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Leonkov appreciated the combat potential of the Polish army

“Can only operate effectively as part of a combined NATO force”

Poland expresses a desire, under the guise of introducing an “armed NATO peacekeeping mission” to Ukraine, to send a contingent there, mainly from Polish military personnel. At the same time, everyone understands that the goal of such actions is, of course, not the protection of Ukrainian citizens, but the division of Ukraine and the seizure of its western territories, which, in general, the Poles do not hide. NATO is still critical of this Polish initiative, realizing that Warsaw's actions are a path to unleashing a “Third World War”. But the question arises: what if Poland still decides to take such a step? What army will then have to face? About this “MK” talks with a military expert, analyst, editor of the publication “Arsenal of the Fatherland” Alexei Leonkov.

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The total strength of the Polish armed forces is constantly growing. Until recently, it was about 124 thousand people. According to the latest data – already 128 thousand. Although Poland had previously stated that it was enough for it to have a hundred thousandth army to defend the country. Now we are talking about the formation of the 200,000th Polish Army.

The military budget of Poland is also increasing every year. In 2018, it was $12 billion, in 2020 it was already more than $12.6 billion, which exceeds 2% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). By 2030, it is planned to increase it to 2.5% of GDP.

As for the composition of weapons, judging by information from open sources, Poland has about 900 tanks, second only to Turkey and Greece in their number in NATO and USA. In addition to the old Soviet T-72s, Warsaw began to produce its own RT-91 tanks, made on the basis of the same T-72s. The Poles also have German Leopards-2A4.

The Polish fleet consists of five diesel-electric submarines, two guided missile frigates. There is one corvette and one command ship in service. And also: two reconnaissance, five missile, eight landing and twenty mine-sweeping ships and vessels, several former American frigates, two dozen minesweepers and several service ships.

Polish combat aviation includes 90 Mi combat helicopters -24, Mi-2URP and 43 W-3W, about 30 MiG-29 fighters and almost 50 American F-16s.

“The Polish army is among the ten leading armies in Europe in terms of numbers and characteristics, except for Turkey,” says military expert Alexei Leonkov. – And since Poland is considered almost the advanced outpost of NATO, NATO troops are still based on its territory on a rotational basis. In particular, the United States, which deployed a position area for the missile defense system in Redzikovo.

– The Polish army has a certain number of ships, aircraft, ground forces, but despite all the loud belligerent statements of the Polish leadership, as an independent military unit, their army has not seriously shown itself anywhere and has not shown itself. Even in the course of military operations carried out by NATO countries, Poland has nowhere demonstrated to what extent its military personnel have one or another qualification.

Although recently – Military Watch wrote about this – the Americans tried to assess the power of Poland in a hypothetical conflict with Belarus. US specialists played out a computer war between the armies of Poland and Belarus, provided that Poland is not supported by NATO, and Belarus is not supported by Russia. Belarus, according to American experts, won an unconditional victory despite the fact that the Belarusian army was clearly inferior to the Polish army in terms of the number of troops and weapons.

– Because each country has a certain strategy for the development of its armed forces and the development of its own military concept. Poland, due to the fact that it does not have the full potential of a sovereign state, has created an army that can operate effectively only as part of the combined forces of NATO. And if it acts as part of the combined forces, then it turns out that it has a lot of something for waging war, but something is clearly not enough.

– For example, Poland's land component is undoubtedly dominant, since it is assumed that Poland will participate mainly in NATO's land operations. In any case, much more than in the naval or air operations of the alliance. But at the same time, the choice of equipment in Poland is small. The Americans did not give their Abrams tanks to the Poles, so they still use Soviet equipment. Although if we talk about light armored vehicles, then they have already replaced something at home.

Poland tried to create its own military-industrial complex (MIC) in order to develop further based on it. But due to competition and the fact that Poland is under the complete control of the United States, its military-industrial complex continues to be small. It has some types of small arms and grenade launchers, there are some types of rocket weapons. But all these are examples that basically reflect the specifics of the Polish army. They are not some generally accepted types of weapons for all NATO countries.

Although Poland participates in some programs for the creation of weapons of the same US military-industrial complex. For example, it is a participant in the F-35 aircraft creation program. The Poles really want to change their combat aircraft for more modern aircraft.

– Mixed. They have a Soviet heritage – MiG-29 aircraft, they have American aircraft, mainly F-16s. And, of course, they are counting on modern F-35 aircraft.

– Yes, it was like that…

– You see, there are armies that have their own concept of strategy and tactics. But Poland is constantly adjusting to the opinions of its main patron. As the United States wishes, so Poland does. All this is reflected in the combat power of her army.

– Of course.

– Undoubtedly. And here the principle according to which the Polish army was built will definitely manifest itself – not as an independent, but as part of the forces of the alliance, which, as I said, is somewhere dense, and somewhere empty. Because when an independent state builds its own army and the interaction of types and types of troops in it, then this is done in such a way that each of these types complements the other and partially overlaps their areas of responsibility. This is not observed in the Polish arms program.

– Not. One of the factors proving this is the Polish military-industrial complex. The same complex, which should at least repair and restore equipment. Poland has a heterogeneous technique. They can restore something on their own, but they cannot do a lot. And if some types of weapons fail, there will simply be nothing to replace them. And their communication by sea and land during hostilities can simply be blocked by means of fire damage.

Thus, although Poland is constantly striving to position itself as the military vanguard of NATO, in fact it does not look like such a vanguard. That is why she insists all the time that NATO bases be on her territory. And not just NATO, but certainly US bases. Polish military leaders are well aware that all other NATO countries are in approximately the same position.

– Of course. That's why, when the NATO summit took place the other day, Poland was clearly ordered: “Shush!”. Everyone there immediately appreciated that if Poland were an independent combat unit, such as France, for example, it would still be possible to talk about something.

The French army has a fairly powerful support for its military-industrial complex. And it is so powerful that it is not even fully loaded. Why France is trying all the time to conclude some big contracts. She needs this complex of hers to work, otherwise it becomes unprofitable. This also applies to the high-profile story with submarines for Australia, and with Mistral helicopter carriers for the Russian army. When these major contracts were cancelled, it hit the French defense industry hard.

In this sense, Poland looks many times poorer than France. And even if she starts fighting as an independent military unit, she is unlikely to be able to hold out for a long time.

– If the Poles had not been pulled up in time, it is very possible that they would have gone into all serious trouble. Poland, unlike some NATO countries, has phantom pains over the territories that it once lost. Even France and Germany don't have the phantom pains that Poland has.

– Where will they go? Of course, Poland in Europe for a long time had such a good “Cerberus” as Germany in the person of Angela Merkel. Scholz clearly does not cope with this role. Poland immediately felt this, and began to behave more actively – it really wants to become the “beloved wife” of the United States. That is why Poland now looks more outrageous, more active than other European countries. Previously, after all, she did not allow herself this and clearly walked in the fairway designated by the United States. Now Biden has to constantly pull the Poles.

– Absolutely together. And here we will already use all types of weapons, since in relation to the policy of Poland we will not have any deterrent factors for the use of the most serious weapons.

– That's it.

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Foreign journalists were impressed by the consequences of the shelling of Donbass

“Almost every Indian knows what's going on”

A group of foreign journalists visited the LPR and DPR for the first time in eight years. Yesterday, foreign guests visited the Donetsk People's Republic, and today they arrived in Luhansk. The MK correspondent accompanied them on this trip.

Photo: Lina Korsak

A huge Ikarus, escorted by three special forces Tigers, drove into sun-drenched Lugansk early in the morning. There are 20 foreign journalists on board the press landing – representatives of the media of France, India, Greece, Romania, Venezuela and a number of other countries.

The journalists were met by the head of the LPR Leonid Pasechnik. Then – the laying of flowers at the monument to Russian journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin who died in the line of their professional duty in the park of Heroes of the Great Patriotic War.

– These guys arrived in Donbass in 2014 to show the truth about the horrors of the civil war that took place on our land. Show how the regular Ukrainian army destroyed the population of Donbass. However, unfortunately, human life often becomes the price of truth…

According to the head of the LPR, the republic would not have survived if it had not been for Russia's help.

– The fact that Russia does not leave its own, we felt back in 2014, when, being practically on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe, we received the first humanitarian cargo from the Russian Federation.

Then there were dozens of such humanitarian convoys.

In the memory of the dead journalists – a moment of silence …

Next – a trip to the city of Happiness. A month ago, it was under the control of Ukrainian militants, who, retreating, mercilessly fired at the houses of civilians, kindergartens and clinics. People were left without electricity, gas and water, they were forced to cook food on fires right on the street under the open sky. Now in Shchastya, finally, a peaceful life is being established, humanitarian aid is being distributed to people, and most importantly, shells are no longer being fired or exploding.

Distribution of humanitarian aid. Photo: Lina Korsak

Arij Mohammed, Sky News Arabia correspondent from the United Arab Emirates, is impressed. He says that when you see with your own eyes the consequences of the eight-year genocide and terror by Ukraine, when you hear chilling stories from the life of local residents, you understand that the people of Donbass have a weighty truth that needs to be defended.

– The theme of war I've known since childhood, my dad is a Syrian. Here, in the Donbass, I was especially impressed by the people, their eyes. They are looking for some solution, hoping for help and waiting for things to change for the better…

Arizh Mohammed. Photo: Lina Korsak

Foreign journalists visited one of the kindergartens in the city, which was shelled by the Armed Forces of Ukraine for several days in a row. All this happened while the military forces of the republic liberated Happiness. Broken windows, broken doors, a huge hole gaping in the brick wall. The head of the preschool institution says: “All these are the consequences of the actions of Ukrainian punishers.”

Reporters carefully listen to every word, lenses catch every fragment.

Nearby is the distribution of humanitarian aid. Green trucks with the Z symbols already recognizable by all brought bread to the happy people. People, not embarrassed by tears, thank the Russian military in front of the cameras.

Alejandro Kirk, a representative of the Venezuelan television channel Telesur, when asked how much differs what he saw here from the information that comes from the West, replies that he came here as times to figure it out.

– In general, the word “journalism” is now very much distorted. Everything turned into some kind of game with propaganda and manipulation. This is exactly what our country has recently faced. This is the political and economic pressure that the United States exerted on us, including pressure on the media platforms, where the situation in the country was covered as biased as possible. That's why I came here. My goal is to show the people of Venezuela what is really happening in Donbas.

Distribution of humanitarian aid. Photo: Lina Korsak

Somit Houdgari, a representative of the large Indian media holding Zee media, which broadcasts on several channels, shared that he was the first media representative in his country who was able to visit Donbas. The tasks are the same as those of all his colleagues who are now here – to show an objective picture of what is happening.

According to Somit, he was interested in understanding the Russian position and the position of the forces that are now in the Donbass. The journalist is sure that getting into such a press tour is a great success for any foreign media representative. He also expressed his gratitude to the Russian defense department, which ensured the safety of the trip and the opportunity to come here and talk about everything that happens.

– Most of all I was impressed by the consequences of the shelling of schools, hospitals and other peaceful institutions. After what they see, it becomes clear that the Ukrainian army is firing at civilian targets, and not at military targets, as they themselves say.

– Yes, almost every resident of the country knows what is happening. It is shown on all TV channels. We are very concerned about the further development of events, because if NATO gets involved in the conflict, it will already be a third world war. No country in the world needs a crisis of this magnitude.

– India and Russia have a long-standing friendship. The position of the official authorities, as well as our citizens, is that Russia and Ukraine need to resolve this conflict through negotiations.

Elena Dabbah. Photo: Lina Korsak

Elena Dabbah, a representative of the French channel TF1, says that she knows firsthand the terrible footage of Donbass, the journalist has repeatedly come here before. But most of her colleagues, who came here for the first time, experienced a real shock from what they saw.

– Unfortunately, it is very difficult for foreigners to get here, – Elena explains. – Ukraine lets them in much easier and shows “its own truth”. Therefore, it seems to me that the authorities of the republics should reconsider their attitude to this issue. So that journalists from all over the world can tell and show the real picture. Perhaps then the attitude of the world community will change and will not be one-sided.

Lugansk, LPR


Foreign users on the Web ridiculed the position of the United States at the NATO summit

Not all Europeans like being left without heating and food

At the NATO summit in Brussels on February 24, European leaders seemed to be unanimous on Russia, but not all countries turned out to be ready for the consequences of their own sanctions against the Russian Federation. Social media users from all over the world condemned the reckless actions of Western states.

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Italian Carlo Di Cecco, in response to the message that Europe will be forced to face food shortages, responded on Twitter: “So, when there is not enough gas, we are advised to lower the temperature in the house by 2 degrees, and if there is no food, you just need Cut your daily food intake in half. And you've got it all right! I never would have guessed that in order to survive I would have to freeze and starve. Where do they teach these concepts of high economy?”.

Italian user Fernie remarked: “Instead of Russian fuel, we will be brought liquefied gas from the United States, which will cost twice as much and pollute the environment more, because it will be transported by sea. I am afraid that sanctions against Russia will lead to the bankruptcy of many Italian companies when they are no longer competitive.”

German citizen Marina Trush published her opinion on America's attempt to force Europe to abandon Russian fuel: “Germany is not a military power, but an economic state. If the US takes our economy, how will we support the already imposed sanctions? Please consider our interests in such matters.”

Australian publicist Caitlin Johnston denounced America's desire to take over the whole world: “The opinion that Russia does not have the right to have a sphere of influence is not credible. Only hypocrites can call Moscow's actions wrong while the “US empire” is trying to rule almost every state in the world, the user believes. – It is foolish to create a uniform manner of behavior for other countries, and then lament that they do not want to obey. The United States accuses Russia of violating international law, even though America itself has repeatedly violated it. And where is your justice?”

Canadian citizen Daniel left a message with his opinion in the comments: “No one will say that NATO was the reason why all this happened? It was enough to stay away from the Russian borders and not break the promises you made! So don't try to pass off your personal ambitions as a desire to secure peace in some particular countries.”

A French user with the nickname “Frtl Englbrt” wrote: “Haven't you accepted 11 countries into NATO since 2002? The promise to take over Ukraine also aroused the quite logical anger of Russia. Do not try to absolve yourself of responsibility for what happened.”


The expert called the media the only way for Europe to abandon Russian gas

Mitrahovich said that developments alone would not be enough to provide EU jobs.

The leading expert of the National Energy Security Fund and the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Stanislav Mitrakhovich, in an interview with the media, said that the only way Europe can get rid of gas dependence on Russia is the collapse of its own industry.

Earlier, the US administration announced a deal with the EU to supply at least 15 billion cubic meters of natural gas this year, but the main goal was to get rid of dependence on Russia and its fuel.

In an interview with & # 8220; Izvestia & #8221; the expert explained that with such meager supplies to Europe “it will be hard” to refuse supplies from Russia.

And in order to buy up liquefied natural gas, it is necessary to fight prices with Asian countries.

“The main recipe here, if they want to do this, is to collapse its industry,” Mitrahovich concluded.

According to him, without spending on energy resources for industrial enterprises, this is possible. But it is not clear what Europe is going to earn on. Scientific and technical developments alone will not be enough for her, the expert is sure, because. there are not so many jobs in the industry.

As Topnews wrote earlier, on March 23, the President of the Russian Federation announced that the country was switching to paying for gas supplies to unfriendly countries in rubles.

Later, the European Commission stated that she would not allow European countries to accept Russian conditions.


The United States will increase the production of Javelin and Stinger complexes

A day earlier, CNN reported that Ukraine asked the United States to supply it with 500 Stinger and Javelin complexes daily.

Foreign military equipment seized by Russian paratroopers

The United States plans to increase production of Javelin anti-tank missile systems and Stinger man-portable air defense systems. This was stated by Assistant Secretary of the Army (Army) for Procurement, Logistics and Technology Douglas Bush. Congress wants us to replenish our arsenals. I think we can do it,— he said.

According to him, “right now” regarding the production of complexes, issues such as long procurement times, the acquisition of additional equipment for them, local needs and problems with supply chains are considered.

A day earlier, CNN, citing a related request, reported that Ukraine had asked The United States will supply it with 500 Stinger man-portable air defense systems and Javelin man-portable anti-tank missile systems daily.

Javelin systems have been supplied to Kiev by the American authorities under bilateral agreements since the spring of 2018. Then Ukraine received 37 such complexes and more than 200 missiles. Ukraine signed an agreement with the United States on the supply of the second batch of Javelins at the end of 2019, and in September last year, US President Joe Biden instructed Ukraine to provide assistance in the amount of $60 million, which included Javelin systems.

After the start of a military special operation in Ukraine, the United States began to actively supply weapons and provide loans to the country. In particular, on February 26, Biden instructed to provide Ukraine with “immediate assistance” in the amount of $600 million, and signed a decree on March 12 allowing the Secretary of State to send up to $200 million in military goods and services to Ukraine.

According to him, 7,000 units of small arms will be transferred to Ukraine as part of this assistance weapons and grenades, 9 thousand anti-tank systems, 800 air defense systems, 20 million ammunition, as well as American drones.

Earlier, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu suggested Vladimir Putin to hand over to Donetsk and Luhansk the Ukrainian weapons seized during the special operation, in particular tanks, artillery, Javelin anti-tank missile systems, the Stinger man-portable anti-aircraft missile system, and air defense systems. “It is also proposed to transfer them to the Lugansk and Donetsk republics so that they can more effectively carry out the defense of their republics,” — said the minister.

Putin then supported this initiative. “Please do it. If you need any solutions here at my level— please, I'm ready,— said the Russian president.

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Klishas denied plans to abandon gubernatorial elections

Cancellation of the elections of heads of regions in Russia is not currently being discussed, there are no grounds for this, Senator Andrey Klishas said in an interview with RBC /1/21/756482110114211.jpg” alt=”Klishas denied plans to abandon gubernatorial elections” />

Andrey Klishas

In an interview with RBC, Andrey Klishas, ​​head of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Construction, responded to reports of plans cancellation of gubernatorial elections in the country this year.

“Now there are no grounds for this,”— he specified. Answering the question whether the gubernatorial campaign is not too expensive for the budget in the situation of military operation in Ukraine, Klishas replied that “democracy in general is a very expensive thing.”

“At least, I don’t know of any such projects, but we are dealing with this topic in detail, we are closely cooperating with the presidential administration, — he added.— And I have not heard from a single responsible official of the administration and the Central Election Commission that plans to cancel the elections are being discussed.

Earlier, Kommersant wrote about the plans of the authorities to abandon the direct election of heads in a number of regions. According to the publication, several governors have asked the Kremlin to explore this possibility due to the current economic situation. Quite a lot of money needs to be spent on the election of governors, including budget funds, and now it will be difficult for governors to work with sponsors and conduct election campaigns that involve not only socio-economic promises, but also a change in the work schedule, Kommersant sources said. Another possible scenario, the publication called the postponement of the elections by the decision of the Central Election Commission.

After that, the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin did not make decisions to change the procedure for electing governors. “So far, no decisions have been made in this regard, — he emphasized.— There is no such topical discussion, so it’s impossible to talk about it now.

In September 2022, direct elections of the heads of regions should be held in 14 subjects, two more governors will be elected in parliament.

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DPA learned about the delivery of 1.5 thousand German missiles and 100 MG3 machine guns to Ukraine

DPA: Germany delivered 1,500 Strela missiles and 100 MG3 machine guns to Ukraine Kiev also received 8 million rounds of ammunition, 350,000 food kits and 50 medical vehicles,

1,500 Strela man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) delivered to Ukraine from Germany and 100 MG3 machine guns. This was reported by the German agency DPA, citing government sources.

According to the agency, in addition to MANPADS and machine guns, 8 million cartridges for firearms, as well as 350,000 food kits, 50 medical vehicles and medical supplies.

Earlier on March 23, the DPA, citing sources, also reported that the German Ministry of Defense plans to additionally supply Ukraine with 2,000 Panzerfaust anti-tank missiles.

Since February 24, Russia has been conducting a special military operation on the territory of Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin stated that her goal— protection of the population, “demilitarization and denazification” Ukraine.

On February 26, Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced that Germany would send weapons to Ukraine, including 1,000 anti-tank guns and 500 Stinger missiles. In addition, the German authorities approved the transfer of 400 anti-tank guns made in Germany from the Netherlands and 9 D-30 howitzers and ammunition from Estonia.

At the same time, the representative of the German Cabinet, Steffen Hebestrait, noted that sending any NATO military to Ukraine for any purpose should be a “red line”. According to him, there can be no clear distinction between “a humanitarian aid operation, a rescue mission” and or “combat operation” NATO. Hebestrait noted that even the presidents of France and the United States have always refused to deploy NATO in Ukraine.

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Czech Defense Minister cancels visit to Hungary due to stance on sanctions

The Czech Defense Minister will not go to Hungary because of the country's position on sanctions against Russia According to Chernokhova, “cheap Russian oil” is more important for Hungarian politicians than aid to Ukraine

Minister of Defense of the Czech Republic Yana Chernokhova

Czech Defense Minister Yana Chernokhova refused to go to Hungary for a meeting with colleagues in the Visegrad Four (V4), which will be held on March 30 & 31, due to Budapest's position on sanctions against Russia, CTK reports.

“I will not go to Hungary for the meeting of the Quartet defense ministers. <…> I have always been in favor of contacts in the V4 group, and I am very upset that now cheap Russian oil is more important for Hungarian politicians than Ukrainian blood,— Chernokhova said.

On March 11, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that the European Union would not impose sanctions that would affect Russia's oil or gas sector, including because of Budapest's position. “The most important issue for us has been resolved in a favorable way: there will be no sanctions that would relate to gas or oil, so energy supplies to Hungary are safe in the near future,” — said Orban.

The fact that sanctions against Russia should not include a ban on the supply of oil and gas, Orban also spoke at a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, which took place on 9 March. According to him, Budapest condemns Russia's actions, but is not ready to risk the well-being of its citizens, despite the events in Ukraine.

In addition, in early March, the Hungarian authorities issued a decree prohibiting the supply of weapons to Ukraine from the country's territory.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the launch of a special military operation to “demilitarize” and “denazification” Ukraine. Kyiv imposed martial law and severed diplomatic relations with Moscow, and also appealed to the UN International Criminal Court. The UN General Assembly demanded that Russia withdraw its troops.

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Saudi Arabia launches airstrikes on Houthi targets in Yemen

The Arab coalition struck at the “sources of threats” in Sana'a and Hodeida (Yemen). Earlier, the Yemeni Houthis attacked the oil distribution station of Saudi Aramco in the city of Jeddah “Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes on Houthi targets in Yemen” />

Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes on “threat sources” in the cities of Yemen— Sana and Hodeida, Al Ekbariya TV channel reports on Twitter.

The Arab coalition launched a military response operation after the Yemeni Houthis attacked the oil distribution station of the state company Saudi Aramco in the city of Jeddah.

«Our goal— protect global energy sources from hostile attacks and secure supply chains,— The coalition said in a statement.

After the Houthis attacked Saudi Aramco, a fire started in two tanks of the oil depot, which was eventually extinguished, there were no casualties or casualties.


In addition, the Ministry of Energy reported a grenade launcher attack on the Al-Mukhtara plant. in Jizan. In total, the authorities of Saudi Arabia recorded 16 attacks at that time.

The Ministry of Energy called the goal of the strikes destabilization of energy security in the world. The department added that they would not be held responsible for the shortage of oil supplies to world markets due to attacks by the Iranian-backed Houthis.

The Shia Muslim Houthis demand autonomy and oppose the Muslim government Sunnis, as well as against the country's alliance with the United States. In 2014, they began to fight government forces in Yemen, and in 2015, Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia formed a coalition to fight the Houthis. The coalition includes Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, UAE, Pakistan, Palestine, Sudan, Tunisia and others. Coalition members launched airstrikes on Yemeni settlements and Houthi positions. In response, the rebels attacked Abu Dhabi and Riyadh.

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Medvedev compared sanctions with “terrible trials of Russia in the twentieth century”

According to the politician, the sanctions for Russia are not fatal, they cannot be compared with the past tests of the country

Western sanctions for Russia— not fatal difficulties, they cannot be compared with the “terrible trials of the country in the twentieth century.” About this in an interview with RIA Novosti said Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev.

“Yes, there are difficulties, they will have to be overcome, this is obvious. Unfortunately, they exist both at the state level and at the household level. But, firstly, we are no strangers to these difficulties, and, secondly, these are, you know, not fatal difficulties. This cannot be compared with the terrible trials that our country went through in the 20th century. I will even say more: these are not even the problems that we had in our heads when the world was faced with a pandemic of a new coronavirus, — he said.

In addition, according to him, today they try to put Russia in the category of a pariah country, but in fact it is the United States. “So” rogue nation ” are the United States of America. Not because we do not like the Americans, but because the Americans are constantly waging wars of conquest on the territory of the entire globe, — specified by the politician.

Medvedev also noted that no one in the West could turn Russia “into the likeness of North Korea or Cuba.” «Russia— it is Russia, it is the largest country in the world, it is a permanent member of the Security Council, it is a colossal economy, it is a nuclear power. Therefore, all their fabrications that they are now swaddling us, as once there was the DPRK or Cuba, and they will be kept in such a state, they are not based on anything, this is impossible, — concluded the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council.

Western countries condemned Moscow's decision to launch a special operation in Ukraine and unilaterally imposed sanctions against Russia. This was done by the UK and Canada, the US and the EU, as well as New Zealand, Switzerland, Japan and other states. In addition, Ukraine and Micronesia decided to break off diplomatic relations with Moscow.

In particular, the restrictions affected the reserves of the Central Bank, a number of banks and state corporations, as well as billionaires, the military and officials, including Russian President Vladimir Putin. The total number of sanctions against Moscow exceeded 7 thousand.

At the same time, Medvedev said that the special operation in Ukraine would be carried out “in full”, and sanctions against Russia by Western countries will not change its position. “These wonderful prohibitions, of course, will not change anything. This is clear even to ignorant people in the State Department. Including the decision to conduct a military operation to protect the Donbass. It will be carried out in full, until all results are achieved,— the politician pointed out.

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YouTube blocked the channel of pranksters Vovan and Lexus

In recent days, videos have appeared on the pranksters' channel with the British Minister of Defense Ben Wallace, who, assuming that he is communicating with the Prime Minister of Ukraine, revealed a number of important details

YouTube blocked the channel of pranksters Vovan and Lexus (real names— Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov). The administration of the service believes that the channel violates the rules of the community.

“This account has been suspended for violating the YouTube Community Guidelines,” — the message says on the blocked channel.

On the pranker channel in recent days, videos have appeared with British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, as well as British Home Secretary Priti Patel. Both conversations were conducted by the pranksters on behalf of the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal.

During the conversation, Wallace revealed a number of important details. In particular, the pranksters were interested in London's position on Ukraine's entry into NATO. The head of the Ministry of Defense stressed that London is interested in joining Kyiv to the military-political bloc.

"Shmygal" also said that Ukraine expects to continue its nuclear program in order to protect itself from Moscow. Wallace felt that Moscow would not like this option very much, but did not oppose it either: “The principle is that we will support Ukraine in any choice that you make.”

In addition, pranksters, on behalf of Shmygal, stated that NLAW anti-tank guided missiles “often fail” and asked that such weapons not be sent again. In turn, the Minister of Defense replied that everything was in order with the missiles: “I have all the information about these ATGMs. We have sent you over 4,000 pieces. More to come.”

On March 17, Wallace reported on a conversation with an “impostor who posed as the Ukrainian prime minister.” “He asked some misleading questions, and after I got suspicious, I ended the call,” — the minister said.

The same day, British Home Secretary Priti Patel said she had received a similar call earlier in the week. “The same thing happened to me this week. A pathetic attempt to divide us in such difficult times. We support Ukraine»,— she wrote on Twitter.

Neither Wallace nor Patel disclosed the details of the conversations and did not say for certain who was behind the calls, but hinted that they suspected Russia of this. On March 18, Wallace ordered an internal review in connection with the incident.

On March 23, the UK Ministry of Defense sent a request to YouTube to remove the video of Wallace's conversation with Vovan and Lexus. The statement noted that the videos pose a “significant risk to the national security of the United Kingdom” and also that “the Russian state is responsible for the fake call.”

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Medvedev compared relations between Russia and the West with the Cold War period

Medvedev: Relations between Russia and the West are now worse than during the Cold War stressed the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council

Relations between Russia and Western countries today are worse than during the Cold War. This was stated by Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev in an interview with RIA Novosti.

“The state of relations between the Russian Federation and the Western world, the Anglo-Saxon civilization in the broadest sense of the word, led by the United States of America, is worse, than, probably, in the 1960s & ndash; 1970s, this is beyond any doubt, — said the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council.

Medvedev recalled that during his presidency, he signed the START-3 treaty with the current head of the United States, Barack Obama. The latter was later extended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and American leader Joe Biden.

Now the zhelitsy who concluded that agreement are on the sanctions list. “If the Russian leadership took an irresponsible position in this sense, one could probably say so: if so, then that’s it, goodbye,” — said the deputy head of the Security Council.

Medvedev pointed out the “nonsense” and “absurdity” imposed restrictive measures. “This was not the case during the Cold War. And now this is our life, & mdash; he concluded.

The Deputy Chairman of the Security Council recalled the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, which had a “sobering effect on everyone”— both on the leadership of the United States and NATO, and on the USSR and the Warsaw Pact. At that time, Medvedev noted, the Western countries “did not try with such a degree of fury to bring the situation in the Soviet Union to a boiling point.” and did not impose personal sanctions and restrictions on industries or agriculture.

“It never occurred to anyone to impose sanctions on Brezhnev, Podgorny and Kosygin. Of course, they understood that it was pointless, as it is now, but then at least they had enough brains not to do this, — Medvedev stressed.

The START-3 Strategic Offensive Arms Treaty was concluded by Russia and the United States in 2010 for ten years. It provides for a reduction in the number of deployed nuclear warheads to 550 on each side.

The agreement expired on February 5, 2021. Russia and the United States extended it on February 3 of the same year. The agreement has been left unchanged and will be valid until February 5, 2026.


Antonov announced Moscow’s attempts to stop war crimes

Ambassador Antonov: Russia is trying to stop war crimes, unlike the United States Russian Ambassador to the United States Antonov invited Washington to “hold a bill” for actions in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria

Russia, unlike the United States, is doing everything to stop war crimes. This was stated by Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov, his words are given in the Telegram channel of the diplomatic mission.

“The Russian special operation is designed to put an end to the long-lasting genocide of civilians in the Donbass and disarm neo-Nazis in Ukraine. It's time to understand that our country, unlike the Americans, is doing everything to stop war crimes, — Antonov emphasized.

This is how the Russian ambassador commented on the accusations of US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland of alleged involvement of the Russian authorities in the deaths of Ukrainians and their military.

Antonov invited Washington to “show himself an account” for the destroyed cities and tens of thousands of victims in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.

The Russian Ambassador recalled that on March 24 “the world remembered the victims in Yugoslavia”. The United States has brought the country to a humanitarian catastrophe by bombing for more than 78 days (which killed more than 2,000 people) and wiping out a lot of civilian infrastructure, he said.

Military operation “Allied Force” (Operation Allied Force) NATO against Yugoslavia lasted from March 24 to June 10, 1999. The order to start it was given by the secretary general of the alliance, Javier Solana. The reason for international intervention was the inter-ethnic conflict between Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo.

The operation lasted 78 days and was carried out without the sanction of the UN Security Council. In total, several thousand strikes were carried out using bombers and cruise missiles.

In October 2018, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the bombing was carried out to protect the civilian population and to overthrow the last President of Yugoslavia, Slobodan Milosevic, as soon as possible. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov connected this with the desire to advance NATO to the east, closer to the borders of Russia.

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Muradov announced new military-civilian administrations in southern Ukraine

Now in the Kherson region and in the south of the Zaporozhye region of Ukraine, the process of broadcasting Russian television and radio broadcasting has been launched, and residents are increasingly using rubles, said the permanent representative of the Crimea under the President of Russia. – civil administrations. This was stated by the Permanent Representative of the Crimea under the President of Russia, Deputy Prime Minister of the region Georgy Muradov, RIA Novosti reports.

“The process of broadcasting Russian television and radio broadcasting has been launched, people are increasingly using Russian rubles in their calculations,” — told the official to the agency.

Muradov recalled that these regions have always formed a single economic complex with Crimea. “The south-east of Ukraine has always been an important part of Russian civilization, it was the Tauride province,” — he added.

According to the Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea, it is necessary to consolidate the forces of civil society in the south of Ukraine, and the experience of Crimeans can be useful in this matter.

Formerly, Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative President of Russia in the Southern Federal District (SFD) Kirill Stepanov said that road and rail transit from Crimea towards Odessa could be restored in the near future.

“I am sure that in the near future transit will also be restored through the Kherson region towards Odessa,” — emphasized the deputy plenipotentiary representative in the Southern Federal District.

The Kherson region is located between the Crimea and the Odessa region of Ukraine. In early March, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that it had taken control of the city of Kherson, the largest sea and river port on the Dnieper.

On March 15, the Russian armed forces took full control of the entire territory of the Kherson region. According to the reports of the Ministry of Defense, part of the Zaporozhye region is also under the control of the Russian military, including the city of Energodar (where the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant is located), the second largest city in the region, Melitopol, the small town of Vasilievka (through which the Prydniprovska railway passes), and other settlements.

On February 24, the head of the Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, announced the end of the water blockade of the peninsula. Two days later, the Russian military blew up a dam on the North Crimean Canal, blocking the flow of water from the Dnieper to Crimea.

Chairman of the State Committee for Water Resources of Crimea Igor Vail announced on March 3 that water from the Dnieper began to flow into the North Crimean Canal, but in order for it to work, it is necessary to restore the infrastructure on the territory of Ukraine and clear the channel.

The water flowed to the peninsula through this canal until 2014. After Crimea became part of Russia, the authorities of the Kherson region of Ukraine in 2017 blocked the channel with a dam, which completely blocked the water supply.


Putin awarded the participants of the operation in Ukraine the status of veterans

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on awarding combat veteran status to participants in a special operation in Ukraine, the document was published on the legal information portal.

Amendments are made to the law “On Veterans”, it was supplemented with the following provision: “Performance of tasks during a special military operation in the territories of Ukraine, the Donetsk People's Republic and the Lugansk People's Republic: from February 24, 2022.”

The State Duma approved the law on March 23 in three readings at once. The bill was introduced to the parliament by senators and deputies from United Russia, including Secretary of the General Council of the party Andrey Turchak, senators Viktor Bondarev, Alexander Karelin, Vladimir Kravchenko and deputies Andrey Kartapolov, Vladimir Shamanov, Dmitry Sablin and Andrey Krasov. 422 deputies supported the initiative.

After the adoption of the document, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin explained that the new status would give participants in the special operation the right to receive a variety of social support measures, including tax, transport and housing and land benefits, as well as utility bills on special conditions.

In addition, citizens who become disabled in the course of participating in hostilities will receive privileges.

Previously, only combatants in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Syria were considered combat veterans in Russia.

The state has already promised to provide the families of those killed and wounded during the special operation with measures of social support. Thus, the head of state promised to transfer insurance coverage and lump-sum benefits in the amount of 7.4 million rubles to the relatives of the dead, as well as a lump-sum payment — RUB 5 million

Medvedev called the goals of Russia and Ukraine in the negotiations

Medvedev: Russia in negotiations with Ukraine wants to fix the results of the special operation />

Dmitry Medvedev

Russia's goal in negotiations with Ukraine— record all the results to which the military operation is directed. This was stated by Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Moscow expects to fix the neutral status of the neighboring country, its demilitarization, refusal to use the “Nazi ideological laws” that were adopted by the Ukrainian authorities and “divide people by nationality.”

“Some people are called people of the correct nationality, and some are taken out of brackets,” — Medvedev explained, adding that there are a number of other positions that Russia considers right to achieve.

According to the deputy chairman of the Security Council, Ukraine pursues its goals during these negotiations, namely, to remain as a state and ensure its further development .

Since the beginning of the Russian military special operation in Ukraine, the delegations of both sides met in person three times in Belarus, after which they switched to negotiations via video link so as not to waste time on the road. During this time, it was possible to agree on the opening of humanitarian corridors and a ceasefire in their places during the evacuation of the civilian population.

On March 24, the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, announced that negotiations between the delegations were continuing. The fact that the discussion is conducted almost every day, said the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. According to him, the dialogue with Russia “step by step” moving forward.

Moscow demands that Kyiv recognize Crimea as Russian territory, the sovereignty of the DPR and LPR, and legally secure a neutral non-bloc status. Russian President Vladimir Putin also called “denazification and demilitarization” as the goals of the special operation countries.

Among the requirements of Ukraine — security guarantees and the withdrawal of Russian troops. Zelensky spoke of her readiness to seek a consensus with Moscow on Crimea, the LPR and the DPR. He warned that the agreements reached with Russia should be approved by the people of the country in a referendum.


Shoigu called the tasks of the Ministry of Defense “taking into account the special operation”

According to the Minister of Defense, his department fulfills all obligations to personnel: this also applies to the indexation of the monetary allowance of military personnel and the remuneration of civilian personnel


Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the need to maintain the pace of deliveries of advanced weapons to the troops in 2022, taking into account the military operation in Ukraine, the Russian military department reports. It also published a video of Shoigu's speech.

“Taking into account the conduct of a special military operation this year, it is necessary to maintain the set pace for the supply of advanced weapons to the troops, including robotic systems, information support and electronic warfare, as well as, of course, as it has always been, logistics,” & mdash; said the head of the Ministry of Defense.

Following the meeting with the Ministry of Finance, Shoigu said that the advanced supply of weapons and equipment using credit funds continues. Priority is given to long-range precision weapons, aviation equipment and maintaining the combat readiness of strategic nuclear forces.

As the minister noted, the authorities manage to fulfill the state defense order in a planned manner and, despite the sanctions, the level of conclusion of state contracts is 85%. When fulfilling the tasks of the state defense order, it is necessary to determine what you need to pay special attention to, given that budget funding this year exceeded last year's 15%.

Shoigu added that the Ministry of Defense fully fulfills all social obligations to the personnel. We are talking about the indexation of the monetary allowance of military personnel, military pensioners and the remuneration of civilian personnel.

In addition, amendments to the law “On Veterans” were approved, according to which participants in the military operation in Ukraine are recognized as combat veterans, Shoigu reminded . “Support will also extend to relatives of this category of servicemen,” — he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on awarding the status of combat veterans to participants in the military operation in Ukraine.

The Law “On Veterans” supplemented with the provision: “Performance of tasks in the course of a special military operation in the territories of Ukraine, the Donetsk People's Republic and the Lugansk People's Republic: from February 24, 2022.”

The corresponding bill was submitted to parliament by senators and deputies from the Russia". The State Duma approved it on March 23 in three readings at once.

State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin explained that the new status would give participants in the special operation the right to receive various social support measures, including tax, transport, housing and land benefits, and also paying utility bills on special terms.

Earlier, participants in military operations in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Syria were considered veterans of hostilities in Russia.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the strike of “Caliber” on a warehouse in the Zhytomyr region

The Russian military also launched a missile attack on a fuel base in the Nikolaev region, from where the AFU group in southern Ukraine was supplied with fuel


Russian military strike high-precision cruise missiles “Caliber” destroyed a warehouse with ammunition and weapons near the village of Velikie Korovintsi in the Zhytomyr region. This was announced by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov.

In addition, the impact of the cruise missile “Onyx” a fuel base was destroyed in the Nikolaev region, from where the AFU grouping in the southern part of Ukraine was supplied with fuel, the military department added.

Over the past day, 117 military facilities of Ukraine were hit. Russian air defense systems shot down two Ukrainian Su-25s and Su-24s over the village of Vishnevoe. A tactical missile of the “Tochka-U” complex was destroyed in the Vasilyevka area.

In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, the following have been destroyed:

  • 267 unmanned aerial vehicles;
  • 207 anti-aircraft missile systems;
  • 1618 tanks and armored combat vehicles;
  • 166 multiple rocket launchers;
  • 662 field artillery and mortar guns;
  • 1,453 units of special military vehicles.

According to the report of the Ministry of Defense, Russian troops are now fighting to capture the settlements of Novomikhailovka and Novobakhmutovka.

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 the eve of March 25, the head of the main operational department of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Colonel General Sergei Rudskoy said that the main tasks of the first stage of the special operation were generally completed.

According to Rudskoy, the Ukrainian naval forces “ceased to exist”, and the air force and air defense system were “practically completely destroyed”.

The representative of the General Staff emphasized that Russian units continue to strike at military infrastructure facilities, locations of Ukrainian military units, airfields, command posts and weapons depots.

Since the beginning of the special operation, Russian troops have blocked Kyiv, Kharkov , Chernihiv, Sumy and Nikolaev. Kherson and most of the Zaporozhye region are under full control.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the battles for the villages of Novomikhailovka and Novobakhmutovka

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View of the building of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

Russian troops are fighting to establish control over the villages of Novomikhailovka and Novobakhmutovka in the Donetsk region, said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov.

“A group of troops of the Russian armed forces is conducting combat operations for the capture of the settlements of Novomikhailovka and Novobakhmutovka, inflicting fire damage on the enemy in strong points and in his reserves,” — said the general.

In Kaliningrad, the Polish General Skshipchak was advised to study history

In Kaliningrad, they advised the general who announced Poland's claims to learn history It is basically impossible to return to Poland what never belonged to it, said the press secretary of the Kaliningrad region

The former commander of the Polish Ground Forces, General Waldemar Skshipchak, who demanded « to return Kaliningrad to Poland”, should learn some history. This was announced to RBC by the press secretary of the Governor of the Kaliningrad region Dmitry Lyskov.

“If they plunge into the history of the 20th century, they will find out that it is basically impossible to return to Poland what never belonged. This question is very strange, especially in light of the fact that the current Polish Gdansk was quite recently called Danzig and belonged to another country, so it’s not for them to explicitly ask these questions, — he emphasized.

Lyskov stressed that Kaliningrad was, is and will be a Russian city.

The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, also commented on Skshipchak's words that Poland should raise the issue of belonging to the Kaliningrad region. “As he raises, so he lowers,” — she wrote on Telegram.

Earlier, Skshipchak said that the Kaliningrad region is historically Polish territory, which is currently “under occupation”; Russia. At the same time, he admitted that now the Kaliningrad region “has no military significance.”

Following the results of the Second World War, in accordance with the Potsdam Agreement, the northern part of East Prussia (about one third of its entire territory) was transferred to USSR, the other two-thirds— The Polish People's Republic.

In 1946, the Koenigsberg region (later Kaliningrad) was formed on the territory that had ceded to the USSR. Then Koenigsberg was renamed Kaliningrad.

In February, Deputy Minister of National Defense of Poland Wojciech Skurkiewicz announced Warsaw's plans to build a wall on the border with the Kaliningrad region of Russia. This is included in the development concept of the country's border service.

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Britain will delay “Abramovich’s partner’s planes” indefinitely

British authorities suspect that the boards may be linked to the head of the Millhouse investment company, Yevgeny Shvindler. They have been under arrest for three weeks now.

Zakharova answered the Polish general who was staring at Kaliningrad

Maria Zakharova. Photo: Natalya Muschinkina

The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, responded to a statement from Poland that Russian Kaliningrad is located in Polish lands.

Recall that the ex-commander of the Polish ground forces, General Waldemar Skshipchak, urged earlier to raise the issue of belonging to the Kaliningrad region, which, according to the general, Russia has “occupied” since 1945.

“As it raises, so it lowers,” Zakharova wrote in her Telegram channel.

Recall that part of East Prussia, where the modern Kaliningrad region is located, was ceded to Russia after the end of World War II by decision of the Potsdam Conference. At the same time, the rest of its territory was ceded to Poland.


Macron did not like the cartoons of the Russian embassy in social networks


French President Emmanuel Macron said that posts with cartoons posted on the accounts of the Russian Embassy in France are “ unacceptable.”

Earlier, the Russian Embassy in France posted a number of messages on social networks, because of which the French Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian Ambassador to Paris Alexei Meshkov.

“We believe in dialogue, we support respectful dialogue,” the French leader said.

Macron called the posted cartoons propaganda, and said that the Russian ambassador to France had been informed that a repetition of the situation was unacceptable. He called the situation a mistake that has already been corrected and expressed the hope that it will not happen again.


In Kaliningrad, a Polish general was advised to study history


Polish General Waldemar Skrzypczak, who announced Warsaw's claims to Kaliningrad, needs to study history so as not to say nonsense. This was stated by the head of the press service of the regional government Dmitry Lyskov.

Lyskov advised those Poles who make such statements to study the history of the 20th century. “After that, they will understand: you cannot return what never belonged to Poland. The statement that Warsaw can lay claim to Kaliningrad is nonsense,” said the head of the press service of the regional government.

Lyskov stressed that “Kaliningrad was, is and will be a Russian city in the Baltic.”

Earlier, Skshipchak, the former commander of the ground forces of Poland, said that the Kaliningrad region has been under Russian occupation since 1945. According to the Polish general, Warsaw can lay claim to this region of Russia.


The EU expressed concerns about the Russian-Chinese alliance


The alliance between Russia and China will create an imbalance in the international arena, said the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell at the international conference ” ;Doha Forum» in Qatar.

He emphasized that the world stage needs a rebalance and greater respect for international law.

“If we push Russia towards China, then a global Southeast can emerge and the Northwest, which could lead to an incredible imbalance,” Borrell said.

He said earlier that he doubted the imminent adoption of the fifth set of EU sanctions against Russia. At a press conference in Brussels, Borrell explained the lack of plans to adopt new sanctions in the coming days by saying that this requires a special procedure


Russian military operation in Ukraine: online broadcast March 26

Reports of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, statements by politicians, the situation in the economy

The Russian Armed Forces are conducting a special operation on the territory of Ukraine. In recent weeks, the negotiation process of the Russian and Ukrainian delegations has been going on simultaneously. The day before, the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, noted that negotiations are ongoing, but the parties have made progress only on minor issues, and on the main political issues they are standing still.

Western countries are increasing sanctions against Russia. The White House said US President Joe Biden could announce new sanctions next week. And today he is expected to speak about the situation around Ukraine.

Follow with us the events of Saturday, March 26th. Online of the previous day can be read here.

Photo: Video frame of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

11:36 Vladimir Putin signed the law on the circulation of drugs under sanctions, which speeds up and simplifies the introduction of necessary medicines to the Russian market.


strong>Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban responded to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that Budapest opposes the expansion of anti-Russian sanctions on the energy sector. “However, we are not Ukrainians, not Russians – we are Hungarians… To the question “whose side is Hungary on?” the answer is: Hungary is on the side of Hungary,” Orban said, adding that Hungary helps those in need, but wants to protect own national interests.

11:30Producers of craft beer told that they had to raise the price of products by 25-30% due to the rise in price of raw materials that are purchased for foreign currency. At the same time, it is possible that breweries will have to switch to cheaper low-quality raw materials in the summer, and some may even abandon the production of beer and switch to lemonade and kvass.

11:17 Putin approved a law increasing the price of cars subject to the “luxury tax” from 3 million to 10 million rubles.

11:16 Vladimir Putin signed a law abolishing the payment of tax on interest income on bank deposits received in 2021-22.

10:56The head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, signed a decree allowing settlements in hryvnia until July 1.

10:39 Major General Igor Konashenkov, official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, said at a briefing on Saturday morning that Russian troops are now fighting for the capture of the settlements of Novomikhailovka and Novobakhmutovka during a special operation in Ukraine.

10:34The German Farmers Association warns of an “unprecedented jump” in food prices, and the VEB.RF Institute for Research and Expertise warns of 19.3% inflation in Russia, as well as a 12% drop in Russian incomes.

10:19 The Russian Ministry of Defense reports that on March 25, Kalibr missiles destroyed a warehouse with ammunition and weapons in the Zhytomyr region of Ukraine.

09:59 In Russia, Vladimir Putin signed a law recognizing participants in a special military operation in Ukraine as combat veterans.

09:40 The Russian political scientist believes that Poland would like to receive a UN mandate and get involved in the situation around Ukraine.

09:20 Dmitry Medvedev spoke about the goals pursued by Russia and Ukraine during the negotiations.

09:05 Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev said that there are several grounds under which Russia has the right to use nuclear weapons, all of which are spelled out in the relevant document. At the same time, he called the most correct way – negotiations.


The largest countries in the world refused to impose sanctions against Russia

The United States failed to create a united anti-Russian “front”

One of the most important goals of Joe Biden's European tour was to demonstrate the “united front” of the collective West (NATO, the EU and the G7) against Russia. Even at this level, there is no monolithic unity, and outside of Europe, North America, and a number of countries of Asia and Oceania (including Micronesia) that have joined them, many states – including even traditional American allies and partners – have chosen to take a neutral position in the Ukrainian crisis.

A meme is circulating on the Internet – an image of those countries that have taken a sharply anti-Russian position, while other countries (and most of them) are simply not visible on this map. The meaning is clear – not the whole world joined the all-out sanctions war led by the United States.

It does not follow from this, of course, that dozens of countries express open support for Russia – this is not so. And the absence of condemnation or equivocal expression of sympathy is not yet help. But even one way or another, the neutrality shown in the current conditions is worth a lot. Especially if this neutrality can be called friendly.

At the emergency NATO summit held on March 24 in Brussels, Russia and Ukraine were mainly discussed, but in the final statement of the leaders of the alliance there was a place for exhortations and threats against China, which formally maintains a neutral position, calling for a peaceful and diplomatic resolution of the conflict.

Regarding the NATO summit, China's Global Times writes: “Just a day before, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Western leaders would “spend a significant amount of time talking about China.” He accused China of providing political support to Russia by “spreading blatant lies and disinformation,” and “the allies are concerned that China may provide material support” to Russian actions … With the spread of lies that mixed black and white, the skin of the face Stoltenberg may be thicker than the Berlin Wall. Does NATO, the biggest proponent of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, have the right to point the finger at China, which has promoted peace dialogue from the very beginning?”

“In the face of the Ukrainian crisis, most major countries, including India, Brazil, as well as most countries in Africa, Southeast Asia and other regions, have taken an objective and fair position,” continues the Chinese edition. Almost two-thirds of the world's population lives in these countries. Their position is the main position of the international community. But why did Stoltenberg only mention China? It's simple: NATO, long considered “brain dead”, needs a life-saving ventilator as reliance on oxygen, fueled by the creation of “Russophobia”, becomes increasingly inadequate. He fears that it will expire at any moment without “intubation”.

Indeed, one of those countries that did not criticize Russia for its military operation against Ukraine was China. Xi Jinping hosted the Russian president at the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics just three weeks before the conflict began. During Putin's visit, the two leaders issued a 5,000-word statement declaring boundless “friendship.” It should not be forgotten that in contrast to these declarations was the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Olympics announced by the West.

The Chinese abstained from a UN vote condemning Russia and criticized “indiscriminate” economic sanctions against Moscow. Beijing expressed its support for the peace talks and offered its services as a mediator in international conflicts.

Beijing's defiant refusal to succumb to pressure from Washington, demanding if not to join the anti-Russian sanctions, then not to help Moscow bypass these sanctions, this one of the main headaches of the US and its allies. Behind the declared neutrality, the irritation of the Chinese leaders with the assertiveness of the Americans is clearly visible.

Following President Biden in openly threatening China with “consequences” for any support for Russia, British Commerce Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan made similar threats, warning that Britain would impose sanctions on China if Beijing supported Russia's actions in Ukraine with arms supplies or financial assistance.

Minister Trevelyan shared her perspective: “China is clearly sitting and thinking and watching… I think the economy will always be critical to him (President Xi) and his trade balance with the US and Europe is critical to him.”

But, as the British press admits, relations between China and the UK are getting more strained as they clash over coronavirus, Hong Kong, human rights, etc.

However, Minister Trevelyan says he remains hopeful that there is still a chance to increase trade with the Chinese. “There are those who say we shouldn't trade with China at all. I think it's wrong. I think they are an important trading partner and we want to be able to trade more with China in non-strategic business areas that we can continue to develop.”

After doing the carrot, Anne-Marie Trevelyan hinted transparently to Beijing and the “whip”, “So I hope Xi is listening and that he appreciates the economic relationship he has with the world's largest economies, of which we are one.”

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Despite Washington's ongoing attempts to “spud” India, this country of 1.5 billion people prefers to refrain from condemning Russia's actions in the Ukrainian conflict.

Western observers note that India's balancing act between Moscow and the West in the current conditions looks more precarious, than ever.

India abstained from voting on a UN Security Council resolution condemning Russia's military operation against Ukraine. But even such a formally neutral position was condemned in the West as de facto support for Moscow.

The Ukrainian crisis, according to Agence France Press, put the Indian leadership in a difficult dilemma. On the one hand, there is (since Soviet times) close cooperation between New Delhi and Moscow. The 1.4 billion Asian giant is also a major consumer of Russian oil. The total annual volume of bilateral trade is about $9 billion. Let's not forget the diplomatic support Moscow has provided in the past by vetoing UN resolutions condemning Delhi for its actions in Kashmir.

On the other hand, India needs the support of the West to resist China. Recall that India, along with the United States, Japan and Australia, is a member of the Quadruple Alliance (Quad), which is seen as a bulwark against China's growing ambitions in the Indo-Pacific region.

Recently, a visit to Delhi by a senior cross-party delegation from the UK, led by Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsey Hoyle and his deputy, was canceled at the last minute, in a sign of a growing rift over India's refusal to join anti-Russian sanctions.

Before that, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, trying to use his influence to convince New Delhi to take a tougher stance on the Russian operation. India, according to The Guardian, not only did not impose sanctions against Moscow, but did not even condemn Russia, its largest supplier of military equipment.

The British speaker's visit to India was to take place during the Easter parliamentary recess. The delegation was originally supposed to push for progress on a UK-India free trade agreement, but the context of the visit changed following the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine in February and the UK's leading role in supporting Kyiv.

As The Guardian notes in connection with the cancellation of the visit, it is not clear whether it was related to individual members of the British delegation or to wider concerns that British MPs were being given a platform in India to urge Modi to take a tougher stance.

Meanwhile, the UK is concerned about reports that India's central bank has started initial consultations with Moscow on a trade deal to use rupees and rubles that would allow exports to Russia to continue after Western sanctions curtailed international payment mechanisms. These negotiations will allow India to continue to buy Russian energy and other goods.

In addition, the British publication notes, India, which is engaged in territorial disputes with China, may decide that it cannot afford to alienate its main arms supplier. New Delhi is the world's second largest arms importer after Saudi Arabia, and according to Business Standard, 49.4% of Indian purchases came from Russia between 2016 and 2020.

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South Africa also abstained from voting in the UN General Assembly on a resolution condemning the Russian operation in Ukraine.

The South African government explained that it has good relations with both Russia and and with Ukraine; therefore Pretoria abstained in the vote in the UN General Assembly.

President Cyril Ramaphosa subsequently stated that South Africa abstained because the resolution did not highlight the call for constructive engagement. Moreover, speaking to members of the South African Parliament, the head of state blamed the Ukrainian crisis on NATO's eastward expansion. According to Ramaphosa, in his opinion, Russia feels a “national existential threat” from the North Atlantic Alliance.

“There are those who insist that we take a very hostile position towards Russia,” says Cyril Ramaphosa. “Instead, we use an approach that insists on the need for dialogue.”

Western media, in an attempt to explain the position of South Africa, remind that the current ruling African National Congress party in the country remembers that the Soviet Union was her ally in the fight against apartheid. By the way, other countries in southern Africa, which at the time of the struggle for independence were helped by the USSR (Namibia, Angola and Mozambique), also did not support the anti-Russian resolution in the UN. Zimbabwe, located in the same region, also abstained, which at one time had a lot of help from Russia and China in countering Western sanctions.

In total, almost half – twenty-five of – African countries abstained or did not participate in the vote according to the resolution of the UN General Assembly condemning Russia.

And the matter is not only in the historical heritage, but also in the present. In recent years, Russia's (not to mention China's) interest in the Black Continent has noticeably increased, and this applies to a fairly wide range of economic – and not only – cooperation.


Biden agreed with the European Union on gas: how Russia will respond

U.S. promises to increase LNG exports to Europe

U.S. President Joe Biden has agreed on a “historic”, as he was dubbed in the Western media, agreement with the European Union on energy supplies, according to which the United States will increase transatlantic gas supplies in the hope of weakening Russia's influence, which it enjoys due to its natural resources.

Speaking in Brussels after the deal was agreed on Friday, the US president said Russia is using its status as Europe's main gas supplier to “coerce and manipulate its neighbors” and that gas and oil revenues are “powering its war machine.”

As The Guardian writes, Joe Biden said the United States' partnership with the EU would “end Europe's dependence on Russian energy before the end of the decade.”

The proposals also aim to reduce gas consumption in Europe as a whole by focusing on energy efficiency and renewable energy to achieve climate goals.

Last year, Russia delivered about 155 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe, which is typically around 40% of the continent's needs, recalls The Guardian.

The European Union has already said it hopes to cut Russian imports by two-thirds by the end of the year by importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) from other countries and promoting renewable projects energy and energy efficiency measures.

Under the EU deal with Biden, the United States will provide assistance in the short term by supplying Europe with increased LNG supplies, with an addition of 15 bcm this year.

This implies supplies of 37 bcm, while Europe has committed to additional imports of 50 billion cubic meters per year as part of a plan to phase out Russian gas supplies by the end of the decade.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, said: “This volume already replaces one third of the Russian gas going to Europe today. So now we are on our way to diversify away from Russian gas and towards our friends and partners, reliable and trustworthy suppliers.”

At the same time, the EU will try to stay on track with climate targets by supplying gas infrastructure with clean energy and reducing methane leaks that could exacerbate global warming. The combination of energy savings in homes and wind and solar energy projects could cut Europe's gas demand by 20 billion cubic meters.

Biden said the move was not only “morally right” but also “put us on a stronger strategic footing.” Asked how the U.S. would increase its LNG supplies with producers already running at full capacity, a senior White House official said the plan would include a “swap” with international partners, especially in Asia, to free up gas in Europe during the winter.

The initiative will require Europe to build new LNG import terminals, and the existing infrastructure is unable to cope with a significant increase in imports, admits The Guardian. Germany, Europe's largest economy, does not have LNG terminals, but said on Friday that it intends to end its dependence on Russian gas by 2024.

“We aim to reduce this dependence on Russian fossil fuels and get rid of it” , said Ursula von der Leyen.


The White House commented on Biden’s strange words about Ukraine

The US administration insists on the refusal of the participation of US troops in the conflict with Russia

The White House on Friday insisted that the US military would not be sent to Ukraine amid the conflict with Russia after President Biden's comments on troops in Poland seemed to suggest otherwise, according to Fox News.

Joe Biden, who visited the US military based in Poland, spoke about how ordinary citizens of Ukraine are “activated”. “You'll see when you're there – some of you were there – you'll see women, young people standing in the middle in front of a damn tank and saying, 'I'm not leaving.'

Such words of Biden can be interpreted in any way. Or the US president let it slip and hinted at some far-reaching plans in the context of the Ukrainian crisis. Or it was his next age-related blunder (suffice it to recall that just recently he called Vice President Kamala Harris “First Lady”, that is, his wife).

Biden even before Russia launched a military special operation and throughout the Ukrainian conflict, he maintained that US troops would not engage in a confrontation between Ukraine and Russia.

When asked on Friday about the possibility of US troops participating, the White House continued to insist that its position remains the same.

“The President made it clear that we are not sending US troops to Ukraine, and in this position there is no change,” a White House spokesman told Fox News on Friday.

As of March 17, there were 100,000 U.S. troops in Europe arriving in the Old World to bolster NATO defenses, compared to 80,000 “bayonets” in January.

While in Poland, Biden reached out to US troops from the 82nd Airborne Division deployed along NATO's eastern border. “What you are doing is much more than whether we can alleviate the suffering of Ukraine,” the US president said. “We are in a new phase, your generation. We are at a tipping point.”

As CNN notes, President Biden has made it clear that American troops will not go to Ukraine to directly fight Russian forces, suggesting that such a move would lead to World War III. But he has ordered more rotational deployments along NATO's eastern frontier to demonstrate America's commitment to protecting the Alliance. At the same time, CNN emphasizes that US officials were unenthusiastic about Polish President Andrzej Duda's calls to send international peacekeeping forces to Ukraine – since this proposal for “peacekeeping” could violate Biden's “red line” of preventing the participation of American troops. in conflict.

Biden flew to Brussels this week for an emergency NATO meeting to discuss a collective response to Russia's actions in Ukraine. Earlier the other day, a senior US Department of Defense official said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was still considering deploying additional US troops to NATO's eastern flank in Europe amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

The Biden administration has warned that moves such as imposing a no-fly zone over Ukraine could be seen as an escalation and could provoke a full-blown military showdown with Russia. Instead, the US President approved almost $1 billion in military assistance to Ukraine.

As Fox News recalls, Ukraine is not a member of NATO, so it is not subject to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Alliance, which states that if one country in this bloc is attacked, all member countries will take action to provide assistance.

The new aid package for Kiev includes 800 Stinger anti-aircraft systems, 2000 Javelins, 1000 light anti-tank weapons, 6000 AT-4 anti-tank systems, 100 unmanned aerial vehicles, 100 grenade launchers, 5,000 rifles, 1,000 pistols, 400 machine guns, 400 shotguns, more than 20 million small arms cartridges and rounds for grenade launchers and mortars, 25,000 sets of body armor and 25,000 helmets. According to Biden, equipment and weapons will be transferred directly from the Pentagon to the Ukrainian military.


The special operation adjusted the plans for the purchase of weapons and equipment: what Shoigu said

Combat robots, high-precision missiles, electronic warfare stations

A meeting on the purchase of weapons and equipment was held in the Russian military department. It was hosted by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. The question of the defense order, of course, was considered from the point of view of the ongoing special military operation in Ukraine.

The fact that an important military meeting was held under the leadership of Sergei Shoigu should probably reassure the President of Ukraine Zelensky, who in his next video message for some reason was interested: why is the Russian Minister of War not visible? What happened to him? It would be better if he, of course, thought about the 14,000 Ukrainian soldiers who died in a month.

The special military operation, which has been going on for a month, will most likely correct the plans for the purchase of weapons by the Russian department. It is enough to study the military summary, which is brought daily by the official representative of the department, General Igor Konashenkov, to understand what weapons are in demand.

For example, on March 25, Caliber high-precision sea-based cruise missiles destroyed a warehouse with ammunition and weapons near Zhytomyr. Dozens of such blows were dealt in four weeks. Effective weapon. Ships of the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla are equipped with Caliber-NK missiles.

There are also Caliber-PL, which are equipped with Project 636.3 submarines. Six such submarines are part of the Black Sea Fleet. The construction of a series of the same submarines for the Pacific Fleet is nearing completion.

It is clear that the “Caliber”, which first appeared during the operation in Syria, have confirmed their effectiveness. Suffice it to recall the attack on the training base of mercenary units at the Yavorovo training ground in the Lviv region. Then several dozens of foreign mercenaries died, and among foreigners the number of those wishing to go to Ukraine to fight sharply decreased.

It is clear that the spent stock of “Caliber” must be restored as soon as possible, so that, as they say, there would be no shortage at all enough.

In the same report for March 25, Onyx high-precision cruise missiles are mentioned. With their help, the fuel base in the Nikolaev region was destroyed. The fuel base was used by the southern grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Now there will be nothing to refuel.

Onyx missiles are in service with the ships of the Navy. In addition, Bastion coastal missile systems are equipped with these missiles. The right weapon.

Almost every day, military reports report on the successes of our air defense. Anti-aircraft crews “grounded” almost all Ukrainian aviation, including unmanned aircraft. Of the 26 Bayraktar drones purchased in Turkey, 25 were destroyed.

According to experts, along with anti-aircraft systems, electronic warfare (EW) means are effective in combating drones. Electronic warfare stations also disrupt enemy control systems, and this is also very important.

What other weapons have shown their effectiveness in strikes against the military infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine? For example, an aviation missile system with a hypersonic missile “Dagger”. Its spectacular strike on an underground ammunition depot of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in western Ukraine must have had a sobering effect on the most cocky NATO members. The fact is that so far only Russia has hypersonic aircraft missiles. The West has not yet come up with a means to counter them. It is clear that the supply of “Daggers” would be good to increase as much as possible.

What did Shoigu say at a meeting at the Ministry of Defense? First, the state defense order, despite all Western sanctions, is being carried out successfully. Budget financing in 2022 exceeded the expenditures of the previous year by 15%. “Naturally, we need to look at what to pay special attention to when fulfilling the tasks of the state defense order,” Shoigu said.

He said that the defense order for the next year was practically formed.

Shoigu named weapons that will be acquired as a matter of priority: “Priorities are high-precision long-range weapons, aviation equipment, as well as maintaining the combat readiness of strategic nuclear forces.”

In addition, the minister stressed, “taking into account … special military operation … it is necessary to maintain the set pace for the supply of advanced weapons to the troops, including robotic systems, information support and electronic warfare, and, of course, as always, logistics.

Robotic systems or combat robots – a promising direction. Their main purpose is to reduce losses in manpower. Combat drones are capable of attacking enemy fortifications, clearing mines and even evacuating the wounded from the battlefield. Most likely, their purchases will also increase.