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WP learned about the failure in the US Congress of the law on the seizure of assets of Russians

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The non-governmental organization American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) this week prevented Congress from passing a bill that would allow the US administration to seize the assets of Russian businessmen and transfer the proceeds to Ukraine. This was reported by The Washington Post (WP), citing sources familiar with the situation.

According to the newspaper, we are talking about the initiative, which was presented by New Jersey Democrat Tom Malinowski and South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson. The project involved empowering the US government to confiscate property worth more than $5 million belonging to Russians who were sanctioned.

However, according to WP sources, representatives of the APCA said that such a law would be contrary to US law, as it would not allow Russian businessmen to challenge the seizure of their property in US courts. They also noted that even if approved in Congress, this law would probably be overturned by the US judiciary.

As a result, the proposed initiative did not gain enough votes in the US Congress and received the status of a “resolution”, which has no enforcement character. According to WP interlocutors, it was the ASWG's objections to the bill that “raised concern”; among some members of Congress.

Since the end of February, the United States has already tightened sanctions against Russia several times. They touched upon the supply of American equipment and technology, financial and industrial organizations, as well as the assets of politicians and businessmen. A spokesman for the US presidential administration said earlier that the Russian banking system was in for a “free fall” after the sanctions were imposed.

The head of the Central Bank of Russia, Elvira Nabiullina, after the imposition of sanctions, noted that the Russian financial system continues to operate smoothly. According to Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Russia's main response to sanctions should be the independence of its economy. “The overall success of the country through the success of each person”, — said the head of government.

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The IMF Executive Board approved the creation of a special account for Ukraine

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved the creation of a managed special account to help stabilize the Ukrainian economy, according to a statement on the fund's website.

Earlier, the National Bank of Ukraine announced that they were negotiating the creation of a special account that would financed by the G7 countries and administered by the International Monetary Fund.

“At the request of several IMF member countries, the IMF Executive Board today approved the opening of a managed account for Ukraine, providing donors with a reliable tool for channeling financial assistance to Ukraine,” — The fund said in a statement.

According to the release, this account will allow donors to send grants and loans to Kiev in reserve currencies or special drawing rights (SDRs). Then these funds will be transferred through a special account to Ukraine's SDR account with the IMF.

Kyiv requested emergency funding from the IMF on February 26, a few days after the start of the military operation in Ukraine. On March 10, the IMF Executive Board approved the allocation of $1.4 billion to Ukraine as part of emergency assistance. “IMF Executive Board Approves $1.4 Billion (1,005.9 Million SDRs) under the Rapid Financing Facility (RFI) to Address Immediate Financing Needs and Mitigate the Economic Impact of War,” The fund said in a statement.

As IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva clarified, Kyiv's financing needs are currently large and could increase significantly in the future. She also pointed out that the refugee situation, the destruction of infrastructure and production facilities could lead Ukraine “to a deep recession this year.”

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At the same time, on March 13, Georgieva said that the world is not yet threatened by a global financial crisis due to Russia's special military operation in Ukraine. The fund is lowering global GDP growth forecasts in 2022, she said, but for countries that have recovered quickly from the COVID-19 crisis, such as the United States, economic growth will be stable, and for those who “lagged behind”, the consequences will be more serious.

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Maduro said about the desire of the West to “dismember Russia into pieces”

In the confrontation with Russia, the West intends to dismember it and put an end to the idea of ​​a multipolar world. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro stated this on his Twitter.

“The West is coordinating economic, diplomatic and political efforts in a big war against Russia. We are reporting this from Venezuela— they want war in order to cut Russia into pieces, destroy and put an end to the hopes of a multipolar world, — he wrote.

According to the politician, the combined efforts of the Western media— it is an information dictatorship that justifies the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine by the United States and its partners. “Today, the media dictatorship of the West in relation to the world is more noticeable than ever. To justify an escalation that could lead to a devastating third world war,— Maduro noted.

Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. President Vladimir Putin called its goals “denazification”; and “demilitarization”. In response, the Ukrainian authorities declared martial law and mobilization in the country

Western countries declared their support for Kiev and introduced several packages of sanctions against Moscow. They affected almost all spheres of the Russian economy, including financial and industrial organizations, import and export of resources, restrictions on entry and flights, sanctions against businessmen and officials.

Venezuela was one of the countries that, after the start of the Russian special operation, condemned the sanctions against Russia. “Venezuela stands for the peaceful resolution of the conflict, condemning the illegal sanctions and economic attacks against the Russian people, which affect human rights,” said the Foreign Ministry of the Latin American country.

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Clinton said he offered Yeltsin and Putin Russia’s membership in NATO

According to the former US president, he “clearly stated” to Yeltsin and Putin that NATO's doors were open to Russia. At the same time, he called the decisions to expand the alliance to the east “correct”, despite the objections of Moscow

42nd US President Bill Clinton

The United States offered Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin the possibility of Russia joining NATO. Former US President Bill Clinton spoke about this in a column for The Atlantic

According to him, in the 1990s, relations between the North Atlantic Alliance and Moscow developed. He recalled that in those days Russia took part in the program “Partnership for Peace”, the conclusion of the fundamental act of Russia & mdash; NATO on mutual relations, cooperation and security, and the United States provided financial assistance to Russia for the withdrawal of its military from the Baltics. In addition, Russia and NATO jointly participated in various kinds of peacekeeping operations.

“All this time we kept the doors of NATO open for Russia to join, as I clearly stated to Yeltsin, and then to his successor Vladimir Putin,” — said the American ex-president.

Clinton stressed that all sorts of statements that the United States in any way tried to isolate Russia, drive it into certain limits, or show disrespect or completely ignore it are not true. At the same time, he agreed that the alliance really sought to expand eastward, despite the objections of Russia, calling NATO's actions at that time “correct and consistent decisions.”

“In total, I met with Yeltsin 18 times and with Putin five times.” twice when he was prime minister under Yeltsin, and three times in the 10+ months that our presidential terms coincided. This is only three less than all the meetings between the leaders of the United States and the USSR from 1943 to 1991. The notion that we have ignored, disrespected, or tried to isolate Russia is false,” — he concluded.

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In 2017, Putin, in an interview with American director Oliver Stone, said that it was he who suggested that Clinton think about Russia joining NATO. “I remember one of our last meetings with President Clinton, when Clinton was still president. He came to Moscow, and during the discussion I said: “Well, maybe look at such an option that Russia might join NATO,” — Putin said. According to the Russian president, Clinton replied: “Well, well, I don't mind.” Putin noted that at these words, “the entire American delegation became nervous.” When asked by Stone about whether Russia then applied to join the alliance, the Russian leader laughed.

Earlier, Putin repeatedly said that in the 1990s, Moscow did everything to build normal relations with the West, and the West should have treated Russia as a possible ally. However, as he stated in December 2021, it was the opposite: there was an “attempt to further collapse”, NATO began to expand to the east.

Putin then noted that Moscow several times reminded the West of the promise not to do this. “And they say to us: “Where is it written on a piece of paper? There is not. All right, go away. We don't give a damn about your concerns,” — the president pointed out. According to him, this continued from year to year, and each time Russia expressed its concerns, tried to prevent the actions of the West.


In February of this year, the German publication Der Spiegel reported that the countries of the West were indeed opposed to NATO expansion to the east and considered it unacceptable for the countries of Eastern Europe to join the alliance. This followed from the minutes of the meeting of the political directors of the US, British and German Foreign Ministries in Bonn on March 6, 1991. It was found by political scientist Joshua Schifrinson in the British National Archives.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in turn, stated that the alliance never committed itself not to expand. “Former President Gorbachev himself (the first and last president of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev. — RBC) said that the topic of NATO expansion was never raised before the reunification of Germany,” — said Stoltenberg.

Putin also said earlier that Gorbachev made a mistake by not demanding documented guarantees from the West that NATO would not expand to the east. “It wasn't written down on paper. This mistake is already on the part of Gorbachev. In politics, things need to be fixed. Even fixed things are often broken. But he just talked and decided that everything was over. It's not like that, — the president noted.

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Biden discussed with the President of South Africa the food crisis in Africa

U.S. President Joe Biden and South African President Cyril Ramaphosav discussed the impact of the Ukrainian crisis on commodity prices, supply chains and food security in Africa during a telephone conversation, White House reports.

“Leaders exchanged views on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and the impact of the crisis on supply chains, commodity prices and food security in Africa,— The report said.

In addition, the presidents discussed other global challenges posed by Russia's actions in Ukraine, including strengthening trade and security partnerships.

Earlier, World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala warned about the risk of food riots in African countries. The impact of food prices and the risk of famine this year and next “could be significant,” she said.

Russia and Ukraine— one of the largest suppliers of wheat in the world, follows from the data of the foreign agricultural service of the US Department of Agriculture. In the 2021/22 season, which began in July, Russia accounted for 16% of world wheat exports, Ukraine— ten%. The largest share of the European Union— 18%, another 13%— in Australia, 11%— in the USA, 5%— in India, the rest— from other countries.

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Ukraine is also one of the largest exporters of corn. Its share in world exports is 14% (Russia's share is 2%). As for sunflower oil and meal, the share of Russia and Ukraine in their world exports in previous years was about 80%.

Against the backdrop of Russia's special operation in Ukraine, the price of wheat soared by 43.4% in the first week, beating 14 -year maximum. On March 15, Russia temporarily banned the export of grain to the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union, as well as the export of white sugar and raw cane sugar abroad.

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Clinton said that he offered Yeltsin and Putin to join NATO

British stores have limited the sale of butter due to shortages


The Waitrose supermarket chain in the UK has imposed restrictions on the sale of vegetable oil due to a shortage. The Daily Mail writes about this.

The publication says that stores have stopped releasing more than two units of goods into hands. The Daily Mail links the shortage of oil in the UK with the events in Ukraine.

Also, Sainsbury's supermarkets will replace sunflower oil in some products with rapeseed oil. Recall that earlier a number of stores in Russia introduced restrictions on the sale of goods in one hand.


The EU has introduced the fifth package of sanctions: Putin’s daughters, Rotenbergs, Gref and others are on the list

A new package of EU anti-Russian sanctions has been officially put into effect.

The EU has introduced a new package of anti-Russian sanctions.

It became known the day before about the fifth block of restrictive measures against the Russian Federation.

Personal sanctions are being introduced against a number of our compatriots.

The list included, in particular, the son of Suleiman Kerimov Said, the head of Sberbank German Gref, businessmen Boris and Igor Rotenberg, Oleg Deripaska and others.

In addition, Katerina Tikhonova, Maria Vorontsova, who are called the daughters of Putin, the official representative of the Russian defense department Igor Konashenkov.

The chief editors of the Russian media were also under sanctions: Pavel Gusev (MK), Vladimir Sungorkin (KP), Sergey Mikhailov (TASS).

The list also includes the wives of major Russian entrepreneurs – Gennady Timchenko, Sergey Chemezov and others.

Brussels announced the freezing of the assets of VTB, “Novikombank”, “Sovcombank”, Bank“Otkritie”, as well as 14 companies and the “Kalashnikov” against the daughters of Vladimir Putin.

The restrictive measures also affected the family of Sergei Lavrov.


Russians allowed to buy currency in banks from April 18

This month, the sale of cash currency resumes.

The Russian financial regulator announced the resumption of the ability for banks to sell cash to Russians.

The easing will take effect on April 18, 2022 and only applies to cash in foreign currency entering the cash desk.

According to RIA Novosti, Russians will be able to receive money above the limit from accounts in foreign currency in rubles.

This restriction is valid for the period of distribution of the temporary order.

The day before it became known about the abolition of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation commission at 12% for currency transactions.

Recall that the temporary procedure for currency transactions was introduced on March 9.

Earlier, TopNews wrote that the Central Bank of the Russian Federation would lower the key rate to 17% .

The regulator named the condition for the continuation of such a trend.


Antonov warned about the risk of military confrontation between Russia and the United States

Ambassador Antonov: Western actions pose a threat of military confrontation between Russia and the United States Western countries continue to supply Ukraine with weapons, provoking further bloodshed, said Russian Ambassador to the United States Antonov. According to him, such actions by the West can lead to a military confrontation between Moscow and Washington

The actions of Western countries against the backdrop of Russia's military operation in Ukraine are dangerous and provocative and can lead to a direct military confrontation between Moscow and Washington. This was stated by Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov in an interview with Newsweek.

According to him, Western countries are directly involved in the current events in Ukraine, as they continue to supply weapons and ammunition to the country, thereby provoking further bloodshed. He called NATO's desire to use Ukrainian territory to create a foothold in the fight against Russia obvious.

“We warn that such actions are dangerous and provocative, since they are directed against our state. They can lead the United States and the Russian Federation to the path of direct military confrontation, — emphasized Antonov.

The Russian ambassador also pointed out that any supply of weapons and military equipment from the West to Ukraine is a legitimate military target for the Russian Armed Forces.

Antonov said that NATO countries had already begun military development in Ukraine and the country was overflowing with Western weapons when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced plans to acquire nuclear weapons.

Earlier, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that NATO is not a defensive alliance, it has an aggressive character. According to him, any expansion of the North Atlantic Alliance does not bring additional security and stability.

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NATO announced on April 7 that it would step up support for partners that could be threatened by Russia, including Georgia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prior to this, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the bloc supports Ukraine, but cannot introduce a no-fly zone over the country, as it does not want to allow an escalation with Russia.

“We need to act in such a way that this bloody, terrible conflict [in Ukraine] did not escalate into a full-scale clash between NATO and Russia in Europe,” — he said. Stoltenberg also called US involvement in the conflict very dangerous.

Nevertheless, US Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the US wants to see Russia be defeated in its special military operations in Ukraine.

When asked if this means that the United States is ready to support the offensive operations of Ukrainian troops, Kirby did not directly answer. “I will not go into the details of future operations. What I am ready to say is that we will continue to support Ukraine in its efforts to protect its citizens and sovereignty,— he emphasized.

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The Ministry of Defense showed footage of the destruction of the Buk air defense system by fighters

The Ministry of Defense showed combat sorties of Su-30cm and Su-35 that destroyed the Ukrainian air defense system “Buk-M1” Russian Su-30cm and Su-35 hit the Ukrainian radar station and anti-aircraft complex “Buk-M1” “aligncenter” src=”” alt=”The Ministry of Defense showed footage of the destruction of the Buk air defense system by fighters” />


The Russian Ministry of Defense showed footage of Su-30cm and Su-35 sorties that destroyed the Ukrainian radar station and the Buk-M1 anti-aircraft system.

The footage shows how two Russian military planes took off, found the targets, and after the words that sounded on the video, “the fire was cleared” hit the targets. Then they landed successfully, completing a sortie.

“The crews of the fighter aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces, in the course of performing flight missions, detected, captured and destroyed the radar station and the Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile system,” reported in the press service.

The pilots performed launches of air-class missiles; surface". Objective monitoring data confirmed the destruction of the targets.

The Russian Defense Ministry also showed footage of the destruction of a tank of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the crew of which was working from behind a shelter in an industrial building. It was discovered by an unmanned aerial vehicle.

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On the eve of the Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of the Bastion coastal missile system by missiles. training center for “foreign mercenaries” near Odessa.

Also, Russian air defense forces shot down two Ukrainian military helicopters Mi-8 and Mi-24 near the village of Staraya Zburyevka (Kherson region) and five drones.

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

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The Russian military rescued the surviving crew of the downed Mi-8 helicopter

The flight engineer and gunner of the Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter shot down by the Russian military while trying to break into Mariupol are now being treated at the Russian military hospital in Melitopol


The Ukrainian military survived the crash of a downed Mi-8 helicopter on approach to Mariupol. A video with them is at the disposal of RIA Novosti.

Two Ukrainian Mi-8s were shot down on April 5 while trying to break into Mariupol. On board one of the helicopters were flight engineer Dmitry Burlakov and gunner Ivan Gavrilenko. Now they are being treated at the Russian military hospital in Melitopol.

“Thank you very much to them. I was picked up near the helicopter lying down <…> They didn't let me die, — Burlakov said.

The hospital doctor said that Burlakov's condition was assessed as stable. Gavrilenko was diagnosed with numerous shrapnel wounds and serious burns— 55 & ndash; 60%, now doctors are fighting for his life.

Major General Igor Konashenkov, representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, reported on April 5 that Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopters tried to “break through to the city from the sea” to evacuate the commanders of the “Azov” battalion (recognized as extremist in Russia). They were shot down by man-portable air defense systems.

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At the end of March, the Ministry of Defense announced that it had offered Kiev to open humanitarian corridors and release from Mariupol all nationalists who had laid down weapon. The department added that they had received a refusal from the Ukrainian side.

Later, the DPR refused to let the military controlled by Kiev out of Mariupol, as they considered them criminals. “They were killing civilians. Yes, we guarantee to keep them alive, but I don’t think we will let them go,— emphasized the representative of the People's Militia of the DPR, Eduard Basurin.

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A member of the Ukrainian battalion was detained while trying to enter the Crimea

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A criminal case was initiated against a member of an illegal Ukrainian armed formation “Noman Chelebidzhikhan Battalion”, who was detained while trying to enter Russia through a checkpoint in the north of Crimea. This was reported by the press service of the FSB for the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.

“When you try to enter the territory of the Russian Federation at the checkpoint” Dzhankoy “; identified and detained a citizen of Ukraine, born in 1988, involved in the activities of the illegal armed formation “Battalion named after Noman Chelebidzhikhan”, — the message says.

A criminal case has been initiated against the detainee under Part 2 of Art. 208 of the Criminal Code (organization of an illegal military formation or participation in it), which provides for up to 15 years in prison.

Earlier in March, another member of an illegal military formation was detained. A man born in 1971 tried to enter Russia under the guise of a refugee. The FSB suspects him of participating in anti-Russian actions in the Genichesk district (Kherson region of Ukraine), during a special military operation on the territory of Ukraine.

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Zakharova said that YouTube “signed its own sentence”

The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry urged the Russians to “quickly” save the content and transfer it to Russian platforms. Previously, Google blocked the Duma TV YouTube channel

The Ministry of Defense warned of a provocation against Russian troops in Irpen

The Ministry of Defense warned of new provocations against Russian troops near Kiev. Earlier, they said that the Ukrainian authorities conducted a staged survey in the Kharkiv region in order to blame the Russian army for the deaths of civilians

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Ukrainian authorities are preparing a provocation to accuse the Russian military of mass killings of a civilian population of Irpin near Kiev. This was announced by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov.

“SBU employees are planning to bring from the morgue at the city hospital on Polevaya Street to the basement of one of the buildings on the eastern outskirts of Irpin the bodies of local residents killed by Ukrainian artillery shelling. Then, in the Pushcha-Voditsky forest area, the SBU will organize a staged action with shooting and destruction of an allegedly Russian intelligence group that arrived in Irpen to kill witnesses of Russian war crimes, — he said.

Konashenkov noted that Russian troops left Irpin more than a week ago.

On April 3, Ukrainian authorities and Western media circulated photographs and videos from the town of Bucha near Kiev, showing corpses. Reuters wrote that these are the bodies of civilians. The Russian Defense Ministry called the materials from Bucha a provocation. The department explained that the Russian military left the city on March 30 and during the time that it was under control, none of the local residents were injured.

The Foreign Ministry considered the purpose of distributing materials from Bucha to disrupt Russian-Ukrainian negotiations. As Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov later stated, Kyiv tried to interrupt the negotiation process after “the media dispersed the fake about the city of Bucha.”

Russia twice requested an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Bucha, but was denied both times. As a result, the situation in the city was discussed at a previously scheduled meeting of the Security Council for Ukraine, which was held on April 5. Most of the participants stated the need for an international investigation of what happened in Bucha, including Russia's key allies— India and China.

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

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Bibilov did not discuss with Putin the entry of South Ossetia into Russia

The head of South Ossetia said that he had not yet discussed with Vladimir Putin the entry of the republic into Russia. At the same time, he stated that countries are consulting “at different levels”

President of South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov said that he had not yet discussed with his colleague Vladimir Putin the entry of the republic into Russia. Bibilov stated this in an interview with TASS.

“To say that I spoke directly with Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin],— of course not, — Bibilov said, answering the relevant question.

At the same time, he stated that the country's authorities are consulting with Russian colleagues “at different levels.” “Always these questions, I think, should be discussed after we reach the goal. Now there is no need to name names or positions,»,— Bibilov added.

At the same time, the head of information— Analytical Department of the Administration of the President of South Ossetia Yuri Vazagov in an interview with RIA Novosti said that preparations for the referendum could be completed in May-June of this year.

“Well, it will take approximately two months to prepare,” — he answered the question. According to him, the collection of signatures will take place quite quickly, but then it is necessary to submit the draft decree to the Supreme Court for consideration, then an information campaign will begin.

On March 30, representatives of South Ossetia announced that in the near future a vote would be held in the republic on the issue of joining Russia. “We have every reason to join Russia, there are no legal obstacles to this,” — said the speaker of the Parliament of South Ossetia Alan Tadtaev. A day later, Bibilov admitted that North and South Ossetia, if the latter became part of Russia, would unite.

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The Kremlin stated that they would respect the results of a possible referendum in South Ossetia on the issue of joining Russia, and noted that Moscow had not taken legal action in this regard.

The Georgian Foreign Ministry called the discussion of such a referendum is unacceptable, “as long as the territory of Georgia is occupied by Russia.” Under such conditions, the results of the referendum will not have any legal force, Tbilisi noted.


The names of those who failed the evacuation of “Azov” from Mariupol became known

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The names of the Ukrainian military who were part of the group that was supposed to rescue the leaders of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi regiment from Mariupol “Azov” (banned in Russia), against which a criminal case has been initiated in the Russian Federation. His Mi-8 helicopter was shot down on Tuesday, April 5.

Names were given by Ivan Gavrilenko, a member of the group of shooters, during interrogation. He was part of a group that flew that day to help members of the National Battalion from Dnepropetrovsk. The helicopter the group was in was shot down. Gavrilenko survived. Now the shooter is in the Russian military hospital in Melitopol.

According to him, the group consisted of four people in total. The commander was officer Nazar Borovitsky. The group also included Alexander Klepikov and Grigory Dobrovolsky.

There was also a crew of pilots, consisting of commander Lieutenant Colonel Vyacheslav Voronoy, flight engineer Captain Dmitry Burlakov, and also a navigator named Bogdan.

As Dmitry Burlakov, another surviving member of the crew of the downed Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter, said that poor organization caused the failure of the evacuation of the commanders of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi regiment from Mariupol.

The fact that two Ukrainian Mi-8, 5 helicopters were shot down near Mariupol April, said the official representative of the Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov. He noted that the helicopters followed to evacuate the leaders of “Azov”, but were shot down from man-portable anti-aircraft missile systems.

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Europe asked Zelensky to prove Ukraine’s non-involvement in Bucha

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky admitted that one of the leading European politicians urged him to provide evidence that the events in Bucha were not staged by Kyiv. He said this in an interview with the Bild newspaper.

During the conversation, Zelensky was asked if this politician was the head of government of one of the European countries. Zelensky answered this in the affirmative. However, he did not name names.

The day before, on April 8, high-ranking officials of the European Union visited Bucha, Ukraine. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU Commissioner for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell arrived there. The Prime Minister of Slovakia, Eduard Heger, also arrived with them. Black plastic bags were laid out in front of them. According to the Ukrainian side, they contained the bodies of people who died in Bucha.

Before that, Ukraine and the West accused Russian troops of being involved in the death of civilians in Bucha. The RF rejects these allegations as they are untrue and provocative. The Kremlin described the accusations as an attempt to disrupt negotiations between Kiev and Moscow.


Opportunities for users of the public services portal will expand


Decree on the development of the e-government structure to ensure the smooth operation of public services, as well as expanding the capabilities of the portal for citizens state services, signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

A message posted on the government website on Saturday says that “a state single cloud platform will become part of e-government.” With its help, the work of state bodies will be built “without new purchases of computer equipment, which are limited in the current situation.”

The structure of e-government will also include the National Certification Authority, which ensures the issuance of domestic security certificates (needed for normal operation sites in the Russian segment of the Internet)

Another innovation will be the addition of non-state cases to the functions of the public services portal. The first non-state service that will appear on the portal is intended for the sale and purchase of cars – it will be possible to conclude electronic transactions with them.

Citizens who have placed data about their car in their personal account will be able to use this service. They will be able to certify the sale and purchase agreement with an electronic signature.


Roskomnadzor demanded to unblock the account of the Duma TV channel on YouTube

Photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

Google management should restore access to the channel of the State Duma of Russia in YouTube. This was reported in the Telegram channel of Roskomnadzor.

The agency also requires video hosting to explain the reason for the introduction of restrictions. Roskomnadzor pointed out that the State Duma is a representative and legislative body of power in Russia. The blocking of her YouTube channel “prevents the dissemination of information and free access to it.”

Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that YouTube had signed its own verdict by blocking access to the State Duma channel. In this regard, in her Telegram channel, she urged to save content faster, transfer it to Russian platforms.

In addition, Andrey Klishas, ​​head of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, said that YouTube's actions lead to that video hosting will be illegal in Russia.


Russian special operation in Ukraine: online broadcast April 9

Kremlin and Defense Ministry statements, economic situation, international reaction

Russian Ambassador to the US Antonov warned that Western actions threaten to lead to a direct military confrontation between Russia and the United States. US President Joe Biden has tightened trade rules with Russia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation notes that there is evidence of the guilt of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the shelling of Kramatorsk. Such actions of Kyiv confirm the validity of the tasks of the special operation. Read the previous day online here.

Photo: Donetsk News Agency

In addition, the Russian Armed Forces destroyed a large ammunition depot of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Novomoskovsk with high-precision air-launched missiles. Since the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine, the Russian Armed Forces have destroyed 425 drones, 228 MLRS and more than 2,030 tanks and armored vehicles. Also, operational-tactical aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces and missile forces hit 85 military targets of Ukraine.

10:55 Russian senator Andrey Klishas said what was expected after YouTube blocked another channel. This time it affected "Duma TV". According to him, the actions of video hosting lead to the fact that he will be outlawed in the Russian Federation.

10:30 The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the DPR and Russia signed a cooperation agreement. This document will allow realizing the possibility of interaction between law enforcement officers of the two states in the field of combating crime, as well as protecting law and order. It will also help protect the rights and freedoms of citizens. The agreement will help form a solid regulatory and legal framework for effective interaction between the two ministries, the Donetsk News Agency reports.

10:15 The captured Ukrainian soldier Ivan Gavrilenko named the names of the servicemen who failed in the attempt to rescue the leaders of the Azov banned in Russia from Mariupol. As noted by shooter Gavrilenko, who was part of the same group, during interrogation, it was commanded by officer Nazar Borovitsky. The group also included Alexander Klepikov and Grigory Dobrovolsky and pilots. The crew included Lieutenant Colonel Vyacheslav Voronoi, flight engineer Captain Dmitry Burlakov and a navigator named Bogdan.

9:58 YouTube blocked the channel of the State Duma “Duma TV”. As stated in the message of the State Duma in social networks, the channel had more than 145 thousand subscribers. The videos have totaled over 100 million views.

9:50 The European Union has excluded Serbia from the list of countries that are subject to a ban on the import of Russian oil. Prior to this, President Vucic, who sympathizes with Russia, said that the European Union blackmailed him so that Serbia would vote for the exclusion of the Russian Federation from the UN Human Rights Council.

9:40 From the regions of Mariupol, which remain in the zone of destruction of the Ukrainian national battalions, evacuated more than 80 residents per day, as reported by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

9:21 Also, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation publishes footage of Su-30cm sorties and Su-35. They destroyed the Ukrainian radar station, as well as the Buk-M1 anti-aircraft system.

9:12 Commander of the Airborne Forces Andrei Serdyukov presented the Order of Courage to those paratroopers who participated in the special military operation in Ukraine. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has published a video of what happened.

Fighting for Mariupol continues. Ramzan Kadyrov said that the city has already been liberated by 98%. Only separate shelters of militants remained, including at Azovstal.

The Russian Defense Ministry warns that the threat of provocations by Kyiv and missile attacks on civilians remains high. The department noted that the Ukrainian armed forces still possess a significant arsenal of Tochka-U missiles.

The European Union approved the fifth package of anti-Russian sanctions. The EU also imposed personal sanctions on 217 people and 18 organizations, including 179 representatives of the leadership and deputies of the DPR and LPR.

Dmitry Medvedev said that illegal sanctions against Russia would someday end. However, their result will be a destroyed world order. According to him, the measures can also be qualified as an act of aggression against the Russian Federation, as one of the forms of hybrid war.


Experts explained what will change the supply of S-300 to Ukraine from Slovakia

“One battalion in such a sector of hostilities is a zilch”

Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger confirmed the information that appeared earlier in a number of media about the transfer of one battalion of the S-anti-aircraft missile system to Ukraine 300 more Soviet-made from the armed forces.

The transfer operation reportedly took place “secretly and free of charge “. At the same time, military expert Mikhail Khodarenok, in his Telegram channel, called this “top-secret” assistance to the Kiev regime “another useless supply of weapons that will not help Ukraine win, but only aggravate the situation.”

Mikhail Khodarenok recalled that in Slovakia these complexes “almost always stood under cloth and went to the exercises once every five years.” The Slovak S-300PMU of the 1982 model can work against modern cruise missiles and aircraft, although it can, but at a very short range – less than 200 km. And taking into account the interference of the electronic warfare system, even less.

In addition, Khodarenok believes, “one division in such a sector of hostilities is zilch.” “It's not enough even to cover a small town like Izyum,” he said. Moreover, he noted, “the Russian Aerospace Forces have a whole arsenal of missiles guided by radar radiation. And as soon as these complexes are brought closer to the front line, they will be covered by an air strike or artillery.”

In turn, another expert, the former head of the anti-aircraft missile forces of the Special Forces Command (Moscow Air Defense District), reserve colonel Sergei Khatylev, also expressed strong doubts that the transfer of old Soviet systems to Ukraine could fundamentally improve its air defense capabilities. He recalled that for 15 years nothing has been heard about what is happening with these old systems, how they are maintained and repaired. According to the expert, their condition today is deplorable, as the service life is going through the roof.

That is, it turns out that the Prime Minister of Slovakia, Eduard Heger, quite successfully used the moment to get rid of junk under promises to receive an air defense system in return from the United States Patriot. Indeed, the head of the Slovak Ministry of Defense, Yaroslav Nagy, said on Friday that the fourth Patriot complex will arrive from the United States next week, after which “the security and defense of Slovakia will be fully provided.”

Far from people agree with this all. Former Prime Minister of Slovakia (2006-2010 and 2012-2018) Fico called the decisions of his colleague insane, saying that the country is losing its air defense system, which is better than the American Patriot, but besides, for the sake of the interests of the United States, it is drawn into a war that is not has nothing to do.


The technologies of the anti-Russian information war of the West are revealed: what happened in Bucha

“Overseas directors and Ukrainian artists had a discrepancy – they didn’t have enough rehearsals and acting skills”

Due to the conflict in Ukraine, our country was faced with the sanctions actually declared by the “collective West”, economic and propaganda war. Its weapon was accusations against Russia of killings of civilians. President of the All-Russian Police Association, Doctor of Law, Honored Lawyer of Russia, Professor, Lieutenant General Yuri Zhdanov spoke about the technologies of the information war of Ukrainian and Western intelligence services against Russia.

– They believe in what they themselves invent and tell their citizens. The most amazing thing is that then they themselves expose their lies, presenting it as a sensation. Kind of a twisted vicious circle. Of course, they did not read the classic about the non-commissioned officer's widow who flogged herself.

– It's funny and somewhat primitive. This is an information show aimed at uneducated minds. I can give a vivid example – the American site The Good Citizen, which publishes versions of events in Ukraine that are alternative to other Western media. On April 4, a material appeared on it, which outlines the facts of political provocation technologies used by Western media.

So this is what this well-known US site writes. Quote: “Blurry Ariel drone footage from Syria has been used to show the Western masses glorious victories on the battlefields of Ukraine. Objects exploding in monochrome thermal vision could be anything to any true believer.”

Even a burning American battleship was used as photo props, presented as a Russian destroyer attacked by brave Ukrainian “freedom fighters” in the Black Sea. In fact, it was used twice in the same month, at the beginning and end of March. To say that Western military propaganda was sloppy is an understatement.

The “bombardment” of the Mariupol maternity hospital was a staged media operation, closely reminiscent of the White Helmets' activities in Syria, as are reports of Russian airstrikes on a theater in the same city, which was said to house thousands of civilians at the time. Western headlines were full of accusations that the Russians were killing civilians from the sky.”

I repeat, this is written not by ours, but by the American site.

– No, this is not technology, this is its result. The technology consists in distributing, including in networks, the necessary information among ideologically indoctrinated dupes who act out their indignation and hysteria right on the signal.

– What did you want? Propaganda war is not about killing the enemy, it is about zombifying him. Here tanks, planes and rockets will not help. As they say, it's not for you to eat lobio.

– This is the meaning, this is the notorious technology. Everything must be organized in such a way that Western leaders and their media express their indignation exactly at the signal. Hardly a day goes by without completely fabricated and unconfirmed stories of “Russian atrocities” or “war crimes” against civilians. And here's the catch: when confirmed videos surface of Ukrainian soldiers torturing Russian POWs by shooting them in the legs and breaking their bones, the Western media easily ignores this uncomfortable evidence, which undermines the narratives needed to manipulate the masses.

– Why did it happen? It's only the beginning! This is one of the decisive modern ideological battles. Who actually staged the genocide of civilians? And was he at all? This must be clarified, proven and the culprits named right now, and not, as in the case of Khatyn, more than half a century later. When it was indecent to call the murderers of women and children not only the Germans, but also the so-called “brothers” of the Ukrainians. And there were more of them, who burned alive the inhabitants of the Belarusian village, than the Germans. Of the three hundred punishers, two hundred are Ukrainians-Bandera. They hushed up the truth so as not to quarrel the fraternal peoples.

– Yes, the same thing, just the other way around. Western media have picked up the fantasies of Ukrainian government propagandists and spread them everywhere.

But questions immediately arose. After all, people in the West, nevertheless, are not completely fools, no matter how hard they try to make them so. For example, black bags at the site of alleged mass murders and burials, which are shown by the Western media. Well, why do the “Russian killers” pack their victims so carefully and then defiantly leave them? And by the way, has anyone released the contents of those black bags? What is there – corpses or, after all, household garbage? There is no need to doubt, gentlemen Western inhabitants: there is a peremptory headline claiming that all this is the victims of Russian soldiers. You can't argue.

– Not only do they not hear, they are not even going to hear, and they stop up the ears of others. This is the essence of the propaganda war. No one should know that during the time the city was under the control of the Russian armed forces, not a single local resident suffered from any violent actions. At the same time, the Russian military delivered and distributed 452 tons of humanitarian aid to civilians in the Kiev region.

Again, while the city was under the control of the Russian armed forces, the inhabitants of Bucha moved freely around the city and used mobile phones. At the same time, the exits from Bucha were not blocked. All local residents were free to leave the city in a northern direction, including towards Belarus.

And here is an important detail: the southern outskirts of the city, including residential areas, were fired around the clock by Ukrainian troops from large-caliber artillery, tanks and multiple launch rocket systems.

All Russian units were completely withdrawn from Bucha already on March 30, the day after Russian-Ukrainian face-to-face negotiations in Turkey. And on March 31, the mayor of Bucha, Anatoly Fedoruk, confirmed in a video message that there were no Russian servicemen in the city. And at the same time, he did not say a word about a single local resident who was shot in the street with his hands tied. Why? Was someone afraid? After all, the Russians left, it would be possible to “convict” with impunity.

Well, as soon as real Ukrainian “heroes” appeared in Bucha, the victims and alleged executioners of the Ukrainian people were immediately discovered.

– Alas, the Kyiv “truth about the genocide” surfaced only on the fourth day, when SBU officers and representatives of the Ukrainian media cautiously entered Bucha. When they realized with relief that Russian troops were not here, they immediately found “evidence” of the crimes of the “Muscovites”. It's simple.

– The recognition of any evidence by the Americans is rather an anti-example. Remember how General Colin Powell shook a test tube with diluted kefir at the UN Security Council, claiming that it contained anthrax bacilli? And these bacilli, according to him, are in service with Iraq. This means that Iraq, according to the logic of the American general, threatens the whole world and must be destroyed. And none of the respected and, apparently, very smart and educated members of the UN Security Council, did not come to mind that just like that, in a test tube, the most terrible bacteriological weapon cannot be carried. Or were they all just pretending to be idiots back then? After all, only an idiot could not understand that Powell would have died with those around him in terrible agony a few hours later, taking this vial in his hands. Nevertheless, he managed to deceive everyone and unleash a war in the Middle East, which has not subsided so far.

– Yes, it's scary. But The Good Citizen website is tormented by vague doubts – and there is something to be tormented by. So, to the surprise of this site, all the bodies of the people whose images were shown by the Kiev regime did not stiffen, which should have happened in four days. The bodies do not have the typical cadaveric spots, and there is uncoagulated blood in the wounds. Of course, everything should be examined by experts. But the sediment has already appeared.

And, what is especially important, not one of the civilians in the frame mentions any of these atrocities, mass graves, corpses on the streets. And none of them accuses Russia of “genocide” and all that was spinning on Western corporate-state propaganda sites. Strange, isn't it?

And yet, what happened in Bucha? These questions are also asked by the American site The Good Citizen. It turns out that the mayor of the city made a video three days before these messages and, oddly enough, did not mention all these civilian bodies on the street. He may not have received guidance from the handlers at Langley as to what was to come soon.

Most likely, there was some kind of inconsistency between overseas directors and local artists – there were not enough rehearsals and acting skills. Yes, and time too. Comedian Zelensky, of course, as an artist, is magnificent. But around, alas, solid mediocrity – rural and very stupid rogues. They failed to understand and embody the great plan of the “maestro” on the historical stage.

– These are such unfortunate historical characters. The misfortune of the Western Ukrainian population is that they sincerely consider themselves the true indigenous masters of Galicia. There is a proverb in Ukraine: a fool gets richer with his thoughts. Here is what they thought about themselves. Actually it is not. The same Lviv in its current form was created and rebuilt by Poles, Hungarians, Austrians – anyone, but not Ukrainians. Actually, about such a nation here and have not heard. There were Rusyns, Boykos, Lemkos, Hutsuls – there are such local peoples. Their representatives came to the same Lvov to exchange something for their agricultural products and game, which they got in the surrounding forests and mountains. It was from their midst that the leaders of Ukrainian nationalists grew up, including Stepan Bandera. But they were not allowed further than slingshots on the outskirts of the city. Like, change your milk, meat, chickens and eggs here. Hence, from the slingshots, and the nickname – Roguli.

Probably, such a precaution was not superfluous among the same Poles. Here is confirmation: the “damned Muscovites” came, drove the Poles out and let these “roguls” into Lviv. And now we have Bandera, which has spread throughout Ukraine. Yes, who was nothing, he will not become everything.

– You can't take that away. But the Nazis learn only one thing – genocide. The same Americans have a 400-page report detailing Ukrainian war crimes and human rights violations from 2017 to 2020. Here is the growth of Nazism, anti-Semitism, Russophobia, attacks and murders of journalists, attacks on the media, offices and the usual killing of thousands of civilians in the Donbass.

– What for? That's what they were tamed for. After all, Ukrainian neo-Nazis trained by the CIA killed ethnic Russians. But is it a crime for them? It's the old, tried and tested Anglo-Saxon logic that some war crimes are more equal than others. There is also a more cynical definition: some genocides are more worthy than others.

Let me remind you that Vladimir Putin called the Ukrainian attacks on ethnic Russians in Donbas a genocide. Since 2014, about 14,000 people have been killed. There are gigantic PDF files in the telegram channel and the Internet, which show images of civilians who died as a result of shelling in the Donbass. They are confirmed by international observers. And did it somehow affect the West?

Although Russia has named dozens of Ukrainian officials and generals guilty of war crimes and whom it intends to prosecute for these murders, one should not expect that any or Western governments will demand the trial of Ukrainian war criminals involved in this genocide.

And don't expect Western media to report Ukrainian soldiers shooting and torturing Russian prisoners of war, using civilians as human shields in urban areas such as Mariupol, Kharkiv, Sumy, their food and water are stolen. Moreover, the Western military is helping the Ukrainian Nazis. For example, who will tell the Europeans and Americans that two French military advisers were killed in a helicopter crash with Azov soldiers (an extremist group banned in the Russian Federation) while they were trying to escape from the city? This topic will be ignored by the Western press.


The terms of accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO are named

In Stockholm and Helsinki, they are discussing the imminent entry into the North Atlantic Alliance

Finland and Sweden may soon join NATO because of the conflict in Ukraine, which is fraught with a deterioration in relations between these northern European countries and Russia.

NATO officials told CNN that discussions about joining Sweden and Finland to the bloc became extremely serious after Russia began military operations in Ukraine, and senior US State Department officials said the issue was raised at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers this week, which was attended by foreign ministers from Stockholm and Helsinki.

Public opinion in Sweden and Suomi on joining the North Atlantic Alliance has changed significantly as the conflict in Ukraine continues.

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Friday that her country's parliament intends to discuss possible NATO membership “in the coming weeks,” adding that she hoped these discussions would be completed “before mid-summer.”

“I think we will have very thorough discussions, but we also do not spend more time than necessary on this process, because the situation is, of course, very difficult,” said the head of the Finnish government.

For her part, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, in an interview with SVT at the end of March, did not rule out the possibility of her country's membership in NATO. Sweden is conducting a security policy review due to be completed by the end of May, and the government is expected to announce its position after the report, a Swedish official told CNN. According to sources, official Stockholm may make its position public sooner, depending on when neighboring Finland does.

Finnish Ambassador to the United States Mikko Hautala told CNN that the two countries are cooperating closely with each other, but each the country will make its own independent decision.

On Friday, a Finnish official said that their country would not seek to join NATO because of “despair” in seeking protection from the North Atlantic Alliance. Rather, recent events in Ukraine have forced Helsinki to “rethink the basics,” CNN claims.

“And we understand that our relationship with this Russia, which now exists, cannot be the same as before, due to these Russian actions,” the official said.

The Kremlin said on Thursday it would have to “balance the situation” if Sweden and Finland joined NATO. “We will have to make our western flank more sophisticated in terms of our security,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sky News.

Meanwhile, according to CNN, Finnish sources said that there were signals in Helsinki from other countries that they would offer support if there were security problems for Finland between the application and ratification of NATO membership.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this week: “As far as the interim period is concerned, I'm sure we will find ways to resolve the problems they may have regarding the period between a potential application and final ratification.”

Stoltenberg said that Sweden and Finland “could easily join” the North Atlantic Alliance if they “decide to apply”, noting that they “cooperated for many years, we know that they meet NATO standards when it comes to interoperability, democratic control over the armed forces.”

A Finnish official noted that Finland in NATO is in fact already a “member, but without membership.”

Privately, representatives of NATO and the United States say that they would be happy to see Finland and Sweden join the bloc, according to CNN. These countries already have extremely close relationships with the alliance and will be a huge advantage, NATO officials told CNN, especially when it comes to intelligence sharing. Although the level of intelligence sharing between Finland, Sweden and NATO has increased dramatically since the beginning of the Ukraine conflict, according to one NATO official, it is not at the level that it would be if these countries were members of the bloc.


Macron vs. Le Pen: how Russia will influence the French presidential election

Polish prime minister angered Paris with his talks with Putin

The closer the April 10 presidential elections in France, the fiercer the struggle between the main contenders for the seat in the Elysee Palace becomes. And the theme of Russia and the Ukrainian crisis becomes a trump card in this battle. Incumbent French President Emmanuel Macron is struggling to play the “Russian card” in a tough race against his main rival Marine Le Pen. But the head of the Fifth Republic himself is under fire for his attitude towards Moscow.

“More than a month ago, the re-election of French President Emmanuel Macron seemed inevitable,” writes The Washington Post, which is watching the French presidential race from across the ocean. “He was in the lead in the polls, ahead of rivals on the left and right… A second round of elections either against Le Pen or against far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, another figure with dubious attitudes towards NATO and alleged friendliness towards Putin, should was to become a formality.”

Macron, who came to power in 2017 as a radical centrist seeking to shake up French politics and play a more assertive role on the European stage, has taken on the role of continental statesman. However, as the first Sunday vote approaches, Macron has reason to sweat, writes the American edition. Macron is likely to finish at the top of the rankings, but polls now show that the gap between him and Le Pen will be narrow if they face each other in the second round on April 24. “One minute to midnight,” former Prime Minister Manuel Valls wrote in a column for the French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche. “Marine Le Pen can be elected president of the republic.”

And not the last place in the election campaign in France is occupied by the Russian theme.

Marine Le Pen has long been known for her admiration for President Putin, notes the European edition of POLITICO, and yet it is Emmanuel Macron who is criticized for her policies in the Russian direction.

Considering that the French media headlines stigmatize every day Russia's actions in Ukraine, accusations of the “pro-Russian” position of Marine Le Pen, should have ensured an easy victory for Macron in the upcoming French presidential elections.

Yet this is not the case, POLITICO admits. The leader of the far-right National Rally party, Marine Le Pen, is making the race uncomfortable for the liberal president ahead of the first round of voting. Indeed, Macron has to fight to defend his former Russia policy. On Wednesday, Emmanuel Macron responded sharply to criticism by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who accused the French president of negotiating with Putin. Morawiecki was referring to Macron's regular calls to the Russian president as part of an ongoing, albeit unsuccessful, diplomatic effort to end the Ukraine conflict.

Macron, on the other hand, insists he is right to leave the line of communication with Moscow open: “I will do this as long as the Ukrainian president asks me to engage in dialogue with Russia, as long as France can play a role in advancing negotiations, obtaining humanitarian results and preparing for the world.”

The attack on Pan Morawiecki was taken by the French president with obvious resentment. “These words are both unfounded and scandalous, but they do not surprise me,” Macron retorted the accusations that arrived from Warsaw on the air of the French television channel TF1. “. At the same time, he could not resist the fact that, along with the Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki, “seal” his main rival. In fact, accusing the Pole of interfering in the French presidential campaign, Macron said: “The Polish Prime Minister belongs to the extreme right party and supports Marine Le Pen.”

At the same time, the French president did not escape the temptation to hint at Le Pen's warm relations with Moscow in the past, even recalling the “funding by Russia” of the party headed by his rival. According to POLITICO, the National Association is still repaying a loan of 9 million euros received from a Russian bank in 2014, and often takes the side of Moscow – for example, on the issue of Crimea.

Despite all this and the anti-Russian campaign launched by the media in France, in recent days Marine Le Pen's rating has steadily risen in public opinion polls. According to a POLITICO poll, Le Pen can count on 22 percent of the vote in the first round, and polls about the expected second round of voting on April 24 show that Le Pen has narrowed the gap with the incumbent significantly.

In part, POLITICO notes, this is due to Le Pen's deft approach to the crisis in Ukraine. The far-right leader abruptly changed her rhetoric, admitting on television that the conflict “changed her mind” about the Russian president, and she has consistently condemned the Russian military operation ever since. Moreover, at times the far-right leader even tried to outdo Macron in her response to the crisis, recently calling for the expulsion of the Russian ambassador from France.

The Russian-Ukrainian theme did not pass by another far-right candidate for the presidency of the French Republic. Newcomer to the race, Eric Zemmour, has also come under fire for increased media scrutiny. He is blamed for the fact that in the early days of the conflict he called for Ukrainian refugees to be accepted in Poland, but not in France.

Analysts say that Zemmour raised the topics of the old “National Front” (that was the name pre-rebrand far-right party created by Marine Le Pen's father) focusing on identity and immigration, while Le Pen focuses on issues of concern to all French people, such as purchasing power and energy.

Although Le Pen's campaign program on immigration and Islam is still radical (she plans to ban the veil in all public places and prevent foreigners from enjoying the same rights as French citizens), the National Rally leader, who made her third attempt to become president, sharply has stepped up its stance over the past couple of weeks, softening some of its rhetoric and focusing on cost-of-living issues. Millions of people in France are struggling to make ends meet after a 35% rise in fuel prices over the past year.

Instead of focusing on Ukrainian events, Marine Le Pen focused her campaign on the rising cost of living for ordinary French people caused by inflation and the impact of sanctions against Russia on the European economy. This topic has come to dominate public debate ahead of the elections.

Le Pen tried to present herself as a defender of French families against the negative effects of EU sanctions on Russia.

“The decision to cut imports of gas and gasoline [from Russia] will be a tragedy for French families,” she told French radio RTL, noting that her “priority is to protect the purchasing power of French families.”

And Macron, writes POLITICO appears to have been playing catch-up during the campaign, arguing that its economic measures also protect France's purchasing power. At the same time, he has to contend with allegations that his government has spent millions of euros on expensive consulting firm fees. His government is also actively promoting new energy sanctions against Russia.

If, as the polls show, Macron and Le Pen converge in the second round, Le Pen may have to convince non-political voters that her ties to Russia are no barrier to France's governance.

And the prospect—albeit one that doesn't look all that real yet—of Marine Le Pen's victory is causing considerable concern in Washington. Its possible success, from the White House's point of view, threatens to destabilize the Western coalition against Moscow, undermining France's role as a leading European power and potentially forcing other NATO leaders to abandon membership in the alliance.

The White House is afraid of the worst-case scenario what a Le Pen victory and then France's withdrawal from the anti-Russian coalition could have been for America. Washington fears that Le Pen's success could then sway other European leaders, some of whom are already nervous about being tough on Russia, to also pull out of the US-led anti-Russian alliance.


The doctor explained how the use of psychostimulants will turn out for the militants of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

“It’s not scary to go into battle while high”

More and more Ukrainian servicemen who were captured or agreed to voluntarily lay down their arms talk about the massive use of drugs in the ranks of the armed forces of Ukraine ( APU). According to narcologists, it is almost impossible to overcome addiction in combat conditions.

Go to battle under the “high” not so scary, the militants admit. Military personnel speak openly about the fact that the commanders of the Armed Forces of Ukraine do not forbid addictions, and sometimes even encourage them on the contrary. There is only one end for a drug addict at the front: if a bullet does not catch up with him, then the drug will unmistakably cope with this task.

Dmitry, a serviceman of the 25th separate air assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who surrendered to the forces of the People's Militia of the LPR, says that a platoon commander put him and other fighters from his brigade on drugs. “In 2019, together with our colleagues, we rested in Gvardeisky in the Caravan bar (the urban-type settlement of Gvardeisky, Dnepropetrovsk region. -“ MK ”), the military man recalls. – A platoon commander approached us and offered to try amphetamine. After that, he drugged me five times. From the commander's appearance and demeanor, it was obvious that he himself regularly uses.”

According to Dmitry, the platoon commander warned him that the drug story should remain a secret. Without too much “fawn”. Later, he introduced the fighter to the huckster so that Dmitry could independently purchase illegal drugs. “Many used it,” the man admits. – Of the brigade, 60 percent for sure.

When it was not possible to buy from hand to hand, drugs were purchased remotely and delivered by postal money orders directly to the zone of the so-called anti-terrorist operation in Donbass.

The prisoner of war says that it was easier to cope with stress under drugs. The feeling of fatigue was completely absent, I did not want to eat or sleep either. Managed to get a lot done. “But this is at first, and then the “waste” came. The condition was disgusting, many had seizures, paranoia, hallucinations,” he says.

Narcologist Iveri Kizitsky, in an interview with MK, told why military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine use narcotic drugs and what this is fraught with for a person performing a combat mission.

– The most popular during the hostilities have always been various psycho-stimulating substances, which at the same time have an anti-anxiety effect, – the doctor said. – During the Second World War, amphetamine was such a stimulant, and so far it remains the most reproduced and replicated substance. In modern times, various synthetic stimulants have been added to it, such as mephedrone and alpha-PVP.

– During the period when a person is under the influence of these drugs, he does not feel hungry, he can do without sleep, almost all natural needs are closed. But one must understand that the thinking ability of a person suffers greatly in this case. There is a high risk of psychosis against the background of hallucinations, orientation in space is lost. These are the things that, in principle, are not allowed in a combat situation, when a serviceman is on duty.

– Yes. Always, if we are talking about the medical paradigm, then for a fighter, the priority should be sobriety of consciousness. Only a fighter who is highly trained and does not correlate with any intoxication is highly effective. Real professionals generally do not allow even the minimum amount of stimulant. But apparently, for the general masses, this is not always the case. And the common myth about “combat one hundred grams” is relevant to this day.

– I do not think that the use of drugs is encouraged en masse. Any normal commander understands that having a detachment of drug addicts under his command is a huge risk. The mind of addicted people is controlled by the drug, and it is never known for certain what may come into his head. Most likely, they simply, like all of humanity as a whole, are faced with the fact that practically nothing can be done about this kind of addiction. There are no preventive measures. And no one will definitely fight drug addiction during hostilities, not before that.

– Irreversible processes, as a rule, occur after a year of systematic use of drugs. In combat conditions, this may occur earlier. If even in ordinary life the human psyche is affected due to constant stress, then what can we say about military personnel on the battlefield. There is such a thing as “combat mental trauma”. It occurs simply due to the fact that a person is in conditions where there is no opportunity to eat normally, rest, change clothes. At the same time, constantly observed pictures that are unacceptable to normal consciousness, associated with violence, injuries, human suffering, exacerbate this condition. If poison is added to this, then, I think, there is a 90 percent chance that in less than a year such people will at least lose the ability to remain stable, and at the maximum they will experience irreversible mental processes, in the form of loss of brain functions. We are talking about any functions – thinking, memory, attention. In fact, in a year such a person becomes disabled.


Ukraine was given a strange promise of imminent EU membership

Ursula von der Leyen hopes for a solution to the issue of Kyiv's accession to the EU within “weeks”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen promised a quick response to Ukraine's application for EU membership. However, experts believe that there is a long distance between beautiful promises and reality.

Chief of the European Commission Ursula, who visited the Ukrainian city of Bucha von der Leyen to try to speed up Ukraine's bid to join the European Union.

Ursula von der Leyen suggested that Kiev quickly start working on its application for EU membership, writes The Guardian. Handing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a questionnaire that will serve as a starting point for a membership decision, she said: “Forming this opinion, as usual, will not be a matter of years, but, I think, a matter of weeks.”

Zelensky said at the same press conference that he would be back with answers in a week.

The promises made by Ursula von der Leyen look, to put it mildly, strange. After all, it usually takes years to become an EU member state, and the process involves several rounds of applications, criteria checks and negotiations. If Ukraine is admitted according to an accelerated scheme (and given the high emotional degree of the current moment, everything is possible), it is easy to imagine the indignation of European countries, which potential neighbors in the common European house “hunt” in the “hallway” for years, demanding from them to provide evidence that they deserve to be accepted into the European Union.

However, Western experts were skeptical about the promises about the accelerated admission of Ukraine to the EU. “There is a huge difference between rhetoric and reality,” says Eion Dreya, senior fellow at the Martens Center for European Studies. “There is very little chance of any accelerated accession process.”

According to Barron's, it took the EU more than a decade after the collapse of the USSR to absorb the countries of the former Warsaw Pact and the Baltic states. Croatia last joined the EU in 2013 with four million people. “There is enlargement fatigue in the EU and reform fatigue in the candidate countries,” says Marie-Yves Bélanger, a researcher on EU enlargement at the University of Geneva.

Ukraine, on the other hand, is perceived as a “poor relative,” Barron's notes: its per capita gross domestic product is less than half of the current poorest member of the EU, Bulgaria. Allowing Kiev to shorten the queue before five existing candidates would be “terribly destabilizing in the western Balkans,” says Eion Dreyja.

Marie-Yves Belanger notes that all other Eastern European members joined NATO before the EU, handing over outsource your security from Brussels.

According to experts, the official decision of the European Commission would be more reasonable. Ukraine, most likely, will not be given the status of a full-fledged candidate country, but the status of a potential candidate, says Carnegie Europe Senior Fellow Richard Youngs: “Then they will take measures to slow down the whole process.”

Ukraine can look Turkish example to appreciate how slow the path to a united Europe can be. Turkey has been an EU candidate since 1987 and has nominally been negotiating accession since 2005.

But the head of the European Commission, it seems, is less concerned about real problems than the readiness to express emotional support for Kiev. “Russia will plunge into economic, financial and technological decline, while Ukraine is moving towards a European future, that's what I see,” Ursula von der Leyen flourished.

Von der Leyen's trip to Kyiv was directed to provide Zelensky with moral and some financial support. She promised to support Ukraine to come out of the conflict as a “democratic country”, in which, according to her, the European Union and other donors will help.

The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, expressed the hope that the EU will be able to provide Ukraine with more 500 million euros to buy weapons in a couple of days.

And Zelensky, for his part, urged Brussels to do more to punish Russia, including a ban on the purchase of Russian oil and gas, and urged the EU to accept Ukraine as a full member .

Earlier, Josep Borrell expressed fears that the refusal of Russian oil could cause a sharp jump in prices, which would be painful for European economies. He said that a decision on export would be made on Monday in Brussels.


Political scientist told whether the special operation could provoke China to attack Taiwan

The results of the elections on the island will decide a lot

The uneasy relations between China and the West are increasingly on the world news agenda. The United States and Europe accuse Beijing of supporting the Russian special operation in Ukraine and demand to take the “right side of history”, including in terms of anti-Russian sanctions. China is responding politically and economically more and more sharply, transferring payments for the purchase of Russian energy from dollars to yuan. The US is escalating the situation around Taiwan by increasing its military aid.

It turns out that the policy of the collective West leads to a rapprochement between Moscow and Beijing. The question is how far is Beijing ready to go in support of Russia without fear of imposing secondary sanctions against itself? After all, he can lose the huge European and American markets? About this “MK” talks with a specialist in Asia and China, director of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies of the Higher School of Economics, candidate of political sciences Vasily Kashin.

– In 2014-2015, when the first round of sanctions pressure began, – says Vasily Kashin, – China has not yet had a confrontation with the United States. They then had a completely working relationship, although they slowly worsened. But even at that moment, China supported us.

– For example, in the provision of loans. Including some private companies, which allowed them to refinance their debt to foreign creditors. In 2014-2015, the influx of such loans from China amounted to $32 billion. These loans were not particularly favorable in terms of conditions, but then they helped solve many problems. Moreover, China provided these loans, despite strong pressure from the United States.

In May 2014, China, despite direct pressure from the United States, signed a contract with us for the supply of natural gas through the Power of Siberia-1 pipeline “. Beijing provided assistance to Russia in a number of other areas as well. For example, he supplied some components that Western companies stopped supplying to us. Or, let's say, he installed and laid an underwater cable for an energy bridge to the Crimea. There are many examples.

But at the same time, it's important to understand that China's largest companies, both public and private, are global. And they, of course, had to take into account the threat of secondary US sanctions.

– In China, 80% of the assets of the banking system are in four giant state-owned banks that operate around the world. In many countries there are their projects, representative offices, some subsidiaries … That is, a number of large Chinese global companies must take into account that one or another of their assets may be subject to freezing, some kind of sanctions if they violate the norms of American law.

So, on the one hand, there was, of course, a problem of interaction – many Chinese companies were afraid to work in Russia. But on the other hand, there was the goodwill of the Chinese government. In principle, throughout this period, trade turnover in our country and the share of Chinese products in imports have been growing. Gradually, we came up with various payment options for those products for which it became problematic to pay in dollars. For example, a separate mechanism has been created for paying for deliveries within the framework of military-technical cooperation.

– Yes, indeed, China has undergone very serious changes in foreign policy since 2018. In 2014-2015, China had quite normal, pragmatic relations with the United States, and in 2018, under Donald Trump, they deteriorated sharply. Moreover, Trump, worsening these relations, did not act on his own, but expressed a bipartisan Republican-Democratic consensus. And when the Biden administration came to power, it only confirmed that in matters of relations with China, it would generally follow the same course.

Biden declared a new trade war against China and began to build up a military presence in the Pacific. He began to shake up the Taiwan problem, increased military activity in the South China Sea, and spoke disapprovingly of the “Chinese military-political regime.” That is, ideological clichés have already gone into the entrance.

In 2019, unrest occurred in Hong Kong, which further worsened US-China relations. Well, in 2020, sanctions pressure on China has increased dramatically.

– In addition to the trade war, which involved the imposition of discriminatory tariffs on a significant part of Chinese exports, hundreds of Chinese companies in 2020-2021, especially those related to high-tech sector, found themselves under sanctions of varying severity. This has created a new reality in which China finds itself in direct economic clash with the United States.

China had to respond to this pressure. There was an intensification of Chinese policy and, in general, a toughening of positions in international affairs. At the same time, China began to develop sanctions and counter-sanctions legislation. In 2021, the anti-sanctions law was adopted, which introduced responsibility for the enforcement of sanctions against Chinese companies in the PRC. By the way, we are just considering a similar law.

The adopted law required Chinese companies to report all cases when they are forced to comply with sanctions or imposed sanctions against them. Certain approaches to economic responses have been formulated. That is, China's position has changed a lot. Its relationship with the US has become confrontational.

In this confrontation with the US, China sees Russia as a key ally. He is not interested in things going badly for Russia, and is going to support her.

– I think he will not provide support in cases where it will directly harm China itself. That is, we will not be able to continue to cooperate with all Chinese companies. Those of them who are sitting on American technologies, patents, equipment – they will avoid direct contact with us. But in any case, now, in this new reality, the circle of our potential partners in China has become much wider.

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The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an international organization founded in June 2001 by the leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. It now also includes India and Pakistan as permanent members. Observers in the SCO are Afghanistan, Iran, Mongolia and Belarus.

– The role of the SCO will apparently increase, since until the last moment Russia did not consciously promote or support economic cooperation within the framework of the SCO.

– We feared that the economic component of the SCO, if it developed rapidly, would undermine our own project, namely the Eurasian Economic Union. Perhaps now this position will change. But we will soon see that.

On the other hand, it should be understood that the SCO in its current form is a clumsy structure. There is India and Pakistan, and Iran may also appear. Although, perhaps, in the conditions of the refusal of the dollar in mutual settlements, there may appear some options for multilateral economic cooperation.

– Until now, due to geography, we have always had not very close economic ties with India. With the exception of military-technical cooperation. Russia has been a major source of some technology for India. First of all, nuclear, energy related to national security. This was the basis of our relationship.

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Russia helped re-equip the Indian Air Force with Su-30MKI multirole fighters. Today, the fleet of these aircraft is almost 300 aircraft.

The largest joint project is the development and production of BrahMos supersonic missiles (Brahmaputra-Moscow).

India bought the heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser Vikrmaditya (Admiral Gorshkov) from Russia, and also leases nuclear submarines.

Such relations are still very important, because the basis of the Indian political course is the so-called strategic autonomy. That is, India sees itself as a new great power, and is not going to join any camp. In Delhi, they understand that if they adapt to the Americans in matters of containing Russia or China, this will not bring them anything good. Based on this position, they maintain relations with us and maintain them.

Now that most contacts with Europe have been cut off, we will probably have a chance to strengthen our own industrial potential. And here India is very useful to us. The Indians have advanced electronics, powerful pharmaceuticals, information technology, and so on.

– Yes, and they buy our oil, taking advantage of the fact that Russian oil is now sold at a discount. They began to buy oil very actively, and we will develop this cooperation with them as much as possible.

– Pakistan, of course, is a less important partner for us, but nevertheless, in the new conditions, it also becomes more interesting for us. This country has its own industrial potential. Moreover, Pakistan itself has always shown interest in relations with Russia. So here, too, we, for sure, will look for some opportunities. Although, of course, as always, this will require a careful balance between these two powers of South Asia – India and Pakistan – so as not to offend the Indians too much.

– Traditionally, Russia's long-term goal in this region is to establish, first of all, trilateral cooperation Russia-India-China. We have long used a trilateral format, within the framework of which meetings of foreign ministers are held periodically. All this is moving forward, of course, with difficulty. Cooperation suffered after the bloody clashes at the border lines of India and China in 2020. Formally, these countries now reject the need for mediation. However, Russia still played a certain role in supporting their diplomatic contacts. She always tries to do what she can, because the most peaceful and constructive relations between China and India are beneficial for Russia.

– Such as you say, there is jealousy. Indeed, the Indians are closely watching our relations with China. Of course, they are well aware that a certain imbalance is associated primarily with objective geographical factors. We are neighbors with China. We are connected by an extensive infrastructure that makes it easy to export a wide variety of resources and goods from China, as well as to deliver to China.

With India, we are far apart. There are, of course, various projects for transport corridors, but in principle, our logistics are not the easiest. It has little effect on some “high-tech”, like weapons and nuclear equipment. But mass raw materials, such as oil, gas, metals, their supply is still associated with logistics problems.

However, there may be some activation here now. Simply because the European market is dying for us and, apparently, in a few years it may completely disappear if we find ourselves in a state of “iron curtain” with the West. Under these conditions, India becomes more promising for us. And for her, our cheaper offers on the energy market, apparently, will also be very advantageous. We will probably get a wider experience of interacting with each other, which will already support us in the future.

– The Chinese fleet is not yet stronger than the US fleet. But it is being built faster than the American one. In terms of numbers, it is already the largest in the world, but in terms of combat power, most likely, the second.

The peculiarity of Chinese military construction is that for the past two or three decades, Beijing has paid special attention to the development of naval forces, consistently reducing its ground forces. These troops now and earlier were the last in line for funding.

– Quite right. The Chinese do not see a serious threat from the Sino-Russian land border. They do not consider Russia a source of military threat, and therefore they are developing forces of expansion – the navy. This, I think, suits us completely, since our border with China is land.

The Chinese are probably already approaching the moment when they will be able to solve the Taiwan issue by force. But here we must bear in mind that this would be a risky and technically complex operation. No one has undertaken amphibious operations of this magnitude since the Second World War. No one really knows how all this can go. There is a very high level of uncertainty, even though the Chinese may have a huge force concentrated on such a task.

In any case, this is a very big risk. Theoretically, of course, it is possible that they will take this step. However, they can do this only when they decide that the political situation is absolutely hopeless and the separatists are finally winning.

– The problem is that Ukraine and Taiwan are incomparable values. Ukraine certainly plays a role in international supply chains. It partly affects the markets for agricultural products, some other types of industrial raw materials, but Taiwan is a completely different matter. It is a monopoly in the production of a range of electronic components. More than 90% of chips of certain technological standards used worldwide today are made in Taiwan. And any conflict over Taiwan would be a colossal shock to the global economy. The loss of Taiwan for the United States is practically a foreign policy disaster and the final loss of international prestige.

The Biden administration, after the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine, stated that if something similar happened to Taiwan, the level of support that the United States would provide to it would be significantly different from the level of support provided to Ukraine. The United States has a law on relations with Taiwan, which, unlike the situation with Ukraine, implies military assistance to the island. It is very harsh about this possibility on the part of the United States.

To Ukraine, on the contrary, the Americans have always very clearly stated that they will not participate in the war with Russia for it. They just promised to protect Taiwan. So the situation here is much more dangerous. The chances of reaching the situation of the Caribbean crisis of 1962 are much higher than in the case of Ukraine, where everything can get out of control only in case of someone's mistake or accident. In the situation with Taiwan, this will happen for sure. The overall situation in the world may depend on the outcome of the struggle for Taiwan.

– I think it is possible if the Chinese come to the conclusion that their peaceful strategy of reuniting the island and the mainland does not work. While they focus on different political forces. Elections are underway in Taiwan. The next local events will take place at the end of 2022. Then there is the election year 2024. Apparently, according to the results of how everything goes there, they will draw conclusions.

– Most likely, yes. Although, of course, there may be some moments that we are not aware of. In China, for example, in 2005 a law was passed to combat separatism. It says that if all peaceful means of unification have been exhausted, then it is possible to use the non-peaceful way to reunite Taiwan with the motherland. Somehow, in this logic, they, apparently, will move.

– …Just huge contacts.

– Twenty years ago, Ukraine began very actively, and under different governments, to develop ties with China. It hoped to eventually become for China a kind of entry point to European markets.

China was interested in Ukraine as a supplier of agricultural raw materials, especially sunflower oil, and secondly, as a major source of military technology. Ukraine inherited a lot from the Soviet Union in terms of military technology.

This mutual interest was fueled under both Kuchma and Yushchenko. And even when Euromaidan happened in Kyiv, the new authorities also continued this course. Another thing is that a severe economic crisis immediately broke out there and the redistribution of property began. Part of Chinese investment in agriculture then disappeared, but in general the line chosen by China continued.

Over the years, representatives of the Chinese “defense industry” pulled everything out of the Ukrainian military-industrial complex, including many space and aviation developments. Even those that Ukraine itself did not.

For example, in Ukraine, from Soviet times, there was a plant with a permit for the overhaul of Su-27 and MiG-29 aircraft. The overhaul permit means that this plant has a complete set of documentation for these machines, which was of great interest to China, which is engaged in the creation of its own aircraft.

Or, for example, at the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union at the Ukrainian Black Sea Shipyard, there were huge deposits of ship weapons and documentation for it. Ukrainian firms had a collection of drawings and documentation for various types of Soviet warships, radar equipment, and air-to-air missiles. Everything was there. As a result of Ukrainian-Chinese cooperation, volumes of all this documentation migrated to China.

And in the end, already against the background of the rupture of Russian-Ukrainian ties, the Chinese tried to go for broke and made a deal to buy the Zaporozhye motor-building enterprise Motor Sich.

-…and under pressure from the United States, the Ukrainian authorities broke this deal, sanctions were imposed against the Chinese investor, and this, of course, was a strong blow to relations between China and Ukraine. The price of the issue is several billion Chinese investments.

– Yes, despite the fact that this deal was cut off for them, the Chinese still continued to cooperate with them in the field of defense. As of 2020, after the united European Union, Ukraine continued to be China's main trading partner and their first trading partner among individual countries.

– Indeed, despite all the difficulties, China as a whole turned out to be on our side, which, of course, is not conducive to China's relations with Ukraine. But the Ukrainian economy is now destroyed. As far as I understand, there is no clearing for close economic cooperation there.

Although by the beginning of our special operation, China and Ukraine had only one contract in the field of military-technical cooperation. This is a batch of 450 engines for the Chinese combat training aircraft L-15, created on the basis of our Yak-130 with AI-222-25 engines. Motor Sich made a version of engines with afterburner for the Chinese.

It is difficult to say what state this contract is in now. However, there were no reports about the bombing of the Zaporizhzhya Motor Sich enterprise.

Be that as it may, it is assumed that after the end of our military special operation, Ukrainian GDP will be halved. I think bilateral Ukrainian-Chinese cooperation is likely to gradually wither away and is unlikely to be revived in the foreseeable future.

– Yes. There is no doubt about this for sure.


Naryshkin explained the US goals in Ukraine: to turn into a “second Afghanistan”

The West will do its best to delay the peaceful resolution of the conflict

In the history of Europe, a new stage of a multipolar world is beginning, in which America will no longer be able to impose its will on other countries. This was stated by the director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Sergey Naryshkin, who published an article in the National Defense magazine.

According to Naryshkin, the two main tasks of the United States and European countries are to artificially increase the duration of the special operation in order to weaken both Russia and Ukraine, and also to prevent the conflict from spreading to the territory of Western countries.

To do this, to Ukraine armed mercenaries are sent in to try to disrupt a special operation or slow down the advance of Russian troops. “Recently, US “strategists” said that NATO should turn Ukraine into a kind of Afghanistan in order to stop Russia,” said Sergey Naryshkin.

Realizing that in a direct confrontation with Russia there is a chance of suffering another defeat, the United States chose to act according to the rules of the Cold War. Foreigners took Russia into an economic, informational and cultural blockade. Naryshkin noted that many scientists, athletes and cultural figures were hit.

When the NATO countries decided to protect Russia from the whole world, they suddenly discovered that without the Russians, the Europeans could not heat their apartment or eat a hearty meal. “Western states are gradually preparing their citizens for ration cards and an imminent shutdown of heating,” the director of the Foreign Intelligence Service was amazed.

Naryshkin explained that the West spends especially a lot of energy on endless propaganda on TV channels and social networks. In order to instill hatred of Russia in their citizens, European governments closely monitor the information space and impose sanctions on Russian media: RT, Sputnik, New Eastern Outlook.

The United States understands: if they do not contain Russia , then the architecture of the world order will change forever, after which the Americans will lose the ability to rule almost the entire world. Many countries in Asia, Africa and South America have felt the coming changes and refused to impose sanctions against Russia.

Last month, the Saudi Crown Prince rejected a request from US President Joe Biden to produce more oil and replied that he would not comply his orders. According to Naryshkin, representatives of India, Turkey, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates respond in a similar way to the White House.


Ukrainian refugees keep the inhabitants of the Baltics in fear: cunning and aggressive

“More than half of them, to put it mildly, are bad people”

The Baltics are seriously disappointed in those they have “tamed” and no longer want to be responsible for them. We have to reap the fruits of the migration policy already now. In the center of Riga, a crowd of Ukrainian refugees frightened local residents by banging on pots, howling and growling like an animal. A creepy concert in social networks was dubbed demoniac, advising the participants to call a good exorcist. In Tallinn, shouts of “Glory to Ukraine!” are periodically heard on the city streets. and walls, monuments and structures painted in the colors beloved by Ukrainians appear. As in Moldova, the citizens of the Baltics are trying to reason with strangers with video messages. No results so far.

The record holder for the number of refugees received was Poland, with which Ukraine has more than 500 kilometers of a common border. According to the UN, 2.3 million people entered the country, almost 40,000 to Lithuania, and 11,000 to Latvia. Many refugees use the Baltics as a transit zone to reach the coveted countries of Europe. For example, in Germany or France. Those who remained consider themselves not guests, but kings of life. For example, they allow themselves to raise their hands against those who dare to speak to them in a language other than Ukrainian.

“We have refugees from Ukraine, and there are moments when they behave very aggressively, mainly towards women and the elderly,” a Latvian resident is indignant on the video. understood in Latvian, and he addressed them in Russian. I turned because they shouted “Glory to Ukraine!” and scared the child. Another point – we recently had a girl say that she was walking with her son and spoke in Russian on the phone. They ran up to her – “Glory to Ukraine!” and sprayed pepper spray in the boy's face. They took the money and scattered things along the street. Our authorities are doing nothing about it, so I ask the men of Latvia and Riga. We need support to break Ukrainians who touch our people. We will fight for our people.”

It is worth noting that until quite recently, the inhabitants of Latvia had a completely different idea of ​​the appearance of a refugee on their territory. They hoped that the forced guests would immediately get involved in the work, and they would look for it not in the capital “so as not to take away jobs from the locals”, but in rural areas. “Cesis, Cesvaine, Smiltene. Kurzeme is a chic area too, insanely quiet. Workers are needed and often pay well and formally. In the regions, private ownership is more common. It is one thing to offer housing for a fee or free of charge in feeding places, not knowing how many people will come, and the owners, in principle, do not agree to keep a refugee for a long time. Another thing is farm work. Theirs don't go. None of the locals need work on a farm with the provision of housing, since they still have to pay for their own housing. We have a big problem with this in Latvia. And the farmers have housing. I worked in the central market for a long time. It is difficult to find a decent person on the farm during the season. No one will leave the city, and people from the regions will work abroad. IDPs, especially now, benefit from this,” – this is how Latvians recently planned the future of Ukrainian refugees. Alas, everything turned out exactly the opposite.

One of the Russian-speaking residents of Latvia told Moskovsky Komsomolets about the behavior of Ukrainians and what tricks they use to earn a living in foreign countries.

– More than half of them, to put it mildly, are bad people. For example, those who rented their apartments for a lot of money to their own, who fled from hostilities, but went to Europe themselves. They also tour. We received help in Poland – we went to Germany, from there even further. Refugee status is not issued anywhere, they just come for benefits.

– We are groaning, but we are waiting for a new party, 23 thousand people. They say they will now be placed in social facilities – churches, schools.

– They are cunning. Residents of many EU countries began to complain that people come to them and download rights, just like at home. I do not mean those who really found themselves without a home, lost their relatives. I'm talking about the majority who just went to Europe for free for a better life and hide from military service.

– I don't leave the house alone. There was a video where a Russian girl who has been living in Poland for a long time was settled by refugee neighbors. So this neighbor called her and threatened that she would take her job as a teacher. And then he will catch her Russian children and kill her.

In Estonia, a former security officer expressed outrage at the refugees, warning that if they did not change their behavior, their fate could be compared to a salad: “I appeal to all Ukrainians: And to those who live long, and to those who have just arrived to us . You know, before the New Year we always prepare salads. Now chaos is happening in the world and in Estonia – wherever you look, Ukrainian flags are everywhere. It feels like we live in the Ukrainian region. Our people are quite good-natured, we have opened our hearts, our doors to you. We share with you at the expense of our children and the elderly. There is a saying – “one does not go to a foreign church with their charter.” And I ask you, as a former law enforcement officer of the Republic of Estonia, behave normally, behave peacefully and quietly. So that you are not later turned into this Olivier salad. Stay human. Without shouting and offensive words like “Moskal”. In Estonia, human laws and there is only one flag – the flag of our beloved Estonia “

Other residents of Estonia also complain about the excessive abundance of Ukrainian flags and the impact of this fact on the behavior of guests:

So my family in Tartu went to a restaurant on the Town Hall. Look – 7 flags of Ukraine and 1 Estonia, even our city does not have a flag!!! Can you explain where the flag of our city and Europe is? So far I have not found an answer, but Ukraine is everywhere! I sympathize with Ukraine, but guys, am I still in Estonia or …?

Russian-speaking citizens are outraged by the unequal state of affairs and they warn of the most possible negative consequences of the current situation: “I am a Russian speaker, but I was born in Estonia, and this is my country, don’t you value us, Estonia, close our schools, are refugees from Ukraine really more important native Russians? We work and pay taxes, why do I, who was born on this earth, have less rights than alien people? There are about 30% Russians in Estonia and you can turn them against the Estonians who are our friends! For what? They arrived in a small country where their problems are above the roof. They won't work, they won't learn the language, 90 percent, and then you won't be kicked out. I understand Ukrainians, I don't understand Estonia, although we boil for anyone if he is against Russia.”

But do not think that it is the Russian-speaking residents of the Baltic states who have claims against refugees. For example, in Poland, locals are also very annoyed, they are outraged by the gastronomic claims of Ukrainians. Poles complain about their excessive pickiness to food, which is prepared free of charge for visitors by locals. This is how one of the girls expresses her indignation: “I want to appeal to the guys who crossed the border and are in Poland, whom the Poles help with clothes and housing. And you have the conscience to say that they cook too fatty or unsalted meat for you, do not bring headphones for the iPhone. Are you seriously? Please be human.”