Biden announced the development of measures to protect Ukraine from Russian aggression

The United States is working with its European allies on a “comprehensive” package of measures to prevent Russia from invading Ukraine. Earlier, the State Department warned that in case of aggression, they would accept sanctions, which were not there before.

Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden is coordinating with his European allies to prevent Russia from invading Ukraine. The American president said this during a briefing, reports Bloomberg.

“What I’m doing is designing what I believe will be the most comprehensive and meaningful package of measures designed to make it difficult, very difficult for Mr. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin to do what people fear”, “mdash; he said.

In late November, the Pentagon accused Russia of continuing to pull its armed forces towards the border with Ukraine. Department spokesman John Kirby noted that the United States is “ very concerned '' refer to the maneuvers of the Russian army, and urged Moscow to be “ more transparent '' about troop movements.

The first to warn about the threat of Russia's invasion of Ukraine were American publications. So, at the end of October, The Washington Post, citing officials from the United States and the European Union, reported “ unusual movements of equipment '' Russian army. Then, in early November, Politico released satellite imagery. According to the newspaper, they filmed an accumulation of Russian tanks 250 km from the border with Ukraine in the Smolensk region. At the end of November, The New York Times, citing sources, reported that US intelligence is serious about the threat of a Russian invasion. American officials suggested that the aggression could happen with the onset of cold weather, broadcast their words CBS News without names.

The press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov pointed out in response that the movements of the Russian army within its borders are an internal matter of the country. Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said that the Russian army does not conduct unreasonable movements near the border with Ukraine. The head of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Sergei Naryshkin, called the data on a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine a “ malicious propaganda action. '' The State Department, which is trying to provoke a conflict. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that materials about possible aggression are “ alarma '' character.

In early December, the head of the State Department, Anthony Blinken, warned that effective sanctions would be imposed against Russia in the event of aggression, which Washington had previously refrained from using. Among them, he said, there will be economic sanctions. “ We don't know if President [Vladimir] Putin made the decision to invade. We know that he creates the potential to do so in a short time if he decides to, & raquo ;, & mdash; he pointed out.

Blinken's deputy Victoria Nuland also issued a similar warning. “[Moscow’s aggressive actions] will be met with serious economic moves and sanctions that haven’t happened before,” & mdash; she said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov assured that Moscow will respond to the sanctions if they are introduced. “ This is a dead-end road, and ultimately it will turn against the very initiators of these illegitimate unilateral measures, '' & mdash; he believes.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that the country's armed forces have become stronger since 2014. “ If Russia still decides to go to war, then it will have to count on an extremely large number of dead Russian soldiers, which cannot be compared with 2014. It will be a massacre & raquo;, & mdash; the minister said, expressing confidence that Moscow believes the same.

According to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, the Russian army deployed military hospitals near the border with Ukraine in the spring, which, according to the minister, indicates that Russia understands the risk of large losses. “ If there is an order to attack Ukraine, it will already be a war of a completely different level, '' & mdash; he concluded.

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Biden refused to recognize Russian “red lines” across Ukraine

The American president said that he was counting on a long conversation with Vladimir Putin

US President Joe Biden shared his expectations from the upcoming conversation with Vladimir Putin. In particular, he reacted to the statements about the “ red lines '' mentioned by the President of Russia.

During his conversation with reporters before leaving for the weekend at the Camp David residence, Biden said that he was counting on a long conversation with Putin. “ We are afraid of Russia's actions, and I would like to discuss this issue, '' & mdash; said the American president.

He added that he had prepared certain proposals for the Russian president, but did not go into details.

Biden also said that he did not recognize anyone's “ red lines ''. Thus, he reacted to the latest statement from Moscow. Vladimir Putin speaking at the Russia Calling! Forum stated that the “ red lines '' in relation to Ukraine, “ first of all, in creating threats for us that may come from this territory. ''

On the eve of the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that for Moscow the “ red line '' is Ukraine's accession to NATO.

On December 1, during his speech at the presentation of his credentials in the Kremlin, Putin announced that he was proposing to begin substantive negotiations on the achievement of legal guarantees that would exclude any NATO advance to the east … The White House said to this that only the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance can decide who is a NATO member and who is not. “ It is important to remember who is the provocateur in this situation, and it is not the United States or Ukraine, '' & mdash; White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday.

On Friday, December 3, the Russian presidential aide for foreign policy, Yuri Ushakov, said that the date of the meeting had already been agreed, but it was necessary to wait for clarification of all the parameters of negotiations with Washington. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov advised to wait for the meeting “ at any time. ''

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Ukraine has requested additional financial support from the European Union


Ukraine turned to the EU for additional financial assistance. This is a long-term macro-financial program that will ensure sustainable financing of the country for the next few years, Yuriy Butsa, the Commissioner for Public Debt Management of Ukraine, said in an interview with Bloomberg.

The administration of Volodymyr Zelensky is already negotiating with the EU about the size of the financial assistance package and the conditions for receiving it. Presumably, this is more than € 1.2 billion, which Ukraine will be able to receive in the next three years in parallel with a new program of support from the International Monetary Fund.

In the coming weeks, the EU executive body will discuss support for Ukraine with IMF officials. to make sure it meets the conditions set by the Foundation.


The Canadian diplomat said that Russia will be “bleeding” in case of aggression in Ukraine

According to him, a hypothetical clash between Kiev and Moscow will most likely acquire an international character.


Former Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan Chris Alexander said in an article in the Globe and Mail newspaper that Russia will face international isolation and economic collapse if it uses military aggression in Ukraine.

According to him , a hypothetical clash between Kiev and Moscow will most likely acquire an international character.

“Russia's invasion of Ukraine will make the Russian Federation an outcast and provoke even more bleeding of the Russian economy,” said Chris Alexander, adding that in this situation the countries of Central Europe will provide full support to Ukraine.

Among other things, he noted that Canada should promote Ukraine's entry into NATO, reduce energy the EU's dependence on the Russian Federation, to introduce another package of sanctions against Moscow and to strengthen the combat capability of Ukraine.


LPR veteran accused OSCE mission of bias and connivance with the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The mission was restricted from moving around the unrecognized republic

In the reports of the mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), deployed in 2014 in eastern Ukraine to resolve the armed conflict and monitor the situation , more and more complaints began to appear against the leadership of the Lugansk People's Republic. Mission representatives complain that they are literally not allowed to move inside the territory controlled by the LPR, and therefore to perform their functions.


A veteran of the People's Militia of the LPR Andriy Marochko told MK that restrictive measures have indeed been taken, and they are primarily related to the fact that the OSCE staff have long lost their objectivity and clearly show sympathy for the “square”, turning a blind eye to Ukraine's violations of the Minsk agreements.

“I have read all their reports from 2015 to this day,” said Marochko. – Previously, this was part of my functional responsibilities, since, as an official representative of the People's Militia, I ensured interaction between the OSCE and the People's Militia. Naturally, everything that they published, I checked, read, and made reports on their daily reports. Therefore, I am very well versed in the specifics of these reports. We can say that initially, even in “hot” times, the OSCE reports did not reflect the real picture of what was happening in Donbass. All the same, there was a noticeable shift in sympathy for one side of the conflict. As you can imagine, we are talking about Ukraine. But, in fairness, I want to note that in reports three or four years ago, information was reflected much more objectively. Even in spite of the fact that it was not quite complete, but at least to determine from where and from what weapon the blows were delivered, they recorded and prescribed.

If you put their report on the map, you could understand that the shelling was carried out by the armed forces of Ukraine in the republics of Donbass. They sometimes did not even hesitate to point out directly that the strikes were delivered from the side of the positions of Ukraine. But after the change in the OSCE leadership, when Alexander Hug left and a new leader came, the reports began to undergo changes.

Every year they moved further and further from objective coverage and more and more went over to the side of the armed forces of Ukraine. Sometimes even journalists recorded the mistakes of the OSCE mission representatives who saw violations, but this was not reflected in the reports. One example is when an OSCE representative was captured near a Ukrainian tank, but this tank was not listed in the report.

Today, it is generally difficult for a person who does not have information about what is actually happening in Donbass to understand anything from the OSCE reports. As an example – a recent report, where it is written that, while in the Zheltoye settlement, controlled by the Donbass republics, they heard shots from small arms at their unmanned aerial vehicle. And it is clear that when reading this by a person who does not understand, the first thing he thinks is that the People's Militia of the LPR fired. But if you open the map and compare the indicated direction and distance, it becomes clear that the shelling was carried out by the armed forces of Ukraine.

– This is a general trend. It's no secret that the entire world community is now aiming to drag Russia into the conflict in southeastern Ukraine. And the OSCE, in fact, has always indulged the position of Ukraine, which is under external control. Naturally, those Western countries that oversee the OSCE do not want to present the “square” in an unfavorable light. You don't have to go far for an example. A gross violation that is not reflected in the report is the detention of a representative of the LPR in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination Andrei Kosyak. Until now, none of the OSCE mission reports reflects this fact.

– As far as I know, the mission representatives either keep silent to all questions or avoid answering.

– Politically, everything is not simple here. I would suggest, in my opinion, a completely logical option, which is superimposed on the legal basis. If Ukraine does not comply with the Minsk agreements, then, consequently, the territories of the Donbass republics cannot even be called Ukrainian. Our republics were proclaimed, and, according to our residents, we are not Ukraine. This means that the mandate number 117, guided by which the OSCE representatives work, is not valid on our territory. Hence it follows that the OSCE mission has no right to be here. I believe this issue should be raised on international platforms.

– After the incident with Andriy Kosyak, the representative of the LPR leadership in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination made a number of statements so that the OSCE would prevent the illegal actions of Ukraine. But, as you know, no steps were taken for this. Afterwards, the head of the LPR in the Joint Center said that the OSCE mission would be limited in movement across the territory of the republic until our Andrei Kosyak was released. And this is already being done in practice: in order for the OSCE representatives to get to the controlled territory of Ukraine, they have to make a huge detour. All points in the LPR are closed for them, that is, they perform their functions only through the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic. And in order to get from Lugansk, for example, to the village of Luganskaya, you need to overcome not twenty kilometers, but three hundred and twenty. This is naturally reflected in the financial statements, and the OSCE leadership is very dissatisfied with this. After all, they drive heavy armored vehicles, the fuel consumption of which is not small. The extra hundreds of kilometers hit the pocket hard. We do not interfere with their work, but the “cost” of these works has increased significantly.


The Constitutional Court of Ukraine does not approve the judges appointed by Zelensky

Formally, the judges of the Constitutional Court explained that there are no vacancies in the court. The judges of the Constitutional Court did not mention the decrees of President Zelensky to cancel the appointment of two judges of the Constitutional Court, but referred to the procedure for the appointment and dismissal of judges of the Constitutional Court from the Constitution

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine

The judges of the Constitutional Court (CC) of Ukraine refused to accept the appointees of President Vladimir Zelensky. This is stated in a message published on the website of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.

Formally, the decision of the Constitutional Court states that the oath of the judges appointed by the President to the Constitutional Court, Oksana Grishchuk and Alexander Petrishin, will be postponed until vacancies appear in the highest court of the country. places of judges. Zelensky's conflict with the Constitutional Court began in December 2020.

Then Zelensky, by his decree, dismissed the chairman of the Constitutional Court, Alexander Tupitsky. “ I sign this decree to restore justice and resolve the constitutional crisis, '' & mdash; then the head of state explained. The procedure for removing the head of the Constitutional Court by presidential decree is not provided for in the Basic Law of Ukraine. Despite this, the guards stopped allowing Tupitsky to enter the workplace.

On March 27, 2021, Zelensky canceled the 2013 decrees of former President Viktor Yanukovych on the appointment of Alexander Tupitsky and Alexander Kasminin as judges of the Constitutional Court. Such a procedure in relation to judges of the Constitutional Court is not provided for by law; the lawyers then assessed the situation as an excess of his powers by the president. The suspended judges challenge this decision of the president.

On November 26, 2021, Zelensky signed decrees # 596 and # 597 on the appointment of the “ dismissed '' judges Grischuk and Petrishina.

The Ukrainian Constitutional Court consists of 18 judges who are appointed for nine years without the right to reappointment according to quotas: six from the president, six from the Verkhovna Rada and six from the Congress of Judges of Ukraine.

At a meeting on November 30, 2021, the judges of the Constitutional Court decided, that there are no vacancies in the court under the presidential quota.

“ For the period 2013-2018, the President of Ukraine appointed six judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, whose powers have not been terminated and who have not been dismissed from positions on the grounds specified in Art. 149-1 of the Constitution of Ukraine & raquo;, & mdash; stated in the decision of the Constitutional Court.

This article defines the grounds for the termination of powers of judges of the Constitutional Court and their dismissal. Neither the removal from office by a presidential decree, nor the cancellation of the previous decrees by the next president are among such grounds.

In the fall of 2020, the State Bureau of Investigation of Ukraine reported that it had initiated two cases against Tupitsky under articles on treason and illegal alienation of land in Crimea.

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Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine openly asked for American help

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Commander of the Joint Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Serhiy Naev openly asked for American help during a meeting with the Defense Attaché at the Embassy USA in Kiev.

“In order to acquire full operational capabilities, we need your advisory, expert and substantial practical assistance,” Nayev said, to which he received confirmation of the United States' readiness to continue providing appropriate assistance

Kiev received the third batch of US military aid.

The bulk of the new delivery consisted of Javelin anti-tank systems.

The cargo again arrived from Dover airbase in Delaware.


Ukraine decided to condemn in absentia the Deputy Chief of the Pacific Fleet of Russia

Denis Berezovsky is charged with treason and the creation of a criminal organization. He headed the Ukrainian Navy from March 1 to March 2, 2014, and at the end of March Shoigu appointed him deputy head of the Russian Black Sea Fleet

Denis Berezovsky

The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (part of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine) sent an indictment to the court in relation to Vice Admiral, Deputy Commander of the Russian Pacific Fleet Denis Berezovsky. This was reported by the press service of the department.

Berezovsky, whose name is not mentioned in the statement, is charged with “ high treason '' and 'the creation and management of a criminal organization.'

The prosecutor's office claims that on March 1, 2014, the acting president of Ukraine at that time, Alexander Turchinov, appointed Berezovsky to the post of commander of the country's naval forces (Navy), but he immediately “ publicly spoke to the personnel of the Ukrainian Navy and media representatives ''; and said that he refused to comply with any decisions, orders and orders of Kiev.

The department believes that by his actions and decisions Berezovsky contributed to “ conducting subversive activities against Ukraine. ''

The day after the appointment of Berezovsky as commander of the fleet, the then acting minister of defense, Igor Tnyukh, removed him from his post, appointing Rear Admiral Sergei Gaiduk to this place. The ex-commander-in-chief swore allegiance to the “ Crimean people ''. The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine opened a criminal case against Berezovsky under the article on high treason.

At the end of March 2014, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu appointed Berezovsky as deputy commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. And in 2018, he became deputy head of the Pacific Fleet.

At the beginning of this year, Berezovsky came under sanctions imposed by the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine.

Crimea became Russian following a referendum in 2014 year: 95% of those who voted were in favor of joining the republic to Russia. Kiev did not recognize the results of the vote. Moscow considers the issue of the peninsula's ownership closed.

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The Pentagon accused Russia of continuing to build up troops near the borders of Ukraine

Russia continues to increase the number of its troops near the border with Ukraine. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said this at a briefing.

“ We are closely monitoring this, and as for the number, I would not now give an assessment of what we see here. But I can say that we continue to see movement, we continue to see an increase in their strength '', & mdash; he said.

According to him, the Russian military leadership is sending “ various types of units that continue to assemble on, or not on, but close to the Ukrainian border. ''

Kirby noted that The United States “ continues to observe with great concern the movements of Russian military units near the border with Ukraine. '' “ We continue to urge Russia to be more transparent about what it does, what its intentions are, what units it places there and for what purpose, '' & mdash; he concluded.

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Spectator: the concentration of Russian troops near the borders of Ukraine carries certain risks

Spectator claims that the concentration of Russian troops near the borders of Ukraine carries certain risks and at the same time provides new opportunities for the UK on preventing “Russian supremacy” in the Black Sea region.

Those who control the Black Sea have more opportunities to project their power into the Eastern Mediterranean. It is important for the Royal Navy to ensure free navigation in the Eastern Mediterranean, including the Suez Canal, the author of the article notes.

The recent incident off the Russian coast, when the British HMS Defender violated the state border of the Russian Federation and was hard-pressed into neutral waters, is called nothing else as a “challenge to Russia's ambitions in the Black Sea.” This was announced to reporters by the Minister of Defense of the Republic Viktor Khrenin.

“We see how groups of troops are being created around our state borders both in the western and southern directions. Neighboring countries are actively militarizing, and this cannot but disturb, so we have to plan a response, “Khrenin said after a meeting with the president.


Latvian Prime Minister called on the EU and NATO to send a signal to Russia regarding Ukraine

Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins believes that Russia should receive a signal from the European Union and NATO regarding a possible escalation against Ukraine. He stated this at a press conference in Riga after a meeting with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.


“It is important that the European Union and NATO monitor the situation near Ukraine's borders and give Russia a signal that in the event of an escalation, very clear consequences are expected,” he said.

Karins added that another hybrid threat in Europe is the migration crisis on the border of Belarus with Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.


The political scientist described the scenario of the war against Ukraine: an hour and a half

“And there will be no state”

The statements of Kiev politicians about their readiness to fight with Russia, which is supposedly about to attack Ukraine, are absolutely devoid of logic and common sense. This is the opinion of Alexander Losev, a member of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy.

Alexander Losev.

“Russia is not going to fight, because if Russia was going to fight, everything would be over very quickly,” the political scientist said on the radio of the Formula of Sense program. He called the information that Russia is allegedly creating groupings of troops on the western border to attack Ukraine as “stuffing”, and the reaction of some European countries to these fakes is “overly emotional.”

turn your head on, “the expert joked.

According to him, the United States has long shown what a modern war is waged by a nuclear power by conventional means, that is, not by nuclear means. “I think that ours will act in exactly the same way,” said Alexander Losev. – The modern war of a superpower means that the entire territory of the enemy becomes a theater of operations … In the first few minutes, absolutely all bridges will be destroyed so that the country is divided in two. All railway junctions, all communication systems, communications, power infrastructure, troop locations, decision-making centers. ”

According to him, when they talk about war with Russia in Kiev,“ they must understand that then in an hour and a half this state will not exist. ” The population will have nothing – no work, no opportunity to warm their homes, feed their children. Because a serious war is a massive blow to the entire infrastructure, including the gas transportation infrastructure.

We must pay tribute to the Russian leadership, the expert said that it calmly reacts to all the information hysteria in the West and continues to recognize politicians on Ukraine.


The first consignment of coal from the USA was delivered to Ukraine


DTEK Energo reports that the first of seven ships with 60.5 thousand tons arrived in Ukraine coal on board from the United States.

The vessel docked at the port “Yuzhny”. It delivered coal destined for a state-owned thermal power plant.

It is planned that five of the seven ships will deliver coal from the United States and two from Colombia. DTEK Energo also expects supplies from Poland and Kazakhstan. All coal shipments are expected to arrive in Ukraine in November-January.


CBS learns US intelligence position on Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine

American intelligence officers believe that the likelihood of an invasion of Russian troops will increase as the cold weather sets in, this may happen in the next few weeks, if the West does not intervene in the situation, reports CBS

US intelligence officials warned European allies on a potential Russian military invasion of Ukraine, the likelihood of which increases as the temperature falls. This is reported by CBS News, citing unnamed US officials.

“The [Russian invasion of Ukraine] is weather dependent, but could happen within weeks if the West does not intervene,” “mdash; the interlocutors of the broadcaster speak.

CBS notes that on Friday, November 19, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milli, held talks with the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (AFU), General Valery Zaluzhny. They discussed the security situation in Eastern Europe, including data on Russian military activity near Ukraine's borders. Millie, spokesman for the Joint Committee, Colonel Dave Butler, stressed the need to continue consultations between regional allies and reaffirmed US support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Data on US fears about a possible invasion of Ukraine appeared against the background of the migration crisis on the border of Poland and Belarus, writes CBS. The American authorities have not yet determined whether there is any connection between Russia and the situation with refugees on the Polish-Belarusian border, the publication notes. “ We must prepare ourselves for this problem to persist for several months. I have no doubt that it will be so '', & mdash; CBS quotes Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszak.

Earlier, The New York Times, citing sources, reported that US intelligence had warned European allies that there was “ little time left '' to prevent Russia from starting hostilities in Ukraine. According to the interlocutors of the publication, Russia has not yet decided what it will do with the troops, “ which it has gathered at the border of Ukraine. '' However, U.S. intelligence takes the 'invasion' threat seriously. and do not believe that this is a bluff, sources noted.

In October, Western media began to report that Russia was building up its military presence on the border with Ukraine. In particular, The Washington Post wrote about this. American and European officials told the publication that they see “unusual movements of equipment and military personnel on the western flank of Russia.” and began to record this after the completion of the Russian-Belarusian exercises “ West-2021 '', which took place from 10 to 15 September. The article noted that the movement of troops is taking place against the background of the fact that Russia has taken a tougher position in relation to Ukraine, and the conflict in Donbass is “ entering a new stage. ''

В in turn, the Politico newspaper published satellite images. They, presumably, captured the accumulation of tanks of the Russian armed forces near the city of Yelnya in the Smolensk region, about 250 km from the border with Ukraine.

At the same time, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine stated that as of November 1, no buildup was recorded Russian military contingent near the border.

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the movement of Russian military equipment and army units across the country & mdash; it is exclusively a matter of Russia, and the latest publications about their appearance near the border of Ukraine are “ not even worth commenting on. ''

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Minsk resumes export of electricity to Ukraine

Photo: Gennady Cherkasov

The press service of the Ministry of Energy of Belarus reported on Sunday that since November 21, electricity supplies to & nbsp; Ukraine have been resumed .

“The export is carried out in accordance with the contract signed for November,” the statement says.

Recall that earlier Belarus suspended electricity supplies to Ukraine from November 18. Then the message noted that the resumption of supplies is being considered “ taking into account the technical capabilities. ''

At Ukrenergo; also confirmed the resumption of electricity supplies from Belarus.


US Senate proposes sanctions for Russia’s future invasion of Ukraine

Democrat Menendez proposed to introduce restrictions on Nord Stream 2, state-owned companies, banks, and sovereign debt

Robert Menendez

The head of the US Senate Foreign Policy Committee Robert (Bob) Menendez has already proposed now to include in the defense budget a clause providing for the imposition of sanctions against Russia in the event of an invasion of Ukraine. Document text provided by Axios portal.

In accordance with the amendment, immediately after the start of hostilities by Russia, President Joe Biden will have to approve a whole list of restrictions. In particular, sanctions and visa restrictions will be introduced against the Russian military, who will be involved in the preparation of an operation against Ukraine.

The main sanctions will affect Russian banks, state-owned companies, oil and gas enterprises, and sovereign debt. For example, restrictions will apply to any companies or individuals associated with the planning and implementation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Earlier, with a proposal now to impose sanctions against Nord Stream 2 and to bring them into the defense budget were representatives of the Republican Party. However, according to Axios, it was not put to the vote due to the leader of the Democrats in the Senate Chuck Schumer, who cited some technical issues.

Since the end of October, the media began to report that Russia was building up its military forces on the border with Ukraine. In particular, The Washington Post wrote about this. And the newspaper Politico, in turn, published satellite images. They, presumably, capture the accumulation of Russian army tanks near the city of Yelnya in the Smolensk region, about 250 km from the border with Ukraine.

In Ukraine, it was initially said that they did not see the activity of Russian military at the border. But later, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Western partners had informed him of the situation.

A source in the Kremlin for Bloomberg noted that Russia “ does not intend to start a war with Ukraine, but wants to show that it is ready to use force in the event necessity. ''

Officially, the Kremlin said that such publications “ groundlessly escalate tensions. '' According to President Vladimir Putin, such “ alarm data '' appear against the backdrop of unplanned military exercises by the United States and its NATO allies in the Black Sea, which pose a serious challenge to Russia. Subscribe to YouTube RBC Live broadcasts, videos and recordings of programs on our YouTube channel


Tymoshenko blames officials for the energy crisis in Ukraine


Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko accused the current government of artificially creating an energy crisis in Ukraine. She believes that the whole problem is that someone did not pump gas into the underground storage facilities on time. The politician stated this on the air of the Ukraine 24 TV channel.

Tymoshenko demanded that the ministers answer the question: who gave the command to put the country in such a situation? Why didn't they pump gas and bring in coal? Why is now the only solution to the problem see only a tearful appeal to Belarus with a request to provide electricity?

Tymoshenko recalled that serious problems will begin after the frost hits. In her opinion, the real crisis will come after the temperature of minus 10 degrees Celsius for at least a couple of weeks.

The politician believes that in principle there can be no energy crisis in Ukraine, since the country has fuel reserves … There are also gas storage facilities with a capacity of 38 billion cubic meters. According to Tymoshenko, it is not the circumstances that are to blame for what is happening in the country, but the negligence of officials.


Investigation of the special operation of Ukraine to detain the fighters of the PMC “Wagner”

Bellingcat and The Insider (the organization is included by the Ministry of Justice in the list of foreign agents) published an investigation into the preparation of a special operation by Ukraine to detain fighters of a private military company (PMC) “Wagner” who fought in the Donbass.

The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine (GUR), according to the investigation that was preparing the so-called Operation “Avenue”.

Via The Wagnerian network was allegedly hired to guard the facilities of a Russian oil company in the Middle East. The contract was supposedly to be signed with the PMC “MAR”. A former GRU officer took part in the operation, his Ukrainian intelligence had previously recruited him in the Donbass.

According to the publications, Kiev planned to forcefully land a plane with Wagnerites in Boryspil under the threat of an explosion on board on June 26, 2020.

But the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky found out about her only on June 15. He approved the special operation. He was regularly reported on what was happening during the operation.

On July 29 last, over 30 Russians were detained on the territory of Belarus. Minsk reported that these were fighters of the Wagner PMC, they allegedly planned to destabilize the situation in the republic during the election campaign.

The Russian Foreign Ministry indicated that the Russians were going to Turkey in transit through Belarus.

Kiev appealed to Minsk with an appeal to hand over several detainees for allegedly participating in hostilities in Donbass. Later, Russian citizens returned to their homeland. The return took place in response to a petition from the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation under the Minsk Convention on Legal Assistance and Legal Relations in Civil, Family and Criminal Cases.


The United States called a condition that can help Ukraine take Crimea from Russia

American experts believe that Crimea can become Ukrainian again only in one single case – if Russia loses the war. Moreover, in the West they are beginning to understand that the population of the peninsula is not eager to return “ under the wing '' Kiev.


According to National magazine, American columnist Anatol Lieven called” the only way ” with the help of which Ukraine has a chance to take Crimea from Russia.

According to the journalist, no negotiations, diplomatic and sanctions leverage on Moscow will help Kiev to do this. At the same time, Lieven admitted that the Crimea peninsula in 2014 became part of the Russian Federation “in accordance with the wishes of the majority of the population of the peninsula.” defeat in the war, “he wrote, stressing that the war and the defeat of Russia in it is the only condition that can change something in the” Crimean issue “.


Sweden supported the creation of a military mission in Ukraine

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The head of the Swedish Ministry of Defense Peter Gulkvist supported the creation of a military training base in Ukraine. The newspaper “European Truth” writes about this.

The proposal received from the Baltic countries was supported by Stockholm Gulqvist. He pointed out: “We consider it very important to note the ambitions of the EU and to contribute to the security and sovereignty of Ukraine.” crisis on the border of Poland and Belarus.

Nevertheless, what is happening in Ukraine remains relevant for Stockholm, said Gulqvist.


Ukraine allowed the possibility of EU recognition of Russian Crimea

It was admitted in Ukraine that the migration crisis could benefit Russia in a number of political and economic issues. The current situation is capable of “ liberating '' The Kremlin from sanctions and change the West's attitude to the issue of Crimea's ownership.


According to the portal” Glavred “, Ukrainian military expert, reserve colonel Oleg Zhdanov suggested that the European Union could meet Russia halfway and recognize the results of the 2014 referendum on the annexation of Crimea.

According to the expert, this issue may” shift “in Moscow's favor by the background of the migration crisis on the border of Belarus and Poland, and in this case “Russia will be” on a white horse. “

” For Putin, the migration crisis is a multi-move. It has its own goals and objectives: to force Europe to certify and quickly launch Nord Stream 2, lift sanctions, recognize Crimea as Russian, “Zhdanov said.


Ukraine held military exercises near the border with Crimea

The Ukrainian military conducted live-fire exercises at a training ground near the border with Crimea. This was reported on Facebook by the press service of the command of the joint forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

It is specified that a marine battalion, reinforced by a tank company and a helicopter unit of the army aviation, was involved in the exercises.

According to the report , the main goal of the exercises was to ensure that every Ukrainian soldier makes timely and informed decisions. It is emphasized that the military successfully coped with the assigned tasks, and also rejected the forces of the imaginary enemy.

Earlier, the EU representative Josep Borrell said that the EU was watching with concern the information about the activity of the Russian military near the border of Ukraine.

In turn, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed that the media of Western countries are unreasonably raising tensions in publications that Moscow allegedly intends to attack Ukrainian territory. According to him, the Russian Federation does not pose a threat to other states and moves troops within its own territory at its discretion.


Former mayor of Simeiz detained by FSB for espionage in favor of Ukraine

The FSB report did not disclose the name and position of the person arrested for espionage. Yuri Lomenko was a member of the Party of Regions in Ukraine, and after the annexation of Crimea to Russia he was a member of the United Russia faction

Yuriy Lomenko

City Council of the second convocation Yuriy Lomenko, reports Kryminform.

According to the agency, on November 8, 2021, at an extraordinary meeting of the City Council, Lomenko's deputy powers were terminated at his own request from October 25, 2021.

“ It was established that a resident of Yalta in the period from 2017 to 2018 on assignment Ukrainian special services carried out the collection, storage, transfer of information constituting a state secret of the Russian Federation, including about employees of the FSB of Russia '', & mdash; reported earlier by the FSB Public Relations Center.

Lomenko was also previously the mayor of the resort village of Simeiz. RBC sent a request to the administration of Simeiz, to the Yalta City Council, as well as to the press service of the Yalta City Court.

Lomenko became the mayor of Simeiz in 2013 during the Ukrainian government. He was nominated by the Party of Regions after his predecessor, Kirill Kostenko, who also came to power from the regionals, was shot in his own car in February 2013. According to, in the 1990s Kostenko was a member of an organized criminal group (OCG), and in 2011 he was detained on suspicion of receiving a bribe of 400 thousand hryvnia from heads of private enterprises for receiving land plots. However, a few weeks later Kostenko was released.

In May 2017, Lomenko established and headed the Crimean regional public organization of national-cultural autonomy “ Ukrainians of Crimea '', Kryminform specified. The organization was registered in Simeiz at the address of the local food market. Lomenko himself was liquidated in October 2021.

Lomenko entered the Yalta City Council as a single-mandate, was a member of the United Russia faction. According to the information in the database of United Russia deputies, at the time of his election he was the director of the external relations department of Family Rest LLC, in 2014 he graduated from the magistracy of the National Academy of Public Administration.

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Nicholas Burns: Bolton allegations on Trump ‘as damaging as any in modern American history’

Nicholas Burns: Bolton allegations on Trump 'as damaging as any in modern American history'

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Then-National Security Adviser John Bolton listens as US President Donald Trump holds a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 9, 2018.


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John Bolton’s memoir from his time as the national security adviser in the Trump White House is set to publish Tuesday, but advance copies are already making waves. 

In the book, Bolton says explicitly that President Donald Trump is unfit for office. 

“I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision that wasn’t driven by reelection calculations,” Bolton writes.

Trump fired Bolton this past September after roughly 17 months as his national security adviser.

The Trump administration is suing to block the book’s publication, claiming it contains classified information and would compromise national security. 

Nicholas Burns, a former career foreign service officer who served as undersecretary of state for former President George W. Bush, knows John Bolton from his years in government. He’s now professor of the practice of diplomacy at Harvard University and an adviser to the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Burns spoke to The World’s host Marco Werman about the most disturbing allegations in Bolton’s book.

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Marco Werman: First of all, how do you know John Bolton? What’s he like? 

Nick Burns: Well, truth be told, I’ve had my share of differences with him in the past. We worked very closely together at one point in the George W. Bush administration. It was not always a pleasant experience, I’m sure, for either of us. He is an arch-conservative, a loyal Republican, highly intelligent. Lots of experience at the high levels of government, a true national security expert. And he’s a patriotic person. Despite my differences with John, I have to credit him with all that. 

How do you judge the veracity of the claims he’s making in his book? 

Well, these allegations are about as damaging as any in modern American history. I mean, it’s explosive, when John Bolton says that President Trump agreed with President Xi Jinping of China that Xi should build concentration camps for Uighurs, the Muslim population of western China. President Trump encouraging President Xi to buy US farm products in order to help President Trump win the 2020 election. And I think the most explosive revelation in the book is that John Bolton is confirming the charge by House Democrats back in the impeachment trial that President Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine until the government in Kyiv would provide political dirt on Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton. 

And you remember, Marco, the Republican defense of President Trump back in the impeachment trial in January was: “Well, all these people who testified, they were secondhand sources. They never met or engaged with the president.” John Bolton was in the Oval Office with the president every day and had lots of discussions about this specific issue. And I think that is the most meaningful charge in the book. 

So, if John Bolton had so much damning information, why did he not come forward during the impeachment inquiry? What was his motivation? 

I can’t know what his motivation was, but he should have come forward. Back in December and January, during the impeachment inquiry, he had information, really, that no one else had that was central to the question being debated by the House and the Senate: Was the president guilty of impeachable offenses on the issue of Ukraine? Bolton knew the history. He had the details. He should have come forward. 

I mean, it’s not unusual, really, for any president to always be thinking about election prospects. It sounds like what you just said is what makes this administration different. 

It is what has distinguished the tenure of President Trump in office. What underlies all of these different revelations in the Bolton book — and Bolton says this, specifically — the president was always looking out for his own self-interest or his family’s self-interest, rather than the national interest. And we elect the president to represent all 330 million of us, to put aside his family’s financial interests, which this president has not done. And that, to me, is the most disturbing aspect of this. Of course, a lot of us — I certainly suspect that this is the way the president operated. But this is not from a journalist. This is not from a Democrat who might be opposed to the president politically. These are revelations from a true conservative and a true Republican who has never broken with his party in the past. 

We should note, Nick, that the Trump administration says the book is all lies. But it’s also asking the courts to prevent the publication on the grounds that it’s full of classified information. So, how can lies be classified as vital national secrets? 

That’s what a lot of people are asking. And it’s a contradictory statement. And the president, of course, said publicly the other day, every conversation with me is classified — which, of course, is patently untrue. It’s never been the case. It never will be the case. Some conversations are classified. Many are not. 

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity. Reuters contributed reporting.