“Yellow” level of weather danger declared in Moscow and the Moscow region

The hydrometeorological center of Russia announced the “yellow” the level of weather danger in Moscow and the Moscow region follows from the data of the prognostic map on the institution's website.

In the region on Sunday, weather forecasters predict a thunderstorm and strong wind.

Wind warning in the capital and region valid until 21:00 June 19, thunderstorm warning in the – until 21:00 on June 19.

Earlier, the Hydrometeorological Center said that July in the European territory of the Russian Federation is expected to be quite warm, and in some regions the temperature will even exceed the norm.

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The Possessed Prince of Taurida. Is there much truth in the “Potemkin villages”

235 years ago, on June 19, 1787, celebrations took place in Poltava. Empress Catherine the Great visited the city of Russian military glory. In honor of her arrival, a reconstruction of the Poltava battle was organized: “By order of Potemkin, all the maneuvers that could depict to us a semblance of this decisive battle were performed in front of the eyes of the Tsaritsa with pleasure and pride, Catherine’s eyes, it seemed, Peter’s blood Greatness flowed in her veins.

Make Crimea Russian without war and corpses

In fact, Poltava was only a stop in the Empress's unprecedented voyage through the ancient and newly acquired Russian lands. And a stopover on the way home. The journey began in January 1787 and was nearing completion – On July 11, Ekaterina was already in St. Petersburg. But it was here, in Poltava, that the logical point was put and the result of the whole grandiose tour was summed up. The Empress considered that in the city of Russian glory it would be appropriate to sign the Decree to the Senate: “We deign that Our Senate prepares for signing Our commendation to General Field Marshal Potemkin with the meaning of these new exploits of his and with the addition of the name Tauride.” that the specific purpose of the voyage was Novorossia and Crimea, which since the 1770s. were in the zone of Potemkin's special attention. It can even be said that the question of the final annexation and development of these lands became his obsession and the main business of his life. This can be seen from his correspondence with Catherine the Great – The Most Serene Prince in his letters demonstrates either rare tediousness, or unprecedented pressure, almost obsession. And everything is subordinated to one and only goal – to make Crimea Russian: “If we do not seize it now, then there will be a time when everything that we now receive for free, we will get at a high price. You are obliged to elevate the glory of Russia. The acquisition of the Crimea will not be able to strengthen or enrich you, but only bring peace. Believe that you will receive immortal glory with this acquisition and such that no sovereign in Russia has ever had. This glory will pave the way for yet another and greater glory: with the Crimea, dominance in the Black Sea will also be obtained. or missed it. 

These are lines from Potemkin's letter, dated December 1782. By the next summer, he managed to make the Crimea firmly registered in Russian historiography under the name of “a trophy not stained with blood.” The Turkish emissaries, who were pulling the Crimea towards them, either used pompous words about “a common faith and a common destiny,” or inspired uprisings and troubles that made everyone feel bad. Potemkin, on the other hand, offered real protection, concrete help, and also demonstrated religious tolerance and loyalty to local traditions: “I was always told that the clergy would resist, followed by the mob, but it turned out that the clergy were the first to take the oath, and after them, all…». So – without war and corpses – Crimea became Russian in 1783.

Pavel was jealous of something

But to purchase – does not mean to keep. And it takes more than just military force to hold it. It is necessary that the new regions of Russia be populated, that industry and agriculture develop there. It is necessary that cities grow and trade flourish… In a word, it was necessary to turn these new regions into Russia, not only on paper, but also in reality.

This was both very good and very bad at the same time. Good, because His Serene Highness really worked tirelessly. Even before the annexation of Crimea, in 1778 Kherson was founded. Then – Ekaterinoslav. Then – Sevastopol. The Black Sea Fleet is under construction. In his desire to populate “these desert lands” as quickly as possible, Potemkin decides to take unheard of steps. Not only does it allow Old Believers to move to Novorossia and Crimea, it also formally violates the law. Since 1775, in his governorship, he… shelters the fugitives. And he doesn’t care who the serfs fled from – the answer to those who seek their return was standard: “As those living within the limits entered into a separate department of the governor, then none of them can be returned.” And – impressive construction. They build everything – houses, barracks, schools, shipyards, docks, pharmacies, schools…

Fireworks in honor of Catherine during her trip to the Crimea. Painting by an unknown artist, late 18th century Photo: Commons.wikimedia.org

In a word, everything here is at least not bad. And the PR was bad. The figure of Potemkin caused irritation. And this irritation was fueled by the hostile attitude of the heir to the throne Paul. Tsesarevich can be understood – after all, the Most Serene Prince was the favorite and secret spouse of his mother, which almost excludes good feelings. With the secret indulgence of Pavel, ill-wishers, almost from the very beginning of Potemkin's activities in the South, began to spread rumors that nothing good came of the prince. That the fleet has not been built, and if it has been built – it's all rotten. That people cannot live in Novorossia and Crimea, and they do not want to move there. That buildings are made of who knows what, and can collapse from a punch. And, most importantly, the fabulous money allocated for the development of the region from the treasury ends up in the pockets of the Most Serene Prince.

The result was unexpected. By 1787, these rumors, from frequent repetition  acquired the status of almost truth. And if only in Russian society. Gossip naturally penetrated the corridors of the courts of European monarchs. And they began to influence current international politics. It turned out that Russia might be strong enough militarily and economically. But it is still weak for her to quickly master such a vast territory. And, most importantly, it is not able to protect and retain its acquisitions.

“It's better not to touch the Russians”

Catherine's trip was intended to show the groundlessness of all these rumors. To demonstrate that Russia stands firmly on the shores of the Black Sea and any attempt to push it out will end badly for those trying. That is why the Empress invited a huge number of foreign observers to the voyage – even the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire Joseph II arrived. True, incognito, under the name of Count Falkenstein, but those who need it should have assessed the level.

On the one hand, Ekaterina's plan worked out well. All observers unanimously asserted that Russia had made some incredible breakthrough and indeed, in the shortest possible time, established itself on the Black Sea and in the Crimea. What Potemkin – outstanding organizer. And that it is better not to touch the Russians. Is that Joseph II slightly mischievous – sometimes the bastions are not the same for him, then the soil in Kherson is too marshy… But this, apparently, is from the experienced humiliation – Catherine on the way to the Crimea forced him to pass under the arch, which read: “Road to Constantinople.”

On the other hand, it was all in vain. The voices of observers were not heard at the courts of the monarchs of Europe. Moreover – it was during the journey of 1787 that the concept of “Potemkin villages” was born. “The inhabitants of these imaginary villages were called up more than 200 miles along the line,” “The buildings are written on reed shields, bound and beautifully painted,” “Herds of cattle were driven at night from place to place, and often one herd had the good fortune to appear monarchine from five to six times”, and, finally: “The Black Sea Fleet consisted of merchant ships and old barges, which were driven from everywhere and seasoned in the form of warships.” This is what Europe believes in. Unless Joseph II, who saw everything with his own eyes, concluded an alliance with Russia. But England and France were literally pushing Turkey into a new war with Russia, which, they say, is weak and helpless on the Black Sea.

Catherine's journey was completed on July 11, 1787. Turkey declared war on August 13. And the events of the next four years showed that it would be better if she did not do this. “Potemkin villages made of cardboard and reeds” turned out to be real, and the resource base of the Black Sea steppes with strongholds in Yekaterinoslav, Kremenchug, Kherson and Sevastopol ensured the complete victory of Russia. The title of Prince of Tauride Potemkin managed not only to earn, but also to defend in a real case.

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The State Duma proposed to pass tests in the traffic police to control an electric scooter

Deputy head of the State Duma Sports Committee Sergei Burlakov said that electric scooter drivers should take driving tests at the traffic police. This was reported by RIA Novosti. 

«It is worth thinking about introducing mandatory testing for the right to control such devices. Each driver of an electric scooter should easily answer questions: how to cross a pedestrian crossing on a scooter, how to behave if the sidewalk is crowded, how to park a scooter, what speed and age restrictions exist in your city, – Burlakov explained.

According to him, drivers need to be fully aware of their rights and obligations while in the city.

Earlier it was reported that the Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation is preparing proposals to tighten rules for the use of electric scooters. In particular, it is proposed to recognize electric scooters as a source of increased danger and limit control for children under 18 years old.

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Veteran of the Great Patriotic War Ignat Artemenko. Dossier

In Moscow, at the age of 95, a veteran of the Great Patriotic War Ignat Artemenko died, who was suing the founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) Aleksey Navalny (included in the list of terrorists and extremists; the FBK founded by him is included by the Ministry of Justice in the register of organizations performing the functions of a foreign agent, recognized as an extremist organization and banned in Russia). Information about his death was confirmed to the RT channel by the grandson of the veteran Igor Kolesnikov.

In 2020, a war veteran, a member of the partisan movement Ignat Artemenko, along with other famous Russians (among whom were cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, actors Vasily Lanovoy, Irina Kupchenko, Ivan Okhlobystin, designer Artemy Lebedev) starred in a video in support of amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation. Oppositionist Navalny on social networks called its participants “toadies”, “traitors”; and “the shame of the country.” According to Kolesnikov, after Navalny's statement, the front-line soldier became ill with his heart. Artemenko was diagnosed with coronary heart disease due to stress. 

In June 2020, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal case against Navalny for defamation of a veteran. After that, Navalny and his supporters began to persecute Artemenko, speaking unflatteringly about his military merits. In February 2021, the Babushkinsky Court of Moscow found Navalny guilty and fined him 850 thousand rubles. Ignat Artemenko was not present at the verdict for health reasons.

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Ignat Sergeevich Artemenko was born on June 26, 1928 in the village of Vilyakhovka, Bykhov District, Mogilev Region, Byelorussian SSR.

According to archival information of the Russian Military Historical Society (RVI) ), Artemenko met the war as a 14-year-old teenager in his small homeland, working on the Budyonny collective farm.

In the spring of 1942, he began to help the partisans by collecting and storing weapons at their request in his garden. In the autumn of the same year, the policemen tracked him down and sent him for interrogation to the German commandant's office, during which Artemenko did not betray anyone, and also managed to escape from the escort.  

According to the records of military service in the Red Army, from December 10, 1943 to February 28, 1944, Artemenko served in partisan detachment No. 810 of the Belarusian headquarters of the partisan movement, then he was sent to the 251st reserve rifle regiment, where he served in the position arrow.

In February 1944, after meeting with regular troops who had broken through the front line on the Dnieper River, young people who had not reached military age were allowed to go home until they were called up by the military registration and enlistment office. Ignat Artemenko returned home and participated in the demining of his native village.

Since March 1945 — scout of the 114th Guards Rifle Regiment of the 37th Guards Rifle Division of the 65th Army.

On the night of April 19-20, 1945, the crossing of the Oder River began. Artemenko was given the task, together with the scouts, to force the second “sleeve”.

“In the course of a combat mission, together with a group of scouts, he came under fire, was seriously wounded in the leg and spine, sent to the medical battalion, then — to the hospital, where he underwent surgery to remove a fragment from his leg. Two fragments remained in the spine, the operation was not performed in order to avoid serious consequences, — quotes archival documents of the Republic of Tatarstan.

In September 1945, Artemenko was discharged from the hospital, he continued to serve in the 86th sanitary and epidemiological detachment of the 65th Army of the Northern Group of Forces.

From August 1946 years – service in the 320th mobile tractor repair base of the 16th Air Army, and three years later Artemenko was transferred to the 320th mobile tractor repair base of the 24th Air Army.

Then there was the 653rd aviation base for the repair of radio equipment and communications of the 24th Air Army of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany.

In 1952 – service in the training and test aviation regiment of the Air Force Engineering Academy. Zhukovsky, and in January 1955 Artemenko was appointed senior adjutant to the head of the Academy. Zhukovsky.

In the ranks of the Armed Forces — until December 1982. Retired colonel. 

Awards 

For his exploits, Ignat Artemenko in the period from 1945 to 1985 was awarded:

  • medal “For the victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic 1941–1945 war”;
  • medal “30 years of the Soviet Army and Navy”;
  • medal “For military merit”;
  • order Patriotic War II degree.

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The Cabinet of Ministers will send funds to the Tver region to create FAPs

The Government of the Russian Federation will send funding to the Tver Region for the creation of feldsher-obstetric stations in the region. The corresponding order was published on the website of the Cabinet of Ministers.

This decision was made as part of assistance to the Russian regions in the modernization of primary health care.

It is expected that this year at the expense of federal funds in the Tver region there will be 16 new medical centers in rural areas, urban-type settlements and small towns.

The government also recalled the allocation of more than 1.1 billion rubles for the development of primary health care in 23 regions. In total, it is planned to allocate at least 500 billion rubles for these purposes until 2025.

Earlier, the chairman of the Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, said that the issue of supplying computers to feldsher-obstetric stations in the regions of the country should be resolved by the end of 2022.< /p>

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to increase support for primary health care, calling this area an absolute priority. 

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Kazakhstan called for a ban on nuclear weapons due to the conflict in Ukraine

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan called for the development of a plan to eliminate nuclear weapons by 2045 Kazakhstan called for the development of a plan for the elimination of nuclear weapons in the world by 2045. Among the reasons, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs names the conflict in Ukraine and mutual threats of this type of weapons alt=”Kazakhstan called for a ban on nuclear weapons because of the conflict in Ukraine” />

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The world is now in crisis, the risk of using nuclear weapons is high, and what is happening in Ukraine and mutual threats prompt a ban and elimination nuclear warheads, said Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi.

“The current military conflict on the territory of Ukraine, talk about the return of nuclear weapons and mutual threats to use nuclear weapons make us, more than ever before, think about the collective vulnerability of humanity and the urgent need to ban and eliminate these deadly weapons,” the minister wrote.

Kazakhstan calls on all countries of the world to develop a phased plan for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons within almost 20 years— by 2045, the centenary of the UN, Tleuberdi said. He pointed out that these agreements could be reflected in the outcome documents of the first conference of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The Minister added that earlier UN Secretary General António Guterres indicated that about 13.4 thousand nuclear warheads were dispersed around the world, and the threat of their use became “more real than in the darkest days of the Cold War.”

“The practical contribution of Kazakhstan to nuclear disarmament gives the moral right to continue to call on the peoples and governments to redouble their efforts to rid our planet of the threat of nuclear self-destruction,” — sure Tleuberdi.

The policy of renunciation of nuclear weapons was also publicly supported by the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, in 2019, at the Valdai Forum, he said: “sometimes it’s better not to have nuclear weapons, but to attract more investment in your economy, maintain and develop good relations in the world, which does Kazakhstan in practice. “Saddam Hussein thought so too,” — said Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was present.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entered into force in January 2021, it was signed by 86 countries of the world, ratified by 62. Its participants agreed, in particular, “under what circumstances” not to develop, test, manufacture, stockpile or use nuclear weapons. The first meeting of the countries— of the TPNW is scheduled for June 212-23, the meeting will be held in Vienna.

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Nuclear-armed Russia, Britain, China, the US and France refused to support the initiative. “We share the goal of building a nuclear-free world, but this goal should not be achieved by such one-sided and rather arrogant methods, on which this document is based,” — said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in November 2019.

“The desire to ban nuclear weapons through a treaty that does not include any of the countries that actually possess nuclear weapons is unlikely to yield any results,” ; explained US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

Discussions about the threat of nuclear war intensified after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine in late February. Among other things, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev pointed to the risk of using this type of weapons in connection with NATO exercises near the borders of Russia and the shipment of Western weapons to Kyiv. Lavrov said that “the danger is serious, it is real”, urging not to underestimate the risk of starting a nuclear war. At the same time, the Kremlin argued that any outcome of the special operation would not be a reason for the use of nuclear weapons.

The White House called for a reduction in rhetoric on the issue of the threat of nuclear war. A similar judgment was expressed in the Pentagon, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that “such rhetoric is dangerous and does not work. Nobody wants a nuclear war that nobody can win. The saber-rattling and dangerous talk obviously do no good.

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The EC called the conditions for the withdrawal of the status of a candidate member of the European Union from Ukraine

Ukraine should continue reforms to combat corruption, the influence of oligarchs and support for minorities, otherwise the achievements in integration with the European Union will be canceled, the EC pointed out, recommending that it be granted candidate status

Candidate Member Status The European Union could be withdrawn from Ukraine if a number of conditions are not met, including strengthening the fight against top-level corruption and oligarchs, as well as reforming legislation regarding minorities. This is stated in the conclusion of the European Commission.

The Ukrainian authorities will also have to adopt laws on the procedure for selecting judges of the Constitutional Court, complete the selection of candidates for the creation of the High Qualifications Commission of Judges, conduct “active and effective” anti-corruption investigations, appoint new heads of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine.

The introduction of specific legislation would have to limit “undue influence” oligarchs in public and political life, however, it should be implemented in a legally justified way, the document states. The Ukrainian authorities will also have to bring the country's legislation into line with the EU directive on audiovisual media services and empower an independent media regulator, which will allow “fighting the influence of vested interests.”

“Steps towards the European Union may be canceled if the basic conditions are no longer met”, — stressed in the European Commission, adding that they will monitor the progress of Kyiv in fulfilling these conditions, a detailed report on this is scheduled for the end of this year. adherence to European values ​​and the sustainability of their own institutions that guarantee the rule of law, democracy, human rights, protection and respect for minorities.

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The European Commission recommended granting Ukraine candidate status on Friday, June 17. The head of the EC, Ursula von der Leyen, pointed out that the Ukrainian authorities have adopted tough laws against oligarchs and have implemented 70% of EU reform recommendations regarding minorities. “Ukrainians are ready to die for the European perspective. We want them to live with us in the European dream,— stated in the message of the EC in Telegram. The issue of the status of Ukraine will be discussed by the leaders of the EU countries at the summit at the end of next week, June 23–24.

“We have no right, after so many weeks of hostilities, to say to Ukrainians: “Come back later,” — emphasized French President Emmanuel Macron, noting, however, the process will take time. At the same time, Tbilisi considered that Georgia deserved the status of a candidate more than Ukraine. Prime Minister of the Republic Irakli Garibashvili clarified: “If the status is determined by war, we do not want war. We demand a well-deserved status.

Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that Moscow has never been against Ukraine's accession to the EU, speaking only against the “military development” of Ukraine. this country. At the same time, he criticized the thesis of “civilizational choice”; Kyiv. “The so-called civilizational choice” what is it, excuse me for bad manners, in FIG civilizational choice? They dug money from the Ukrainian people, hid it in banks and want to protect it, — Putin thinks.

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Scholz called Germany’s mistake in relations with Russia

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz supported the policy of Angela Merkel in relations with Russia The current chancellor refused to condemn the policy of his predecessor Angela Merkel, noting that an attempt to negotiate peacefully could not be a mistake. Scholz considered it a mistake that Germany became dependent on Russian energy resources =”Scholz called Germany's mistake in relations with Russia” />

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Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel's policy towards Russia was not wrong, an attempt at peaceful coexistence cannot be, but Berlin's energy dependence from Moscow is a mistake, acting Prime Minister Olaf Scholz told DPA.

“An attempt at reconciliation can never be wrong, as well as an attempt to negotiate peacefully with each other. So I see myself closely next to my predecessor,»,— he said (quote from Welt).

According to him, a mistake has been made in the energy policy of Germany in recent years— Germany has become overly dependent on Russian energy resources, without creating the necessary infrastructure “so that in case of emergency it could quickly turn the situation around.” At the same time, Scholz refused to condemn Merkel's policy, saying: “I have always worked well with the former German chancellor and see no reason to question this in retrospect.”

Scholz also defends Merkel's decision to oppose Ukraine's NATO membership in 2008. Then she explained her position by the fact that only those countries in which the bloc is supported not only by politicians, but also by a significant percentage of the population should join the alliance. Later, Merkel said that Ukraine and Georgia, whose accelerated membership was decided at the summit, could become NATO members, but the time has not come yet.

“NATO membership criteria must be met by any state that wants to join an alliance. Ukraine's accession to NATO did not take place,” Scholz noted, stressing that President Vladimir Putin nevertheless justified the start of the military operation.

The dependence on Russian gas supplies and the country's ability to use this as leverage was warned in the United States as early as the 1980s. In 1981, the Reagan administration, in response to the introduction of martial law in Poland, tried to stop the construction of the main export gas pipeline Urengoy— Pomary— Uzhgorod, which was attended by European companies and banks. Washington imposed a ban on the supply of high-tech equipment from the United States to the USSR, and in 1982 tightened the embargo, banning the supply of products to foreign affiliates of American companies.

The European partners of the US refused to support these sanctions and declared them illegal. As a result of negotiations with representatives of European governments, on November 13, 1982, US President Ronald Reagan announced the lifting of the embargo on the supply of oil and gas equipment to the USSR.

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Kursk governor announced a drone strike near a farm near the border

An “enemy drone” flew into the airspace of the Kursk region, it dropped ammunition near the Kucherov farm, one residential building was damaged, Governor of the region Roman Starovoit said in Telegram.

“Window panes were broken, the fence of the household was damaged. There were no casualties,— he wrote.

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Medvedev compared EU promises to Ukraine with building communism

The date of Ukraine's accession to the EU has not been named, but many “unverifiable abstract conditions” have been put forward to Kyiv, said Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council

Fulfilling the conditions for Ukraine's accession to the European Union will take decades, but by then the EU may to comprehend the fate of the USSR, which collapsed without building communism, wrote Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia, in his Telegram channel.

He recalled the CPSU program adopted in 1961, in which citizens were promised life under communism, but this never happened: the USSR collapsed, and the Communist Party was liquidated.

“The situation associated with the onset of world happiness in the Union, reminds me of the incantations made by the European Commission regarding the candidacy for Ukraine,— wrote Medvedev.

He compared the EU promises to the building of communism, since the date of Ukraine's accession has not been named, but many “unverifiable abstract conditions” have been put forward for Kyiv. The Deputy Chairman of the Security Council admitted that the real term for Ukraine's entry into the European Union— middle of the century.

“But the situation can happen the same as with the fate of the USSR. Communism, perhaps, would have come if the Union itself had been preserved. And the Union, unfortunately, died. Do you understand what I'm hinting at? wrote Medvedev. He suggested that the EU might be gone by then.

On June 17, the European Commission recommended granting Ukraine the status of an EU candidate. According to the head of the EC, Ursula von der Leyen, Ukraine has demonstrated “the desire and determination to comply with European values ​​and standards.” Shortly before this, Kyiv was visited by the leaders of the three largest countries of the association— Germany, France and Italy, which also supported granting Ukraine the status of an EU candidate.

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Kyiv applied to join the EU a few days after the start of Russia's special operation. The Ukrainian authorities called for the country to be granted membership under an accelerated procedure. This proposal was supported by Poland, but a number of countries, including the Netherlands, expressed the opinion that Kyiv “is still far away” before joining the EU.

Russia initially did not speak out against Ukraine's integration into the EU. First, the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the European Union, unlike NATO— not a military-political bloc, but later stated that Kyiv's movement towards the EU requires special attention against the background of the strengthening of the defense component of the union.

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The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation said that units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are fleeing the battlefield

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The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in its daytime briefing on June 19 stated that certain units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were leaving their positions from -for low morale, lack of ammunition and supplies.

“The battalion, which was defending in the Lisichansk area, abandoned heavy weapons and left its positions,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

The statement also says that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are suffering significant losses from counter-battery combat, which, according to a representative of the department, forces the Ukrainian command to throw unprepared personnel into battle.

In addition, Konashenkov said that Caliber missiles On June 19, they hit the command post of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the village of Shirokaya Dacha, Dnepropetrovsk region, when a command meeting was held there. the rest of the group of troops “Alexandria”. The Ministry of Defense announces the destruction of over 50 generals and officers.

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Former British Prime Minister complained of humiliation because of Putin

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Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that alleged Kremlin officials humiliated him when meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In an interview with BBC News, he told how he was forced to sit on a low chair.

Brown added that this happened during a meeting of politicians in Moscow in 2006. Then he served as head of the British Treasury. He was supposedly seated on a low chair on purpose so that the British citizen would have to look up at Putin. According to Brown, the Russian leader let him know that he had a wide variety of information about him.

Brown noted that the Russian president pulled out documents and began to read aloud all the information that was there about the head of the treasury. The ex-prime minister (he held this post from 2007 to 2010) even thought that Putin wanted to prove that he knew more about him than Brown himself, according to the Daily Mail.

As a result, Brown claims that the Russian leader then really scared him. According to the head of the Treasury, the President of the Russian Federation understands only the manifestation of force.

On Friday, June 17, the President of Russia spoke at SPIEF. The editor-in-chief of the RT channel, Margarita Simonyan, who moderated the discussion, spoke about how she felt from communicating with the Russian leader. According to her, she felt “this confidence, and this, of course, is a great psychotherapeutic” action on her. In her opinion, the statements of Vladimir Putin had the same effect on the Russians.

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“Wherever you can get it”: the Ukrainian minister spoke about the purchase of fuel

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Ukraine is forced to buy fuel “wherever it can be obtained”, including in Belgium and the Netherlands. The Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov told the Financial Times.

Due to the destruction of traditional fuel supply chains, there is an acute shortage of gasoline in the country. Previously, Belarus was the largest supplier of fuel to Ukraine. Only 5% of the fuel was supplied through the borders with the EU countries – Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia.

Now the share of fuel imported into the country through the EU has increased to 100%. It is noted that up to 230 fuel trucks enter daily to meet the minimum needs.

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Sappers spoke about the difficulties of demining in the Donbass: it will take decades

“Death Sowing with a Solid Carpet”

Russian troops and the forces of the People's Militia of the Luhansk People's Republic are liberating more and more new territories. Leaving cities and towns, Ukrainian armed formations not only destroy residential buildings and infrastructure, but also turn settlements into minefields. The MK correspondent spoke with specialists from the International Mine Action Center of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, engaged in demining objects in the LPR, and found out what difficulties sappers have to face.

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According to Colonel Igor Pavelko, head of the representative office of the International International Mine Action Center on the territory of the LPR, the enemy mined mainly important and especially important areas, primarily energy ones. The Ukrainian military did not disdain to sow mortal danger among the residential area, on the territory of schools, kindergartens and hospitals.

A specialist of the International Mine Action Center with the call sign “Phoenix” says that a detachment of Russian sappers arrived on the territory of the Luhansk People's Republic for humanitarian demining. The task of the unit is to clear the deadly traps left by the armed formations of Ukraine at strategically important facilities, which are primarily necessary for the life support of the republic.

The Ukrainian military, according to the officer, bombarded almost every square meter of Lugansk land with anti-personnel mines and improvised explosive devices.

“In this area, we have already encountered the clearance of a thermal power plant and two bridges, one of which is a transport aorta,” the officer explains. “During the retreat, Ukrainian troops blew it up, and now this bridge is in disrepair.

The sapper said that anti-personnel mines installed along the entire bridge interfere with repair work. Mining step – about 50 centimeters. At this distance, the mines are from each other. In other words, they practically lie like a solid carpet.

Another problem faced by sappers is a large number of various metal objects in the mine clearing area, ranging from fragments to ordinary tin cans and other debris.

– It is almost impossible to work as a metal detector in such conditions, it literally went off scale , honking without ceasing, – the military man explains. – The only tools for work are the eyes and the probe.

There were other nuances that interfere with mine clearance. The enemy places dangerous surprises at different depths – from 5 to 15 centimeters.

– You can’t make a mistake: the price is too high.

– Gas pipeline. Anti-tank and anti-personnel mines were planted in large numbers right next to the gas distribution point itself. We destroyed about 80 TM-62 anti-tank mines of various modifications: in a metal case and in a plastic case. A mine made of plastic is almost impossible to detect with a mine detector, the device reacts only to a metal fuse, and it has a weak signal.

Dmitry Zabelin, the head of the Lugansk Linear Production Department, said that cleaning up the gas distribution point would make it possible to restore the entire gas pipeline in the future. According to the specialist, the last time natural gas was supplied through the gas pipeline connecting the northern part of the LPR with the southern and eastern parts was carried out in 2014. It was then, as a result of direct hits of shells, that it was damaged. It was not possible to restore this vital object for eight years, since it was on the line of contact.

– Their behavior can be compared with the behavior of the Nazis, who, just retreating, destroyed everything. The logic is something like this: if we cannot keep it, then we must destroy it. At the same time, destroy it in such a way that it would be impossible to restore it.

In addition to important objects, according to the officer, the Armed Forces of Ukraine actively planted anti-tank mines, mainly in those areas where heavy equipment could pass. The mines were set up with cunning.

– Several anti-personnel mines were placed nearby. Every fifth anti-tank mine was set to be non-removable. That is, if a sapper even discovered it, he would not be able to pull it out of the ground. We have to destroy it on the spot.

The interlocutor said that here, in the Donbass, sappers most often have to deal with anti-tank and anti-personnel mines.

– Anti-personnel – these are mainly high-explosive PMNs, – the specialist clarifies. – The most disgusting. By themselves, they are small, the pressing force is from 5 to 15 kilograms. However, this “baby” can easily tear off a person's foot. In the common people, she is called the “Black Widow”. Still often you have to deal with hand grenades placed on the tension sensor of the target. That is, a person passes, the wire is pulled, a check flies out of the grenade and an explosion occurs. The radius of damage is from four to ten meters.

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Russian sappers also encountered non-standard use of hand grenades.

– As a rule, a hand grenade is placed on a regular fuse, which is supplied in the kit, but here we observed options for non-standard installation. For example, when a hand grenade is installed with a fuse without slowing down. The standard installation option during a throw gives a slowdown of 3.2-4.2 seconds. That is, from the failure of the checks to the explosion, you can count from one to three or four. But with an emergency installation, this does not happen. When the tension sensor of the target is broken, an instant detonation follows. The sapper simply has no chance to somehow react, to jump back.

Anti-tank mines were found on the same gas pipeline, under which two more were installed. It turns out quite a serious charge. When equipment hits such a pyramid, the top mine works like a fuse and initiates the detonation of the others.

Of the technical assistants, according to Russian specialists, the Uran-6 sapper robot helps out a lot in their hard work.

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An international mine action center specialist, operator of the Uran-6 robotic complex with the call sign Boba, says that the robot's task is to make passages in anti-personnel minefields. The machine can withstand the detonation of anti-personnel mines of all types, as well as improvised explosive devices with a capacity of up to one kilogram of TNT. It can work for about five hours on one gas station. It would take a sapper up to a month to do the same job.

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Patriarch Kirill: military from Russia show amazing examples of courage

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said that the Russian military during the special military operation in Ukraine demonstrate “amazing examples of courage”. 

“Our priests, who take care of our warriors, tell me about amazing examples of courage, self-sacrifice and even the ability to lay down their lives for their friend, – the patriarch said on the air of the Soyuz TV channel.

According to him, such selfless actions of the Russian military personnel are connected with "the inner moral feeling brought up by the Orthodox faith".

Earlier  Patriarch Kirill ruled out the division of the Orthodox people of the Russian Federation and Ukraine. He noted that the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) is sympathetic to the decision of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), which declared independence from the Moscow Patriarchate.

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Russian Defense Ministry showed footage of the launch of cruise missiles “Caliber”

The crew of the frigate of the Black Sea Fleet launched four Caliber cruise missiles at ground targets on the territory of Ukraine. Launch footage "Caliber" were published in the Telegram channel of the Russian Ministry of Defense. 

Representatives of the defense department reported that the Russian Armed Forces delivered a missile strike with precision weapons on the military infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

« Caliber» – Russian long-range cruise missile (according to NATO codification SS-N-27 “Sizzler” – “inferno”). Range “Caliber” sea-based is up to 1,400 km. They were first used by the RF Armed Forces during the Syrian campaign. In 2018, it became known about the development of a new version of the missile, which is distinguished by greater range and accuracy.

Recall that  today the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the Russian Armed Forces attacked the command post of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the village of Shirokaya Dacha in the Dnipropetrovsk region high-precision sea-based missiles “Caliber”.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the capture of the village of Metelkino near Severodonetsk

The LNR forces and the Russian military took the village of Metelkino, located southeast of Severodonetsk. The Ministry of Defense said that they had taken Severodonetsk, but the Armed Forces of Ukraine entrenched themselves in the Severodonetsk Azot industrial zone

The military of the Luhansk People's Republic, with the support of Russian forces, took control of the village of Metelkino, located southeast of Severodonetsk, reported in The Ministry of Defense.

The Ministry noted that the offensive of forces in the Severodonetsk direction is developing successfully.

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“Some units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are leaving the combat area due to low morale, lack of ammunition and lack of support,” — according to the department, specifying that this is about the first company of the first battalion of the 57th motorized infantry brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which left its positions near Lisichansk.

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

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, spoke about the capture of Metelkino a day earlier, he specified that the second corps of the People's Militia of the LPR, along with the Akhmat special forces unit, occupied the settlement. “In the battles for this settlement over the past week, the Ukrainian side has lost 600 to 700 of its soldiers killed and wounded,” — he claimed.

Kadyrov said at the end of May that Russian troops had taken Severodonetsk under full control. However, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu noted in early June that the residential areas of the city had been “liberated”, while the Ukrainian military was still in industrial areas.

We are talking about the Severodonetsk Azot plant— the largest chemical enterprise in Ukraine, the head of the LPR Leonid Pasechnik estimated the number of Ukrainian military personnel stationed there at 1–1.5 thousand people.

The special operation in Ukraine began on the night of February 24. This decision was made by President Vladimir Putin, he justified his actions by the desire to protect the civilians of Donbass, who, according to him, “have been subjected to abuse, genocide for eight years.” from official Kyiv. Moscow wants demilitarization and “denazification” neighboring state, Putin said, assuring that there are no plans to occupy the territory of Ukraine— “We are not going to impose anything on anyone by force.”

Putin said that all peoples have the right to self-determination, but the residents of Donbass were not interested in how they “want to arrange their lives.” According to him, the Russian authorities are confident in the importance of all peoples living in Ukraine to be able to exercise this right. “Anyone who wants it,” — stressed the President of Russia.

In Ukraine, in response, they broke off diplomatic relations with Russia, announced mobilization and introduced martial law. The Ukrainian authorities insist that there are no “Nazi formations” in the country, said the head of the Russian negotiating delegation Vladimir Medinsky.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of 50 generals and officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The destroyed generals and officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were included in the general staff, the command of the Kakhovka grouping, air assault troops and formations operating in the Nikolaev and Zaporozhye directions, the Ministry of Defense reported

The Russian military attacked with high-precision missiles “Caliber” More than 50 generals and officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were killed at the command post of Ukrainian troops in the Dnipropetrovsk region, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported.

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“As a result of the strike, more than 50 generals and officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed, including the general staff, the command of the Kakhovka group of troops, air assault troops and formations operating in the Nikolaev and Zaporozhye directions,” — The ministry said in a statement.

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

Also, Russian forces hit an echelon with personnel, weapons and military equipment of a mechanized brigade of Ukrainian troops, which arrived in the combat zone in Donbass from the city of Vladimir-Volynsky (Volyn region, since 2021 it has been renamed Vladimir by the Ukrainian authorities.— RBC< /em>), the department said.

In the area of ​​​​the city of Selidovo, Donetsk People's Republic, a blow was dealt to the forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and military equipment. “Up to 200 militants were destroyed, including foreign mercenaries who were part of this brigade, as well as two combat vehicles of the Grad multiple launch rocket system, ten infantry combat vehicles and armored personnel carriers,” noted in the message of the ministry.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special operation to “denazify” and “demilitarization” Ukraine 24 February. At the end of March, the Ministry of Defense announced the completion of tasks in the Kiev and Chernihiv directions and called the main task of the Russian troops “the complete liberation of Donbass.”

In response to the special operation, Kyiv declared martial law and general mobilization. Since the end of February, Russia and Ukraine have been negotiating a peace settlement, but in April they were suspended. According to the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, the negotiations were frozen at the initiative of Kyiv. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called the return of territories lost after February 24 as a condition for their resumption.

In June, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin was open to negotiations, and said that “it was great” if the European countries had an impact on the leadership of Ukraine. The head of the Ukrainian delegation at the talks, David Arakhamia, said that the dialogue with Russia could be resumed in August, when Kiev could act “from a position of strength”.

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German authorities decided to increase gas savings due to the threat of a “hard winter”

Germany will increase the load on coal-fired power plants and reduce the use of gas in industry to build up fuel supplies for the winter, Habek said. He considered that Moscow is striving to disunite the EU and raise prices = “The German authorities decided to increase gas savings due to the threat of a “hard winter”” />

The German Ministry of Economy intends to take additional measures to save gas and increase precautions in connection with the reduction in supplies from Russia, the authorities plan to reduce the use of gas for industry and electricity generation and stimulate the filling of storage facilities. This is stated in an article by Minister Robert Habek, Spiegel reports.

“Gas consumption must continue to fall, so more gas must be stored in storage, otherwise it will be very difficult in winter,” — Khabek is sure.

The minister considered the reduction in Russian gas supplies and high fuel prices to be politically motivated, adding that Moscow intends to “unbalance us, raise prices and divide us.”

To ensure gas storage in Berlin, they intend to allocate a loan of €15 billion through the state bank KfW, and gas auctions will be called upon to stimulate industrial consumers of gas to reduce its use. For a fee, they will reduce gas consumption, and the released volumes will be sent to storage facilities. Habek emphasized: “everything we consume less helps”, pointing out that it is planned to receive more electricity from coal-fired power plants.

The minister acknowledged that the increase in the use of coal stations is “bitter [to accept], but in this situation it is simply necessary to reduce gas consumption. We must and we will do our best to stock up on as much gas as possible in summer and autumn. According to him, the readiness of storage facilities for the winter period has become a top priority for Germany.

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As follows from the report of the German Federal Network Agency, as of June 16, the country's gas storage facilities were almost 57% full. The department's website states that by October 1 it is planned to reach the level of 80%, by November 1— 90%. “February 1 next year, the minimum fill quantity of 40% applies again,” reported in the German network agency.

In mid-June, Gazprom announced a reduction in gas pumping through Nord Stream 1; due to the delay in the repair of Siemens units (it decided to leave the Russian market in mid-May). The company explained that the turbines are under repair in Canada, their export from there is difficult due to sanctions. The volume of deliveries decreased to 100 million cubic meters. m per day with a planned volume of 167 million cubic meters. m. June 15 at Gazprom reported that the volume of pumping will decrease to 67 million cubic meters. m.

“I got the impression that what happened yesterday,— this is a political decision, not a decision that can be justified from a technical point of view, — Khabek appreciated the situation then.

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German diplomat calls Medvedev a ‘clown’ after posts on Telegram

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The head of the Munich Security Conference, Christoph Heusgen, called Deputy Chairman of the Security Council, former President and Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev a “clown”, he made this statement at the International Symposium of Maritime Powers, Bild reports.

“Medvedev Today” clown. I'm sorry, I should have said that, — said the diplomat.

Heusgen headed the European department of the German Foreign Ministry from 1997 to 1999, then for six years he was the head of the political headquarters of the EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, and in 2005 he became an adviser to Chancellor Angela Merkel on foreign policy, while also holding the position of Deputy Minister head of the German Foreign Ministry.

For four years— from 2017 to 2021— Heusgen was Germany's permanent representative to the UN Security Council. He has chaired the Munich Conference since 2022.

Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Medvedev has repeatedly made harsh statements on foreign policy issues, mainly— concerning Ukraine, the USA and the European Union. In particular, he expressed doubt that by the end of August Russia would have “what to talk about and with whom.” on the topic of Ukraine, he also admitted that the neighboring state might not be on the world map in two years. The ex-president wrote that “good guys and aunts from the EU” preparing Ukrainians to be “ready to die for a European perspective.”

“People often ask me why my posts in Telegram are so harsh. I answer— I hate them. They are bastards and geeks. They want death for us, Russia. And as long as I'm alive, I will do everything to make them disappear, — Medvedev wrote in early June. He previously noted that he personally maintains his Telegram channel, since he considers it important to convey information “without ambiguity.”

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The Kremlin called Medvedev's reaction understandable and understandable, the presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that the actions of the West “of course require a tough reaction.” At the same time, the head of the Italian Foreign Ministry, Luigi di Maio, called the statements of the ex-president of Russia unacceptable.

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In Britain, they called for the creation of an army capable of “defeating Russia”

The British need to “prepare the army again for war in Europe”, said the new commander of the British troops Patrick Sanders 91/756556330103916.jpg” alt=”Britain urged to create an army capable of “defeating Russia” />

Great Britain must create an army capable of “defeating Russia” together with the allies, said the new commander of the British troops , Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Patrick Sanders, The Independent reported.

“Now it is urgently necessary to create an army that can fight alongside our allies and defeat Russia in battle,” — he said in an address to the British military.

Sanders also expressed the opinion that the current generation of British people should “re-ready the army for war in Europe.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier in an op-ed for The Sunday Times urged allies to prepare for a protracted conflict in Ukraine as he sees the fighting attrition.

He called for providing Ukraine with weapons, ammunition, accelerating the training of the Ukrainian military, helping to maintain the “viability of the Ukrainian state”, which requires constant funding.

In April, Johnson admitted that hostilities in Ukraine could continue until the end of 2023 and Russia “may win.” “The sad thing is that this is a real possibility,” — he said.

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During the Russian special operation, the British prime minister visited Kyiv twice, the last time— June 17. During negotiations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, he promised to provide Kyiv with 120 armored vehicles and anti-ship systems, as well as additional loan guarantees for $500 million from the World Bank.

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Johnson also suggested starting an operation to train the Ukrainian military outside the country. According to his plan, every 120 days it is planned to train up to 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers, which could “fundamentally change the balance of power.”

Since the start of the Russian special operation, the UK, along with the United States and financial assistance. According to the British Prime Minister, support for Kyiv should be continued, despite the danger of “Ukraine fatigue”.

The Russian side has repeatedly criticized Western countries for military assistance to Ukraine. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that by supplying Kyiv with weapons, NATO countries are entering into a “proxy war”; with Russia. He also said that Western weapons on the territory of Ukraine would be the target of Russian troops. During the special operation, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported several times about the destruction of warehouses with Western weapons in Ukraine.

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The Rada supported the ban on Russian music

The ban concerns the performance of Russian music in Ukrainian media and public places

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved the ban on Russian music in Ukrainian media and public places, MP Yaroslav Zheleznyak said on Telegram.

303 people voted for the ban MP from 450, he specified.

At the end of May, deputies from the presidential party “Servant of the People” submitted to the Rada a bill banning the public performance of Russian music, as well as the tour of Russian performers. According to the initiative, the reproduction of phonograms, videos and music videos that “contain a fixed performance of a musical non-dramatic work with lyrics, performed by a singer (singer) who is or was a citizen of [Russia] in any period after 1991” is not allowed.

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An exception was made for the works of performers who were currently or at the time of death citizens of Ukraine or had no citizenship.

Prior to this, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy prepared a sanctions list of Russian performers, actors, directors and journalists, which included, among others, Nikolai Baskov, Dima Bilan, Oleg Gazmanov, Sergei Zhukov, Grigory Leps, Nikolai Rastorguev and Timati (Timur Yunusov), Vladimir Mashkov, Marat Basharov, Nikita Mikhalkov. The Ukrainian authorities believe that they support the Russian military operation.

In addition, the parliament banned the import and distribution of books and other publishing products from Russia, from the “temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine”; and from Belarus (306 supported). In mid-March, the Ukrainian State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting imposed a ban on the import and distribution of Russian publishing products.

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Head of the Ministry of Education Sergei Kravtsov called this decision “another confirmation of the stupidity of the Kyiv regime.”

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Ukrainian authorities announced the purchase of fuel “wherever you can get it”

All fuel imports to Ukraine now go through the borders with the EU, said the Minister of Infrastructure of the country Alexander Kubrakov

Ukraine is forced to buy fuel “wherever it can be obtained”, including in Belgium and the Netherlands due to the disruption of traditional supply chains, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said in an interview with the Financial Times (FT).

” ;Previously, we used only the countries closest to Ukraine and ports in Poland and Romania, now we import from Belgium, the Netherlands,— he said.

As the newspaper notes, the acute shortage of fuel is caused by the fact that Ukraine has lost the ability to deliver it across the Black Sea from Azerbaijan and Romania. Also deliveries are stopped from Belarus. The situation with fuel is complicated by the destruction of the only large oil refinery in Ukraine in Kremenchug, which accounted for about 40% of gasoline and diesel supplies, as a result of an airstrike, the newspaper writes.

«All our import— from EU»,— Kubrakov told the FT.

In June, Kyiv plans to import up to 600 thousand tons of fuel from Europe, which is ten times more than in March. Kubrakov expressed hope that the fuel situation will stabilize by autumn, when Ukraine will conclude more long-term contracts with foreign suppliers.

Every day, up to 230 fuel trucks cross the border of Ukraine from the European Union, but they are forced to stand in long lines, the newspaper writes. It is planned to solve this problem with the help of agreements with Poland and the EU on the simplification of border and customs control.

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Before the start of the Russian special operation, the share of fuel supplies to Ukraine across the borders with Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania was 5%, said Rostislav Shurma, deputy head of the Ukrainian president's office. According to him, Kyiv has already increased the capacity on the borders with the EU ten times and wants to double it more.

Fuel shortage in Ukraine has been observed since April. The country's Prime Minister Denys Shmygal then stated that the shortage of gasoline at gas stations was due to the “destruction of part of the infrastructure”, in particular, the shutdown of the Kremenchug oil refinery. The fuel crisis has led to queues at Ukrainian gas stations and, despite government regulation, several times higher fuel prices at gas stations, the Ekonomicheskaya Pravda newspaper wrote.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that a quick decision on there is no elimination of the fuel shortage, but called on the government to quickly solve this problem, wrote the publication “Ukrainian News”.

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Erdogan to bring evidence of Swedish assistance to the PKK to NATO

Turkish President intends to present serial numbers and photographs of Swedish anti-tank grenade launchers captured in Syria and northern Iraq as evidence of support for members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, the Sabah newspaper writes

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO summit in Madrid will show evidence of support from Sweden and Finland for members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK; in Turkey, this organization is recognized as a terrorist organization), the Sabah newspaper writes.

According to the publication, the Turkish president will bring “special documents and files” , confirming the help of the PKK. In particular, serial numbers and photographs of Swedish AT4 anti-tank grenade launchers captured during operations in Syria and northern Iraq will be shown as evidence, Sabah clarifies.

Ankara blocks the entry of Sweden and Finland in NATO. Countries applied in May. According to Erdogan, Turkey will not change its attitude towards the membership of these northern European states in the North Atlantic alliance until they take “clear, concrete and decisive action.” Turkish President considers Sweden and Finland “incubators” for terrorists. Ankara is demanding that Helsinki and Stockholm hand over PKK members to them and close all structures associated with them.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called Turkey's fears about supporting terrorism legitimate. According to him, the bloc continues to maintain close contacts with all parties in order to settle relations with Ankara and make progress on the applications of Sweden and Finland as soon as possible.

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Kyiv described the options for obtaining a Ukrainian visa by Russians

Kyiv is considering options for issuing visas to Russians through visa centers or a representative office of a third country, the government of Ukraine reported

Ukrainian authorities are working on a mechanism for issuing visas to Russians, among the possible options— processing through visa centers or in the diplomatic representation of a third country, said Oleg Nemchinov, Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

“Firstly, we have existing agreements with the visa centers of the Russian Federation, as far as we were informed at a government meeting by Deputy Foreign Minister Nikolai Tochitsky,” — Ukrinform quotes Nemchinov's words.

Also, he noted, proposals will be prepared for President Volodymyr Zelensky on choosing a country that will represent the interests of Ukraine in Russia and deal with visa issues.

“After this is done and a decision is made, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will additionally inform both our citizens and citizens of the Russian Federation about the method of obtaining a visa, its cost,” — Nemchinov said.

On June 17, the government of Ukraine decided to terminate the visa-free regime with Russia. As Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky reported, this was done “as part of countering unprecedented threats to national security.”

The visa regime will come into effect for Russians from July 1, 2022. Before that, to visit the country it was necessary to have a passport valid for the entire duration of the trip.

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Kyiv broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow on February 24, the first day of the Russian special operation. Then the Ukrainian authorities announced the evacuation of diplomats and consular workers from Russia.

In the absence of diplomatic relations between the two countries, visa issues can be taken over by the embassy of a third country, which is trusted by both parties, Andrey Baklanov, deputy chairman of the Association of Russian Diplomats, explained in a conversation with RBC. “For example, a section of Ukraine can be opened at the embassy of Turkey, or Switzerland, or some other third party that agrees to take it upon itself,” — he noted.

Baklanov added that no agreement is needed to open such a section, so two countries without diplomatic relations do not need to interact to resolve this issue. “This can be formalized as an agreement between each of the interested parties with a third party,” — he noted.

Similar practice is already applied in relations between Russia and Georgia. After the armed conflict in South Ossetia in 2008, diplomatic relations between the two countries were severed, and now Russia's interests in Georgia and Georgia in Russia are represented by Switzerland.

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Rada supported the bill on the construction of a network of bomb shelters

According to the authors of the document, since the beginning of hostilities, people had to hide in the subway or unsuitable basements. The bill provides for the urgent construction of shelters, including in new buildings “The Rada supported the draft law on the construction of a network of bomb shelters” />

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in the first reading supported the bill on the equipment of a network of bomb shelters, the author of the document, the chairman of the Servant of the People party, said. Elena Shulyak, her words are quoted on the party's website.

“We must respond to the challenges of the time and ensure the construction of reliable modern bomb shelters in any buildings,”— said Shulyak.

With the outbreak of hostilities, the country faced a lack of shelters to protect the civilian population: people had to hide, at best, in the subway or basements that were not suitable for this, she noted.

As the author of the bill pointed out in Telegram, a significant part of the shelters are not reliable, not equipped with emergency exits, does not have access to water supply systems and for water drainage, is not suitable for food storage.

Bill No. 7398 provides for the urgent construction of a network of bomb shelters, including in new buildings. Urban planning documentation should now contain a section on engineering and technical measures of civil protection. “Without this, such documentation simply will not be approved,” & mdash; explained the head of the “Servant of the People”.

According to the initiative, in buildings where up to 50 people are permanently or temporarily up to 100 people, there must be a bomb shelter. Moreover, it should be accessible to people with limited mobility. Bomb shelters, dual-use facilities and simple shelters, regardless of who owns them, must be ready to receive people if “the unified state protection system is put on high alert, emergency, state of emergency,” Shulyak said.

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Biden fell off his bike while walking. Video

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US President Joe Biden fell while riding a bike near his home in Delaware, Reuters reports. .

In a video circulated by journalists, the president rides with a group of people on bicycles, journalists standing nearby call out to him and ask questions. As Biden approaches them, he falls sideways along with the bike.

After that, the American leader said that he was fine and was not injured. He explained his fall by the fact that his bicycle shoe got caught on the pedal.

In March last year, Biden fell while climbing the ramp at Andrews Air Force Base. After that, the president stood up, raised his hand in greeting and entered the plane.

In November 2021, Biden was diagnosed with mild peripheral sensory neuropathy of the leg. The disease occurs due to damage to the nerves that are outside the brain and spinal cord and transmit information from them to other parts of the body. Its symptoms can be weakness, numbness, pain.

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Kadyrov accused the leaders of the CSTO countries in the absence of a common position on Ukraine

According to the head of Chechnya, even European leaders have a more unified position on Ukraine than the leaders of the former Soviet republics. He called on the CSTO countries to unite and recalled that Russia has always “saved” its neighbors .jpg” alt=”Kadyrov accused the leaders of the CSTO countries in the absence of a common position on Ukraine” />

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Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov accused the leaders of the countries belonging to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in the absence of a position against the backdrop of ongoing events in Ukraine.

“Odekabeshniks, why are you silent? Why don't you talk about your neighbors? <…> Why do you not have a position against Bandera, Nazis and Nazis who killed our ancestors? Myzhe fought together against Bandera. And now, as if nothing had happened, fearing the sanctions of America and Europe, everyone is silent, — Kadyrov said in a video posted on his Telegram channel.

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He called on the leaders of the former USSR to unite and have their say. “If there is a state, if there is an ally, he must decide and take his step. Who saved Belarus? Russia. Who saved Kazakhstan? Russia. Who stopped the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan? Russia. And when Russia needs it, everyone is silent— afraid of sanctions»,— pointed out the head of Chechnya.

The CSTO includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. Among the goals of the organization— strengthening peace, international and regional security and stability, collectively protecting the independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Member States.

Article 4 of the Treaty reads: “If one of the participating States is subjected to aggression by any or a state or group of states, then this will be considered as aggression against all states parties to this Treaty.

Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24. President Vladimir Putin called its goals “denazification and demilitarization”; neighboring state. Ukraine, in response, declared martial law and mobilization.

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The leaders of the CIS countries have repeatedly called on the parties to peace talks. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, in particular, on the first day of the special operation, announced the need for an urgent meeting in Minsk for peace talks. He also said that Putin did not ask him to participate in the special operation.

In turn, the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, said that Kazakhstan would support the creation of a Greater Eurasian Partnership, the basis of which could be the CIS, but does not recognize the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, considering them quasi-state territories. Tokayev also said that some Russian deputies, journalists and cultural figures made absolutely incorrect statements about his country.

Earlier, Tokayev said that Kazakhstan does not abandon its allied obligations with Russia, but will comply with all the restrictions that the world community has imposed on Moscow.

The last summit of the CSTO leaders was held on May 16 in Moscow. The summit was attended by Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, Presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan Alexander Lukashenko and Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, heads of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Sadyr Japarov and Emomali Rahmon, as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Following the results of the summit, the leaders issued a joint statement in which they expressed their readiness to establish practical cooperation with NATO to “reduce tensions on the continent.” At the same time, the CSTO leaders stressed that they were concerned about the situation on the external borders and expressed their readiness to ensure the security of the borders. At the same time, the leaders of the countries did not discuss sending the military to Ukraine, the Secretary General of the organization Stanislav Zas clarified.

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Kadyrov announced control over the settlement near Severodonetsk

Special forces units “Akhmat” Together with the second corps of the People's Militia of the LPR, they liberated the village of Metelkino, which adjoins Severodonetsk. This was stated by the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, in his Telegram channel.

“It should be noted that in the battles for this settlement over the past week, the Ukrainian side lost from 600 to 700 of its fighters killed and wounded”,&mdash ; Kadyrov wrote.

According to him, at the moment, the settlement is being cleared of mines and stretch marks.

At the end of May, Kadyrov said that Russian troops had taken Severodonetsk under full control. In early June, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported on the “liberation” of residential areas of Severodonetsk, but pointed out that the Ukrainian military is still in the industrial zones.

On June 16, the head of the LPR, Leonid Pasechnik, said that his troops control almost the entire territory of Severodonetsk, except for the Azot chemical plant. He claimed that there are from 1,000 to 1,500 Ukrainian soldiers on the territory of the plant.

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