What kind of child pornography lawsuit is Visa facing?

The financial company Visa may face charges in connection with the receipt of income from the distribution of child pornography. This is reported by the BBC channel.

We are talking about an eight-year-old case, when pornographic videos featuring a 13-year-old American woman appeared on the Pornhub website. Now the girl claims that the materials were used without her consent.

What is the story behind the appearance of child pornography on the site Pornhub?

According to Serena Flates, in 2014 year, a young man forced her to star in a candid video, which he posted on the Pornhub website. At that time, the girl was 13 years old. She did not give consent to the publication of the video.

According to Flaytes, when she discovered a pornographic video with her participation on the site, he managed to gain 400,000 views. Later, the girl contacted Mindgeek, which owns Pornhub. Posing as the mother of the “actress”, she said that the video qualifies as child pornography.

A few weeks later, the video was deleted, but portal users managed to download it and re-upload it to the site several times. As a result, one of the “copies” The video has been viewed 2.7 million times. According to the girl,  MindGeek continued to earn advertising income from these re-uploads, while her life "out of control". Flates claims that over the years she tried to commit suicide several times, and her relationship with her family soured, because of which she moved in with a friend and started using illegal substances. In order to pay for her addiction, underage Selena re-recorded several pornographic videos, some of which were uploaded to Pornhub.

The company MindGeek told the channel that at the moment, the court has not yet ruled on the veracity of the plaintiff's statements. 

How did Visa get into the center of this scandal?

According to Flates, Visa, which handles advertising revenue, colluded with MindGeek to make money from its child pornography videos.

Visa says that working with MindGeek does not imply that Visa has agreed to participate in any sexual exploitation. In addition, commercial relations in themselves are not grounds for collusion.

However, the court was told that at this stage of the proceedings, “it is safe to conclude that Visa intended to help MindGeek monetize child porn based on the fact that Visa continued to provide funds to MindGeek to do so, knowing about the activities of MindGeek». Thus, it could be that Visa “intentionally provided a tool to commit a crime.”

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The court sentenced Brittney Greiner to nine years in prison

The Khimki court sentenced American basketball player Brittney Griner to nine years in prison for drug smuggling and possession. The athlete will also pay a fine of one million rubles, writes RIA Novosti.

The court took into account the partial recognition of the defendant's guilt, her repentance and sporting achievements. Griner will serve his sentence in a penal colony.

Earlier, the Khimki court found US basketball player Brittney Griner guilty of drug smuggling and possession. The prosecution asked for 9.5 years in prison for the athlete. The lawyer insisted on an acquittal, and in the case of a guilty verdict, she asked for a sentence below the lowest limit and a suspended sentence.

Recall that Greiner was detained in February upon arrival from New York to Moscow. Vapes with hash oil were found in her hand luggage. A criminal case was opened against the athlete.

Brittney Greiner is the 2016 and 2020 Olympic champion. She became the world champion twice.

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New Shepard rocket with tourists successfully completed suborbital flight

The American New Shepard rocket made a successful commercial suborbital flight with six tourists on board, according to the website of the aerospace developer Blue Origin.

The rocket was launched as part of the NS-22 mission at 10:56 EST from the Corn Ranch launch pad in western Texas. On board were the founder of the Deep Space Initiative, the Egyptian Sara Sabry, the co-founder of the Dude Perfect YouTube channel, Koby Cotton, the Portuguese entrepreneur Mario Ferreira, the British-American researcher Vanessa O'Brien, and the American businessmen Steve Young and Clint Kelly.

It is noted that the duration of the flight was about 10 minutes. After vertical acceleration, the descent vehicle separated from the carrier, which continued to climb up to 107 kilometers by inertia, which is slightly higher than the Karman line, which is conventionally considered the boundary between space and the Earth's atmosphere.

At the highest point of the flight, the capsule with tourists was about three minutes. After descending, she made a soft landing using a parachute system. This is the rocket's sixth commercial flight.

In July 2021, the New Shepard reusable rocket-ship flew from a spaceport in Texas with four crew members on board. Billionaire owner Jeff Bezos was among them. The flight duration was 11 minutes. The capsule of the ship with the crew, after separation from the carrier stage, reached a height of 100 kilometers.

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YouTube removed blogger Goblin’s channel for “violating community guidelines”

YouTube has removed the channel of the popular Russian blogger Dmitry Puchkov, better known as “Goblin” (Goblin) The author announced this in his Telegram channel.

On Thursday evening, Puchkov posted a screenshot with a notification from the administration of the Internet service. It says that after a check, violations of the community rules were found on the channel. As a result, the channel has been deleted.

When you try to access the channel, a message appears: “This account has been suspended for violating the YouTube Community Guidelines.” At the time of deletion, the channel had about 3 million subscribers.

The blogger believes that he was blocked because of videos objectionable to the policies of the West.

“Blocked because objectionable and do not comply “party” lines. You have to understand that, for example, Navalny* could even be called on YouTube to overthrow the government, which is essentially extremism, but as it turned out, I can’t do anything at all… You also need to understand that crests are sitting in the moderators there, — he told News.ru.

Puchkov added that he would not create a new channel, as he is present in other social networks and instant messengers.

Recall that on July 26, the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation imposed a fine on Google in the amount of almost $35 million (2 billion rubles) for opaque and biased rules for blocking accounts and handling content on YouTube.

* Included in the list of terrorists and extremists.

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ETS has restored Russians’ access to TOEFL exams

Residents of the Russian Federation have reopened the opportunity to pass the TOEFL exam for knowledge of the English language on the American platform ETS. On August 2, it was reported that a US company banned registration for the international exam.  

On Thursday, the registration form for users from the Russian Federation became available again on the ETS website. The test can be taken online from the territory of Russia, and in full-time testing, citizens of the country can take it at examination centers in the United States.

Recall that TOEFL is required to confirm the level of English proficiency of applicants from non-English speaking countries when entering US universities, Europe, Asia. Also, its results are in demand among a number of employers.

In March, ETS announced the suspension of tests in Russia and Belarus due to the situation in Ukraine.

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Abnormal heat in Europe

Anomalous heat continues in Western Europe. How do people escape the heat — in the AiF.ru photo feed.

Rescuers in Stralsund, Germany © www.globallookpress.com/Stefan Sauer/dpa/Global Look Press

Holidaymakers take shelter in the heat in Rome's Piazza del Popolo © www.globallookpress.com/Jin Mamengni/XinHua/Global Look Press

Resting by the fountain at the Trocadero in Paris © Reuters/Sarah Meyssonnier/Reuters

Residents of the German city of Kiel relax in the 35-degree heat © www.globallookpress.com/Markus Scholz/dpa/Global Look Press

A man drinks water at the Place du Trocadero in Paris © Reuters/Sarah Meyssonnier/Reuters

Vacationers on the Mediterranean coast in Fuengirola, Spain © Reuters/Jon Nazca/File Photo/Reuters

People fill bottles with drinking water on a hot day in Rome © www.globallookpress.com/Jin Mamengni/XinHua/Global Look Press

Vacationers on the coast of the Baltic Sea in the German Haff Circle © www.globallookpress.com/Bodo Marks/dpa/Global Look Press

Hamburgers in the Plantin-un-Blomen fountain on a hot day © www.globallookpress.com/Christian Charisius/dpa/Global Look Press

High fire risk warning sign in Richmond Park, London © Reuters/Toby Melville/Reuters

Berliners bathe in a lake in 33-degree heat © www.globallookpress.com/Carsten Koall/dpa/Global Look Press

A man drinks water at the Trocadero in Paris © Reuters/Sarah Meyssonnier/Reuters

Vacationers on the Mediterranean coast in Fuengirola, Spain © Reuters/Jon Nazca/File Photo/Reuters

People fill bottles with drinking water on a hot day in Rome © www.globallookpress.com/Jin Mamengni/XinHua/Global Look Press

A man drinks water on a hot day from a drinking fountain in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. © Reuters/Piroschka van de Wouw/File Photo/Reuters

Woman in the fountain at the Trocadero in Paris © Reuters/Sarah Meyssonnier/Reuters

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Dmitry Puchkov: everyone who does not support the Ukronazis is removed from YouTube

On Thursday, YouTube users discovered that the channel of the blogger and translator Dmitry "Goblin" Puchkov. This was confirmed by the author of the channel himself in his social networks.

More than 3 million people subscribed to Dmitry Puchkov's channel, and the number of published videos exceeded 5 thousand. The main part of the content was made up of interviews on the topic of history, politics and culture. Recently one of guests was representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova. According to Dmitry Puchkov in an aif.ru interview, the entire archive was saved. 

Dmitry "Goblin" Puchkov: — Nothing was lost. All videos are available. I am, to put it mildly, a citizen of age  and                 It was obvious that removing — it's only a matter of time. Therefore, a year and a half ago, I dragged everything on RuTube, Yandex and Vkontakte. Classmates only remained un covered. Everything old was poured in there, everything new that came out — too. So that all content is available and functioning.

Dmitry Sokolov, aif.ru: — Don't sorry to part with YouTube?< /strong>

— Well, what to do, it happened. Alien shop. If they are there President Trumpthey chase like a slop cat, then me what  They consider it unacceptable support of the Russian Federation on their resources. Everyone who does not support the Ukrainian Nazis is cheerfully removed from there. It   my turn has come.

— Will contact administration of the service?

&mdash ; Questions, of course, should be asked. It just says: “You violated the rules of the community.” I really want to know where I violated them, how I violated them. What should I do so that I and no longer violate them. Although for understanding. I’ll ask questions, but I don’t know what they will answer. 

— If they don’t answer, will start another channel on YouTube or is this site over?

— It not the channel is being deleted, but me. This is me as a character, as a person, they remove me from there. If I start another one, they will immediately destroy it. All this has been tested a million times and common knowledge.

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Roscosmos: the date of withdrawal from the ISS project will depend on the state of the station

The date of Russia's withdrawal from the International Space Station project will depend on its technical condition, it can be any year between 2024 and 2030, said the executive director of Roskosmos Sergey Krikalev for manned programs.

“After 2024, it could be 2025, 2028, or 2030, the exact decision to stop work will be made based on an analysis of its technical condition”, &ndash ; RIA Novosti quotes his words, spoken during a video conference speech at a press conference in Houston.

At the end of July, the general director of Roskosmos Yuri Borisov said that after 2024 Russia will begin withdrawing from the International Space Station project. He promised that the Russian Federation would fulfill all obligations to the partners in the project.

During a press conference on Thursday, the head of the American ISS program, Joel Montalbano, said that the agreement on cross-flights with Russia could be extended after 2024. “Our long-term goal – have a combined crew on all flights, – he said.

Recall that last month Roskosmos and NASA have agreed to cross-fly to the ISS in 2022-2024. One seat on the Soyuz spacecraft will be occupied by an American astronaut, and on an American – Russian cosmonaut.

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Google explained the reason for deleting Puchkov’s YouTube channel

Google explained that the reason for removing the YouTube channel of the Russian blogger Goblin (Dmitry Puchkov) was a violation of the company's policy on inciting hatred, the RBC Telegram channel reported.

It is clarified that Google has removed content from Puchkov’s channel, which, as the company noted, “denies, downplays or trivializes well-documented events of violence,” including military actions in Ukraine. After that, the blogger was given a warning (strike).

“It was the channel's third strike in 90 days, so in accordance with our policy of three warnings, Dmitry Puchkov's channel was deleted”, — quotes “RBC” a message from Google.

On Thursday evening, the blogger himself informed about the deletion of the channel by posting a screenshot in his Telegram channel with a notification from the administration of the service, which spoke of a violation of the YouTube community rules.

Later, Puchkov said that “everyone who does not support the Ukrainian Nazis” is being removed from the Internet site, and Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev promised to “take revenge” on for what happened.

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Work for true patriots. Who extinguishes forest fires

The area of ​​fires in Yakutia has decreased by 10 times compared to last year. This was made possible with the help of additional strength and funds obtained through increased federal funding. The region has valuable practices at the federal level in combating emergencies, the republic is ready to share them with other regions. 

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Over the past day in the territory of Yakutia, 10 forest fires were eliminated with a total area covered by fire, 1.8 thousand hectares. A day earlier, 20 forest fires on an area of ​​more than 9.2 thousand hectares were extinguished, Deputy Minister of Ecology, Nature Management and Forestry of the Republic Andrey Konoplev said at a briefing.In total, 81 forest fires operate on the territory of the region on an area of ​​240,659 hectares; in the same period last year, 178 forest fires were active on an area of ​​over 2.5 million hectares on this date. The extinguishing involved 1,131 people and 98 pieces of equipment. The situation is improving every day thanks to the coordinated work.

“The weather began to help us, it rained in a number of areas, sometimes heavy. But it is thanks to the work of our forest fire units that we manage to cope with the fire. We have two such formations — these are aviation forest protection & nbsp; and ground formations. The aviation base for the protection of forests extinguishes fires located in the aviation service area: in hard-to-reach areas where there are no roads. And ground services & nbsp; put out fires where there are roads & nbsp; or where you can reach by boat. Basically, these are areas near settlements. Of course, the most effective — it is to detect a fire promptly in small areas and with sufficient forces of forest fire formations, which must be well equipped with everything necessary, to quickly eliminate it, — told and. about. Minister of Ecology, Nature Management and Forestry of Yakutia Evgeny Perfilyev.

He noted that over the years of fighting forest fires in Yakutia, the most effective methods have been developed, including — mineralized strip laying and counter annealing.

“In order to limit the further spread of fire, the territory is being dug up to the mineral layer, after which the fire is localized and extinguished by human forces. Basically, everything is done manually, equipment, of course, is needed, but it is more difficult to get the equipment to the air zone, where our fire units are delivered using Mi-8 or An-2 helicopters, so our guys work there manually. Aviaforestry uses another effective method — explosive, this is when, with the help of explosive materials, a combustible litter is carried to the mineral layer. As for crown fires, in this case, only work with the help of counter annealing is possible, because it is very dangerous to approach directly, especially when the wind direction can change dramatically. We have Be-200 aircraft that take water from a reservoir and dump it from above, — Evgeny Perfiliev explained.

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Under the supervision of aviation forest protection

Unique specialists work in Yakutia — observer pilots. This rare profession is taught in Moscow universities. This year, pilots from Primorye and Khabarovsk, who work in the Lensky, Ust-Maisky, Tomponsky air squadrons, were also invited to Yakutia to extinguish fires. Next year, training of another 9 pilots is planned, since it is planned to increase the control zone by another 20 million hectares, and the total area will already be 70 million hectares.

“The profession of a firefighter is in great demand with us, this applies to both ground services and aviation forest protection. But, unfortunately, only a part of the employees in the state, another part of the — seasonal workers. Basically, these are full-time students who study in the winter and come to work with us in the summer. The profession is very difficult, dangerous, responsible. Firefighters are people for whom this is really a vocation. These are really fans, patriots of their land, ",— says i. about. Minister of Ecology of Yakutia.

Thanks to the additional funding that Yakutia received this year, the region has increased the number of forest fire units, as well as aviation forest protection groups.

“The fire season began on May 7, during this time, in three months of the four most difficult forest fires, we registered 504 forest fires on an area of ​​402,000 hectares. During the same period last year, 1,328 forest fires were recorded on an area of ​​4,359,000 hectares. That is, the number of fires has decreased significantly, and this is all due to the fact that we have increased our ground-based forest fire formations and aviation forest protection. We opened three new branches in the hard-to-reach northern Tomponsky, Oymyakonsky and Verkhnekolymsky districts, there are plans to open three more branches— in Aldan, Srednekolymsky and Mirny districts. Then the situation would have improved even more, — Yevgeny Perfilyev noted.

Note that this year the number of parachute firefighters increased by 184 people. Groups of paratroopers were increased by 50 people. 1-2 groups of paratroopers work at all departments, fly out on An-2 aircraft, another 40 people are planned to be trained next year.

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Is it necessary to drive into the “figure” by force?

Weekly “Argumenty i Fakty” No. 31. The feeling of inevitable food 03/08/2022

In order to receive a public service, now, as a rule, you need to open a personal account on the site.

But what about those who cannot be helped by relatives to master the Internet or who simply do not have money to gadgets?

Yuri Korzeev,  Press Secretary  Commissioner for Human Rights in the Volgograd Region:

Digitalization – the process is inevitable, but often creates problems for citizens. Thus, a 55-year-old resident of one of the rural areas of the region, Vasily B, applied to the office of the Volgograd Commissioner for Human Rights. At the employment center, where he wanted to submit a written application to register him as unemployed, they explained that now this institution can only be contacted through the State Services portal. However, the man has neither a computer nor the skills to use it. He even doubted: maybe the officials demand something extra?

No, Federal Law No. 219-FZ of June 28, 2021 actually amended the law of the Russian Federation of April 19, 1991 ­ No. 1032-1 “On employment in the Russian Federation”. Now only an electronic method of interaction between citizens and the employment service is provided. True, this requirement is “softened” by to others: employees of the employment service should help the newly applied to create an entry on the “State Services”.

Yes, the Volga pensioner was helped to register on the digital portal and submit an application. But what to do next? After all, job offers, notifications of appointment or refusal will also come in electronic form! That is, you need a computer. It turns out that in order to register with the employment service, the unemployed must buy a computer, pay for the Internet, and in the village also purchase a router! The costs are clearly disproportionate, given the meager amount of unemployment benefits awarded. By the way, according to expert data, from 20 to 25 million people do not use the Internet in Russia for one reason or another.

It is clear that legislators should give people the right to decide for themselves whether they will use digital tools or traditional “paper” tools. formats. No one is going to slow down progress, and yes, in some cases, online document management is easier and faster. Nevertheless, it is not necessary to forcibly drive everyone into the “digital hostel”, leaving no alternative.

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Do as you know. Almost 600 thousand graduates will be enrolled in universities on the budget

Weekly “Argumenty i Fakty” No. 31. The feeling of inevitable food 03/08/2022

Programmers, economists and lawyers — these are the most popular specialties chosen by applicants at universities in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In regions, medicine and pedagogy were also among the most in demand.

Environmentalists instead of lawyers

According to according to Head of the Ministry of Education and Science Valery Falkov, more 57% of the total number of applications accepted by universities in the admission campaign for  2022/2023 academic year, were submitted in the most priority areas for the state —— engineering, pedagogical, medical and agricultural.

The choice of applicants largely reflects the socio-political situation. In Moscow, MIREA — a digital university, where almost all specialties are in one way or another related to information technologies, and energy (MPEI) and financial universities.

Inside the well-known metropolitan universities, the preferences of future students have changed somewhat. “The top five in the most popular areas for the first time closed”Ecology and environmental management — last year was jurisprudence. Linguistics, medicine, advertising and public relations, dentistry, — told aif.ru RUDN University Rector Oleg Yastrebov. Winners and prize-winners of Olympiads at RUDN University more often chose philology, dentistry, applied informatics, chemistry, and general medicine. There is also interest in  new directions: "Reconstruction and restoration of architectural heritage", "Innovation", "Nanotechnologies and "microsystem technology", "Economics of natural and "technogenic safety". The press service of the Russian State University for the Humanities noted that this year the scores of the applicants who came to them have increased slightly. Faculties of Oriental Studies and African Studies are traditionally in demand at the university. Most of all, those who want to enter the direction with the study of Chinese: 926 applications were submitted for 4 budget places. At "state and municipal administration" only two budget places, and those who want to study — 883 people. Interest in the medical profession continues. For example, 7495 applications were submitted to the Moscow Medical and Dental University for 606 budget places. Nearly a thousand more than last year.

The Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK) noted that if earlier the university received applications from 20–25 regions of the country, then this year           they all regions — thanks to the ability to remotely submit documents.            — said Rector of MIIGAiK Nadezhda Kamynina.    We associate such interest of applicants with obtaining the status of a flagship university in the rocket and space industry».

Olympians choose IT

In & nbsp; Petersburg, school graduates most often chose the Polytechnic University. “This year, the university received over 75,000 applications from applicants. One of the most popular directions was “Software Engineering” at the Institute of Computer Science and Technologies of SPbPU, there are also traditionally many applications for technical and socio-economic areas», — said the rector, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Andrey Rudskoy.

Outside the two capitals, the top three most demanded universities were headed by the Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg. Since the Ministry of Education and Science has increased the number of budget places in regions, then this year even more children will be able to study for free — UrFU will accept 9,000 rubles for the budget people.

“Among the leaders in competition in socio-humanitarian sciences and economy — customs, personnel management, — said UrFU Rector Viktor Koksharov. — Among IT areas and engineering, natural sciences — these are information security, medical biochemistry and mechatronics, innovation, nanotechnology and automation».

The rector of the Don State Technical University, Besarion Meskhi, recalled the benefits for certain categories of applicants. “For citizens of the LPR, DPR and Ukraine who left these territories in in connection with the conduct of a special operation, quotas for training —  — said the head of the university. — In addition, 413 quotas have been allocated for the children of military personnel participating in the  special operation».

By the way, DSTU fully compensates at its own expense the payment for tuition for applicants who scored high USE scores, but&nbsp  not passed full-time studies due to the high competition, and also entering faculties where there are no state-funded places.

Talent or luck?

С 2021  high school graduates can apply to 5 different universities and choose up to 10 directions in each. After the completion of the acceptance of applications, there is a week to decide and submit consent for the chosen specialty (from 27 July to 3 August). Previously, it was given two days.

And in fact, this period turns out to be nervous. After the completion of the acceptance of applications, universities are required to publish ranked lists —  in descending order of points. And here it is much more difficult to evaluate your chances and determine where to carry the original certificate and consent to enrollment. After all, high scorers also apply to 5 universities. In   the same same top universities, the the the same same people can be on the top lines. In  some universities, admissions committees call applicants to orient and lure them to them. However, even having submitted consent to enrollment, you cannot be sure that you will do it. At the last moment, certificates can be brought by those who had higher scores, but did not pass to other universities. And you will be left with nothing.

The winners of the Olympiads this year could exercise their right to a privilege only in one university. So, with such a system, even an applicant with lower scores, with some luck, can end up in a stronger and more prestigious university. And in                   not a very fair system.

The most popular universities for admission in 2022 

In Moscow

  • MIREA Digital University
  • National Research University MPEI
  • Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation

In St. Petersburg

  • Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University Peter the Great
  • Saint Petersburg State University
  • Saint Petersburg State University of Telecommunications n. prof. Bonch-Bruevich

In other regions

  • Ural Federal University (Ekaterinburg)
  • Kazan ( Privolzhsky) Federal University
  • Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation (has branches in many regions of the country)

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Ambassador of the LPR reported on the fighting on the streets of Artemovsk

LNR Ambassador Miroshnik: allied forces entered Artemovsk, fighting is going on in the city According to Rodion Miroshnik, fighting is going on in the city. Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported on the offensive in the areas of Soledar, Artemovsk and Avdeevka and the retreat of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Allied forces entered Artemovsk (Bakhmut) in the Donetsk region, said the Ambassador of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) in Russia, Rodion Miroshnik, in Telegram.< /p>

"PMC"Wagner" and allied forces entered Artemovsk. Fights go on the streets of the city»,— wrote Miroshnik.

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

On August 4, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that Russian troops, together with the forces of the DPR and LPR, were conducting an offensive in the areas of Soledar, Artemovsk and Avdiivka in the DPR, during which the forces of three motorized infantry brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stationed there suffered “heavy losses”, lost their combat effectiveness and retreated.

Later, Oleksiy Gromov, deputy head of the main operational department of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said that the Ukrainian military had to leave their positions in the Avdiivka area and leave the Butovka mine. According to Gromov, the Ukrainian troops left the village of Semigorye, about the “liberation” which was announced on August 2 by the head of the Russian Ministry of Defense Sergei Shoigu, and went on the defensive on the eastern outskirts of the village of Kodema in the Bakhmut district.

Earlier, President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky said that due to the superiority of the Russian army in artillery, Ukrainian troops were in difficult situation in the Donbass, especially in the area of ​​​​Avdeevka and the village of Peski. Later, representatives of the DPR reported that they controlled 70% of the village.

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In early July, Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin about the transfer of the territory of the LPR under the control of Russian and allied forces.

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The head of the military administration of the Kherson region was hospitalized

The head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region, Saldo, was hospitalized

The head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region, Volodymyr Saldo, said that he was hospitalized.

According to him, after the meeting of the regional government, he was approached by the Minister of Health. “And, looking at my appearance, he began to insist on an immediate medical examination. Of course, I refused, but the minister brought the doctors to the office, who, after doing an examination, insisted on immediate hospitalization. Having discussed with the Chairman of the Government, colleagues, I decided to agree with the proposals of the doctors»— wrote Saldo.

The diagnosis and the reason for hospitalization, Saldo did not name. He named the head of the government of the region Sergey Eliseev as acting.

Eliseev headed the government of the Kherson region in early July, previously he was the first deputy chairman of the government of the Kaliningrad region, and even before, in 2014-2016 he was an assistant and deputy head of Vologda . From 1993 to 2005, Eliseev served in the FSB.

The Russian Defense Ministry announced the taking of the Kherson region under control on March 15. Power in the region has been handed over to a pro-Russian military-civilian administration that plans to hold a referendum on joining Russia.

In July, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ordered the military to recapture the southern coastal territories. In the same month, Ukrainian intelligence reported preparations for a counter-offensive in the southern direction.

On July 19, the Kherson administration reported that the Antonovsky Bridge had been damaged as a result of shelling from the Ukrainian side. This bridge— the only road through the Dnieper, it connects the regional center with the rest of the territory of the Kherson region, located on the other side. Traffic on the bridge was closed, ferries were launched across the Dnieper.

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The Macedonian portal learned about the transfer to Kyiv of previously purchased Su-25s

Portal MKD: Ukraine will receive four Su-25s from North Macedonia, bought from Kyiv in 2001 This will be the first delivery of aircraft to Kyiv from the West since the beginning of the special operation. Other countries have so far only promised to consider this possibility< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/800xH/media/img/7/20/756596490495207.webp 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/7/20/756596490495207.webp 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi) " >

North Macedonia donated to Ukraine four Su-25 attack aircraft, which Skopje bought from Kyiv in 2001 for €4 million, according to the local publication MKD.mk.

The portal clarifies that the country's Ministry of Defense has not yet denied or confirmed this information, but indicated that the details of the decision will be published later, and the transfer of weapons will not reduce the combat capability of the Macedonian army. MKD.mk claims that North Macedonia planned to sell these aircraft back in 2004 or upgrade them to NATO standards.

Su-25— Soviet attack aircraft, which is designed to directly support ground forces over the battlefield, as well as to destroy objects with given coordinates. Operated since the 1980s.

In addition, at the end of July, Macedonia also handed over to Ukraine “third-generation tanks” free of charge, which were bought from Kyiv in the same year as the aircraft. Macedonian portal “360 degrees” with reference to the Ministry of Defense of the country, he writes that these tanks will soon become “uncompetitive”; and North Macedonia would have to spend the money to destroy them itself, which would be “unreasonable”; for the army.

The Serbian television channel RTS claimed that the T-72 tanks transferred to Ukraine were received by North Macedonia from Russia in 2000, but the Macedonian authorities denied this information.

North Macedonia became the first state to transfer aviation to Ukraine. Other countries allowed for such a possibility, but have not yet decided to take such a step.

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Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger spoke about the possible transfer of MiG-29 fighters to Kyiv, but he specified that in return Bratislava wants receive American F-16 fighters.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, as of August 4, 261 Ukrainian planes and 145 helicopters were destroyed during the special operation. The Kremlin noted that the supply of Western weapons will not prevent Russia from achieving the goals of the special operation in Ukraine.

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US declares monkeypox a public health emergency

US declares monkeypox public health emergency According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 6.6 thousand cases of infection with this virus have been identified in the country. US authorities have declared monkeypox a public health emergency. This was announced by the Minister of Health and Human Services Javier Becerra on Twitter.

“In light of changing circumstances on the ground, I am declaring a public health emergency for monkeypox,” wrote Becerra on Twitter.— We are ready to take our response to the next level in the fight against this virus.

The head of the Ministry of Health urged Americans to take the infection seriously.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 6.6 thousand cases of monkeypox infection have been identified in the country.

August 2, the state of California, following New York and Illinois, declared a state of emergency due to smallpox.

Monkeypox — disease caused by the monkeypox virus. Symptoms — fever, severe headache, muscle aches, back pain, weakness, swollen lymph nodes, and skin rashes or lesions. Monkeypox is commonly found in Central and West Africa. However, in May of this year there was an outbreak of infection in non-endemic countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 26,000 people have contracted smallpox worldwide, and eight have died.

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On July 23, WHO declared the spread of the virus a public health emergency.

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Kyiv announced the dispatch of three more ships with grain from Ukrainian ports

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Dry cargo ship with Ukrainian grain in Istanbul

On the morning of August 5, three ships with more than 50,000 tons of Ukrainian agricultural products will depart from Odessa and Chornomorsk, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov said on his Facebook page (the social network belongs to the Meta corporation, which is recognized as extremist and banned in Russia).

“Tomorrow, from five to eight o’clock in the morning, two ships are expected to leave the port of Chernomorsk, as well as one from the port of Odessa. After that, a caravan will be formed, which, together with the leading ship, will go to the ports of destination,— he wrote.

The Minister added that dry cargo ships Navi Star, Rojen and Polarnet would carry out the transportation. They will have corn on board.

The joint coordination center in Istanbul, which approved the departure on August 5 of three ships with grain from Odessa and Chernomorsk, TASS reports. They will deliver 58 thousand tons of grain.

Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN signed a “grain deal” 22 July. The parties agreed to create a safe sea corridor for the passage of commercial ships with grain from Ukrainian ports— Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny.

Earlier, Kyiv accused Moscow of blocking them, Moscow also noted that the ports were not functioning, because Kyiv had mined them. At the same time, a food crisis began to develop in the world.

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Razoni, the first dry cargo ship with Ukrainian agricultural products on board, left Odessa on the morning of August 1st. On August 2, in the evening, he arrived in Istanbul, where he then went through an inspection of the ship: it was checked for weapons and ammunition. The dry cargo ship sails under the flag of Sierra Leone to Lebanon, it carries 26 thousand tons of corn. also included a clause on lifting restrictions on the export of Russian agricultural products and fertilizers. Moscow insisted that the implementation of this agreement began “synchronously” with the export of grain. On August 2, the Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out that in order to fully implement the agreements, Western countries need to ensure the access of Russian food and fertilizers to world markets, “that is, to remove the financial and logistical obstacles caused by the anti-Russian restrictions they have introduced.” The agency warned the West “against trying to wind up or not fulfill the second part of the deal package.”

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Which countries did refugees from Ukraine go to? Map

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According to the UNHCR, as of August 3, over 6 million Ukrainian refugees were recorded throughout Europe. The absolute leaders in the reception of immigrants— Russia (1.97 million), Poland (1.26 million) and Germany (915 thousand people). For Russia, the number is estimated. According to the Russian authorities, as of June 24, more than 1.5 million people arrived in Russia from Ukraine, the DPR and the LPR.

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Hungarian Prime Minister ruled out peace in Ukraine without talks between Russia and the United States

Hungarian Prime Minister Orban: without talks between Russia and the United States there will never be peace in Ukraine says Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Index reports.

Orban is visiting the United States.

He is convinced that the strategy of the “globalist” leaders leads to a prolongation of hostilities in Ukraine and reduces the chances of a peaceful resolution of the conflict, and “without US-Russian negotiations there will never be peace in Ukraine.”

“Only strong leaders can restore peace <. ..> we really need strong leaders who can negotiate a peace deal, so we need a strong America with a strong leader, — said the prime minister during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, speaking about the possibility of negotiations with Russia on Ukraine, said in early March that Washington was ready to engage in dialogue with Moscow after it withdraws its troops and agrees to move on to a diplomatic settlement.

After the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Moscow and Kyiv held several rounds of negotiations, including in person. The last face-to-face meeting of the parties took place at the end of March in Istanbul. However, in mid-May, the peace talks were suspended. The Russian side blamed Kyiv for their freezing.

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In mid-July, the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that there was no talk of resuming negotiations on a peace agreement now. Vladimir Putin himself spoke of the sabotage of the dialogue by Kyiv and argued that Moscow does not refuse negotiations. “Those who refuse should know that the further, the more difficult it will be to negotiate,” — he warned.

Russia demanded that Ukraine fix the country's neutral, non-aligned and non-nuclear status and recognize “the prevailing territorial realities, including the current status of Crimea, as well as the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.”

The main demands of Kyiv were a ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops, as well as the provision of international guarantees in exchange for a neutral status. In mid-July, the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Dmitry Kuleba, stated that “the liberation of our territories” and “restoration of our territorial integrity and full sovereignty in the east and south of Ukraine” is the “ultimate negotiating position” Kyiv.

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Zelensky blamed the EU for “artificial delay” with €8 billion in aid

Volodymyr Zelensky said that the EU is “artificially delaying” €8 billion assistance to Ukraine The President urged not to make ordinary Ukrainians hostages of the “indecisiveness or bureaucracy” of some EU leaders. According to him, he believes that “this is still a mistake that will be corrected”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused the EU of “artificial delay” with the provision of financial assistance to the country for €8 billion. He stated this in his next appeal in Telegram

“Eight billion euros for Ukraine is still on hold. And such an artificial delay in macro-financial assistance for our state— or a crime, or a mistake. And it's hard to say which of these is worse,»,— Zelensky said.

He urged not to make ordinary Ukrainians hostages of “indecision or bureaucracy” some EU leaders. The Ukrainian leader did not specify which European country is delaying the provision of assistance to Kyiv, noting that he believes: “this is still a mistake that will be corrected.”

At the end of June, the EU countries approved the provision of additional financial assistance to Ukraine for €9 billion. Brussels was going to transfer the funds in 2022. However, later, the Minister of Finance of Ukraine, Serhiy Marchenko, in an interview with the Corriere della Sera newspaper, said that some states “are not ready to support Ukraine with such an amount.” “The European Union agreed on financial assistance to Ukraine in the amount of €9 billion, but what do we see at the moment? Maybe a billion this month. Then there may be a pause: there is no agreement between the EU governments,— Marchenko said.

Corriere della Sera, citing sources, wrote that Germany was blocking the provision of an aid package worth €9 billion to Ukraine. It provides for almost interest-free loans to Kyiv with repayment in 25 years at the expense of its own European debt obligations. Germany is also the largest guarantor of these Eurobonds. German Finance Minister Christian Lindner is unhappy that Brussels is resorting to a pan-European debt for the sake of Kyiv, and agreed only with the allocation of the first tranche of €1 billion, the publication reported.

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Canadian minister argued with Kyiv on gas transit through Ukraine

Gas transit to Europe through Ukraine cannot be an alternative to Nord Stream, said

Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson, quoted by Bloomberg.

Wilkinson, speaking to Parliament, defended the decision to return the Russian turbine for Nord Stream. He did not agree with the arguments of Ukraine, which opposed the return of the engine, about the availability of alternative supply options. According to the minister, Canada did not begin to rely on transit through Ukraine as a replacement for Nord Stream; due to lack of bandwidth. He said that he reviewed Ukraine's proposal with technical experts from the International Energy Agency and discussed it with EU and German officials. They concluded that supplies through Ukraine would be “significantly less” than those that could go through Nord Stream; at full power, Wilkinson noted.

He also pointed to the risks associated with military action and the fact that Russia could reduce the flow through Ukrainian territory as well.

Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada Yulia Kovaliv, speaking there, in turn, rejected Wilkinson's arguments. “It's not true that Ukraine cannot replace gas supplies to Germany,” — Kovaliv said, noting that now more gas is pumped through her country than through Nord Stream.

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Pelosi and Japanese PM Discuss Peace and Stability in the Taiwan Strait

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged their commitment to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait

as tensions escalate following Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, Kyodo reports.

< p>Kishida pointed out to the speaker that the actions of China, which launched ballistic missiles during military exercises, “seriously affect peace and stability in the region and beyond.”

China launched five ballistic missiles on Thursday, which fell in the exclusive economic zone of Japan. Because of this, the meeting of the foreign ministers of Japan and China in Cambodia was cancelled. Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi called Chinese maneuvers a “serious problem” for the security of the country and demanded that Beijing immediately stop the exercises.

Beijing began exercises near Taiwan in response to Pelosi's visit to the island.

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The head of the Kherson region Saldo spoke about his hospitalization

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Vladimir Saldo, head of the administration of the Kherson region, said in his Telegram channel that he would spend the next few days at the insistence of doctors in the hospital.

“After another meeting with the Government of the Kherson region, the Minister of Health approached me and, looking at my appearance, began to insist on a medical examination. I refused, but the minister brought doctors to the office, who… insisted on immediate hospitalization,” Saldo said.

He added that during his absence, the Chairman of the Government of the Kherson region S.V. Eliseev will act as head of the Kherson region.


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Kyiv outraged by Amnesty International report

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Ukrainian authorities were outraged by the conclusions contained in the report of the international human rights organization Amnesty International (AI). In particular, it notes that the tactics of the Ukrainian military is to deploy military units near civilian infrastructure.

The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Dmitry Kuleba was the first to react to this report. According to him, AI wants to create a “false balance between perpetrator and victim.” “Stop creating a false reality where everyone is to blame for something,” he addressed the employees of a human rights organization. Ukraine has been told that human rights activists are waging a campaign to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine so that the West will stop supplying weapons to Kyiv.

  • Ukrainian forces have been documented to put civilians at risk and violate military law when operating in populated areas. Being in a defensive position does not exempt the Ukrainian military from complying with international humanitarian law.
  • The Ukrainian government must immediately ensure that its forces are stationed away from populated areas or evacuate civilians from areas where the military operates;
  • Traces of military activity were found in 22 of the 29 destroyed schools;< /li>
  • A Russian strike destroyed a hospital used as a military base.

Amnesty International is an international non-governmental organization founded in the UK in 1961 that draws attention to human rights violations and stands for the observance of international standards.

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The authorities of Zaporozhye urged Kyiv to leave illusions on the seizure of the region

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According to Volodymyr Rogov, a representative of the military-civilian administration of the Zaporozhye region, the Ukrainian leadership should leave illusions about seizure of the liberated territories.

So he reacted to the statement of the deputy head of the office of the President of Ukraine, Igor Zhovkva, who said that Kyiv would “return” get all territories controlled by Russia before referendums are held there.

“All these statements are from the realm of unscience fiction, they are absolutely untrue. They are conducting an information campaign in order to distract citizens against the background of the failures of the Armed Forces of Ukraine & nbsp; and the losses of the next settlements. It's time for the Kyiv regime to abandon its illusions about the seizure of the liberated territories,” Rogov explained to RIA Novosti.

He added that a referendum on self-determination in the region would definitely take place.

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The Russian Embassy accused the United States of “hunting” for Russians traveling abroad

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The Russian Embassy in the United States said that America launched a real “hunt” for Russians who are behind border. Thus, the diplomatic department commented on the criticism from the White House regarding the verdict of American basketball player Brittney Griner.

According to diplomats, some American public organizations and officials who criticize the decision of the Russian court distort information and distort the facts . In this regard, the embassy reminded that about a hundred citizens of the Russian Federation are now in pre-trial detention centers and prisons in the United States.

“Washington launched a real“ hunt ”for Russians at the moment when they go abroad. Since 2008, about 50 such cases have been recorded. We appeal to the United States and urge them to stop shifting problems from a sore head to a healthy one, ”the diplomatic department added.

Earlier, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, speaking to media representatives, said that Washington is all still expects that Moscow is an example of the American version of the proposal for the exchange of prisoners.

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Lavrov: Russia is ready to discuss with the United States the exchange of prisoners through a special channel

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia is ready to discuss the exchange of prisoners with America. This should take place within the framework of the channel that was previously approved by the presidents of the two countries.

According to him, at the moment there is a channel agreed by the presidents, which remains relevant.

“In addition, If the representatives of the White House once again want to resort to public diplomacy and make loud announcements or statements that they now want to take such and such steps, this is their business, their problem,” Lavrov said.

He remarked that the Americans cannot stand professional and calm work on many topics.

“On our part, there is a readiness to discuss such topics, but they should take place within the framework of the channel that was agreed upon by the presidents of Russia and the United States” , – added Lavrov.

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Ukrainian Marine to go on trial for killing a hostage and attempting to seize power

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The DPR prosecutor's office sent to court the criminal case of a soldier of the 501st separate marine battalion of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Anton Baidrakov, who is accused of killing a hostage.

in the supervisory agency. Among them are crimes against human life and freedom. Baidrakov is accused of committing acts aimed at seizing power in the DPR, of cruel treatment of civilians, of unlawful imprisonment of a person, and of premeditated murder of a woman.

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Ukraine demanded $750 billion in damages from the SVO

The report was released by the experts of the Kyiv School of Economics.

Experts from the Kyiv School of Economics have released a report assessing the damage to Ukraine caused by Russia's North Military District.

According to RIA Novosti, it names the amount that, according to the authors, will be required to restore the country's economy &# 8211; 108 billion dollars.

But the final figure looks even more impressive: 750 billion.

A similar amount was announced earlier by Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

They explained that , following the principle of the World Economic Forum, in order to “restore better than it was”, it will take not 108, but another 185 billion.

Of which: 75 – for the construction of new residential buildings, to replace those lost during the hostilities, about 42 billion & # 8211; to restore the destroyed infrastructure, the rest of the funds will be used to put agriculture and industrial production in order.

Earlier, Timofey Mylovanov, adviser to the head of Zelensky’s office, explained that the restoration of Ukraine over several years would require funding of $100 billion annually.< /p>

Shmyhal believed that Russia should pay the 750 billion he had declared for the restoration of the country.

He named confiscated Russian assets among the sources.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that Refugees from Ukraine complain about hellish living and working conditions in their host countries in Europe.

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