then-US President Donald Trump did not lead to a deal and was not secured continuation of the dialogue.

Read on RBC Pro Pro Sales of luxury goods are growing faster than expected. How to make money on it Articles Pro A leisurely billion: how a Russian can successfully enter the Indian market % per year is already the norm: how Argentina lives in conditions of record inflationAccording to Bloomberg, in April, US Special Envoy to North Korea Sun Kim noted that the White House had not yet received a response to repeated calls for dialogue without preconditions. “We hope that the North Koreans will accept our invitation to a serious and lengthy dialogue,” he stressed at the time, assuring that Washington was ready to study any serious proposals from Pyongyang “regarding the situation on the [Korean] peninsula.”

Jake Sullivan, national security adviser to the American president, also said that there were no signs of North Korea's readiness for serious negotiations with the United States. On the eve of Biden's visit to South Korea, he pointed out that there was no indication that the North Korean leader wanted a meeting.

Former US President Donald Trump met with the North Korean leader in Singapore and Hanoi. During the first meeting, the leaders signed a joint document— Pyongyang then committed itself to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for security guarantees from Washington. The second meeting took place without signing agreements.

In June 2019, Trump met with Kim Jong-un again— in Panmunjom, in the demilitarized zone between South Korea and North Korea. Then he symbolically crossed the demarcation line, becoming the first acting American leader to visit North Korea.

Later, Pyongyang changed its attitude towards the agreements reached. “We don't need lengthy negotiations with the US, and denuclearization is no longer on the negotiating agenda,” — North Korean representative to the UN Kim Song emphasized. He called the dialogue a “trick”; Washington.

Last June, Trump expressed confidence that Biden was unpleasant to the leader of the DPRK, and therefore their meeting would not take place. “He [Kim Jong Un] is a different type of guy, it takes a different type of guy to talk to him, but we got along,” explained the ex-president.

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