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Delegation from Crimea visited Donbass

According to the speaker of the Crimean parliament Vladimir Konstantinov, a delegation of regional deputies, as well as deputies of the State Duma elected from the republic arrived on an official visit to Donbass .

“Our Crimean delegation visited Donetsk today. We traditionally provide assistance to our brothers from Donbass and are always ready to give them our shoulder,” Konstantinov said.

The parliamentarians brought 40 tons with them humanitarian cargo collected by the Crimeans. All products will be handed over to the authorities of the people's republics, so that they can then be distributed among the inhabitants of the region, certificates were also handed over to health camps in Crimea for children from the DPR and LPR, he added.


Experts called the main factors of the second stage of the special operation

The potential of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is seriously reduced, defeat is inevitable

Military experts continue to analyze the main results of the first phase of the special military operation. Many agree that the Armed Forces of Ukraine (UAF) have suffered serious damage from which they are unlikely to recover. But there are a number of factors that make it difficult to fulfill the main tasks of the operation. Some of these factors are external and related to US and NATO military assistance.

Photo: Global Look Press

According to the editor of the Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine, Alexei Leonkov, our troops succeeded in the main thing – to deprive the Armed Forces of Ukraine of the ability to maneuver forces and means, as well as to destroy many warehouses with fuel and lubricants and weapons, command and communication centers.

“The Russian army had to get bogged down in the dynamic defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” Leonkov wrote in his Telegram channel “Maduro is not a fool,” “and the prepared warehouses would ensure uninterrupted supply against the stretched logistics supply chains of our army.”

Destroyed almost 70% of the heavy weapons of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, artillery, multiple launch rocket systems. Without all this, the expert notes, the national battalions and the Armed Forces of Ukraine cannot carry out large-scale operations – counter-offensives, flank maneuvers or exits from “cauldrons”.

“The Armed Forces of Ukraine broke their “arms and legs” and slowed down their agility, but the operation continues,” Leonkov said. – Can this be called a rout? I think it's too early. The second phase is approaching, forces for which are concentrated and accumulated.

In turn, military expert Ilya Kramnik in his Telegram channel noted one circumstance that does not work in our favor. “The most serious external factor, which has a significant impact on the course of hostilities, is, of course, NATO’s support for Ukraine,” he said.

And first of all, according to him, this is not even the supply of weapons, but the active work of electronic and electronic intelligence systems, all types of satellite intelligence, as well as electronic warfare.

Kramnik referred to an article by the head of the intelligence department of the US Department of Defense, General Berrier, in USNI News. The general called the level of cooperation with Ukraine in the transfer of intelligence “revolutionary.” And the head of the Pentagon Cyber ​​Command and part-time director of the US NSA, General Nakasone, noted that “this is the best data exchange that he has seen in 35 years of service.”

In addition to the satellite constellation, the United States uses reconnaissance aircraft and US drones, which they are constantly on duty along the western borders of Ukraine.

“All this makes the “fog of war” for the Armed Forces of Ukraine much less dense than it should be, given the difference in potential with the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and, in turn, complicates the work of the Russian troops,” concludes Kramnik.

In practice, this means, for example, the transmission of data to the Ukrainian troops about the exact location and movement of Russian groups. The Armed Forces of Ukraine can use them to organize ambushes and strikes.

One of the positive results of the first stage of the operation is the shaming of Western weapons, which have been massively supplied to Ukraine these weeks. This is stated in the review of the Telegram channel “Military-Political Analytics”.

It turned out, for example, that the widely advertised Turkish Bayraktar drones are not as good as it was thought. Of the 26 drones purchased from Turkey, 25 have already been destroyed. According to experts, the Bayraktar TB2 reconnaissance and strike drone “is effective only where there are no army air defense systems.” “It turned out that he did not respond to the wave from the radar and continued to fly while under gunpoint,” the review says.

Russian air defense systems Tor-M2, Pantsir-S and Buk-M3 » They “see” these drones and destroy them with the first missile launch.

American Javelin anti-tank guided missiles also showed low efficiency. The defeat of Russian armored vehicles did not happen, and as trophies we got hundreds of unpacked Javelins. The protection of the T-72 and T-80 tanks turned out to be on top.

The Stinger portable anti-aircraft missile systems also did not particularly distinguish themselves. The “Stingers” fired at the target go to the side. On Ka-52 helicopters, the L-370 Vitebsk protection system is triggered, which the pilots call the guardian angel.


The revolution in Russia started from above: Putin’s ideal move

The authorities respond to the demands of the people

In these formidable and wonderful days of the reorganization of the world begun by Russia, the changes that are taking place inside the country can be compared in scale and significance to a revolution. And this revolution, meeting the aspirations of a good Russian man, began from above. No wonder Putin quotes the holy commander Ushakov: “These thunderstorms will go to the glory of Russia.” During the week, miracles were happening before our eyes: the reboot of the country accelerated in all areas, the right words, the embodiment of which we had been waiting for so long, began to become deeds.

Photo: Administration of the President of the Russian Federation.

Accepting the fact that we jumped out of a plane rushing into the hell of global degeneration, opened a parachute and jumped back will not work, for some, especially those accustomed to first-class seats, is given with great difficulty. They are still trying. Unsuccessful, for the simple reason that, even sitting in the VIP lounge, they were strangers there. It only seemed to them that they were accepted into the golden billion, but in fact, as Putin said, they were not allowed further than the hallway. It's just that then Russophobia was hidden, but now the masks have been dropped. And now we are already hearing from London the cry of another oligarch, who was deprived of a two-level apartment, a mansion and had his accounts arrested. There is nothing, the poor, to pay the cleaning lady and the driver, and expulsion is on the horizon. At best, in Latvia. But once, as part of the “seven bankers”, he twisted the country.

The most stubborn try to gnaw on the lines with their rotten teeth out of habit. They are either knocked down with a click, like an annoying fly, and the echo of their fall quickly falls silent, or they themselves disappear into nowhere, unable to withstand the light, space and fresh air. One of the miracles of the week was such a disappearance. Russia left the most hated people – Chubais. It’s a pity, as many say, one thing: I didn’t sit down on the track. Well, and one more thing, whether a miracle, or a coincidence: on the eve of the anniversary of the bombing of Yugoslavia, the ideologist of this action, former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, died. The one who believed that 500,000 children who died because of the sanctions in Iraq was an adequate price for democracy. By the way, the most authoritative magazine in the world, Time, called the bombing of Yugoslavia, indiscriminately, where the military target is, and where the civilians are: “Bringing the Serbs to obedience. Massive bombardment opens the door to peace.” It is worth remembering this division that the generalized West uses: pinpoint strikes on military infrastructure are barbaric (because the strikes are Russian), massive bombing of all living things is the door to peace (because the bombs are American).

However, we are already standing on our own, blossoming under our feet, land. And now we set the agenda. Russia has not even begun, as Lavrov says, to impose counter-sanctions, but it will no longer be possible not to listen and hear Russia. Our president made an ideal move absolutely in the paradigm of Western rules regarding Russia (the paradigm is simple – there are no rules regarding Russia). The move that was expected inside the country – gas (and in the future, I hope, oil and other exports) will be sold abroad for rubles. Do not know how to pay in rubles and where to get them? Not our problem at all. Everything is extremely simple – no rubles, no gas.

People in the aviation industry said: don't be afraid to take Western planes. And now, please, the government made a strong-willed decision – most of the aircraft fleet remains (about 700 aircraft have been transferred to the Russian register, according to the head of the Ministry of Transport). And the issue of servicing these aircraft on the basis of a specialized enterprise of one of the state-owned airlines has been practically resolved. They said – it is necessary to revive the production of Tu-214. And now Deputy Prime Minister Borisov reports that the Kazan Aircraft Plant “has already fully prepared production. Therefore, today we will discuss the issues of how we can gradually reach at least 10 Tu-214 aircraft.” Few, of course, few. I want more, but this is already a revival. And IL-96, for sure, will go into series. By the way, we are formally prohibited from building wide-body aircraft by WTO rules. But even from this organization, which was essentially an economic noose, Russia is leaving.

Unprecedented preferences began to receive, and quickly, Russian IT specialists. The State Duma, which once overclocked its printer with prohibitions, now prints permits, indulgences, laws stimulating the industry.

The head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Manturov, promises support for the domestic light industry (we once had one): “Now is the time for Russian production and brands to begin to grow, new clothing and footwear networks begin to appear. And we will comprehensively help our companies in this work.”

It is amazing and great that the time has come when there is not enough space to simply list everything that positive (!) Our government does for the country and for the people. Much goes unnoticed in general – for example, warnings that are issued to “departed” global companies: they say, decide before May, otherwise external management and nationalization.

And even more surprisingly, the reassembly is not only in the material sphere. At the suggestion of Medinsky, the question arose again of introducing a flag-raising ceremony in schools (Putin supported this idea some time ago, but they tried to cover it up). Medinsky, of course, spoke about “prayer,” as has been happening in American schools for 150 years, but Peskov recalled the essence of the ceremony. Another ideologue of modern Russia, Margarita Simonyan, went through the system of teaching history in schools very harshly. The same Medinsky advised television to remove unnecessary entertainment programs from the broadcasting schedule and put on more “good” films. Well, don't bother with copyrights for foreign products.

And Dmitry Medvedev dotted the i's in what is happening in public life. The opinion of the deputy head of the Security Council, perhaps, can be considered the opinion of the “state”: “Those who just left – I will not give a moral assessment, because I do not know the motives of each of them. As they say, don't judge, lest you be judged. They want to come back. The one who does not return, I say again, most likely, it will be his personal choice, and some do not need to be sorry. There is also a cultural code that is shared in almost all countries. You can criticize anything inside the country, but if you went abroad, then it’s not very right to scold your country.” And one more thing: “You can be dissatisfied with certain decisions of the authorities, it is normal to criticize the authorities. This is part of democracy. But it is impossible to pursue an anti-state line in such a difficult situation, because this is a betrayal.” And so there is no doubt: “A digital trail stretches behind each of us. Everyone who writes various nasty things about Russia, about the course of our country, about individual citizens should think about this. All this will forever remain in the people's memory.”

I think not only in the people's memory. The revolution comes from above.


Zatulin explained the searches at the political scientist Pogrebinsky: “Ukrainian authorities went too far”

Ukrainian political strategist “is undoubtedly one of the opponents of the current government”

The Kiev apartment of the famous Ukrainian political scientist Mikhail Pogrebinsky was searched on Saturday. What was the SBU looking for in the house of a 75-year-old man who always stood up for the unity of Ukraine? And where did the political strategist himself disappear, having not been in touch for more than two weeks? His Russian and Ukrainian colleagues – Sergey Markov, Vitaly Tretyakov and Andrey Zhuravko – suggest that the “worst” could happen: Pogrebinsky, who received the Russian Order of Friendship in 2010 for his contribution to the development and strengthening of relations between the Russian Federation and Ukraine, could be detained .. .

Mikhail Pogrebinsky. Photo: Social networks

For an elderly, not very healthy person, this would be a disaster. According to one of the versions, after the search, Pogrebinsky was only signed on his own recognizance from Kyiv. Although he, unlike many Ukrainian patriots who rushed to Lviv, some to Poland, was not going to leave the capital of Ukraine. Thought it was unworthy. Mikhail Pogrebinsky, who has been engaged in political consulting for many years, founded the Center for Political Research and Conflictology in Kyiv, has always been distinguished by a balanced position. If a comment was needed – not “pro-Russian” or “pro-Ukrainian”, but as restrained as possible, then journalists always turned to him. But after the start of the military operation, Pogrebinsky left the information space, because what happened was a shock for him.

But in Ukraine now even a neutral position is unacceptable. People with their own outlook on life are disappearing rapidly. In recent weeks, it has become known about the arrest of the anti-fascist Kononovich brothers, human rights activist Elena Berezhnaya, political scientist Yuri Mulyk, writer and journalist Yan Taksyura, political scientist Dmitry Dzhangirov, journalist Yuri Dudkin. Many “opinion leaders” managed to leave. Pogrebinsky was not going to do this…

According to the Ukrainian Pravda newspaper, the searches in the political scientist's house could be related to the fact that he allegedly organized a poll, from which it followed that 45% of Ukrainians support Russia's actions. However, as already mentioned, Pogrebinsky has recently taken a break from his activities. It is unlikely that he would now be actively involved in the organization of some kind of polls. A more reliable version is that Mikhail Borisovich suffered because of his relationship with Viktor Medvedchuk, who is now Zelensky's main opponent.

“Hopefully, nothing extraordinary will happen. Yes, he is a well-known political scientist, including in the West. But rather an intellectual who analyzes the current political processes in Ukraine than a practitioner of political struggle. Even the official authorities need such people to save face in front of the world community,” worried Ukrainian citizens write on social networks. However, hopes that the world community will intervene are illusory. According to Konstantin Zatulin, First Deputy Chairman of the RF State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, “Ukrainian authorities are following the path of toughening in relation to their political opponents. They believe that in the situation of a military operation, everything can be attributed to military circumstances. Including reprisals against their opponents. Pogrebinsky is undoubtedly one of the opponents of the current government. I respect him very much. Although his point of view often does not coincide with ours, he is a sane person who for many years advocated mutual consideration of the interests of Ukraine and Russia. And the fact that we respect him is an additional reason for his persecution from the point of view of the Ukrainian authorities. The Ukrainian government has gone too far today, and, unfortunately, it cannot be guaranteed that it will not resort to harsh repressions.”

The West will not notice anything and will continue to write everything off for it. As you know, before there were no special protests against the behavior of Zelensky, who persecuted the opposition, journalists, closed TV channels, in Europe.


For whose soul Danila Bagrov returned

He is essentially defending the right to be Russian

The cult dilogy of Alexei Balabanov “Brother” and “Brother-2” with Sergei Bodrov Jr. in the title role is again on the big screens. And there are two reasons for this: the 25th anniversary of the first part and the sanctioned absence of Hollywood premieres in Russia. However, there is also a deep subtext in the fact that Balabanov's dilogy is coming out on the screens right now, when they are asked to answer not only for Sevastopol, but also for many other things. And it is no coincidence that before the start of the special operation, we recalled the iconic words of Sergei Bodrov Jr.

Photo: frame from the movie

Balabanov was, if not a genius, then very close to it. And in his recognition, the role of Sergei Selyanov, not only a producer, but also a creative co-author of the director, is extremely important. It is noteworthy that in Russian cinema Balabanov is dedicated to one of the best films of the 2000s – the chic film “The Fool” by Yuri Bykov. This is how the Russian hero evolved – from the killer Danila Bagrov, who solves problems with a weapon in his hands, in a sweater for 40 rubles, to the naive plumber Nikitin, powerless against the bureaucracy.

Before “Brother” Balabanov made pretentious, modernist films, which were of interest mainly to the circle of aesthetes. The new tape was supposed to be made quickly. They shot “Brother” for 31 days, many actors worked either for free or for a penny, but an absolutely cult movie was born, which will be quoted and reviewed for a very long time. This happens in art – and a masterpiece, as a rule, is born unintentionally: the legendary Yesterday, for example, came to Paul McCartney in a dream, in between times, and the rest of the Beatles doubted whether to include the song on the album. As Akhmatova wrote: “If only you knew from what rubbish poetry grows…”

It is extremely important to understand the context, the time in which “Brother” appeared. It was 1997. Yeltsin won a shameful election. The first Chechen war ended with the defeatist Khasavyurt agreements. Checkered trunks flashed across the country and bandits in crimson jackets rode around on geldings. “Brother” perfectly conveyed the spirit of that time. Just as one can study France and England of different eras from the books of Flaubert and Dickens, so Balabanov captured the 90s, capturing their very essence. And each character here is a symbol, both realistic and metaphysical. Like the homeless German Hoffmann, who is both a man of God and a Soviet intellectual who did not fit into the new wonderful world of brothers and consumption.

“Brother” is a movie that, in principle, spitting on the world of consumption, corporate values ​​and the power of money. It literally cries out that Russia cannot and must not live according to the precepts of wild, vulgar capitalism. Therefore, at the end of the first film, Danila distributes money, and at the end of the second, the hockey player he helped frowns contemptuously when he does not receive the full amount. Well, the top of this civilizational, if you like, conflict is the famous monologue: “Tell me an American: what is strength? ..”

Between the two “Brothers” – a break of three years. “Brother” was released in 1997, “Brother-2” – in 2000. But how different eras are depicted in them! They are made, deliberately made, in different colors (the first one is in golden tones), in different decorations. And the second part is more popular, more superheroic, which again is not accidental. This is the very beginning, the birth of a new petrodollar world. The polished banker Belkin, brilliantly played by Makovetsky, replaced the bandyuk Krugloy. And the hero gets access to celebrities, such as Irina Saltykova, but this does not make him happy. After all, everything around is not real, synthetic. “One word – Romanian!”

Both in the first and in the second story of Danila, the background is the war in Chechnya. The character himself, played by Sergei Bodrov, is a man of war. He returned from Chechnya and is now trying to find himself in a big city – from one war to another. A lost man, traumatized, infantile, but clearing the way for a step forward. Military logic helps him in this: there are friends, there are strangers – protect your own, that's all. Hence the phrases in the style of “Russians don’t leave their own”, “you’re my brother” and that same, deliberately childish, poem about the Motherland “I found out that I have a huge family …”

Bagrov's character came to fight. But this is not a war for the sake of war, but a war for a future life. After all, look what happened then: Russian cinema, literature of the 90s endlessly pedaled the theme “you can’t live like that.” Hundreds of “creators” told – and continue to tell – that it is disgusting, disgusting to live like in Russia, that you absolutely need to repent, and in general it is better to give up. At first glance, Balabanov also picks up this game. And in “Brother”, presented at the Cannes Film Festival (together with the masterpiece “Strange Games” by Haneke, by the way), the viewer habitually sees the accursed Russia – impoverished, debauched, thieves, cruel, drunk. This, in general, is also “about freaks and about people”, but in a modern frame.

However, Bagrov rebels against this alignment. And he rises not even on his own behalf, but on behalf of the Russian people, humiliated and insulted. He tries to correct the injustice around, guided by the principles that are known to everyone since childhood. Together with the innate intelligence of Sergei Bodrov, his Moscow State University appearance, this works irresistibly. His hero Danila Bagrov shows that it is necessary to live, and to live in Russia. “You shouldn’t be like this, I love my Motherland,” he says to an immigrant taxi driver who believes that he is facing another hunter for the American dream. Danila is not ashamed to be Russian – and he is not ashamed to love his Motherland, but very gratifying.

As a result, a whole generation of young people has their own Russian hero, whose name for the first time in modern Russian history becomes a household name. This hero appears in a generation that grew up on films with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, whose characters killed Russians on the screen. One Rambo is worth something! But now everything has changed. “Soon your America kirdyk!” – Danila said in the first film, and in the second he went to America itself to do justice. Yes, this guy is not a saint, he sometimes kills innocents (we recall the shooting in a club deliberately stylized as a computer shooter), but only this, fortunately or unfortunately, can be a new hero. Danila Bagrov embodies the Russian rebellion – merciless, but not senseless. He, in fact, defends the right to be himself, the right to be Russian.

Pavel Lungin will say that the hero of Bodrov is an angel of social revenge who came to deal with the rich, which resonated with the aspirations and moods of the audience. This understanding is largely correct, but it is incomplete. Danila Bagrov is the angel of Russian retribution, the one who does justice, returning debts and punishing those who need to be punished. And his victims are all those who tormented Russia and the people, when they wrote on the doors of houses and apartments: “Russians, get out!” Danila takes revenge for those humiliated by two Chechen wars, the bombing of Belgrade, “Bush legs”, the collapse of the country and poverty. Here is not only the desire for social revenge – here the demand to administer the highest justice. Partly, this disappointment and, as a result, the thirst for revenge are concentrated in the monologues of two taxi drivers, one from Moscow and one from New York: “Where is your Motherland, son?!..”

In The Brothers, Balabanov and Selyanov had the courage to articulate from the screen what was said with pain and indignation in every kitchen. They brought to the camera Russian fears, hopes and archetypes, somewhere gloomy, rude, and somewhere, on the contrary, naive, tender. Yes, directly as a movie “Brother” and “Brother-2” – not the greatest films. But the visual range does not play a key role here – the spirit is primary. The dilogy of Balabanov and Selyanov is, first of all, the most powerful statement, political, sociocultural and, of course, national. This is truly a folk movie.

Brother and Brother-2 are a kind of Russian crusade for justice. Later, Vladimir Putin would say that it is the desire for justice that distinguishes the Russian people from the rest. And every year this desire will only grow and turn into a demand for truth. And let me remind you that truth in the Russian tradition is understood as truth and as justice. The search for this truth – as truth and as justice – is the truly Russian path. Any other doesn't make sense. And in this context, Balabanov's dilogy “Brother” is not only a cult movie, but also a prologue to a much larger story that we have yet to write.


Foreign journalists drove through the LPR: “It is very painful to watch”

Our correspondent talked to colleagues from Europe and Iran

A group of foreign journalists visited Donbass. Among the seventeen foreigners are media representatives from Serbia, Macedonia, Iran, Holland… This is the second visit of foreign media in the last three days. The MK correspondent accompanied them on their trip around the LPR.

If on the eve of the first group of representatives of the foreign press, Lugansk land met with a friendly spring sun, but today the weather is clearly unlucky. An icy wind knocking down and sleet practically did not stop for a minute.

In front of the guests gathered in the square of heroes of the Patriotic War, the head of the LPR Leonid Pasechnik paid tribute to the memory of the victims of the Ukrainian airstrike on the building of the Luhansk administration. This terrible event happened on June 2, 2014. And although almost 8 years have passed since then, it is alive in the memory of Lugansk residents and will live in it forever.

Then – on the bus. Destination – Trekhizbenka. The fighting for the village went on at the end of February, this is one of the first settlements liberated by the forces of the People's Militia of the LPR. I came here right after the Ukrainian servicemen fled and talked to the locals. Perhaps I will not be mistaken if I say that there is not a single family in Trekhizbenka who has not been touched by the atrocities of the national battalions.

Here, still frightened, not believing in liberation, people almost in a whisper told how they were mocked and subjected to violence. Just like that, for no reason. Here, the LPR servicemen found torture chambers with Nazi symbols hung and the remains of those who simply once disappeared without a trace from the village.

The mother of nine-year-old girl Valya, who was killed by Ukrainian shells in November 2014, also lives here. Here, each house is a separate grief.

A month has passed since my last meeting with these people, and, despite the fact that it is still difficult with water and electricity in the village, local residents already communicate without fear between yourself and with guests. Even with foreign ones.

While foreign colleagues are listening to the stories of the villagers, I am interested in their opinion about everything they saw in the Donbass.

Sonya Van Den Ende, a representative of Covert Action Magazine from the Netherlands, says that she came to Donbass with one goal – to show the real picture of what is happening here, because most of the media in European countries are very dependent and information is seasoned with propaganda. According to the journalist, she was shocked that everything she saw was fundamentally different from what they were used to hearing about the situation in Donbas.

– We are told that Russia is an occupier, – Sonya shares. – But I see that ordinary people are happy and sincerely rejoice at the liberation. We were convinced that Russian soldiers were torturing civilians and hiding behind them. But no one here has ever said anything like that to me.

We haven't heard anything like it. The only thing that slipped in the news was that “separatists” were carrying out some kind of actions on the territory of Ukraine, but no one said anything specific.

– Most people believe what they hear. And the main agenda of our media is that Putin wants to take over the territory of Ukraine.

Igor Damyanovich, a journalist from the INS 4 portal from Serbia, says that he came in the hope that the truth he published about the life of people in the liberated territories will benefit the whole society. According to the journalist, his country, of course, knew about the situation in Donbas from the very beginning.

– Russia is a country close to us, – says Igor. – And we also consider the Ukrainian people as our brothers. Therefore, it is very painful for us to watch everything that is happening now. Our President Aleksandar Vučić said that no matter what, 80 percent of Serbs will always be for Russia. Personally, I think that everything that is happening is a disaster for both fraternal peoples.

The correspondent of the Iranian state television channel Press TV Marina Kortunova expressed her gratitude to the Russian Ministry of Defense for the opportunity to visit such a press tour, and most importantly for the well-organized security and accompaniment. Under the current conditions, it is very difficult for foreign journalists to get to Donbas

– In our group, mainly those journalists gathered, – the girl explains, – who understand that sooner or later the truth will win. We visited many places here: Gorlovka, Volnovakha, today the LNR. When you drive by and see the places of the Young Guard, the monuments to the soldiers-liberators who fell in the fight against fascism, you ask yourself: how could they admit that fascism came here today? This defies common sense. How could it happen that for thirty years in Ukrainian textbooks Shukhevych and Bandera were praised as liberators of the people. Thirty years have changed the minds of people, especially young people. It hurts me a lot to see this. We all watched the rallies with calls “No to war.” First, we must clearly understand that this is not a war, but a special denazification operation. And secondly, Russia simply could not do otherwise. Or was it necessary to wait until another 15,000 people were tortured in the cellars? In our group there are journalists from Iraq who participated in the hostilities when everything was just beginning in the Middle East, they said that the distinctive feature of Bandera is to destroy everything after them: houses, hospitals, schools. Even ISIS (a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation. – “MK”) did not do this.

– Not I can say that they are involved in this conflict. The Arab East is very supportive of the Russian people and hates the Americans. We really consider the Russian president a liberator, every second Arab is ready to go to Ukraine and fight on the side of Russia. Iran is a little away from this. But we must give credit that this is the country that is under sanctions, and Russia can learn a lot from them. The way they built their economy, banking system, how they have been interacting with the world for forty years. They really live very well inside their country, despite the fact that this is a difficult region. However, people in Iran also understand why Russia launched this special operation.

Lugansk – Rubizhne. LNR


Biden says he did not call for regime change in Russia

Earlier, Biden said that Putin cannot remain in power after the hostilities in Ukraine. As the White House later explained, the US President believes that Putin should not be allowed to exercise power over neighboring countries

US President Joe Biden said he did not call for regime change in Russia, saying that the Russian President Vladimir Putin cannot remain in power after hostilities in Ukraine, Reuters reports.

“No,”— Biden said in response to a question about calling for regime change in Russia.

The statement in question was made by the American president during his speech in Warsaw on March 26. “For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power,” — he pointed out. In general, Biden devoted much of his speech to the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

Later, a White House spokesman explained that the American leader did not call for a change of power in Russia, Reuters reported. “The President believes that Putin should not be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors,” — explained in his administration.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, commenting on Biden's words, said that he is “the victim of many delusions.” In his opinion, such statements could be influenced by “wrong arguments”; advisers to the American president.


“As for his words about who should and who should not be in power in Russia, this is not a question for foreigners— not for the President of the United States, nor for any US citizen. This is a question for the citizens of Russia. And they decide this issue themselves by voting for their president, — Peskov said. He added that Biden's speeches that relate to Russia are “amazing, if not worse.” butcher. “Of course, each time such personal insults narrow the window of opportunity for our bilateral relations under the current administration,” Peskov said, adding that “after all, the state leader must remain sober.”


Scholz announced “dramatic measures” in the use of chemical weapons in Ukraine

The German Chancellor has threatened Russia with taking dramatic measures against it if chemical or biological weapons are used during the military operation in Ukraine. Scholz noted that he has ideas for such measures

Olaf Scholz

If Russia uses chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine, Western countries will respond to it with dramatic measures, said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, reports Zeit Online.

“The use of biological and chemical weapons should not happen, and that is why we are all so explicit, so direct about this issue. <…> This will have the most severe consequences, and we agree that, of course, we will respond with dramatic measures, — Scholz said, noting that he already has some ideas about these measures.

At the same time, the German chancellor ruled out that NATO would start hostilities if Russia does use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine.

On March 9, Russia accused Ukraine of preparing a provocation using chemical weapons. According to the Ministry of Defense, on the night of March 9, the Ukrainian side brought 80 tons of ammonia to Zolochiv (a city in the Kharkiv region). Moscow believes that in this way Ukraine is preparing a provocation using poisonous substances “to accuse Russia of allegedly using chemical weapons. In Kyiv, these accusations were not confirmed.

Later, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that in Ukraine, in the immediate vicinity of the Russian border, “under the leadership and financial support of the Pentagon” created bioweapon components. The Russian military department claimed that biolaboratories in Ukraine could be used to create bioagents that can selectively affect ethnic groups. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky denied allegations of developing biological weapons on the territory of Ukraine.

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Roskomnadzor blocked the It’s My City portal due to articles about the special operation

The agency considered the publication's information about the military operation in Ukraine unreliable. In early March, the editors of It's My City decided to remove some materials on this topic due to the risk of falling under the law on discrediting the army

Roskomnadzor blocked It's My City media site from Yekaterinburg, the publication reported in Telegram.

The agency called the reason for blocking the spread of “inaccurate information about the special operation in Ukraine”, the newspaper writes.

It's My City journalists reported that they did not know what kind of material caused Roskomnadzor's claims. They clarified that they would continue to work in social networks and advised using a VPN to view the site.

According to the register of the department, the Prosecutor General's Office demanded to restrict access to the site on March 26 under Art. 15.3 of Federal Law No. 149-FZ. This article allows you to block resources with unreliable publicly significant information that poses a threat of violations of public order or calls for mass riots.

RBC sent a request to the press service of Roskomnadzor.

It's My City— urban publication, which was created in 2012 by journalist Dmitry Kolezev and the founder of the Red Pepper communications agency Danil Golovanov. The media runs on reader donations and advertising revenue. In 2019, she actively covered mass protests against the construction of a temple in the square of Yekaterinburg.

On March 4, the editors of the publication issued a statement about their work during the military operation in Ukraine. Journalists pointed out that after the adoption of the law on punishment for “discrediting the Russian army” decided to remove some materials about the military operations in Ukraine and about the Russian army.

“We, as journalists, tried to be honest, call a spade a spade, and worked in a media reality in which there was no military censorship. But dark times are coming, — wrote the editors.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24th. On the same day, Roskomnadzor demanded that the media refer only to official Russian sources. On March 5, the law on punishment for fakes about the actions of the Russian Armed Forces came into force. Since then, Roskomnadzor has blocked many non-state media, including the Dozhd TV channel; (recognized as a foreign agent), “Echo of Moscow”, “Medusa” (recognized as a foreign agent) and dozens of other media. Some publications refused to cover military operations or suspended their work altogether.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of five Ukrainian aircraft per day

Four Ukrainian planes were shot down in the Chernihiv region of Ukraine, one in the Kramatorsk region. The Ministry of Defense also announced the destruction of 36 military infrastructure facilities of Ukraine The Ministry of Defense reported the destruction of five Ukrainian aircraft per day” />

Su-27 fighter

The Russian military shot down five aircraft of the Ukrainian Space Forces in a day. This is stated in the message of the Russian Ministry of Defense, received by RBC.

According to the agency, these were four Ukrainian Su-24 aircraft and one Su-27. According to the official representative of the department, Igor Konashenkov, four Su-24s were shot down over the Chernihiv region, of which two — in the area of ​​​​the village of Repki, two more— in the Gorodny area. A Ukrainian Su-27 fighter was shot down near Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, Konashenkov said.

In addition, 19 Ukrainian drones were destroyed during the day and five missiles of the Ukrainian Smerch multiple launch rocket system were shot down. near the airfield in the Kherson region.

Operational-tactical aviation and missile troops also hit 36 ​​Ukrainian military targets in a day. “Among them: two control posts, two anti-aircraft missile systems, one multiple launch rocket system, three ammunition depots and two fuel and lubricants depots, and 23 areas of concentration of Ukrainian military equipment,” — Igor Konashenkov, official representative of the department, said.

In total, since February 24, 308 drones, 1,713 tanks and 170 multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), 715 field artillery pieces and mortars, as well as 1,557 units of special military vehicles have been destroyed .

Also, Russian troops reached the southern outskirts of the village of Novoselivka, wedged 2 km deep into the defenses of the 95th airborne assault brigade of the Ukrainian armed forces. The LNR forces advanced five kilometers, captured the villages of Ivanovka, Novosadovoye and reached the line of the villages of Novolyublino and Terny.

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

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military operation in Ukraine, the purpose of which he called “demilitarization and denazification” neighboring country.

Moscow and Kyiv have since held several rounds of negotiations to resolve the conflict on the territory of Belarus, then the discussion continued in video format.

Among the demands put forward by the Russian delegation, — recognition of Crimea by Kiev as Russian, and the DPR and LPR— independent states. The next round of negotiations will be held on March 29-30 in person, said the head of the Russian delegation, presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky. David Arakhamia, a member of the Ukrainian delegation at the talks, clarified that the talks are in Turkey.

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The Guardian called a “shock” the redirection of Russian exports from the EU to Asia

The newspaper believes that economic sanctions against Russia will affect the rest of the world. In particular, the publication believes that the redirection of oil and gas exports from the EU and the US to Asia will be an “economic shock”

The reorientation of Russian energy exports from American and European markets to Asia would be an “economic shock”, writes the Guardian.

In the article, the newspaper reflected the editors' view on the imposition of sanctions against Russia because of the military operation in Ukraine. In general, the publication believes that the economic restrictions imposed against Russia will seriously affect the rest of the world.

“Russia's importance to the world goes beyond its size as the world's 11th largest economy. The reorientation of Russian exports of oil, gas and coal from the US and the EU to Asian importers would be a big economic shock,— writes the newspaper.

The publication recalled Russia's decision to accept payments for gas supplies in rubles from “unfriendly countries”. “High oil and gas prices will drive investment back into the extractive industries, which could lead to a reversal of the clean energy [production] trend,” newspaper adds.

She also recalls that about 25 African countries import more than a third of their wheat from Russia or Ukraine. The United Nations Development Unit has warned that poor countries are facing, if not uprisings, at least “profound social discomfort,” writes the Guardian.

In addition, the publication admits that Russia may develop new technologies in order to “break out of the geopolitical cage.” The Guardian recalled that before the First World War, Germany tried to cope with Britain's restrictions on submarine cable networks by developing wireless technology. “Today, Russia may step up plans to [develop] a 'sovereign internet' to avoid US surveillance,” writes the newspaper.

Western countries, including the United States, Canada, the EU, Australia, Japan, began to impose sanctions against Russia due to the military operation in Ukraine, which began on February 24 . The country's energy sector, financial, aviation and shipbuilding, and the rocket and space industry fell under the sanctions. In addition, personal sanctions were imposed against politicians, officials, the military, businessmen, top managers of large companies, employees of state channels.

Against the background of restrictions, the European Union said that it was trying to reduce dependence on Russian energy supplies as soon as possible. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell admitted that the bloc could refuse Russian gas in two years.

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Putin instructed Gazprom to report on measures to sell gas for rubles

The regulator, the government and Gazprom will report to the head of state on a monthly basis. Putin ordered to transfer payment for gas for unfriendly countries into rubles on March 23 alt=”Putin instructed Gazprom to report on measures to sell gas for rubles” />

Government, Central Bank and Gazprom must submit to Russian President Vladimir Putin a report on changing the currency of payment for gas supplies to “unfriendly” states by March 31, according to the list of instructions of the head of state following a meeting with members of the government.

“To the Government of the Russian Federation, together with the Bank of Russia and the public joint-stock company Gazprom, implement a set of measures to change the currency of payment for natural gas supplies to the countries of the European Union and other countries that have introduced restrictive measures against citizens of the Russian Federation and Russian legal entities, to the Russian ruble,— said in the document.

The deadline for the execution of the order is March 31, then the government, the Central Bank and Gazprom must report to the President on a monthly basis. Prime Minister of Russia Mikhail Mishustin, head of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina and CEO of Gazprom were appointed responsible for the implementation of the order. Alexey Miller.

Putin ordered the transfer of gas payments for those included in the list of unfriendly countries into rubles on March 23. He explained the decision by plans to abandon “self-compromised” currencies. Russia made payments for gas with unfriendly countries in dollars and euros.

At the same time, the president emphasized that the changes will affect only the currency of payment and will not affect the process of gas transportation itself. Russia will supply natural gas to these countries in accordance with the volumes and pricing principles set out in previously concluded contracts, he said.

The President asked the government to instruct Gazprom to amend existing contracts. The Central Bank had to determine the procedure for paying for gas in rubles.

The authorities determined the list of countries unfriendly to Russia on March 7 and approved the procedure for conducting transactions with them under sanctions. All transactions and operations of Russian companies with citizens and firms of these states must be approved by the government commission for the control of foreign investment. They were allowed to pay off foreign currency obligations to foreign creditors only in rubles.

The list of unfriendly countries includes:

In the Dominican Republic, the yacht associated with the Mason was visited by American security forces

Flying Fox, worth $445 million, was due to leave Santo Domingo after restocking on March 25. However, according to media reports, she remains in the port due to an investigation, she was visited by employees of the US Department of Homeland Security

Flying Fox yacht

The Flying Fox yacht, moored in the port of the Dominican capital Santo Domingo, was visited by employees of the US Department of Homeland Security, the local newspaper Diario Libre and the EFE agency write.

The ship was supposed to be in the Sanssouci terminal from March 21 to 25 to replenish food and fuel supplies. However, the yacht did not leave the Dominican capital at the scheduled time, the newspaper notes. According to an EFE source in the Dominican security authorities, investigations are underway on the yacht.

Also, the yacht was visited by employees of the main customs department of the Dominican Republic. In turn, a representative of the country's Navy told reporters that the ship has all the necessary documents, registration and its stay meets all standards. The crew continues to service the yacht.

Government sources confirmed to Diario Libre that the yacht belongs to a “Russian tycoon”; and “the ship remains in port while the investigation continues.” According to Forbes, the owner of the $445 million yacht is Dmitry Kamenshchik— Chairman of the Board of Directors of Domodedovo Airport. The Times also called the Flying Fox the most expensive charter yacht in the world; on the Imperial Yachts website, it will cost from $3 million per week to rent. The length of the vessel is 136m. The yacht is designed for 25 people, the ship has 11 cabins, a 12-meter pool and a two-story spa area of ​​400 square meters. m.

RBC sent a request to the press service of Domodedovo Airport.

Forbes estimates Kamenshchik's fortune at $1.8 billion, he ranks 77th in the ranking of the richest businessmen in Russia. He owns 100% of the DME group.

After the imposition of sanctions, Western authorities began to report the detention of yachts associated with Russian businessmen. So, the yacht of businessman Andrei Melnichenko was arrested, the French media wrote about the detention of yachts allegedly associated with businessman Alexei Kuzmichev. Reuters reported that the Gibraltar authorities detained the Axioma yacht, which may be associated with Dmitry Pumpyansky.

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Reuters learned that the meeting between Russia and Ukraine in Turkey will begin on March 28

According to the Turkish official, negotiations will begin on Monday. Medinsky previously announced discussions with the Ukrainian delegation on March 29–30. According to Lavrov, they will begin “today or tomorrow.”

Vladimir Medinsky

Russian and Ukrainian delegations will begin talks in Istanbul “later Monday,” March 28, a senior Turkish official told Reuters. He did not disclose other details.

According to the Turkish edition of Haberturk, the Russian delegation will arrive in Istanbul at 16:00 (coincides with Moscow time).

Head of the Russian delegation, presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky the day before said that face-to-face negotiations in Istanbul will be held on March 29-30. At the same time, a member of the Ukrainian delegation, head of the Servant of the People faction in the Verkhovna Rada, David Arakhamia indicated that they would begin on March 28.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in an interview with Serbian media, said that negotiations in Istanbul will begin “today or tomorrow”, RIA Novosti reports.

Negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations have been going on since February 28, first there were three face-to-face meetings in Belarus, after which the discussions continued online. Medinsky explained that this format saves effort and money, and negotiations via videoconferencing are ongoing daily. The heads of the delegations communicate two or three times a week, he noted.

According to Medinsky, the positions of Moscow and Kyiv are converging on minor issues, but on the main ones the negotiators are “marking time.” The Russian side insists on a comprehensive treaty, which, in addition to a neutral status and security guarantees for Ukraine, provides for a number of “vital” for Russia, positions, including “demilitarization, denazification, the definition and recognition of Crimea and Donbass.”

The presidential aide noted that the positions of the parties were as close as possible on the issue of neutral status, on the issue of demilitarization&mdash ; they are “somewhere in the middle.” Speaking about “denazification”, he indicated that Kyiv believes that “there are no Nazi formations in Ukraine.”

Zelensky said that the negotiations are “difficult, sometimes scandalous”, but the parties are moving forward «step by step».

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Turkish Defense Ministry neutralizes a mine in the Black Sea near the border with Bulgaria

An underwater mine was found in the Black Sea near the borders of Turkey and Bulgaria, it was defused. Earlier, the FSB reported that mines set by Ukraine to protect their ports are drifting in the Black Sea due to broken anchors

A sea mine was discovered and neutralized in the Black Sea near the Turkish city of Igneada, The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced on Twitter. This city is located near the border with Bulgaria.

“On the morning of March 28, 2022, a mine was discovered in the sea off the coast of Igneada, not far from the border with Bulgaria,”— the department said in a statement. Underwater defense teams (SAS) were deployed to the scene and neutralized the projectile.

Two days earlier, on March 26, an object “like a mine” was found in the coastal zone of the Bosphorus Strait. Because of this, Turkey blocked traffic along the strait and sent the country's underwater defense forces to neutralize it. After this incident, the country's authorities banned night fishing in the waters of the Black Sea between Bulgaria and Kefken in order to secure fishing vessels.

In mid-March, the Russian Federal Security Service reported that after the start of the military special operation, the Ukrainian naval forces planted over 400 mines near their Black Sea ports. The special service reported that some of these shells broke away from the anchors due to bad weather, and now the mines are drifting under the influence of wind and sea currents. Thus, mines can get into the Bosphorus and the Mediterranean Sea, the special service warned. “The breakage of the minreps indicates the unsatisfactory technical condition of the mines,” — noted in the FSB.

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

The department also reminded that the installation of unanchored mines is prohibited by the Convention on the setting of underwater mines that automatically explode on contact, which was adopted in 1907.

The head of the National Defense Control Center, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, said that drifting Ukrainian mines would reach the territorial sea of ​​Romania in four days, and Bulgaria— in ten days.

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Yerevan announced the continuation of Baku’s invasion of the zone of peacekeepers in Karabakh

The Armenian Foreign Ministry called on the Russian peacekeeping mission in Nagorno-Karabakh to take measures to stop the offensive in its area of ​​responsibility and withdraw Azerbaijani troops, as well as to investigate the capture of the village of Parukh

The invasion of the Azerbaijani military into Nagorny Karabakh in the zone of responsibility of Russian peacekeepers continues, the Armenian Foreign Ministry said.

“We expect that the peacekeeping forces of the Russian Federation in Nagorno-Karabakh will take concrete measures to stop the invasion of Azerbaijani units in the zone of responsibility of the peacekeepers and the withdrawal of the Azerbaijani armed forces,” The statement says.

The Foreign Ministry once again called for an investigation into the actions of the peacekeeping mission.

On March 24, the Azerbaijani military occupied the Armenian village of Parukh (Azerb. Farukh) in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Later, a skirmish took place near him for the neighboring strategically important height of Karaglukh. According to Yerevan, three Armenian soldiers were killed and more than ten wounded. From the Azerbaijani side, the Armenian side claims, five people died. Baku denied reports of a firefight and casualties.

Russian President Vladimir Putin twice— March 24 and 25— called up the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu also spoke with colleagues from Armenia and Azerbaijan Suren Papikyan and Zakir Hasanov these days.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Azerbaijani armed forces entered the zone of responsibility of the Russian peacekeeping mission in Nagorno-Karabakh and put up an observation fast. The troops of Nagorno-Karabakh near Parukh were hit four times by Bayraktar TB-2 drones, the military department said. The Russian side called on Baku to withdraw its troops.

On March 27, the Azerbaijani military left their positions after negotiations, the Russian military said. However, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan stated that they did not withdraw troops.

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Experts have noticed an increase in the “shadow activity” of ships in the waters of Russia

Vessels have become more likely to hide information about movement in Russian waters, Bloomberg reported, citing Winward analysts. After the embargo is introduced, US oil buyers have 45 days to complete contracts for supplies from Russia

Tankers that transport oil products have become more likely to turn off their identification systems when moving in Russian waters, Bloomberg reports citing data from the Israeli consulting company Windward Ltd. This company specializes in shipping risk assessments and commissioned research from Bloomberg.

In the week of March 18-25, there were at least 33 cases of so-called shadow activity by Russian tankers, when their on-board systems transmitting information about the location of ships were turned off, Windward calculated. This is more than double the weekly average for last year (14). “Shadow Activity” was recorded mainly in or around the exclusive economic zone of Russia, including with the help of satellite imagery.

Involved in “shadow activity” not only Russian ships ended up in these waters, but also foreign ships that had never previously called at Russian ports. In total, since February 24, Windward has tracked 22 such vessels, including vessels registered in the US, Germany and the UK— countries that have imposed tough sanctions against Russia.

International maritime law requires commercial vessels to turn on their Automatic Identification System (AIS) when moving at sea, explains Bloomberg.

It can be seen on satellite images that Russian and foreign ships follow at a short distance from each other for a long time— at least three hours. This is enough time to transfer goods or oil products from one tanker to another at sea, Windward notes. According to the consulting company, such incidents are recorded “close enough” to ports where ships could potentially be loaded with fuel.

The United States imposed a ban on the import of oil and other energy products from Russia as part of sanctions over Ukraine on March 8. The European Union did not join the embargo on Russian energy carriers, but the United Kingdom supported a similar step. After the embargo was announced, oil prices on the world market rose to $130 per barrel.

Nevertheless, the embargo allows US buyers to complete or terminate existing contracts for supplies from Russia within the next 45 days. While the flight is not considered illegal or in violation of imposed sanctions, it still “raises questions” given current U.S. policy, the Windward report says. The agency's analysts indicate that the growing trend threatens to expand the gray market for energy and goods.

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Peskov doubted the resumption of negotiations with Kiev on Monday

Dmitry Peskov

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov told reporters that negotiations between the delegations of Moscow and Kyiv would most likely begin on Tuesday, March 29, RBC correspondent reports.

“Today they [negotiations] are unlikely to continue, today delegations are leaving for Turkey. We expect that tomorrow this can theoretically happen,— Peskov told reporters.

He noted that the Kremlin could not yet talk about the presence of

“significant achievements or breakthroughs”; in the negotiations. Peskov did not divulge details or give assessments of the upcoming meeting.

At the same time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with the Serbian media that face-to-face negotiations would resume “today or tomorrow”.

Earlier, Reuters, citing a high-ranking Turkish official, reported that negotiations would begin on Monday. The day before, the head of the Russian delegation, presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky announced a face-to-face conversation between delegations from Moscow and Kyiv on March 29-30. In turn, a member of the Ukrainian delegation, David Arakhamia, specified that the parties would meet on March 28-30 in Turkey.

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In Kyiv, they announced that the gum corridors would not open on Monday

They decided not to open the corridors due to “security reasons,” Vereshchuk notes. The day before, 1.1 thousand people came out on them. The Russian Ministry of Defense noted that Kyiv does not coordinate routes to Russia and deprives citizens of the right to choose .jpg” alt=”Kyiv announced that the gum corridors would not open on Monday” />

Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk said that on March 28, humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians will not work due to “security reasons”, reports “”.

“For reasons of safety of citizens Today we do not open humanitarian corridors, — Vereshchuk said.

The day before, two humanitarian corridors were agreed upon: from Mariupol to Zaporozhye and from Rubizhne to Bakhmut. 1,100 people were evacuated along them, UNIAN reported with reference to Vereshchuk. Then the Deputy Prime Minister said that on March 28 it was planned to continue organizing corridors in the Mariupol direction, as well as their opening in the Sumy region.

On March 27, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the military had organized a route from the Kherson region to Russian territory for about 90 citizens of Russia, Moldova and Ukraine.

On March 26, 5,200 people left through ten humanitarian corridors, Vereshchuk reported. The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that day that the Ukrainian side did not agree on any of the corridors proposed by the Russian side, but requested 13 additional routes exclusively in the territories controlled by Kiev.

The Ministry of Defense claims that the Russian military, as well as the forces of the DPR and the LPR on all routes, including those proposed by Kiev, observe the regime of silence. Every day from 10:00 a.m., Russia opens humanitarian corridors in the Kiev, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv and Mariupol directions, through which access is provided both to Russia and to the territories controlled by Kiev.

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Peskov said there was no progress on the meeting between Putin and Zelensky

Vladimir Zelensky

There is no progress on the issue of a personal meeting between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky, said press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov.

“No”, — he answered the related question.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly expressed readiness to meet with Putin. In turn, the head of the Russian delegation at the talks with Kiev, Vladimir Medinsky, said that the issue of a summit meeting is subject to discussion only after the parties agree on a peaceful settlement.

In the Kremlin, the idea of ​​a summit meeting was called “conceptually possible.” Peskov, speaking about a possible meeting of the two presidents, said that the Ukrainian side before this needs to do “homework”— that is, to agree on the results of negotiations at the level of delegations. Otherwise, the spokesman argued, the heads of state “would have nothing to record.”

The Presidents of Azerbaijan and Turkey, Ilham Aliyev and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, proposed organizing a meeting between Putin and Zelensky on their territory, and the latter did this more than once. In turn, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Putin told Erdogan that he did not mind meeting with Zelensky.

Since the beginning of the Russian military special operation in Ukraine, the delegations of both countries met three times on the territory of Belarus, then the negotiations continued in video format. The Ukrainian side is seeking the withdrawal of Russian troops from the country's territory and security guarantees, and Russia— Ukraine's legally formalized refusal to join military blocs and deploy weapons on its territory. Moscow also seeks to achieve recognition by Kiev of the DPR, LPR and the entry of Crimea into Russia. The next round of negotiations, according to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, should be held in person in Istanbul “today or tomorrow”. At the same time, Peskov said that on Monday the delegations would only arrive in Turkey, while negotiations would probably begin on March 29.

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Peskov: talks in Istanbul will not bring the meeting between Putin and Zelensky closer


Dmitry Peskov told reporters that today the talks between Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul will be “hardly”.

“Today the Russian delegation is leaving for Turkey,” he said, adding that the meeting could theoretically take place tomorrow. He declined to comment on the Kremlin's expectations of these negotiations, as well as why the parties moved from the absentee format to the face-to-face one. At the same time, Peskov noted: the face-to-face format is important, it allows for richer and more concentrated negotiations.

“But so far we cannot state any progress or breakthrough,” the Kremlin speaker said. He stressed that Moscow continues to adhere to the tactics of non-disclosure of the line related to the negotiations. “It is not advisable to get into details and this could damage the negotiation process,” the presidential spokesman explained.

Answering the question whether the talks in Istanbul could bring the meeting between Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky closer, Peskov said that “progress there is no meeting of two presidents.


Zelensky was not given the floor at the Oscars

Photo: Zelensky's social media page.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky failed to make a speech at the Oscars ceremony, which took place today in Los Angeles, he was never given the opportunity to speak. This is reported by LIFE.

According to The New York Post, Zelensky expected to give a speech at the Oscars, prepared it, and his assistants negotiated this with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. And the American actor, winner of the Oscar for the main roles in the films Mysterious River and Harvey Milk, Sean Penn, on the eve of the Oscars, even called for a boycott of the award ceremony if President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky was not given the floor at the event, about this MK wrote yesterday.

According to LIFE, the film awards ceremony could not do without Ukrainian themes. The organizers held a “minute of silence” in connection with the events in Ukraine. On the screen, you could see a screensaver calling on the public to “support Ukraine in any way possible,” but Russia was not mentioned in this connection.


Peskov commented on Pasechnik’s statement on a referendum in the LPR


Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov commented on the referendum announced by the head of the LPR Leonid Pasechnikov on joining the Russian Federation.

In an interview with Mayak radio, he recalled that Moscow recognized the sovereignty of the republic, so one should seek clarification from its authorities.

“Questions should still be addressed to Pasechnik. We are talking about a state whose independence and sovereignty has been recognized by Russia,” Peskov said.

Earlier, Pasechnik said that a referendum could be held in the LPR on the issue of joining the republic to Russia. He later clarified that work on the voting is not yet underway. The head of the LPR noted that now the main task of the authorities is to end hostilities.


Peskov commented on the aggravation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh


Kremlin speaker Dmitry Peskov spoke about the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. He stated that the main thing is to ensure the implementation of the ceasefire regime by all parties. At the same time, the question should be asked to the Russian military, who are in contact with the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides.

Meanwhile, Yerevan expects that the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh will take measures to withdraw Azerbaijani troops from their zone of responsibility. This was stated by the Armenian Foreign Ministry.

Earlier, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan expressed concern that Nagorno-Karabakh could face a humanitarian catastrophe. The reason is the blocking of gas supply by Azerbaijan.

Before that, the Armenian Foreign Ministry accused Azerbaijan of blocking the gas supply to Nagorno-Karabakh in the Shushi region. Because of this, 120 thousand people living in the region may lose the opportunity to heat their homes and institutions.


Kadyrov spoke about Delimkhanov’s humane attitude towards the bodies of opponents in Mariupol

According to the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, State Duma deputy Adam Delimkhanov, who, together with Chechen units, is on the territory of Ukraine, performing combat missions , asked to take away the bodies of opponents and bury them.

“Our courageous soldiers, led by the deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Adam Delimkhanov, continue quarter after quarter to clean up Mariupol from criminal elements. Unlike Ukrainian nationalists, Adam Sultanovich does not admits an inhuman treatment of the corpses of opponents and asks to take them away and bury them as soon as possible,” Kadyrov explained in Telegram.

The head of Chechnya is sure that the Kyiv regime has abandoned its soldiers to their fate: “If they don't care about the living, what can we say about the corpses? Washington does not fund the dead, so they are no longer listed in this situation.”

Kadyrov also posted a video showing how fighters from Chechnya are clearing Rubizhne from gangs in the Luhansk People's Republic. A nationalist was caught in the city, who, disguised as a civilian, was trying to leave the war zone.


The Ukrainian ambassador refused to listen to music with the President of Germany

According to Spiegel, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged all Germans to prepare for “hard days” because of the situation around Ukraine . In particular, he noted that solidarity with the Ukrainian people would be needed “for a long time.”

The German politician also expressed confidence that Western sanctions imposed against Russia would result in economic losses for Berlin as well.

As the publication clarifies, Steinmeier made such statements before the concert of classical music “For Freedom and Peace”.

Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany Andriy Melnyk was also invited to this concert. However, the diplomat said that he refuses to take part in this event, which was organized by the German authorities.

“Only Russian soloists, no Ukrainians. Insult. Sorry, I will stay away,” Melnik explained his act in Twitter.


Former Prime Minister of Ukraine accused Zelensky of “playing the president”

Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov noted that the current President Volodymyr Zelensky does not know the Constitution of the country.


Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov, in an interview with, noted that the incumbent President Volodymyr Zelensky does not know the Constitution of the country. According to Azarov, Zelensky only plays the role of president and does not cope with his tasks.

“Zelensky has turned state activity into a continuous show. He reads memorized texts, speaks with the words that someone wrote to him, that is, he plays the role of president. It is simply impossible to hear your opinion from him. Obviously not the president,” Azarov said.

Earlier, Azarov said that the Ukrainian authorities in recent years have been pursuing a targeted policy to resettle the nationalist population in the Russian-speaking regions of the country.

These actions were taken by Kyiv instructions from the West to weaken pro-Russian sentiment in the south-east of the country.

Mykola Azarov served as Prime Minister of Ukraine from March 2010 to January 2014.


Russian special operation in Ukraine: online broadcast March 28

Reports of the Ministry of Defense, negotiations, situation in the economy

Russia continues its special operation on the territory of Ukraine. A new round of face-to-face talks between the delegations of Russia and Ukraine has been announced. It will be held in Turkey on March 29-30. Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden said he did not call for a change of power in Russia. However, earlier he spoke about Vladimir Putin and stated that “this person cannot remain in power.”

Photo: Donetsk News Agency

However, it is impossible to state “any progress or breakthrough” yet. He stressed that Moscow continues to adhere to the tactics of non-disclosure of the line related to the negotiations.

11:06 Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul will begin on the evening of March 28. This was stated by a high-ranking Turkish official.

10:46 Assistant Minister of Internal Affairs of the LPR denies reports of a counteroffensive by Ukrainian troops in Kharkov.

10:42 Over the past 24 hours, 41 civilians, including five children, received injuries of varying severity as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian Armed Forces of the territories controlled by the DPR.

10:22&nbsp ;Dutch Heineken leaves Russia. She will transfer her Russian business to a new owner.

10:20 The Turkish Ministry of Defense reports the discovery of another mine in the Black Sea. This time, she is near the border with Bulgaria.

10:12 A new briefing of the Russian Ministry of Defense on the situation in Ukraine took place. The Russian military shot down four Ukrainian Su-24s and one Su-27 in a day. In addition, 19 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were destroyed during the day.

Russian Armed Forces shot down five rockets of the Ukrainian Smerch multiple launch rocket system in the air near the airfield in the Kherson region. Also during the day on March 27, operational-tactical aviation and missile forces hit 36 ​​military facilities of Ukraine. Among them are two command posts, two anti-aircraft missile systems, one multiple launch rocket launcher, three ammunition depots and two fuel and lubricants depots, and 23 concentration areas for Ukrainian military equipment.

10:05&nbsp ;Vladimir Putin instructed to provide him with a report from the Cabinet of Ministers, the Central Bank and Gazprom by March 31; on changing the currency of payment for gas supplies to unfriendly countries.

Also, before March 31, he demanded that a program be developed to subsidize the interest rate on loans to developers as part of project financing.

And Putin also instructed from April 1 to adjust the conditions of preferential mortgages for new buildings, raising the rate to 12% and increasing the maximum loan amount, the Kremlin said.

10:02 Russian market shares at auction on March 28 is reduced by 0.12%. This is evidenced by the data of the Moscow Exchange.

9:55 German Chancellor Scholz said that Germany could become independent from imports of Russian coal and oil as early as 2022.

9:50 During the day, 681 people were evacuated from Mariupol to the DPR, including 142 children. This was announced by the headquarters of the territorial defense of the Donetsk People's Republic.

9:42 Minister of Energy of the United Arab Emirates Suhail Al Mazrui said that Russian oil is necessary for energy markets. No producer can replace its production.

9:28 Italian Eni has no way to pay for Russian gas in rubles. Now future deliveries are in doubt, as reported by the head of the company.

9:20 The Russian Ministry of Defense has published a video of how army aviation helicopters provide reconnaissance and security for the convoys of the Russian Armed Forces in the Chernihiv region.

9:18 Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced that the next package of measures to support the transport industry and a number of other areas important for the capital will be adopted this week.


strong> Eduard Basurin said that the Ukrainian military is running out of ammunition. According to him, there are fewer shells.

9:07 The Ministry of Industry and Trade reports that supplies of office paper in Russia will stabilize by mid-April. Demand is completely closed by domestic producers.

Leonid Pasechnik, head of the LPR, said that a referendum on joining Russia could be held in the near future. At the same time, he later said that preparations for a referendum on joining the Russian Federation are not currently underway.

Ukraine wants to see Poland as a guarantor of an agreement with Russia. According to the National Security Bureau of Poland, Kyiv expects Warsaw to be able to guarantee the security of the Ukrainian state.

Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry of Defense reports that after negotiations, the Azerbaijani side withdrew its units from the area of ​​​​the settlement of Furukh in Karabakh . At the same time, Azerbaijan itself later denied the withdrawal of its troops from the village of Farrukh in Nagorno-Karabakh.

"MK" hosted online events in Ukraine on March 27


Chinese experts harshly criticized Biden for words about Putin

The “real and desperate intentions” of the President of the United States in the Ukrainian crisis are named

Personal attacks against the Russian president and actual calls for a change of power in Russia that sounded towards the end of Joe Biden's European tour caused a wide resonance. Many Western experts have criticized the US president for using rhetoric that further escalates international tensions. Biden's statements were also sharply criticized in China.

Photo: Global Look Press

“Calls for 'regime change'” in a nuclear power are dangerous,” writes the Chinese edition of the Global Times.

The real and desperate intentions of the Biden administration in the Ukraine crisis have been revealed – to turn Ukraine into a swamp so that Russia will continue to bleed and force the Russians to concede again and choose a pro-American regime, experts say after US President Joe Biden on Saturday said that the Russian president Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power.” Comments indicated that the US president appeared to be frustrated by Moscow's resistance to US sanctions and lockdown through effective countermeasures.

Biden made shocking statements at the end of his speech in Poland, the Chinese publication continues, mentioning that the US president has showered Putin with insults throughout the Ukrainian crisis, but the White House is making efforts to mitigate the negative consequences of the words of the American president.

Analysts note that professional diplomats in Washington understand how dangerous it can be if the US leader openly calls for regime change in another major nuclear power and a permanent member of the UN Security Council, so the White House has to minimize the resulting uncertainty due to Biden's words, writes Global Times .

Moscow's reaction was calm, and the top Kremlin spokesman dismissed Biden's remark, saying that the Russians should choose who will be their leader, recalls the Chinese publication.

Wang Yiwei, director of the Institute of International Relations at Renmin University of China in Beijing, told the Global Times Sunday that “Biden just said what he really thinks about the Ukraine crisis. All these sanctions, stigmatization and demonization of Putin and Russia simply serve one key goal – to make Russia collapse again, as the West did with the Soviet Union in the past. Putin, Global Times writes, citing the latest opinion polls.

Liu Xiang, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the data and polling explains why the US president is so upset. “Because his administration’s actions, such as sanctions and isolation against Russia, are not as effective as he expected, and by expressing extreme hostility towards Putin at an international public event, Biden is making tensions between the US and Russia personal.”

Chinese analysts believe that there is still a chance of a severing of ties between Russia and the United States, but not very high, and even if Moscow and Washington decide to cut diplomatic relations completely, they will keep channels of communication open to prevent serious strategic miscalculations and maintain hopes for negotiations. .

Russia is a large country that cannot be intimidated and intimidated, according to Chinese experts, adding that the greater the pressure from the West, the more united the Russians will be.

Just as the US has tried to separate the Russians from Putin, experts say, it has also tried to separate the Chinese people from the Chinese Communist Party leader, and has always failed because decision makers in Washington simply don't understand that their hegemonic ambitions and hostile actions against Russia and China threaten the people of Russia and China, not any particular individual or political group, continues the Global Times.

Today's situation is very different from the Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union. Analysts say the Russian government has strong support from its people and the West is not united, while the major European powers have kept their distance from the extreme US position on Russia.

Cui Heng, Assistant Fellow at the Center for Russian research from East China Normal University, commented to the Global Times that “Biden's speech sends a signal to US allies in Europe, especially those seeking to negotiate a new security mechanism with Russia.” .”

According to the Chinese expert, the United States is forcing all Western countries to isolate Russia by denying the legitimacy of the Russian administration, because their anti-Russian strategy will not work if their European allies choose a pragmatic approach.

“Relations between the US and Russia cannot be corrected and will continue to deteriorate,” said Li Haidong, professor at the Institute of International Relations at the China University of Foreign Affairs.

NATO will continue to arm its member states and continue to expand eastward, so the prospects for Russia-US relations remain pessimistic , Lee predicts, noting that Russia and the EU may one day be able to mend their relationship, but the US and Russia will not have a similar fluke as the tensions between them are structural.

The major EU powers deeply involved in Ukrainian crisis, realized that to minimize damage and costs, they should stay away from extreme US hostility against Russia, as well as from unfair and false US accusations against neutral forces such as China, Chinese experts said.


The expert explained the consequences of the deployment of US Patriot air defense in Slovakia

“NATO is deliberately provoking”

US Patriot anti-missile systems are on duty in Slovakia. This was announced by the Prime Minister of the country Eduard Heger. The military expert commented to “MK” on the consequences of this step.


As Eduard Heger said, the complex Patriot air defense stationed at the Sliac air base “already guards the central part of Slovakia.” In the near future, the protection of the eastern border will be strengthened through other Slovak and allied air defense systems. This, according to the Prime Minister, proves that Slovakia is a full-fledged member of NATO, and the alliance, if necessary, will come to the aid of the republic.

Military expert Yevgeny Linin is convinced that by such an act NATO demonstrates its readiness to be involved in the conflict and deliberately provoke Russia.

– The deployment of Patriot complexes near the borders of Russia certainly does not bode well for us. Patriot is a global missile defense system that the United States has been nurturing for the past thirty years. This is the so-called “air defense umbrella” system. It allows you to destroy ballistic missiles in the early stages of the trajectory, immediately after takeoff. And the principle of nuclear parity, as well as the fear of mutually assured destruction, which now stop the United States from using nuclear weapons, may not work.

In this regard, globally and strategically, there is nothing good in deploying such air defense systems near our borders no. And, of course, our Supreme Commander-in-Chief was right when he warned that these complexes should be as far away from Russia as possible.

On the other hand, the modern types of weapons that Russia has should neutralize the advantage that the deployment of the Patriot in Slovakia provides. I am now talking about the Kinzhal hypersonic weapon and Caliber cruise missiles, which can effectively hit such targets at long distances. There are no other options.

– The point is that tactical aviation in solving the problem of destroying air defense systems will suffer losses. Patriot is not only anti-missile systems, they can also work on aircraft. In general, one should not forget that these are the most effective air defense systems after the Russian S-400 and S-300.

– We can assume that this is due to the US proposal to exchange the S-300 air defense systems that Slovakia has, which she will have to supply Ukraine, at the request of Zelensky, with modern Patriot weapons systems. Slovakia is a member of the NATO bloc, so the integration of American air defense systems in this sense is justified for Bratislava. Ukraine demands from European countries that it be supplied with weapons, military equipment and soldiers. Zelensky's request to close the airspace over Ukraine for Russian military aviation did not find support, so now Kyiv is insisting on the supply of air cover systems. The S-300 just belongs to such complexes.

– I do not rule out that they deliberately go for a provocation. Although it has been repeatedly voiced by the same Biden that the involvement of NATO countries in the conflict threatens to start a third world war. The West cannot be unaware of such risks.

Lugansk, LPR.