Zelensky called the number of participants in hostilities on the side of Ukraine

Ukraine needs a larger army than before the start of the Russian special operation, Zelensky said. Now 700 thousand people are participating in the hostilities on the side of Kyiv

700 thousand people take part in the hostilities against Russian forces in Ukraine, they are deployed throughout the country, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview TV channel «Ukraine 24».

«Today it is 700 thousand»,— he said (quote from Ukrayinska Pravda).

Zelensky expressed confidence that Ukraine needs an army significantly larger than the previous 250-260 thousand people. He added that this was the reason for the signing in early February of a decree that provided for an increase in the number of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by 100,000 people over three years.

The President of Ukraine noted that Russian forces before the start of the special operation, troops were transferred to the Crimea, Belarus and other areas, and “today, no country in Europe could cope with such a volume.” Russia did not name the number of troops participating in the military operation in Ukraine.

An end to hostilities between Russian and Ukrainian forces will be put through diplomacy, Zelensky is sure. In his opinion, “the victory will be very difficult, it will be bloody, it will definitely be in battle, but the ending will definitely be in diplomacy.” He explained that there are “some things” that can only be completed through dialogue, because Kyiv wants to “return everything” and Moscow “wants not to give everything back.”

The head of Ukraine's military intelligence, Kirill Budanov, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that Kyiv intends to fight until the Russian forces leave the country. “I don’t know any borders [of Ukraine], except for the borders of 1991,” — he emphasized.

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At the end of last May, against the background of the aggravation of the situation around Ukraine, Kyiv proposed to increase the number of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from 250,000 to 261,000 people. The relevant bill was submitted to the Rada and adopted. At the end of July, Zelensky signed it.

Later, on February 1, the President of Ukraine signed a decree on the creation of 20 army brigades as part of the country's armed forces and an increase in the number of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by 100,000 people over three years. The document also consolidated the process of the country's transition to a professional army, an increase in the minimum wage for a military man to a level of at least three minimum wages, an increase in the duration of contracts and other measures.

“This decree is so that soon and in the future there will be peace, peace in Ukraine,” — Zelensky explained.

Russia launched a special operation in Ukraine on the night of February 24th. President Vladimir Putin justified his actions with the desire for “denazification and demilitarization” neighboring state, claiming that official Kyiv pursued a policy of “genocide” civilians in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine, in response, severed diplomatic relations with Russia, declared martial law and mobilization.

The Russian Defense Ministry reported that since the start of hostilities, 174 Ukrainian aircraft were destroyed, 125 helicopters, 966 unmanned aerial vehicles, 315 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3182 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 402 multiple rocket launchers, 1614 field artillery pieces and mortars, as well as 3054 units of special military vehicles.

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Pushilin called “inevitable” a tribunal over captured soldiers from “Azovstal”

Ordinary people and the “sane” part of the world community want a tribunal over the captured Ukrainian soldiers who were at the plant in Mariupol, Pushilin believes. Kyiv hopes to exchange them for captured Russian soldiers called “inevitable” a tribunal over the captured military from “Azovstal” />

Trial of surrendered Ukrainian military from the Mariupol plant “Azovstal” cannot but take place, because “justice must prevail”, said the head of the Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin at a meeting in the State Duma.

“I believe that the tribunal is inevitable <…>. This is the request of ordinary people, this is the request of society, this is the request of the sane part of the world community, — he claims (quote from RIA Novosti).

Ukrainian servicemen held the defense of Mariupol for almost 90 days. For most of this period they were at Azovstal. —the area of ​​the plant reaches 11 square meters. km, or about 1/15 from the whole city. Kyiv demanded that the Ukrainian military be allowed to leave the industrial zone and enter the territory controlled by Ukrainian forces; the Russian side insisted on their surrender. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that in the event of the death of fighters from Azovstal Kyiv will withdraw from negotiations with Moscow.

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In mid-May, the Ukrainian military began to leave Azovstal, and the seriously wounded were taken to hospitals in cities controlled by the DPR. By the evening of May 20, Azovstal 2439 fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine left, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said. He also reported to the president about establishing full control over the city, including the plant.

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To judge the fighters of the “Azov” battalion (its symbolism is recognized as extremist in Russia) follows on the territory of the LPR and the DPR, suggested Andrei Klishas, ​​head of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building. He pointed out that there is no moratorium on the death penalty and it was on the territory of these republics that the military “committed their crimes.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky explained that the military surrendered after receiving a signal from command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine after a series of attempts to take out the seriously wounded or deliver food to them. In Kyiv, they also previously offered to exchange them for Russian prisoners. “Ukrainian heroes need Ukraine alive”, — Zelensky stressed. He warned that in the event of the death of the military in Mariupol, Kyiv would withdraw from the negotiation process with Moscow.

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The head of the Kursk region announced the mortar shelling from Ukraine

The village of Tyotkino again suffered from shelling, the enemy used mortars, Starovoit said. Earlier, he reported several times about the shelling of settlements and villages from Ukraine, on May 19, a truck driver died

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Several settlements in the Glushkovsky district of the Kursk region were subjected to mortar shelling from Ukraine, said in Telegram regional governor Roman Starovoit.

According to the head of the region, the strike affected the village of Tetkino and nearby settlements, the names of which he did not specify. ; said Starovoit, promising to provide more details later.

In recent days, the authorities of the region have reported several times about the shelling of settlements. So, on the morning of May 17, the governor announced the shelling of the village of Alekseevka from large-caliber weapons. Three private houses were damaged, a car parked near one of them, as well as a school building. There were no casualties, said the head of the Kursk region.

Tyotkino is located on the border with the Sumy region of Ukraine.

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In the evening of the same day, the territory of the sugar factory on the outskirts of the village of the same name and the border checkpoint in Tyotkino were shelled, Starovoit said. “The enemy fire was suppressed by the response of our border guards and the military. There were no casualties,— he claimed.

On the morning of May 19, the governor announced that Tetkino had died as a result of another shelling. “According to preliminary data, this is a truck driver who brought raw materials to the distillery. The enemy struck several blows at this object. There are also wounded,— he said. According to Starovoit, several houses were damaged, the fire is being eliminated, unexploded shells were found on the territory of the village.

The authorities of the Belgorod region also reported several times about shelling: in particular, on May 18, 19 houses in the village of Solokhi were damaged by shelling. “In total, restoration work will need to be carried out in 59 houses,” said the head of the region Vyacheslav Gladkov.

Attacks were also made on oil storage facilities in Russia. So, on the morning of April 1, Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov reported an airstrike by two helicopters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the Belgorodnefteprodukt oil depot. (“daughter” of “Rosneft”). A fire started and two people were injured. The Ministry of Defense later clarified that they were Mi-24s, they entered Russian territory at an extremely low altitude.

Since mid-April, in the Kursk, Bryansk, Belgorod regions bordering Ukraine, in the north of Crimea, in two areas In the Voronezh region and in the territory of the Krasnodar Territory, the authorities have introduced a yellow level of terrorist threat. This regime means the intensified work of all law enforcement agencies, and local residents are advised to avoid mass gatherings and be vigilant.

On May 12, Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, after the death of a man in the village of Solokhy, stated that the current situation makes additional security measures necessary in areas adjacent to Ukraine.

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The Foreign Ministry imposed sanctions against the wife of the Prime Minister of Canada

The Russian Foreign Ministry has banned Canadian Prime Minister Sophie Trudeau's wife and 25 other Canadians from entering the country. The day before, Ottawa imposed sanctions against 14 Russian businessmen and their children, and also banned the export of luxury goods

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The Russian Foreign Ministry has banned 26 Canadians from entering the country, including the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Sophie Trudeau. The list is published on the department's website.

“In response to the regular anti-Russian sanctions announced by the Canadian authorities, which affected not only representatives of the leadership, military and business circles, but in some cases the closest relatives of those who became involved in the black list, entry into Russia is permanently closed for a similar category of Canadian citizens.” ,— according to the message of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ministry added that in the near future they would introduce new countermeasures as part of a response to the hostile actions of “the ruling Trudeau regime in Canada, which has adopted militant Russophobia.”

In addition to Sophie Trudeau, the spouse of the Deputy Prime Minister Canada's Christy Freeland Graham Bowley and Foreign Minister Melanie Joly's partner Felix Marcel. Freeland and Joly have been under Russian sanctions since late April, as has Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Moscow's April sanctions list includes 592 Canadians.

The restrictions also affected the leadership of the Canadian armed forces: entry into Russia is closed for the commanders of the ground forces— Jocelyn Paul, BBC— Erica Kenny & Navy— Angus Topshi. The president of the Canadian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, member of the board of directors of the World Congress of Ukrainians Zenon Potichny and the head of the Canadian charity organization Help us help, former member of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ontario Marie Buntrogiani were also subject to sanctions.

The Foreign Ministry has included in the sanctions list representatives of the military-industrial complex and the shipbuilding industry, as well as the financial sector. Among them:

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  • CEO of aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin Canada Lorraine Ben and company manager Andrew Coates;
  • President and CEO Canadian Association of Defense and Security Enterprises (CADSI) Christine Chanfarani, as well as the chairman of the board of directors of the association, president and CEO of the consulting company Calian Group Ltd. Kevin Ford;
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of the international financial holding Quebec Power Corporation of Canada Paul Desmarets, Jr. and his deputy André Desmarets;
  • President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) Mike Muller and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association, CEO and VP IT defense contractor L3Harris Technologies Canada Richard Foster;
  • Robert Kwon, President and CEO of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and Douglas Harrison, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Corporation;
  • space industry representatives— President of Maritime Launch Services, organizer and general contractor of the Canadian-Ukrainian spaceport in Nova Scotia, Stephen Mathieu and CEO of MDA Ltd. Mike Greenlee;
  • Mark Perent, CEO of CAE Inc., a simulation technology for education in the aviation, defense and healthcare industries;
  • Sean Greenwood, president of drone manufacturer Canadian UAVs;
  • heads of enterprises in the shipbuilding industry— president of Irving Shipbuilding Inc. Kevin Mooney and CEO James Irving and President, CEO and co-owner of Chantier Davie Canada Inc. James Davies;
  • Terry Menion, general manager and vice president of arms manufacturer Raytheon Canada.

In March, Canada imposed sanctions against Russian businessmen Roman Abramovich and Alisher Usmanov, CEC head Ella Pamfilova, as well as the Ministry of Defense, the SVR, the Sukhoi company. and others. In the same month, Ottawa announced restrictions on 160 members of the Federation Council, and in early April— against the head of Norilsk Nickel Vladimir Potanin, head of NOVATEK Leonid Mikhelson, founder of the Renova group; Viktor Vekselberg and six other Russians.

On May 18, Canadian Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said that all Russians under sanctions would be banned from entering the country, including President Vladimir Putin. Two days later, Ottawa expanded the sanctions list to include 14 Russians, including the head of Russian Railways, Oleg Belozerov, and the daughter-in-law of Federation Council speaker Valentina Matvienko, Yulia. At the same time, Canada banned the import of luxury goods from Russia, in particular alcoholic beverages, seafood, fish and diamonds.

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Aydınlık reported a “human shield” from Turkish ships in Odessa

More than 20 Turkish ships cannot leave the ports of Odessa – the authorities, therefore, intend to protect themselves from the assault by Russian forces by the risk of tension between Moscow and Ankara, sources say Aydınlık

The Ukrainian authorities are preventing the exit of foreign ships, including 21 Turkish ones, from the port of Odessa in order to prevent the assault on the city by Russian forces, the newspaper of the Patriotic Party of Turkey Aydınlık reports without specifying the source of the information. At the end of February, the head of the association, Dogu Perincek, supported Russia's actions in Ukraine.

According to the publication, out of 21 ships, four sail under the Turkish flag, while 17 use the flag of another state, but belong to Turkish citizens. They are not allowed out of the port, explaining this by security measures and the presence of mines in the sea.

The newspaper notes that Russia has opened the corridor, but ships still cannot leave the port of Odessa, as the authorities fear that this will lead to an assault. If Turkish ships are damaged due to the strike of Russian forces, this will lead to tension between Moscow and Ankara, Aydınlık sources are sure.

Aydınlık also reported on the attack of armed persons in the Odessa port of Chernomorsk on the Turkish ship Rahmi Yagci. The captain turned to the authorities for help and asked permission to leave the port, where the ship has been since February 22. According to the newspaper, the authorities cited the presence of mines in the sea, but on February 26, a Liberian cargo ship was allowed to leave the port with escort ships.

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president, said in mid-May that Ukrainian ports were “heavily mined and the waters are now extremely dangerous for navigation.” A very complex demining operation needs to be carried out there, he added. Peskov also stressed: “So far, the danger for navigation and for navigation in general in those parts, for navigation, is very, very high.” The Russian Ministry of Defense has repeatedly stated that they are opening humanitarian corridors for foreign vessels in Ukrainian ports.

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Russia bans 963 US citizens from entering the country

Russia has banned 963 US citizens from entering the country, including Joe Biden and Morgan Freeman Among the US citizens who are now banned from entering Russia are US President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, members of Congress, US ministers and representatives of the military-industrial complex, as well as actor Morgan Freeman

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The Russian Foreign Ministry has published a list of American citizens who have been banned from entering the country on a permanent basis. The list includes 963 people, including US President Joe Biden.

Also listed:

  • US President's son Hunter Biden;
  • CIA Director William Burns;
  • FBI Director Christopher Wray;
  • Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Treasury Department Andrea Gaki;
  • U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland;
  • Attorneys for Maria Butina and Konstantin Yaroshenko Eric Kenerson and Randall Jackson respectively;
  • U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mallorcas;
  • National Security Agency Director Paul Nacasone;
  • U.S. Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Jacob Sullivan.

In addition, the list included members of Congress, US ministers and representatives of the military-industrial complex (MIC). Moscow also banned Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and actor Morgan Freeman from entering the country, who “recorded a video message in September 2017 accusing Russia of conspiring against the United States and calling for a fight against our country.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that it had included on the list the US authorities, inciting Russophobia, as well as those who “serve” them. At the same time, Russia invariably respects the American people and is open to honest and respectful dialogue, the department added.

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“The Russian counter-sanctions are forced and aimed at forcing the ruling American regime, which is trying to impose the neo-colonial “rules-based world order” on the rest of the world, to change its behavior, recognizing the new geopolitical realities,” & mdash; the message says.

The US authorities have also imposed sanctions against the Russian leadership. So, on February 26, Washington announced restrictive measures against President Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov.

Biden and Psaki were banned from entering Russia back in mid-March. Together with them, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were listed.

At the end of April, the Russian Foreign Ministry added to the “stop list” 29 American top executives, businessmen, experts and journalists “shaping the Russophobic agenda.” These included Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Meta (recognized as extremist and banned in Russia), US Vice President Kamala Harris, and State Department spokesman Ned Price.

In 2017, In the United States, the NGO “Committee in Support of the Russian Investigation” appeared. Morgan Freeman recorded a video address on behalf of this organization. In the first seconds, he declared: “We were attacked. We are at war.” According to him, Russian President Vladimir Putin “is using cyberweapons to attack democracies around the world.”

The actor called on then-U.S. President Donald Trump to protect the country from a Russian plot to undermine the United States.

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Biden signed a bill to allocate $ 40 billion to Ukraine

The bill provides for the allocation of $ 40.1 billion to Kyiv in the form of additional appropriations for the 2022 financial year. Earlier, the US Senate said that the new aid package is designed to help Ukraine “open the port of Odessa”

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US President Joe Biden signed a bill that provides for additional assistance to Ukraine. This is stated on the website of the White House.

“On Saturday, May 21, 2022, President [Biden] signed H.R. 7691, Law on Additional Appropriations for Ukraine 2022,— The report said.

This bill provides for $40.1 billion in additional appropriations for Kyiv for fiscal year 2022.

Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier that the new a $40 billion aid package to Ukraine is meant to help it “open the port of Odessa.”

On May 19, the US Senate approved the allocation of $40 billion in aid to Ukraine by a majority vote, despite the fact that consideration of the bill was blocked by Republican Senator Rand Paul.

aid to Ukraine since 2021 has reached $60 billion, which would accelerate the growth of inflation in the United States. As a result, the document was passed, bypassing the senator's veto with the help of procedural steps.

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According to Bloomberg, $6 billion will go to direct security assistance to Kyiv, $8.8 billion— for economic support, $9.05 billion— to replenish stockpiles of weapons from the Pentagon, $ 4 billion— to other countries supplying weapons to Ukraine, $4.35 billion— for global food and humanitarian aid, and $700 million— for global food funding from the State Department.

Initially, Biden asked Congress for $33 billion to support Ukraine, but Congress proposed to increase the amount to $40 billion, adding money to help with food and military equipment.

Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev considered the goal of assistance to be “the continuation of the proxy war against Russia, the desire to inflict a heavy defeat on our country.”

In In March, Biden signed a law on the allocation of $ 13.6 billion to Ukraine for military equipment and training of the Ukrainian military.

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Hungarian Prime Minister Orban compares sanctions against Russia with an atomic bomb

The Hungarian and Serbian leaders also discussed the threat of famine and migration. Vučić warned that a quarter of the world's population could face a food problem due to the conflict in Ukraine /756531414872740.jpg” alt=”Hungarian Prime Minister Orban compared sanctions against Russia with an atomic bomb” />

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Ill-considered sanctions against Russia are equivalent to an atomic bomb and lead to famine and migration. This was stated by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a meeting with Serbian leader Aleksandar Vučić, 24.hu reports.

“All sorts of ill-conceived measures, sanctions against Russia that destroy Hungarian agriculture are equivalent to an atomic bomb.” ,— he said.

Smarter economic solutions are now needed, Orban said, “because otherwise there will be big problems.” He added that Budapest will not accept decisions from Brussels that are economically unsound and will lead to higher prices.

The Hungarian Prime Minister said that in 2020 and 2021 the heroes were nurses and doctors, and the heroes of this and next year will be “farmers who will have to work in very difficult conditions.”

Orban stressed that if they fail to provide people with bread, many of them will leave for other European countries, not only in the hope of a better life, but also in order to survive. He warned that in this case, the migration that has been so far will seem like a “children's fairy tale”; compared to what will happen next.

Vučić, in turn, stressed that more than a quarter of the world's population could face a food crisis due to fighting in Ukraine. This problem could cause a number of others, including in the area of ​​security, he added.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin also said that the EU countries and their residents will face with “intractable consequences” with continued sanctions pressure on Russia.

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Spiegel learned about the “stuck” negotiations between Germany and Poland on tanks

Spiegel: relations between Germany and Poland have escalated due to the supply of weapons to Ukraine In exchange for the tanks that Poland supplies to Ukraine, Warsaw expects to receive the latest Leopard tanks from Germany, its NATO partner, but Berlin has not yet done so, the newspaper notes

Relations between Germany and Poland have escalated due to protracted negotiations on the supply of weapons to Ukraine, writes Spiegel.

According to the publication, the negotiations of the countries on the exchange of arms “stuck”, as Warsaw asked to replace its tanks supplied to Ukraine, on the latest German Leopards, but Berlin still hasn't.

Poland has already transferred almost all of its 240 Soviet-made tanks to Ukraine, in connection with which the Polish authorities expect Germany to fill in the gaps with German equipment. However, unlike the Czech Republic, Poland does not want to be content with old German tanks, but demands the supply of modern models for service, including Leopard tanks.

Berlin cannot agree to such a deal, since the Bundestag itself does not have them in available, notes Spiegel. German Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht acknowledged at a closed meeting on May 16 that she had almost no hope that Berlin could come to an agreement with Warsaw.

“There were promises from the Germans to strengthen our defenses, unfortunately, none of this was realized,” — said Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland Szymon Szynkowski.

At the end of April, Polish Radio reported that Warsaw, as part of military assistance, transferred to Kyiv more than 200 Soviet T-72 tanks, as well as several dozen BMP. Prior to this, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki confirmed the transfer of tanks to Kyiv.

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Warsaw supplied Kyiv with approximately $1.59 billion worth of military equipment, including 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers; and Grad rocket launchers, the radio station reported. Poland also handed over air-to-air missiles air» for MiG-29 and Su-27 aircraft.

In return, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to supply Poland with a Challenger 2 tank if it sends T-72 tanks to Ukraine.

Kyiv has repeatedly accused Germany of not supplying heavy weapons. Thus, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk noted that Kyiv has the impression that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz does not want to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine.

It looks as if Berlin is waiting for a truce and no longer need will make “bold decisions,” he added.

In late April, the lower house of the German parliament supported a document calling on the government to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine. However, Scholz said that Berlin would not supply Western-made battle tanks to Kyiv until the United States and other allies did so.

Russia strongly opposes the supply of weapons to Ukraine, Moscow has repeatedly said that convoys with such equipment will be considered legitimate targets.

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The head of the Ministry of Transport said that the sanctions “practically broke” the logistics

The minister during a visit to the Astrakhan region said that in order to solve problems with logistics, Russia will develop the North-South transport corridor, which includes the Caspian ports

Sanctions imposed against Russia , have seriously affected the logistics system in the country, said Minister of Transport Vitaly Savelyev during a visit to the Astrakhan region.

“Those sanctions that were imposed today on the Russian Federation practically broke all the logistics in our country. And we are forced to look for new logistics corridors,»,— he said (quote from Interfax).

Savelyev noted that the authorities are considering the North transport corridor to solve the problems that have arisen. South”, part of which are the Caspian ports of Astrakhan on the Volga, Olya on the Volga-Caspian Canal and Makhachkala on the Caspian Sea.

As part of the development of this transport corridor, the Karaozek checkpoint on the border between Russia and Kazakhstan will be reconstructed, the minister said. The head of the Astrakhan region, Igor Babushkin, said that the depth of the Volga-Caspian canal will also be increased— up to 4.5 m in order to increase the volume of cargo traffic through it.

“Of course, these are not only ports, but also approaches to ports, bridges and roads, we should not have bottlenecks that would not allow we should rebuild, — Savelyev emphasized.

Since the end of February, many Western companies have announced the suspension of activities in Russia, as well as the suspension of supplies. Such a decision was made, for example, by the world's largest container operator Maersk and the American logistics company UPS. Sea lines MSC, Hapag-Lloyd and Yang Ming have also suspended vessel bookings (bookings) in the direction of Russia. In addition, several dozen countries closed the skies for Russian airlines, which forced them to stop flying to the EU countries, the USA, Canada, etc.

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At the end of March, the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, estimated the time needed to rebuild logistics in the country at “three, maximum six months.” According to him, distribution channels during this time will be reoriented to those countries that are ready to buy Russian products and supply their own to Russia.

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Erdogan called NATO a condition for joining the alliance of Sweden and Finland

NATO chief Stoltenberg agreed that it is necessary to take into account the interests of Turkey, and pointed out the need to continue negotiations to find a solution for the membership of Finland and Sweden in the alliance

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NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg held talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the entry of Sweden and Finland into the alliance. The head of the organization wrote about this on Twitter.

During the conversation, he pointed out the importance of the principle of “open doors”; in NATO. The Turkish leader also said that he supports this policy.

“We agree that it is necessary to take into account the security interests of all allies and continue negotiations to find a solution,”— emphasized Stoltenberg.

Nevertheless, Erdogan stressed that Ankara will not support the entry of the two Scandinavian countries into the alliance until they demonstrate their readiness to cooperate in the fight against terrorism, Reuters reports.

Speaker of the Finnish Parliamentarian Matti Vanhanen told YLE that Finland “certainly” join NATO. At the same time, he stressed that Helsinki cannot agree to change its legal norms because of Ankara.

“Turkey must understand that there is no chance of a political agreement. Innocent people are not extradited to another country, especially if there is a risk that they will be imprisoned or unreasonably convicted, — said Vanhanen.

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Earlier on May 21, Erdogan, during a telephone conversation with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, stated that support for representatives of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which Ankara considers a terrorist organization, is unacceptable. He urged Sweden to stop financial and military support for the groups.

In mid-May, Stockholm and Helsinki applied to join NATO. However, the Turkish president said that Ankara would not support these applications, since Helsinki and Stockholm refused to extradite the terrorists and imposed anti-Turkish sanctions.

According to the Turkish publication Sabah, Turkey proposed a manifesto to Sweden and Finland, the adoption of which became a condition for approval applications for NATO membership. Ankara urged to avoid contacts with the leaders of the PKK, to refuse to accept PKK members to the parliaments of both countries, to expedite the procedure for their extradition to Turkey.

The National Security Adviser to the American President Jake Sullivan on May 19 expressed confidence that Turkey's doubts would be resolved and NATO countries will unanimously decide on the countries' membership in the alliance.

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Scholz urged Schroeder to leave all posts in Russia

German Chancellor Scholz called on Schroeder to leave all posts in Russia after leaving Rosneft. Gerhard Schroeder previously announced the impossibility of extending his powers on the board of directors of Rosneft. The German chancellor urged him to leave all posts in Russia

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz urged Schroeder to leave all posts in Russia after leaving Rosneft, Der Spiegel reports.

“We note that this happened with one [post], more should follow”, — he said.

Schroeder was Chancellor of Germany from 1998 to 2005. Board of Directors of Rosneft he has been in charge since 2017. He is also Chairman of the Shareholders' Committee of Nord Stream AG, operator of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. In addition, in early February, Schroeder was nominated to the board of directors of Gazprom. instead of the son-in-law of the former President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev Timur Kulibayev.

Schroeder left the board of directors of Rosneft May 20. The company said they understand the decision of the former chancellor.

This happened after the European Parliament proposed imposing sanctions against European board members of large Russian companies and politicians who continue to receive money from Russia. In particular, the deputies mentioned Schroeder, who, against the backdrop of the events in Ukraine, was already offered by the current German Chancellor to leave his posts in Russian state-owned companies.

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Schroeder himself stated that Russia should not isolate in the long run and German industry needs Russian resources. According to him, after the special operation in Ukraine, the West will have to interact with Russia again. summed up the former chancellor.

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Zakharova opposed the confiscation of Zelensky’s property in Crimea

Reuters previously reported that Zelensky's wife bought an elite apartment in Crimea in 2013. When asked about the possibility of seizing the property of the President of Ukraine, Zakharova said that she “does not see anything normal in the seizure of property”

The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, spoke out against the confiscation of real estate without legal grounds, including from the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky. She stated this at the event “Battle of Speakers”, which takes place in Yekaterinburg.

“I do not see anything normal in taking property when there is no legal basis for it. Especially when it is part of an information campaign,»— Zakharova said, answering the question of whether, in response to the arrest of the Italian villa of TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov, the same could be done with Zelensky's real estate in Crimea.

The fact that the elected president of Ukraine has real estate in Crimea was previously reported by Reuters. According to the agency, Zelensky's wife Elena in 2013 bought an elite apartment from a Ukrainian businessman and former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Alexander Buryak in the Imperator residential complex. on the Black Sea coast. The material said that in 2012 the market value of 1 square. m in the complex was estimated at $2.8-4 thousand, however, according to data from open sources, the cost of buying a home was $163.8 thousand (equivalent to approximately $1.263 thousand per square meter).

In response to this, Zelensky's headquarters stated that his wife purchased the property at a market price and according to the law, all taxes and fees were paid after the transaction, and Zelensky himself officially declared the housing.

In March, La Repubblica reported that the Italian authorities seized Solovyov's property, which fell under EU sanctions. It was about two villas of a journalist on Lake Como. In 2019, Solovyov confirmed that he has a house in Italy, which he bought at his own expense. Later, the TV presenter clarified that he had “not one” in the country; house.

As Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio previously reported, since the beginning of the Russian special operation in the country, property of sanctioned Russians worth €900 million has been seized.

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NBC learned about the work of McKinsey at the same time for the Pentagon and Rostec

According to the channel, the consulting company simultaneously carried out orders for the US Pentagon and the Russian Rostec. McKinsey itself said that the contracts with the Russian company did not concern weapons systems ” alt=”NBC found out about the work of McKinsey at the same time for the Pentagon and Rostec” />

The American consulting company McKinsey collaborated with Rostec at the same time; and served on contracts for the Pentagon as well as for the intelligence community. This is reported by NBC with reference to its own investigation.

“McKinsey, while advising a Russian corporation, although not on issues directly related to weapons, at the same time carried out contracts in the field of national security for the US Department of Defense and the intelligence community,” — the article says.

The TV channel claims that it is Rostec; largely responsible for supplying the Russian army with missiles that hit targets in Ukraine.

However, McKinsey did not see a conflict of interest in recent activities in Russia and contracts for US federal agencies. “Our past work for Rostec contractors did not concern weapons systems. This activity consisted of commercial and operational matters on which we advise clients on a regular basis around the world,— company spokesman Neil Grace told NBC.

RBC sent a request to Rostec.

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McKinsey stopped serving customers in Russia on April 15 due to Russia's operation in Ukraine. In addition, the company stopped the conclusion of new contracts in Russia and work with government agencies. On May 16, it became known that the new owners of the Russian “daughter” Employees of the company became McKinsey, and CEO Yakov Sergienko became the main shareholder with a 33% share.

Apart from McKinsey, all companies from the Big Four also ceased their activities in Russia. auditors— KPMG, PwC, EY and Deloitte. They decided to withdraw the Russian units from their composition. The decisions of KPMG and Deloitte also affected Belarusian offices.

Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24th. President Vladimir Putin called its goals the need for “demilitarization and denazification”; neighboring state, as well as protecting the population of Donbass from “genocide” from Kyiv. Ukraine, in response, declared martial law and mobilization.

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Italian prime minister assured Zelensky of full support

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, during a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, assured him of his full support, including in terms of approving the sixth package of anti-Russian sanctions. This was reported by the press service of the Italian Prime Minister.

“Chairman of the Italian Council of Ministers Mario Draghi had a telephone conversation with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, with whom he discussed the latest events and the development of the conflict. Draghi assured him of Italy's full support for Ukraine, including in terms of approving the sixth package of [anti-Russian] sanctions, as well as facilitating the unblocking of the country's ports and Ukraine's entry into the EU, — the message says.

Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24. President Vladimir Putin called its goals the need for “demilitarization and denazification”; neighboring state, as well as protecting the population of Donbass from “genocide” from Kyiv. Ukraine, in response, declared martial law and mobilization, and the EU countries have already imposed five packages of sanctions against Moscow.

The head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced the development of the sixth package of sanctions against Russia in mid-April. She did not rule out restrictions on Russian banks, primarily Sberbank, and the energy sector. According to her, the EC “is in the process of developing smart mechanisms” through which the next package of sanctions will affect Russian oil.

In response to Western sanctions, the country's authorities announced retaliatory measures, and the Russian government developed and adopted a massive package of measures to support the economy.

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

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

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Vucic declared resistance to sanctions against Moscow “as much as he can”

President Vucic: Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia for as long as it can

The Serbian authorities will adhere to the decision of the National Security Council of the country not to impose sanctions on Russia as much as possible, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on TV Pink.

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“Today I have not heard the position” for ” or “against” sanctions— (say— RBC) if something happens, then you can, and if it doesn’t — it is forbidden. Others, at least openly declare — impose sanctions and we know what their policy is. Our business— fight for your country, stick to the paper that you yourself wrote— decisions of the National Security Council, as far as we can and for as long as we can,— he said.

In addition, Vučić said that he intends to have a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the near future, including on the issue of gas supplies and prices.

Reshetnikov urged to solve logistics issues for Russia’s “pivot” to Asia

According to the head of the Ministry of Economic Development, the current supply chains with Asian countries are more suitable for trade in raw materials, and for the development of mutual trade, Russia needs to “solve issues with logistics”

For a successful turn of Russian foreign economic activity to Asia Russia needs to solve logistics issues in a new way. About this “RIA Novosti” said Minister of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov.

“If we are talking about the development of trade [with Asia], then we will also have to solve logistics issues. The logistics chains that exist now are suitable for trade, relatively speaking, in grain, trade in petroleum products. And as for, for example, the supply of fertilizers, here the logistics are already more complicated— where to carry, how to ship»,— the minister explained.

According to him, it is problematic to transport such cargoes through the north-west of Russia, therefore, at present, the authorities are developing the corridor north— south using the infrastructure of the southern neighbors. “There are also opportunities to use the Eurasian infrastructure, the potential of our neighbors as transit countries,” he added.

In addition, Reshetnikov announced an increase in the capacity of Russia's Far Eastern ports. “We are evaluating how ready our ports are to export all this— These are the questions we are currently working on. We need new opportunities there, including an increase in container handling,— he said.

Since the end of February, many Western companies have announced the suspension of activities in Russia, as well as the suspension of supplies. Such a decision was made, for example, by the world's largest container operator Maersk and the American logistics company UPS. Sea lines MSC, Hapag-Lloyd and Yang Ming have also suspended vessel bookings (bookings) in the direction of Russia. In addition, several dozen countries closed the skies for Russian airlines, which forced them to stop flying to the EU countries, the USA, Canada, etc.

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In turn, the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov at the end of March estimated the time needed to rebuild logistics in the country at “three, maximum six months.” According to him, distribution channels during this time will be reoriented to those countries that are ready to buy Russian products and supply their own to Russia.

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Ex-ambassador reported about US deception regarding Ukraine’s accession to NATO

Former US Ambassador McFaul: American diplomats deceived Ukraine about joining NATO

For several years, United States diplomats promised Ukraine to join the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO), which turned out to be a lie. This was stated by former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, speaking at The Munk Debate.

Thus, the moderator of the debate, Radoslav Sikorsky, reminded McFaul of the promises made by Washington to Kyiv on the country's accession to NATO and asked the question— “Did the [American] diplomats lie?”

The ex-ambassador answered in the affirmative, adding that this is how the “real world” works.

McFaul served as US Ambassador to Moscow from 2012 to 2014. In November 2016, he came under Russian sanctions. The diplomat claimed that this was due to his close ties with former US President Barack Obama. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, McFaul came under restrictions due to “targeted damage to Russian-American relations.”

In March 2021, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky approved a national military security strategy. The document envisaged measures to strengthen integration with NATO for further membership in it.

He also repeatedly criticized the position of Western countries on Ukraine's membership in the alliance. In September, the Ukrainian leader also discussed this issue at the talks with Joe Biden, and, according to Zelensky, the US President announced his consent to Ukraine's entry into NATO.

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Zakharova spoke about attempts to recruit diplomats by Western intelligence agencies

Psychological pressure is being exerted on Russian diplomats abroad, some of them have faced recruitment attempts by the secret services of Western countries. This was stated by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, reports TASS.

“In Western countries or countries where the corresponding influence of the special services is high, they [Russian diplomats] received specific proposals not at the level of single approaches, but at the level of specific letters, addressed to personal mail, personal messengers. At the level of blackmail and threats about what they will receive in the form of bonuses, if they, feeling their conscience awakened, follow it, go outside the embassy and begin to interact with the relevant special services, — she said.

In addition, according to Zakharova, Russian diplomats face “psychological violence” on a daily basis, and diplomatic property is “damaged.” “These are all kinds of” creativity ” in relation to our embassies, these are attacks on cars. <…> Diplomats really live on the front lines,— she added.

The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that one of the goals of such a “political campaign” against Russia is the exclusion from the international community of the Russian diplomatic service.

Earlier, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said that the Russian embassy operates “in a hostile environment”; and threats of physical violence against its employees. “American intelligence officials flit around the Russian embassy, ​​handing out FBI and CIA phones that you can call to establish cooperation,” — the ambassador said. He also clarified that politicians publish in the American media calls for embassy staff and the military to “go over to the side of the so-called democracy.”

In mid-April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that “virtually terrorist acts” had been carried out against Russian institutions abroad. Lavrov added that not only diplomats are being threatened: Russian citizens, he said, are regularly attacked. He recommended employees of diplomatic missions abroad “not to walk alone.”

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Blinken joked about relations with Russia with a line from a Taylor Swift song

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, speaking to alumni of Georgetown University, quoted a song by American singer Taylor Swift, hinting that Washington might not restore relations with the Russian leadership. The broadcast was hosted by the Reuters YouTube channel.

“Indeed, Taylor Swift spoke at the graduation ceremony at New York University. Unfortunately, my team did not allow me to bring my guitar to dedicate the song “We are never ever getting back together” President [of Russia Vladimir] Putin, — said Blinken.

According to the diplomat, such a move on his part would be “undiplomatic and cringeworthy.”

After launched a special operation in Ukraine, many Western countries, including the EU and the United States, imposed sanctions against Russia. The restrictions included foreign exchange reserves, financial and industrial companies, as well as high-ranking officials and the military. In addition, in April, the United States expelled 10 Russian diplomats from Washington, bringing the number of diplomatic workers from Russia to a historic low.

Russia called Western sanctions illegal and repeatedly introduced mirror measures, including against Blinken and other first US persons. At the end of March, Deputy Head of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said that relations with Western countries are now worse than during the Cold War.

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Commander of the Strategic Missile Forces of Russia revealed the technical characteristics of “Sarmat”

According to the general, the Sarmat missile is capable of flying across the North and South Poles, and the means to intercept it are unlikely to be developed in the coming decades

The latest Russian intercontinental ballistic missile “Sarmat” capable of flying over the North and South Poles and other trajectories. About this on the air of the TV channel “Star” said the commander of the Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) of Russia, Colonel-General Sergei Karakaev.

“Due to the power supply of the new missile system, the trajectory has the ability to change. From our notorious trajectory through the North Pole, if necessary, it is possible to lay a trajectory through the South Pole, which, in principle, is not protected today. And also there are possibilities of other trajectories— from the point of view of the possibility of launching into outer space,»,— he said.

According to Karakaev, in the coming decades it is “hardly possible” create means to intercept a Russian missile.

On April 20, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the successful launch of the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile. from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region. This missile system will replace the “Voevoda” complex with the intercontinental ballistic missile R-36M2, which is currently armed with the Russian strategic missile forces. President Vladimir Putin watched the test launch via video link.

Head of Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin said that the deliveries of “Sarmatov” the troops will begin in the fall. He noted that only one such missile is capable of destroying half of the coast of the “disliked” continent. Technical capabilities of “Sarmat” “allow it to become much more invulnerable to US missile defense,” the head of the state corporation claimed.

At the same time, the Pentagon did not see Sarmat ICBMs in tests a threat to the United States.

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Czech Prime Minister called the restoration of Ukraine one of the priorities of the country

One of the priorities of the Czech Republic during its six-month EU presidency (since July 1) will be the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine, said Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala.

“The desire of our government” so that during the Czech presidency in the EU, one of the priorities should be the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine, which, of course, implies a peaceful situation in this country, — the politician said after a meeting of a team of experts under President Milos Zeman (quote from RIA Novosti).

According to Fiala, the meeting participants discussed the situation in Ukraine, energy security issues, other economic problems, as well as the question of raising defense spending to the 2% of GDP required by NATO.

He also added that Zeman and his views on various foreign policy issues almost completely coincide. This includes Russia's actions in Ukraine, Fiala explained.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky previously estimated the cost of restoring the infrastructure and economy of his country at $600 billion. At the same time, he promised to create an attractive investment climate for foreign companies. He also called on the countries of the world to take patronage over the Ukrainian regions, cities and industries affected by the hostilities in order to ensure their full recovery.

At the end of March, the EU announced the creation of a solidarity trust fund with Ukraine, inviting international partners to participate. The union promised to provide assistance to the country even after the end of hostilities in order to contribute to its restoration.

The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, suggested considering withdrawing Russia's frozen foreign exchange reserves to help pay for the cost of rebuilding Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Ministry called this idea “complete lawlessness and destruction of the foundations of international relations.” According to Deputy Minister Alexander Grushko, if Brussels takes such a step, it will undermine confidence in the financial system of Europe and the West in general.

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CNBC reports an increase in desertions among US Navy sailors

The number of deserted sailors in the US Navy has sharply increased, CNBC reports, citing its own investigation.

by 150% and amounted to 157 people, which was a sharp jump compared to previous years. So, in 2019, only 63 such cases were recorded in the US Navy.

Most of the deserters were 25 years old or younger at the time of the incidents. A possible cause of the phenomenon could be “terrible” conditions in places of service, stress and mental health problems, journalists of the TV channel noted.

Earlier, the head of the US General Staff, Mark Milley, announced the need for renewal and modernization US Army because of the threat of global conflict. According to him, the world is becoming more and more unstable, and the great powers are planning to change the global order. U.S. dominance is rapidly declining, the country is being challenged in all areas of warfare in space, sea and air.

The chief of the general staff called it very difficult a potential war with “elusive enemies”, fighting in cities that require long-range precision weapons and new technologies.

“In the world you are entering, there is the potential for major international conflict between the great powers. And the probability of this event is increasing, not decreasing,” — Milli noted.

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North Korea announced successful measures to combat the “fever” in the country

The current situation with the spread of the “fever” epidemic in the DPRK shows a positive trend from rapid growth at the beginning to a decrease. This is reported by the Central Telegraph Agency of the DPRK (CTAC) on the website with reference to a statement by the authorities. about 186 thousand people became infected, which is 36 thousand less than the previous figure. During the same period, only one person died from the infection (compared to six the day before). Thus, from the beginning of the spread of the “fever” in the country, 67 patients died from it.

At the same time, more than 299 thousand people recovered from the infection per day, which is also 17 thousand more than on May 21. Since the start of the pandemic, 2.646 million people have fallen ill in the country.

The North Korean authorities for the first time officially recognized the case of infection with COVID-19 only on May 12. The head of the DPRK, Kim Jong-un, called for stopping all ways for the spread of the virus and strengthening border controls. A few days later he called “fever” the biggest shock since the founding of the country and compared it with the spread of the new coronavirus around the world.

The South Korean agency Yonhap wrote that the DPRK may not specify the number of people infected with coronavirus due to a lack of tests and other equipment to confirm the infection. South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol has several times offered to send vaccines or other necessary materials to the DPRK, but Pyongyang has not yet agreed.

In turn, the North Korean authorities involved the military and other employees of the Ministry of Defense in the delivery of medicines. They also began to educate residents about the stealth-omicron strain of the coronavirus, as well as anti-epidemic rules. Teachers and students of the medical training institution were involved in the medical examinations. Medicines factories have increased production volumes.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the evacuation of residents of eastern Ukraine under shelling

Russian military personnel continue to evacuate civilians from the Kharkiv region to Russian territory under incessant shelling from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported.

“Russian military personnel, under continuing rocket attacks from the side controlled by the Ukrainian regime, conduct house-to-house visits of residents who have previously expressed a desire to leave for Russia. Servicemen of the RF Armed Forces evacuated more than 60 refugees from the Kharkov region to the territory of the Belgorod region. Among them are mainly elderly people, women and children,— said in the message.

The military department clarified that the evacuees are being delivered to the complex assistance and registration point in the Belgorod region, where they are given all the necessary documents and help with further accommodation.

“Also, Russian servicemen helped evacuate a pet kennel from a suburb of Kharkov. About 30 dogs of the American Akita breed, as well as cats of various breeds, were saved from starvation by the forces of the military personnel of the RF Armed Forces. In the future, all animals will be distributed between nurseries in the Belgorod region,»,— added to the Ministry of Defense.

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

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Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24. The Ministry of Defense has repeatedly said that strikes are inflicted only on military infrastructure. The Ukrainian authorities declared martial law in the country and declared general mobilization.

According to the Ministry of Defense, as of May 21, in total, since the beginning of the special military operation, Russian troops have destroyed 174 aircraft, 125 helicopters, 966 drones, 315 anti-aircraft missile systems, more than 3,000 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 402 multiple rocket launchers, more than 1,600 field artillery pieces and mortars, as well as more than 3,000 units of special military vehicles.

Under Today, the Kherson region, most of the Zaporozhye, Luhansk and Donetsk regions, as well as several settlements in the Kharkov region are under the control of the Russian military and the forces of the people's militia of the LPR and DPR.

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Biden gave Kim Jong-un a one-word message

US President Joe Biden gave North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a one-word message He later added that the US is ready for anything North Korea can do, including a possible nuclear test

U.S. President Joe Biden greeted North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with a single word when asked by reporters if he wanted to convey to the DPRK leader .

“Hello. And a dot (Hello. Period.— РБК)»,— Biden said. This question was asked to the American leader during his trip to South Korea as part of an Asian tour.

Biden was also asked if he was worried about the actions that the DPRK might take during his tour, including a possible nuclear test. “We are ready for everything that North Korea does. We have thought out our response to whatever they do. So I'm not concerned, if that's what you mean,” — he said.

The fact that the DPRK authorities may conduct nuclear tests during Joe Biden's visit to South Korea was previously reported by US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan. He told reporters about this with reference to American intelligence data.

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“Our intelligence indicates the real possibility of conducting missile tests, including long-range missile tests, or nuclear tests, or, frankly, both, before, during, or after the president’s trip to the region,” Sullivan said, noting that Washington is preparing for all contingencies.

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Later, information about the preparation of the DPRK for the seventh nuclear test was confirmed by the special services of South Korea.

Biden's working trip to Japan and South Korea will take place from May 20 to 24, reported CNN, citing a White House statement. In South Korea, the American president will meet with the newly elected president of the country, Yun Seok-yeol. In Tokyo, he will hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and is also going to meet with representatives of Japan, Australia and India as part of the Quad Dialogue (Quadrupartite Security Dialogue). In the White House, the main purpose of the visits was called “further deepening of ties between governments, economies and peoples.”

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Tages Anzeiger learned about the lifting of sanctions by Switzerland from EuroChem

According to the newspaper, the Swiss authorities decided to lift sanctions from EuroChem after Andrey Melnichenko left the directors of the company

The Swiss government lifted sanctions from the Russian company Eurochem after Andrey Melnichenko ceased to be its beneficiary and left the board of directors. This was reported by the newspaper Tages Anzeiger with reference to a letter from the deputy head of the sanctions department of the State Secretariat for Economics (SECO) of the Swiss Confederation.

According to him, the new beneficiary of Eurochem became Alexandra Melnichenko— entrepreneur's wife. Thus, the letter says, SECO has no evidence that the company is “owned or controlled by a person who is under sanctions.” Also, thanks to this confirmation, the banks again unblocked the accounts of EuroChem, the newspaper writes.

EvroChem— one of the world's leading producers of nitrogen, phosphate and potash fertilizers. The company's activities include mining, as well as the production, logistics and distribution of fertilizers. The company employs over 26,000 people worldwide.

Melnichenko was placed on the EU sanctions list on March 9 along with 13 other Russian businessmen. The European Union explained that they included in the list those businessmen who “provide support and benefit from the government of the Russian Federation or provide it with a significant source of income.”

The sanctions provide for the freezing of assets of European jurisdiction and a ban on entry into the EU countries, with the exception of entry in cases of acute humanitarian need or to participate in intergovernmental meetings, the purposes of which are similar to those of the sanctions. Switzerland March 16 “copied” EU sanctions against Russia.

The very next day after the publication of the EU sanctions list— March 10— Melnichenko left the board of directors of the Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK) and ceased to be the beneficiary of 92.2% of its shares. “After Melnichenko left the board of directors and the number of SUEK beneficiaries, the share he controlled was reduced to 0%,” — told the company. On the same day, the businessman left the board of directors of the world's leading fertilizer producer EuroChem Group (the parent company of EuroChem) and ceased to be its beneficiary.

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According to Reuters, Russia accounts for 13% of world fertilizer production. The country produces potash, phosphorus and nitrogen-containing fertilizers— the main nutrients of agricultural crops and soil.

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The permanent representative of the Crimea said about the “unviability” of Ukraine

Permanent representative of Crimea Muradov: Ukraine will not remain within the former borders, the rights of Russians have been violated Ukraine will not remain in the same format, permanent representative of Crimea is sure. According to him, federalization and observance of the rights of different nationalities could help the country, but Kyiv did not do this and “grossly violated” them

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Ukraine could remain “in the form in which it was” subject to federalization and full observance of the linguistic, cultural, educational and other rights of national communities, however, they were violated, RIA Novosti said. Georgy Muradov, Permanent Representative of Crimea to the President of Russia, Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimean Government.

“This was especially true for the rights of the state-forming Russian people, whose linguistic rights are enshrined in Article 10 of the Ukrainian Constitution. However, these principles were grossly violated, and the Ukrainian state became unviable,— emphasized the permanent representative.

Muradov also expressed confidence that Ukraine would not remain “in the form in which it was.” According to him, “this is already the former Ukraine.”

In early May, Muradov considered it inevitable that the southern regions of Ukraine, which are controlled by Moscow, would become part of Russia. In his opinion, for eight years their inhabitants were in conditions of “repression and bullying,” and joining Russia would be a manifestation of the “will of the people themselves.” The Permanent Representative of Crimea also claimed that the southern territories of Ukraine were “donated”, historically they belonged to Russia, and military-civilian administrations are already starting to work in them, Russian TV channels are operating, schools are taught according to Russian textbooks.

At the same time, Muradov called it premature to hold referendums on joining Russia in the regions in southern Ukraine before the complete cessation of hostilities. He pointed out that “other political decisions”, including temporary ones, could be made that would open up “allied opportunities” with Moscow.

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In mid-February, about “forced assimilation” Russians in Ukraine, said the Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov. He expressed confidence that this activity is taking place with the military and political support of the United States. According to the diplomat, the key goal of the US authorities was to “push back” Moscow as far east as possible.

In November 2020, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the people of Donbass in Russian to assure Kyiv of its efforts to end the conflict in the east of the country. “You see everything yourself: Ukraine is open to you in every sense of the word,” — he emphasized. Later, in early August last year, the President of Ukraine called for those people who consider “we go to Russia”, “our cause is just” to leave the country. “If you love Russia and have been on the territory of Ukraine all your life and felt that this is Russia, then you must understand that for the sake of your children and grandchildren you already need to go and look for a place in Russia. That's right, — said Zelensky.

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The Foreign Ministry saw the risk of turning the Arctic into a “theater of war” because of NATO

The Arctic may become an international theater of war due to the increased military presence of different states, the Foreign Ministry warns. The Ministry believes that the aspiration of Sweden and Finland to join NATO worsens the situation u003d “The Foreign Ministry saw the risk of turning the Arctic into a” theater of war “because of NATO” />

The desire of Finland and Sweden to join NATO is a manifestation of a trend towards increased military activity in the Arctic and “high latitudes” , said “RIA Novosti” Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Committee of Senior Officials of the Arctic Council Nikolai Korchunov.

“This is, of course, a very disturbing trend.” transformation of the Arctic region into an international theater of military operations. We can't help but worry, — said the diplomat.

Korchunov also pointed to the “internationalization of military activities.” In his opinion, the previous policy of Helsinki and Stockholm in the issue of not joining military alliances formed a solid foundation for stability and peace in the region, but a possible accession to NATO is unlikely to have the same effect.

Five countries have direct access to the Arctic Ocean: Russia, the USA, Norway, Canada, Denmark and the USA. At the same time, Finland, Sweden and Iceland do not have oceanic borders with the Arctic, but they position themselves as subarctic states. According to the US Geological Survey, about 22% of the world's undiscovered hydrocarbon resources are located in the Arctic: these are oil, gas and gas condensate. In addition, there is uranium, gold, diamonds and rare earth metals.

According to the strategy for the development of the Arctic until 2035, approved by President Vladimir Putin in 2020, Russian troops stationed in the Arctic zone must be equipped with modern weapons and equipment. The document also talks about the need to improve the infrastructure. In December of the same year, the president announced that Russia would “grow” in the coming decades. Arctic and territories of the North, he pointed out that these are “obvious” events.

The Foreign Ministry in mid-April saw the risk of “unintentional incidents” in the Arctic. Korchunov pointed to the Cold Response 2022 military exercises that took place in March & April in Norway. 30 thousand people from 27 states took part in them, including & mdash; from Finland and Sweden, which have the status of an alliance partner.

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Finland and Sweden announced their desire to join NATO after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. At the end of February, for the first time, the majority of surveyed Finns (53%) supported the initiative of joining the country to the alliance, Yle reported, while in 2017 22% of respondents approved of this idea, and in January 2022— only 30%. «Russia— not the neighbor we thought she was,— said Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin in early April.

Sweden and Finland applied to NATO in mid-May, but Turkish authorities warned they would block their accession as Helsinki and Stockholm imposed sanctions on the country and refused to extradite PKK members to Ankara. (RPK). It is considered terrorist in Turkey. Turkish President Recep Erdogan said that Sweden and Finland should demonstrate their readiness to cooperate on the PKK issue.

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Putin, in a conversation with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö, called the decision of the country's authorities a “mistake” and assured that Moscow did not pose a threat to Helsinki. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov called the prospect of Finland joining NATO an unconditional threat to Russia. Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev warned that Russia would have to increase the grouping of armed forces in the Gulf of Finland and noted that “there will no longer be any talk of a non-nuclear status of the Baltic” the balance must be restored».

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Russian Defense Ministry announced 11 downed Ukrainian drones

The Russian Defense Ministry announced the defeat of 47 command posts and 11 UAVs in Ukraine 3,198 Ukrainian tanks and armored vehicles were destroyed in almost three months of the special operation, according to the department *

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Russian artillery and missile troops have destroyed 41 command posts of the Ukrainian forces over the past day, army aviation and high-precision missiles have eliminated three more points each, the Defense Ministry said during a regular briefing. Rocket troops and artillery attacked the Bukovel electronic warfare station. in the Mykolaiv region.

Over a day, air-launched missiles hit three command posts, 13 areas of concentration of manpower and Ukrainian military equipment, as well as four ammunition depots in the areas of the settlements of Soledar, Sol of the Donetsk People's Republic and Nyrkovo of the Luhansk People's Republic.

“In the areas of the settlements of Kamenka and Bukino, Kharkiv region, two Ukrainian rockets of the Smerch multiple launch rocket system were intercepted, — The report said.

Aviation also destroyed an ammunition depot near the village of Krasny Liman and 26 areas of accumulation of personnel and military equipment of the Ukrainian forces, more than 210 people were killed, 38 pieces of equipment were disabled, according to the ministry.

In addition, artillery and rocket strikes hit 583 areas of accumulation of personnel and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and 76 mortar and artillery units, including— three batteries of the Grad multiple launch rocket system (MLRS). During the day, 11 Ukrainian drones were shot down in the Kharkiv and Kherson regions of Ukraine, as well as in the territories controlled by the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics.

The Russian military operation began on the night of February 24. President Vladimir Putin explained his decision by the desire to carry out the demilitarization and “denazification” of neighboring state, claiming that the official authorities of the country pursued a policy of “genocide”; civilians. He assured that Russia's plans do not include the occupation of the territory of Ukraine.

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The Ministry of Defense insists that strikes are inflicted only on the military infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the nearly three months since the outbreak of hostilities, Russian forces have destroyed in Ukraine 3,198 tanks and other armored vehicles, 1,622 mortars and field artillery pieces, 125 helicopters, 174 aircraft, 408 MLRS, 317 anti-aircraft systems and over 3,000 vehicles. equipment.

Ukraine has declared mobilization, declared martial law and severed diplomatic relations with Moscow.

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

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