According to the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper, the head of the electronic warfare troops of the Russian Armed Forces, Lieutenant-General Yuri Lastochkin, accused the NATO secret services of wiretapping citizens.
According to Lastochkin, for these purposes, Alliance specialists use false base stations to force the connection of cellular subscribers.
“Foreign intelligence specialists get the opportunity not only to listen to cell phones and view text messages, but also to selectively block subscribers and misinform them by sending false messages,” the Russian military said.
He added that Russian scientists are now connected to the solution this issue, a system of counteraction has already been created unauthorized access to subscriber information.
He asked his subscribers to send contacts of individuals or organizations through which assistance could be provided. Previously, Tinkov spoke out against the military operation in Ukraine
The founder of Tinkoff Bank (the parent company of TCS Group) Oleg Tinkov said that he would like, together with his family charitable foundation, to directly help Ukrainian refugees who ended up in Italy, as well as the wounded in Russia. He wrote about this on Instagram (part of the Meta corporation, which is recognized as extremist in Russia and banned). due to Western sanctions (the UK imposed sanctions against the businessman), but still continues to help patients with blood cancer in Russia, in particular by purchasing Western medical equipment (Tinkov himself is fighting leukemia).
“But we want to directly help the Ukrainian refugees in Italy and the Russian wounded in Russia. Please send some coordinates and contacts for this below»,— the businessman addressed the subscribers.
Shortly after the start of the military operation, Tinkov said that instead of financing military operations, money should be spent on research into ways to treat cancer. “Now in Ukraine, innocent people are dying every day, this is unthinkable and unacceptable! States should spend money on treating people, on research to defeat cancer, and not on war, — he said.
Tinkov created a charitable foundation at the end of 2020, which officially launched in February last year. The purpose of the organization is to provide systematic support for the development of oncohematology in Russia. Among the programs of the fund— development of laboratory diagnostics in the regions, overhaul and equipping of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation centers, professional development of doctors and nurses in the field of oncohematology.
According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 4.73 million people have left Ukraine since February 24 (data as of April 13). Of these, 2.69 million went to Poland, 716.7 thousand— to Romania, 471 thousand— to Russia, 440.3 thousand— to Hungary, 417.6 thousand— to Moldova.
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EU member states are discussing a phased embargo on Russian oil, but concrete proposals will be made only after the presidential elections in France are over
The EU plans to introduce a phased embargo on Russian oil, but negotiations this will not begin until the end of the presidential election in France, writes The New York Times, citing sources. The second round of the French elections will take place on April 24.
According to the interlocutors of the publication, the leaders of the countries —members of the EU want to be sure that the increase in fuel prices in France (in the event of an earlier embargo) will not play into the hands of the candidate Marine Le Pen to the presidency and will not prevent current President Emmanuel Macron from being re-elected. Both candidates made it to the second round of elections.
The embargo is supposed to be introduced according to the same scheme as for Russian coal. Earlier, the EU introduced the fifth package of sanctions against Russia, which included, among other things, a ban on the purchase, import or transit of coal and other solid fossil fuels from Russia. It will take effect in August, until that time the parties can execute contracts concluded before April 9.
Oil is also being phased out, allowing Germany, which is more dependent on Russian fuel than any other European country, to adapt to the new conditions. The schedule for phasing out Russian oil will be divided into types of oil products and delivery methods, writes NYT. In addition, a faster embargo on oil delivered by tankers (compared to pipeline oil) is being discussed.
Now it is being discussed that the transit period will be at least one month, the newspaper adds.
According to her, EU members are gradually coming to the conclusion that a ban on the import of Russian oil should be introduced even in the absence of any “trigger”.
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The European Commission is now working on the details of upcoming measures, but does not put them on paper, fearing information leakage, the newspaper writes. Its representatives will hold meetings with European diplomats during the Easter holidays, his sources specified.
Earlier Thursday, President Vladimir Putin instructed to speed up work on creating infrastructure in Russia to redirect oil and gas exports from the West to other markets. He clarified that we are talking about railway, pipeline, port projects. “Including, it is necessary to provide for the construction of new oil and gas pipelines from the fields of Western and Eastern Siberia,” — the president added.
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The politician said that he was invited to the police station for interrogation, where they drew up a protocol under a new article on discrediting the Russian Armed Forces. He refuted the information that appeared in the media about his detention Shlosberg drew up a protocol under the article on discrediting the Russian army” />
The chairman of the Pskov branch of the Yabloko party, a member of the federal political committee of the party Lev Shlosberg, was drawn up a protocol on the article on discrediting the Russian Armed Forces. The politician told RBC about this.
Earlier, information appeared in the media that Shlosberg, as well as activist Nikolai Glushkov, were detained by employees of the E center. and taken to the police station.
In a conversation with RBC, Shlosberg denied this information. “No, this information is false. I'm actually at the police station and answering questions from police officers as part of administrative proceedings, but this is not a detention, just a late meeting with an interrogation. For some reason, this meeting had to be held at such an odd time. <…> I was offered to go to the police, I did not object to the police officers. I will answer the questions and move on,»,— he explained.
According to the politician, an administrative protocol was drawn up against him under Part 1 of Art. 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (public actions aimed at discrediting the use of the Russian Armed Forces in order to protect the interests of the country and its citizens, maintain international peace and security). Part 1 provides for punishment for citizens in the form of a fine of up to 50 thousand rubles.
RBC sent a request to the press service of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Pskov region.
An article about discrediting the Russian army appeared in the legislation on March 4, after President Vladimir Putin signed a law criminalizing the public dissemination of fakes about the use of the Russian Armed Forces.
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By April 14, 610 cases under this article were submitted to the courts, follows from the statistics of the State Antimonopoly Service “Pravosudie”, which was analyzed by RBC. In at least 334 cases, a decision was made to impose an administrative penalty, in three — proceedings have been terminated and 176 cases have not yet been considered. According to Art. 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses, some politicians have already been fined. So, the former mayor of Yekaterinburg, Yevgeny Roizman, was fined three times, and fines were issued to the head of the Gagarinsky district of Moscow, Elena Rusakova, and the head of the Lomonosovsky district, Gordey Nefedov.
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Chechen military personnel use drones to find enemy firing positions, and then proceed to the operation themselves. This allows “to nullify” losses among soldiers and “as quickly as possible” to destroy the enemy, Kadyrov assured
The special police regiment named after Akhmat Kadyrov, led by Zamid Chalayev, is participating in the battles for Mariupol, the head of Chechnya specified. He called the methods of the Chechen military “not at all delicate.”
Russia has been conducting a military special operation in Ukraine since February 24 to protect the population of Donbass, “denazification” and “demilitarization” this country. The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the fighting in the center of Mariupol on March 18.
On April 8, the head of Chechnya stated that Russian troops occupied 98% of the territory of the city and “only separately fortified shelters of Bandera, including the Azovstal” plant, remained in it.
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Reuters wrote that the explosions in Kyiv were among the strongest since the beginning of the Russian military operation. Power outage in Kiev region confirmed by NetBlocks, it started around 1:30 ” alt=”Part of the Kiev region was blacked out after reports of explosions” />
Part of the Kiev region was blacked out after reports of powerful explosions in the capital, the power outage was confirmed by NetBlocks, an organization that monitors the Internet.
According to her, in the Kiev region, Internet activity has fallen sharply due to a power outage. Real-time metrics showed internet connectivity in the region dropping to 85% of normal levels. This happened starting at 1:30 local time.
Before that, on the night of Friday, April 15, there were reports of powerful explosions in Kyiv. Reuters, in particular, wrote about them, adding that the explosions were among the strongest during the entire period of the military operation in Ukraine.
The explosions in Kyiv were also reported on Twitter by the head of the Center for Civil Liberties of Ukraine Oleksandra Matveychuk. In response to her post, one Twitter user clarified that six explosions had been heard, adding that the light had gone out.
Russia has been conducting a special operation in Ukraine since February 24. The Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly stated that it attacks only military facilities and does not strike at civilian infrastructure. On April 13, a representative of the department, Igor Konashenkov, said that the Russian Armed Forces could strike at “decision-making centers”, including in Kyiv, if the Ukrainian side continues to strike at Russian territory, as well as make “sabotage attempts.”
Before that, the authorities of the Kursk and Belgorod regions reported about shelling from Ukraine, later they announced this in the Bryansk region.
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Two members of the US Congress from the Republican Party— Steve Danes and Victoria Spartz arrived in Kyiv and examined the neighboring city of Bucha and the village of Borodyanka, The New York Times writes.
According to the publication, the congressmen got to Kyiv by train from the territory of Western Ukraine. The day before, they received an invitation from the Ukrainian authorities.
This is the first visit of US officials to Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian special operation, the newspaper writes. Danes, according to her, was on a visit to Eastern Europe, but was forced to interrupt the trip and go to Kyiv. In turn, Spartz “planned an unofficial visit” to Ukraine, as she was born in this country.
During the trip, both members of parliament supported the provision of US military assistance to Ukraine, the publication clarified.
A possible visit to Kiev by a representative of the US administration on April 14 was reported by Politico newspaper, citing two US officials. Possible contenders in this vein, the publication called the head of the Pentagon Lloyd Austin, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Vice President Kamala Harris and the head of state Joe Biden himself.
However, the publication noted that no final decision on this matter was made. Sources said the visit would not be announced in advance due to security concerns, and that it might not take place at all due to the “volatile nature of hostilities.”
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Since the end of February, several foreign politicians have visited Ukraine, including the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell and the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. They arrived in Kyiv on April 8. In addition to them, the city was visited by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer and other politicians.
Vahan Kerobyan paid a visit to Moscow. In an interview with RBC, he spoke about the Armenian approach to complying with sanctions, about how many Russians have come to Armenia since the start of the special operation, and how the economy reacts to their arrival and the crisis
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The new head of state added that the South Korean authorities “should firmly demonstrate their attitude” respect for the international order” if the international community demands greater action from Seoul.
According to Yoon Seok-yeol, the country has already sent military assistance to Ukraine totaling $10 million, but the authorities consider this amount insufficient. For this reason, he has already instructed the government to explore other ways Seoul can support Kyiv.
Earlier, on April 13, the Yonhap news agency, citing an informed source, reported that the South Korean authorities decided to transfer additional bulletproof vests and helmets to Ukraine, as well as medicines and dry rations of a total of one hundred worth 2 billion won ($1.6 million). Deliveries were planned to be carried out in stages, the first civilian flight should go to Ukraine next week, the source said. At the same time, he said that Seoul does not respond to Kyiv's requests to supply weapons to Ukraine and refers to “restrictions”.
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Doctor of military sciences Konstantin Sivkov commented on the consequences of the incident with the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the Guards missile cruiser Moskva ;. The night before, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the cruiser sank in the Black Sea due to damage received during a fire and an explosion of ammunition. According to the expert, the loss of the cruiser will affect the defense capability, since it cannot be replaced right now.
"The loss is very tangible, I want to say right away without equivocations. In fact, our fleet has lost a third of its potential in the far sea zone”, — quotes NSN the words of a retired captain of the first rank.
had powerful weapons that meet modern requirements, had the world's first multi-channel air defense system “Fort”, and the combat range was about a thousand kilometers.
“And, of course, this is a serious loss for our fleet , serious. The reasons must be dealt with, the perpetrators must be punished, this is unequivocal”, — emphasized the expert.
He also explained that right now Russia does not have the opportunity to replace this cruiser, since Turkey has blocked the Bosphorus and Dardanelles. In addition, Sivkov drew attention to the fact that such ships are also needed in the Barents Sea, since the entire 62nd US Fleet is located there.
“The same picture is in the Pacific Ocean. We can’t take them from there,” — concluded Sivkov.
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Chairman of the Interim Commission of the Federation Council for the Protection of State Sovereignty and Prevention of Interference in the Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the Federation Council on International Affairs Andrey Klimov announced on Friday that the special military operation that the Russian Armed Forces are currently conducting on the territory of Ukraine will soon end.
“The military special operation of the Russian Federation in Ukraine will end pretty soon,” he said.
The senator added: “We are not going to prolong it.”
Klimov added that the military the phase of the operation will stop “as soon as we make Ukraine safe for Russia, for the whole world.” He also noted that it will still be necessary to see what is happening in Ukrainian biological laboratories and ensure the safety of nuclear facilities.
According to the senator, Western countries are “filling the fire with gasoline”, continuing to supply weapons to Kiev.
U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs Jose Fernandez announced a “long list” of planned sanctions against Russia, at the same time, without excluding that the clause on easing sanctions may be included in the peace agreement between Moscow and Kiev.
According to Fernandez, to whom the Financial Times refers, the decision on the existence of such a clause will be made by Kyiv.
Fernandez also said that the United States is seeking to help the European Union reduce dependence on European energy sources so that the EU countries have the opportunity to impose tougher sanctions in this area.
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The well-known Finnish confectionery and bakery company Fazer has offered investors to buy its stake in the Russian business.
The manufacturer has set a condition that may become a barrier for Russian market players to make a decision. Fazer requires the payment to be made to the account of the Dutch firm in foreign currency, which, according to experts, is difficult.
According to Kommersant, Fazer occupies more than half of the market in the two Russian capitals. St. Petersburg holds the leadership with a share of 38 percent, and Moscow holds the third position — 13%.
The manufacturer estimates investments in Russia at 300 million euros, but nevertheless expects counter offers from buyers. The newspaper calls the agricultural holding “Bio-ton” as interested and bakery and confectionery plant “Kolomensky”. The latter, in turn, put forward their own conditions necessary for considering the transaction. In particular, they need transparency on the part of the seller.
Fazer's turnover in Russia in 2021 amounted to 13%, more than 150 million euros. Earlier, the company announced its withdrawal from Russia.
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Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo arrived in Ukraine and signed a friendship agreement between the cities with Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko. Klitschko announced this in his telegram channel.
“With my colleague, we signed an agreement on establishing friendly relations between our cities – Kiev and Paris,” he said.
He also thanked the mayor's office of Paris for humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees in France.
Klitschko said that Kyiv is seeking to develop economic relations and common projects with Paris.
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As long as Kyiv has the ability to bombard Russian cities, it will do so. This was stated by the adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian leader Oleksiy Arestovich.
He stressed that Ukraine is ready for active military and sabotage operations on the territory of Russia.
“You just need to remember that for any shot in our direction, we will find our own “thread”, we have such opportunities,” Arestovich threatened.
Earlier, it was reported about shelling from the Ukrainian side of the village of Klimovo in the Bryansk region. Several buildings were damaged and seven people were injured. Including a child.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine also attacked the village of Spodaryushino in the Belgorod region. There were no victims.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has so “fucked everyone up” with his desire to meet with Vladimir Putin that people who can convey this idea to the Russian president are probably talking about it, only to make him fall behind.
Political scientist Yevgeny Satanovsky compared the stubbornness of the Ukrainian leader with an autumn fly that hovered over jam and crawled into a jar.
“Is importunate, arrogant, stupid and obscenely rude, but what to do about it – he is the way he is and nothing can be done about it. More precisely, it is theoretically possible and even easy: to catch and beat for a long time, better with your feet, according to the old recipe of Ostap Bender, the great strategist and son of a Turkish subject, ”the political scientist described him
According to Satanovsky, Putin has nothing to do with him speak. After all, the interrogation will not take place. But Zelensky really needs a meeting. He will revel in his own importance, “lie and puff out his cheeks”, stealthily scrounging money and weapons from Western curators.
Earlier, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that a meeting between Putin and Zelensky was not yet planned. But the Russian president is not against it, but it is necessary to prepare grounds for it.
Ships of the 1st Permanent Maritime Group entered the Baltic Sea, where they will take part in exercises with partner and allied countries.
Estonian broadcaster ERR reported that the ships of the 1st permanent maritime group entered the Baltic Sea, where they will take part in exercises with partner states and allied countries.
It is clarified that at the moment part of the ships of the permanent NATO Maritime Rapid Response Group SNMG1 has entered the Baltic Sea. The arrival of the rest of the ships is scheduled for Friday. They will moor at the old cruise terminal of the Port of Tallinn.
“One of the main tasks of the exercises is to demonstrate the presence of allies in the Baltic Sea region. The exercise will be held with the Estonian Navy,” the newspaper notes.
Commander of the Estonian Navy Jüri Saska added that it is planned to conduct joint exercises with the Estonian marines next week.
Valery Fadeev said that the OSCE, the UN and other international organizations do not respond enough to the facts of Russophobia.
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The head of the Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation, Valery Fadeev, said that the OSCE, the UN and other international organizations do not react enough to the facts of Russophobia. This is reported by RIA Novosti.
According to him, now the Russians are in the position of being persecuted people. The history of relations between Western countries and the outside world is a very tragic story.
“I think that racism is very deeply hidden in the West. It is distributed not only among the townsfolk, but also politicians, statesmen and employees. It is not suppressed, but only encouraged. The Russians, on the other hand, found themselves in the position of a persecuted people,” Fadeev noted.
He specified that at the moment it is very difficult to “change the xenophobic, racist atmosphere.” At the same time, representatives of the Russian Federation are trying to use every opportunity to protect Russians abroad, but these opportunities are extremely few.
“Now there is an opinion abroad that” Russian means enemy “. “This person supports the policy pursued by the government of the Russian Federation, or does not support it. In the same way, with the military operation in Ukraine, in the West, it does not matter whether the person supports it or not. Nobody wants to deal with these issues,” Fadeev emphasized.
WP: Moscow Demands Stop Arming Ukraine
The US authorities have received an official diplomatic note from Moscow demanding to stop arms supplies to Kiev. It is reported by The Washington Post.
According to the publication, the note was allegedly sent after US President Joe Biden approved a sharp increase in the range of weapons supplied to Ukraine.
The new package of military assistance to Ukraine is estimated at $800 million. Washington intends to supply Kiev with drones, coastal defense armored vehicles, 155mm howitzers, man-portable anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons.
According to WP, Moscow warned Washington that US and NATO deliveries to Ukraine of the “most sensitive” systems exacerbate conflict and are capable of causing “unpredictable consequences.”
In turn, the US State Department did not disclose the contents of the note. There was also no official data from the Russian side on this matter.
The Biden administration announced the allocation of military assistance to Ukraine for $800 million on April 13. Biden himself said the day before that he did not rule out his visit to Kyiv.
The US President also noted that Washington is currently discussing the possibility of a trip of high-ranking administration officials to Ukraine.
Explosions sounded in Kyiv and other cities, Biden was going to Ukraine
Guards missile cruiser “Moskva” sank while being towed due to damage. The ship's crew has been evacuated. The State Duma proposed after the attack of Ukrainian aviation on the territory of the Bryansk region to hit the control center in Kyiv. US President Joseph Biden announced his readiness to personally meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. On the night of April 15, an alarm was announced throughout the republic, a series of powerful explosions sounded in the capital and other cities of the republic. The last large oil refinery in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk was destroyed. Ships of the 1st Permanent NATO Maritime Rapid Response Group SNMG1 entered the Baltic Sea. Read the previous broadcast here.
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12:03The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation announced that more than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers who had surrendered were being held in Russia.
11:53 According to RIA Novosti, an air defense system went off over Belgorod. At 09:45, two anti-missiles were visible in the sky above the city. The authorities have not yet made any official statements about this.
11:13 The Russian senator said that the special operation in Ukraine will end soon.
11 :02The Ministry of Industry and Trade reported that a number of international carriers are still refusing to transport Russian goods.
10:50 The Russian Defense Ministry has promised to respond with missile strikes if Ukraine attacks Russia. The punishment will follow in response to any attacks of a “terrorist nature or sabotage”.
10:40Russian missile forces have attacked 221 military targets in Ukraine. They hit 12 command posts and 12 artillery positions. 176 strongholds and personnel concentration points were suppressed.
10:39 A Russian ship fired high-precision Kalibr missiles at the Vizar Zhulyan machine-building plant at night. Two workshops were liquidated, which produced and repaired long-range and medium-range anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as anti-ship missiles.
10:32Russian S-400 air defense systems shot down a Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter in the Chernihiv region, which had attacked the village of Klimovo in the Bryansk region the day before. The helicopter was destroyed near the village of Gorodnya.
10:29 The official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov, announced the complete liberation of the plant named after Ilyich in Mariupol from the nationalist formations of Ukraine.
10:29The Russian Defense Ministry reported that 13 Ukrainian military installations were destroyed overnight on April 15. Two depots of rocket and artillery weapons were liquidated, as well as 10 areas of concentration of military equipment and personnel of the Ukrainian army.
10:23 A captured Ukrainian sailor from the 36th brigade Viktor Spassky said, that at first the leadership threatened the soldiers with execution for leaving their positions, and then abandoned them and stopped helping.
10:15President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview that he started the “war” with Russia in advance. Long before the start of the special operation. He said that the leadership of the republic suppressed internal political forces and agreed with the West on the supply of weapons back in December or even November last year.
10:10 Poland refused to import Russian coal. The President of the Republic, Andrzej Duda, signed the relevant law, approved by the Polish Parliament. The document also allows freezing the assets of subjects and persons supporting Russia.
09:59British freelance photographer Maximilian Clark said that Western media often buy his pictures taken in the DPR. But they put signatures on them that do not correspond to reality. In addition, fearing accusations of bias, Clark does not publish the most striking photos on Western social networks.
09:45 The Russian Ministry of Defense showed the work of electronic warfare units (EW). During a special operation in Ukraine, they found and suppressed 12 Bayraktar complexes.
09:31The head of the Ministry of Finance of Cyprus, Konstantinos Petridis, linked inflation unprecedented for many years in Europe with the events in Ukraine. He refused to predict its development, as it depends on the situation in the republic.
09:29 According to the sources of the WarGonzo telegram channel, about two thousand foreign mercenaries arrived in Zaporozhye. It is reported that among them there are citizens of Azerbaijan and Turkey.
09:22 The total number of refugees who came to Russia since the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine has reached 808,000 people. Among them – 163 thousand children. They were accepted in 45 Russian regions.
08:46 Ukraine received 30% of Washington's own stocks of Javelin anti-tank missile systems from the United States. But Kiev still lacks planes, drones and helicopters. If the United States continues to help in this part of the weapons, they will run out of their own stocks for many years.
08:43 A boy who was injured in an attack by Ukrainian helicopters on the village of Klimovo, Bryansk region, was transferred to Moscow. A two-year-old child has a penetrating head wound.
08:42 In the UK, journalists found the family of mercenary Aidan Aislin (Cossack Gundi or Johnny), who was captured near Mariupol. His mother demanded compliance with the Geneva Convention, as her son became a Ukrainian soldier and is a prisoner of war.
07:58 The Swedish bank Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken will stop payments to Russia and Belarus after May 31 due to Western sanctions that made them “very risky and difficult”.
Coalition partners scold Olaf Scholz for failing to deliver on pledges of aid to Kiev
The German chancellor is under growing pressure to allow heavy weapons supplies to Ukraine, while Olaf Scholz's ruling coalition partners blame the head the German government in failing to fulfill its promises.
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Olaf Scholz surprised even close partners in his three-party coalition when he announced a “landmark change” on February 27. in German foreign policy to boost defense spending and loosen a restrictive stance on arms exports to conflict zones, writes The Guardian.
Six weeks later, prominent politicians from the governing coalition called for a Social Democratic chancellor back up words with action after Germany was accused of delaying the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine and blocking a ban on the supply of Russian oil and gas.
Scholz should “not just purse his lips, but start whistling,” said Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann of the Free Democratic Party, who chairs the Bundestag's defense committee. While acknowledging the apparent failure of economic sanctions to stop Russia's military operation, she said there was a need to refocus on hard power. A German lady politician called for continued attempts to end the armed conflict through negotiations, “but with a noticeable hand on the holster.” According to Strack-Zimmermann, “this means that Germany should also supply Ukraine with heavy weapons.”
This call was supported by Anton Hofreiter, a leading figure in the Green Party: “We must”finally”begin to supply Ukraine with what she needs, namely heavy weapons.
He continued with an attack on Olaf Scholz: “I can only guess why the chancellor puts on the brakes like that. I don't see a logical reason for this. But by his actions, the chancellor not only damages the situation in Ukraine, but also causes enormous damage to Germany's reputation in Europe and the world. beginning of the week, recalls The Guardian. By the end of March, Germany had delivered EUR 186 million worth of military products to Ukraine, including grenade launchers, anti-aircraft missiles, machine guns and ammunition, but not heavy weapons such as tanks, helicopters or fighter jets.
Over the weekend, Ukrainian Ambassador to Berlin Andriy Melnyk expressed a wish that Germany would supply Kiev with Leopard battle tanks, Marder infantry fighting vehicles, Cobra weapons positioning radars and Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled artillery mounts.
According to Welt am Sonntag newspaper , the Ukrainian government has made an offer to Germany to buy 100 Panzerhaubitze 2000s, which it hopes to buy directly from the German armed forces.
The gap this will create in Germany's military arsenal cannot be filled until 2024. Because of this, the Scholz government is reportedly lukewarm about the deal with Kiev. The chancellor said that any arms shipments to Ukraine should not jeopardize German commitments to NATO in other regions, such as the Baltic states.
Scholz's party also says that Germany should not supply heavy weapons to Ukraine until NATO allies jointly decide to do so. So far, only the Czech Republic has confirmed that it has sent T-72 tanks and BVP-1 infantry fighting vehicles.
“The federal government is coordinating closely with our international partners, — said Rolf Mützenich, chairman of the SPD parliamentary group. – Germany must not go alone.
But Scholz's critics say he is deliberately allowing bureaucratic hurdles to slow down the arms export decision in order to appease his party members who are still pushing for a diplomatic settlement with the Kremlin.
A poll by sociological firm Infratest dimap, published on Thursday, showed that the majority of German respondents prefer the export of heavy weapons to an energy embargo that could hit the German economy. 55% of respondents were in favor of it, only 37% were against it. Explicit opposition to the export of weapons was recorded only among supporters of the right-wing radical party “Alternative for Germany”.
U.S. President says he'd like to visit Kyiv
Joe Biden says he's ready to go to Ukraine: President hints White House plans high-level trip to Kyiv after having previously told the US military that he was not allowed to cross the Polish-Ukrainian border. “We are making this decision now,” said the President of the United States.
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President Joe Biden said on Thursday he would like to visit Ukraine and confirmed reports that his administration is in talks to send a senior US official to Kyiv, writes the Daily Mail.
“We are making this decision now,” — Biden said when asked if a senior member of his administration would make the trip. But when asked if he wanted to go, the President of the United States replied: “Yes.”
This is not the first time Biden has shown interest in such a trip, the Daily Mail notes. While visiting the US military in Poland last month, Biden lamented that he could not cross the border into Ukraine, saying he would not be allowed in. “They won’t let me, of course, I think, to cross the border and see what is happening in Ukraine,” — he said.
White House officials pointed to the incredible security measures that would be required for Biden's trip to see Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Before Biden's visit to Poland, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki ruled out the visit President to Ukraine.
The latest round of questions comes after POLITICO reported on Wednesday that the White House was considering a high-level trip to Ukraine that would be in line with travel by European leaders.
Zelensky was visited last week by European leaders such as like British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
The White House sees such a trip as a show of support for Ukraine. But at the same time, the visit of Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris was excluded.
Biden last visited Kyiv as vice president in January 2017 — three days before leaving office.
Meanwhile, Biden spoke with Zelensky for nearly an hour on Wednesday to tell him that the United States was sending another $800 million in arms.
Reflecting on Biden's latest statements about the possibility of a senior US administration official in Ukraine, POLITICO notes that such a visit would be difficult to make. While there were security concerns about sending former officials to Iraq and Afghanistan, the US at least had a strong presence in those countries, including military bases where it was relatively safe to land. There is no such infrastructure in Ukraine — the US embassy in Kyiv is closed, and America has little to no ability to dictate events on the ground, says POLITICO.
Wondering how an American dignitary could be safely flown to Ukraine to visit Zelensky, NatSec Daily contacted former officials familiar with such trips, but they all refused to speak into the recorder because they didn't want to divulge the secret or complicate a possible stay. One source did, however agreed to speak in broad terms about the backstory, giving an idea of the planning that is likely going on right now.
The first thing that happens — the head of the operation and head of security for the cabinet minister will speak with US officials in Ukraine. They will get an idea of the best ways to enter and exit the country and develop a plan of action along with a schedule of events as soon as the official arrives in Kyiv.
At this point, difficult decisions have to be made. What plane will the official fly, and will it be US military or passenger? What are the needs for communications inside the aircraft? What countermeasures should an aircraft have just in case? Will the plane land in Ukraine or in a neighboring country like Poland? Will the American visitor fly to Kyiv by helicopter or, less likely, go? In addition, the organizers of the visit need to decide whether to inform the Russians about the trip of a high-ranking guest from the United States.
The incoming cabinet minister's office will also covertly send an advance team to negotiate with their Ukrainian counterparts. These meetings can take place in Kyiv itself, giving the team the opportunity to check out multiple locations, or even at the Ukrainian embassy in a neighboring country. Again, they can exchange views on best practices for entering and leaving Ukraine during the conflict.
In addition, they say that it is planned to deliver the official and his team to the Kyiv airport. The question arises: should the plane be left on the runway, thereby exposing it to a possible missile attack? Or should it be sent to nearby NATO territory for safekeeping and then returned as soon as the American visitor and accompanying persons are ready to return home?
All this and more is certainly being developed for a visit that will only take several hours, POLITICO notes.
In the meantime, the administration will notify news organizations of the details of the trip, giving them enough time to develop a coverage plan and identify a reporter who will ride in the press pool. They will be told that no one can tweet or write about movements until a US official is safe in Kyiv. This means that we are unlikely to hear about the trip until it starts — if it takes place at all, writes POLITICO.
“Any potential visit to — and again, I don't prefix it with — but with any potential visit, you must have security concerns. And we, of course, would not do this if we could not satisfy these concerns, », — Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Thursday on CNN.
U.S. President mocked again for bizarre behavior
U.S. President Biden is once again the target of ridicule after visibly disoriented, reaching out to shake hands with an absent person. In addition, the 79-year-old head of the White House said before the “handshake fiasco” that he worked as a “complete professor” at the University of Pennsylvania, despite never teaching there.
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US President Joe Biden looked lost again on Thursday after finishing a speech about the country's ongoing supply chain crisis when he turned around and held out his hand as if for a handshake, but no one else was on stage, writes the Daily Mail.
Footage from Thursday's event shows Biden ending his speech in Greensboro, North Carolina with “God bless you all” before turning to his right and apparently saying something into the empty space behind him and mimicking a handshake. The Democratic president continues to frantically look around the stage with a confused expression, before starting to wander aimlessly around the crowded hall. He then oddly turned his back to the audience, looking lost on stage as the music played, marking the end of the performance.
Before the “handshake with the invisible” The 79-year-old US president said he worked as a “complete professor” at the University of Pennsylvania, despite never taking a class at that institution, another gaffe that has Republicans questioning Biden's cognitive abilities.
Last week, the Daily Mail recalls , Biden looked disoriented during the event, during which former President Barack Obama visited the White House for the first time since leaving office.
Biden's strange behavior — the latest of several presidential failures in recent years — immediately sparked an online outcry, with many, including 51-year-old Texas Senator Cruz, pointing to the latest manifestation of the politician's possible cognitive decline.
In a post minutes after the speech ended, Cruz re-shared clip with Biden — the oldest US president in history — with a caption that included a wide-eyed emoji.
Others called Biden's actions at the end of the speech “elder abuse”; and questioned his mental state.
“Where are the White House curators and Biden's family, whose job it is to make him look good?” – writes Dillon, former vice chairman of the California Republican Party.
“That's really strange, — continues Republican politician, — unless they WANT him to look like a dementia patient.
Politician Robbie Starbuck, who is running for Congress in the upcoming Republican primary in Tennessee, remarked, “Oh my God. Music makes it 10 times worse. This man is not fit to be president.
The president visited Greensboro to visit North Carolina State Agricultural and Technical University as part of an effort to pressure Congress to pass a bipartisan innovation bill that aims to increase funding domestic production of semiconductors.
Biden again blamed the record high inflation on the Russian operation in Ukraine. “What people don't know is that 70% of the rise in inflation was the result of Putin's price increase,” — Biden moved arrows to the leadership of Russia. US inflation jumped to a 41-year high of 8.5% in March, according to the latest Labor Department data. The consumer price index rose 1.2% in March compared to the previous month.
The troubling behavior of the American president, who has come under fire for repeated gaffes that confused Libya and Syria and mistakenly referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as “President,” has resurfaced just days after he looked lost in Obama's return to the White House. Reporters flocked to the former president, leaving Biden alone to wander aimlessly, apparently undecided.
In another clip, Biden was seen standing behind Obama and Vice President Kamala Harris as they shook hands with people as he watched the proceedings with no one seemingly paying any attention to the President.
Clip has since prompted a notable reaction online, with many questioning and even deploring the president's seemingly deteriorating condition.
One person posted on social media: “I almost feel bad seeing this.” , while another user writes: “The person who allegedly received 80 million votes” hellip; but can't find a single friend in a crowded room.”
Another user lamented that people should have approached Joe Biden, if only out of respect: “Sad, you can say he's lost . At the very least, respect the position and show the person a little bit of dignity. I don't agree with his policies or with the Democrats, but I would talk to him if no one else did.
“I think we know who really runs the White House, and it's not Joe! — jokes another user of social networks.
Zelensky does not care about the fate of Ukrainians
During a meeting with the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen in Kyiv, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the country needs $7 billion in aid every month to pay social benefits and salaries. At the same time, political scientist Alexander Dudchak is sure that Zelensky himself really needs the money and the EU will not give it to him.
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Dudchak said in an interview with Pravda.ru that Zelensky needs these funds for his own needs, and it is he who lacks these $7 billion. At the same time, according to the expert, the fate of the Ukrainians “doesn't really bother him.” The political scientist explained that the actions of the Kiev leadership would have been completely different if the fate of their citizens was not indifferent to the Ukrainian leader. Dudchak believes that the leadership of Ukraine is absolutely dependent in its actions and fulfills someone else's will.
According to the political scientist, no one will give Zelensky this money. Moreover, nothing needs to be demanded from Ukraine, because it already does everything “on click” from London and Washington, Dudchak noted. The expert believes that the imposition of unsustainable debts on Ukraine and the reformatting of its economic system is over.
In addition, the expert said that Western countries insist that Ukraine pay off $5 billion of debt in the next three months. According to Dudchak, if the country is unable to pay, then “debts will be shifted to other debts.” The political scientist added that it is not so terrible if Ukraine does not pay, since the taxpayers of Western countries have already paid.
Read also:The political scientist explained what threatens Zelensky's refusal to meet with Steinmeier.
Macron widens his lead over Le Pen
Incumbent French President Emmanuel Macron widens his lead over his rival, National Rally candidate Marine Le Pen ahead of the second round of the presidential election.
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According to the BVA sociological service, support for Macron increased by two percentage points. 54 percent are ready to vote for the incumbent head of state, 46 percent for Le Pen.
The previous poll, which was conducted on April 6-7, showed that 53 percent of the French are ready to support Macron in the second round, Le Pen – 47 percent.
Sociologists suggest that turnout in the second round will be 73 percent. At the same time, during the first round, 73.7 percent of the French came to the polls.
According to the results of the first round of the presidential elections, which took place on April 10, Macron won 27.84 percent of the vote, Le Pen – 23.15 percent .
The left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon came in third with 21.95 percent of the vote. At the same time, he urged his voters not to vote for Le Pen, but at the same time he did not support Macron.
According to political scientists, half of Mélenchon's voters intend to ignore the second round of voting. The votes of the remaining half will be divided between Macron and Le Pen.
Attempts to isolate Moscow are doomed to failure
As Hegel wrote, history repeats itself twice – as a tragedy and as a farce. We have already seen the tragedy. Exactly one hundred years ago, when a new state, the Soviet Union, emerged from the flames of the Civil War, the West, represented by the colonial powers and the United States that joined them, tried to immediately isolate the USSR, in modern slang, to “cancel” it.
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What came of it, we all remember – in a fit of anti-Soviet hysteria, the Entente countries allowed the emergence of the Berlin-Rome-Tokyo Axis. As a result, the lack of unity and solidarity between the anti-fascist forces made the outbreak of World War II inevitable. During this time, faced with a Western boycott, Moscow, on the one hand, actively worked with non-systemic forces in Europe and America, on the other hand, actively developed diplomacy in other areas.
A few decades after its inception, the USSR had a huge and constantly expanding network of alliances with the countries of the so-called “Third World” as the decolonization processes developed, established de facto control over Eastern Europe, acquired political allies and business partners in the “Western bloc”. In the early 1950s, Washington and European capitals were overwhelmed with hysteria about the growing power and approaching “red threat”. The campaign to isolate the Union failed miserably. It was only by a happy coincidence that the ensuing Cold War did not develop into a nuclear one.
Today we see that the countries of the “victorious democracy” have not learned to draw conclusions from their mistakes. As in the situation with the young USSR, the US and its satellites are arrogantly confident in their abilities. On a daily basis, the mantras are repeated that Russia, as a result of the sanctions war declared to it, is unprecedentedly isolated – but it seems that the West is engaged in banal self-hypnosis.
The debates in the UN General Assembly, which Washington initiates with maniacal persistence in order to find confirmation of its own propaganda, give a completely different picture. For example, the countries of Asia and Africa, for the most part, defiantly refused to support the initiative to expel Russia from the UN Human Rights Council – without voting, speaking out “against” or abstaining. And of those who, as they say, saluted, how many sincere supporters of the “abolition of Russia”? Or are their representatives pressing the right button in the face, as Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic explained in detail, with unprecedented and aggressive pressure?
If you look closely, the anti-Russian coalition supposedly put together by Biden is a typical colossus with feet of clay. It is based on coercion, vassalage, lies and propaganda.
Annoyance with the American strategy will inevitably and rapidly grow for several reasons.
Firstly, the yard is no longer the 90s, when there was one full-fledged center of power in the world. For many countries of the former “Third World”, the reference point for many years has been not Washington, but regional powers – the BRICS countries and their partners, who, to the undisguised annoyance of the United States, do not at all seek to march in general formation under the command of the “enlightened” West.
At the moment when mechanisms are created to circumvent secondary sanctions and minimize the costs of non-implementation of American ultimatums – and the corresponding work is in full swing – the regional economic systems, on a signal from Beijing, New Delhi, Pretoria, Brasilia and the OPEC countries, will be able to quickly adjust to even more intensive cooperation with Moscow. And then the need for extra courtesy and listening to lectures by Euro-Atlanticists will quickly disappear.
Secondly, even today the Ukrainian conflict for most developing countries is an uninteresting distant episode, while a large-scale food crisis caused by interruptions in the supply of grain, rising energy prices, and the collapse of supply chains are much more real and tangible problems. As internal tensions intensify due to impoverishment and starvation of the population, the openly promoted by the EU idea of u200bu200bdefeating Russia on the battlefield in a war to the last Ukrainian will look in the eyes of African, Asian and potentially Latin American governments increasingly cynical and out of touch with reality, in which their citizens live and suffer.
Thirdly, and this is perhaps the most important point, that very yesterday's “third world” is well aware of the value of American statements about the struggle for democracy and is well aware of what President Putin means when he speaks of the “empire of lies.” Was it not the United States, together with Europe, who for years supported dictatorships all over the planet, brutally suppressing national liberation movements? Weren't they instigating coups, bloody uprisings and civil wars to achieve their very pragmatic ideological and economic goals? Yes, and interventions with catastrophic consequences, moreover, under falsified pretexts, outside the West suffering from collective Alzheimer's, are remembered by almost everyone. Accordingly, there is little confidence in the American position on the Ukrainian issue among states that have seen the real face of Washington.
Not to mention the fact that the Kyiv regime itself, which at the same time glorified the champions of Nazism and forcibly introduced the so-called liberal European values into a culture based on traditionalism, was definitely not a model for other developing countries. In Africa and Asia, they perfectly understand what the hand of friendship extended by the West is. There are few governments there that have somehow not felt shameless pressure, including sanctions, both on minor issues (such as transgender rights and gay marriage) and in critical areas. In particular, with regard to the fight against terrorism, where US calls for inclusiveness, respect for human rights, and ostentatious humanity betrayed a complete lack of understanding of local specifics and undermined the effectiveness of countering this evil. It is much easier for them to feel solidarity with the “cancelled” Russia than with the semi-legitimate, puppet Ukrainian regime.
Having launched the processes to isolate our country, the West, like a century ago, fell into the thrall of its own illusions. The world is much brighter and more diverse, more pluralistic than it is imagined in the Washington and Brussels offices. The de facto American-European alliance, by imposing a selfish and ignorant game on developing countries, is rather isolating itself. The “cancellation of Russia” is turning into a farce – but a farce with far-reaching consequences. Having staked all their influence in the struggle for the survival of the Ukrainian “anti-Russia” project, the United States and its allies are heading straight for the final loss of hegemony even in those parts of the planet where, due to a misunderstanding, it has been preserved until now. And a line of people who want to fill in the gaps that have arisen is already lining up.
The border cannot be fully lined with anti-aircraft missile systems
During the course of the Russian special operation on the territory of Ukraine, artillery shelling and air strikes by the Ukrainian side on Russian border settlements were reported several times. Experts believe that there is only one truly effective way to stop the actions of Ukraine.
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V In an interview with NEWS.ru, Vasily Kashin, director of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, explained that shelling and air strikes on the Russian border can only be stopped by occupying the adjacent Ukrainian territory.
The political scientist believes that the line of contact should be moved away from the Russian -Ukrainian border at a safe distance. The specialist noted that it is estimated at tens of kilometers, but, according to Kashin, there is no other way to stop Ukraine's actions “in nature.”
The expert emphasized that Ukrainian helicopters that carried out airstrikes flew at low altitude, at which you can slip through the airspace of the country. According to Kashin, the border, which is thousands of kilometers long, cannot be completely filled with short-range anti-aircraft missile systems that would be able to intercept targets at low altitude.
The political scientist explained that “there will always be holes.” Deeper, according to the expert, helicopters would not have been allowed to pass, but the shelled village was located in the border zone, and slipping at low altitude such a distance is “quite realistic.”
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The police received a corresponding appeal
Actress Liya Akhedzhakova was asked to check on the transfer of funds to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
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As it became known to «MK», law enforcement agencies registered an appeal with a request to check the popular actress of theater and cinema — on the basis of information that Akhedzhakova allegedly transferred 10 thousand dollars to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Law enforcement officers are asked to check this data.
Information about the “transfer of money by the actress to Ukraine” appeared immediately after the start of the special operation. On behalf of actress, a fake account was created in which a post was posted about the transfer of Akhedzhakova 10 thousand dollars. The artist herself categorically denied her involvement in this and said that she did not even know how to transfer money somewhere.
A closed format was chosen for the meeting.
Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting on gas, at which he said that foreign banks “unfriendly countries” delay payments for fuel.
In passing, the members of the European Commission adopted a verdict according to which the use of the ruble in payment is undesirable.
As “MK” writes, this may lead to the blocking of the Russian gas valve in Europe. In addition, the EU, as part of a new package of sanctions, is discussing an oil embargo and in the future – for gas.
Media analysts say that the Russian economy may suffer damage in the budget, because. 40% of income comes from the sale of fuel.
According to markets, the European market is gradually adapting to prices at 1,000 – 1,200 euros for gas, and a surge in LNG deliveries fill empty storage facilities.
According to the president, despite this, Europe has no “reasonable” alternative to Russian gas. He called the attempts of European politicians to circumvent Russian supplies “throwing” that harm the population and the global economy.
“There are simply no free volumes on the world market. And deliveries from the United States will cost many times more, precisely at times,” the Russian leader believes.
According to Putin, the leaders of Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and Germany themselves speak about the impossibility of refusing supplies, while they continue to discuss the embargo, which leads to market destabilization. He explained that they “inflate prices with their own hands.”
He reproached unfriendly countries for abandoning the “green agenda” and willingness to bet on high-carbon energy.
Despite the fact that it was previously recognized as archaic and “dirty” character, and in election campaigns they relied on environmental slogans, Putin recalled.
“Where is it now? Everything is thrown into the trash”, – he believes.
Putin also suggested that Europe is simply trying to cover up its own miscalculations and environmental incompetence with its anti-Russian policy.
He explained that experts explained the impossibility of switching to “ ;green” economy without “large costs”.
“So it turned out,” he stressed.
Now, the Russian leader is sure, Russia will have to solve not only problems such as disruption of transport chains and rising prices for export logistics, but also “increase supplies for Russian consumers”.
He pointed out on the need to stimulate domestic demand and reduce prices wherever possible.
The second task he called the diversification of exports to the east and south from the west. First of all, you need to decide on the amount of necessary infrastructure and start building.
The third goal – import substitution of oil and gas equipment. He recalled that such tasks were set back in 2015, and it's time to look at the results.
As the publication notes, it is obvious that these tasks require a long implementation. For example, imported equipment in the sector is 40%. The construction of pipelines to China and Pakistan will also require costs.
Earlier, Topnews reported that Austrian Chancellor Nehammer announced Putin's permission to pay for gas in euros.
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