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Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened 7 more criminal cases against the commanders of the Armed Forces of Ukraine


The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened 7 more criminal cases on the fact of shelling of settlements in Donbass by Ukrainian servicemen, follows from a message in the agency's Telegram channel.

According to the investigation, in From May 22 to May 27 of this year, militants issued and carried out criminal orders to shell civilian infrastructure with heavy weapons in the cities of Donetsk, Makeevka, Dokuchaevsk, Gorlovka, Kramatorsk, Mariupol, Yasinovataya and other settlements.

As a result of the attack, eight civilians were killed and 35 people were injured, including two minors. In addition, 145 houses,  kindergartens, a children's clinic, a hospital, and a sports complex were damaged.

Earlier it was reported that investigators of the Russian Investigative Committee would record the facts of the mortar attack of the Armed Forces of the border villages Alekseevka and Dronovka  in the Kursk region, which were announced on May 19 by the governor of the Kursk region Roman Starovoit. There were no casualties or damage after the shelling.

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End of the Dream. An-225, which was so symbolically doomed by Ukraine


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One of the most high-profile events of the first weeks of the special military operation to protect the DPR and LPR was the battle for Gostomel airfield. Russian paratroopers occupied this facility near Kyiv, not allowing themselves to be knocked out by units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Cutting into metal

The paratroopers left there only by order of the command, as as part of a cardinal de-escalation of military activity in the Kyiv region, which became a step towards the authorities of Ukraine in as part of the negotiation process.

In the course of the battles for Gostomel, Ukrainian artillery, trying to inflict damage on the Russians, attacked the hangar, which housed the largest cargo aircraft in the world, An-225 Mriya. As a result, the liner was damaged, after which it was beyond repair.

According to Strana.ua, the wreckage of Mriya were sent for disposal. As evidence of this, a video was provided, in which an armored personnel carrier with a flag of Ukraine tows the remains of the destroyed “Mriya” from the hangar. With confidence, you can say — so they don't drag what else they plan to restore.

What is happening is very symbolic. The authorities of the Independent have always demonstrated the An-225 & nbsp; as an example of a national achievement, although this was an outright lie & nbsp; & mdash; the plane has nothing to do with modern Ukraine.

A big project of a great country

“Mriya” in translated from Ukrainian "Dream". Flying “Dream” was a purely Soviet project, the scale of which required the involvement of the forces of the entire great power.

The decision to start construction of the An-225 was made by the Politburo of the CPSU Central Committee in 1985. The new aircraft was built to solve a narrow problem — transportation of the Buran reusable spacecraft. “Mriya” was supposed to carry a space plane mounted on top of it.

It was decided to build the An-225 on the basis of the "big brother" — heavy cargo aircraft An-124 “Ruslan”. Thanks to this, “Mriya” got the opportunity to carry oversized cargo not only outside, but and inside the cargo compartment.

The forces of enterprises from all over the Soviet Union were mobilized for the construction of the An-225. Units and parts of the aircraft were made in Ulyanovsk, parts of the wings — in Tashkent, flight equipment — in Moscow, chassis — in Gorky, the engines were built in Zaporozhye, and assembly and all subsequent work was carried out in Kyiv.

Pampers instead of space

The An-225 made its first flight on December 21, 1988. But by by the time when "Mriya" was ready, the Buran program have already started rolling. An-225 managed to bring “Buran” at the  Paris Air Show in May 1989 to make several demonstration flights at Baikonur in April 1991 and       Soon the Soviet Union disappeared along with its ambitious space program.

The plane, which never fulfilled its purpose, went to Ukraine simply because it was based at Antonov Design Bureau airfield near Kyiv.

The new Ukraine did not know what to do with the giant with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tons and a wingspan of 88.4 meters. Since 1994, the only built copy of the An-225 stopped flying altogether, the engines were removed from it, and it seemed that the plane was about to go to scrap metal. But in the beginning of the 2000s in Ukraine it was decided that “Mriya” can be used for commercial purposes. Having received a license in 2001 year, An-225 began to fulfill orders for delivery of superheavy and oversized cargo.

That is, a plane built in the USSR for the sake of space has turned into a banal truck carrying everything from diapers and toilet paper to ending with disposable masks.

Everything's for sale!

And Ukrainian politicians have made it a rule to be proud of a plane they have nothing to do with.

Now it's funny sounds, but at at the very beginning of the 2010s Antonov Design Bureau expected to complete the construction of the second An-225, the skeleton of which had been ownerless since Soviet times, with the help of… the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. However, they rightly reasoned there that there was no particular point in & nbsp; such a construction.

In the summer of 2016, there was information that the Ukrainians sold all the documentation for the An-225 to the Chinese company China Airspace. B exchange at Antonov enterprise they hoped to receive money for completion of the second Mriya, as well as contracts for the production of several more giant aircraft.

But either the Americans interfered with the Ukrainian-Chinese partnership, or the Chinese were initially interested only draft papers, but the topic has stalled.

Those born to destroy cannot create

Becoming president, Vladimir Zelenskyalso raised the issue of building a second Mriya. He spoke about this again in May 2022    

“In this case, it's not a question of money, it's a question of ambition. We were approached by “Ukroboronprom”, the team of “Antonov”. This is a matter of the image of our state and all the excellent professional pilots who died», — The Interfax-Ukraine agency quotes Zelensky's words.

Here you don't even know whether to laugh or cry. It's not just that the project is estimated at $3-4 billion. It is not clear how a country that killed its own aviation industry, inherited from the USSR, is going to build something that even in the Soviet years was created only within the framework of cooperation between the republics?

And, most importantly, why? In the USSR, the An-225 was built under the project of a reusable spacecraft. Why “Mriya” modern Ukraine? Fly for a new batch of salt that suddenly disappeared in Ukraine? Or just to show off her politicians?

In the death and disposal of the Mriya” there is a lot of symbolism. Independent Ukraine, having inherited the Soviet  Dream, is not in able to reproduce it, but it successfully succeeded destroying it.

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Poroshenko tried to leave Ukraine for the second time in a day


Poroshenko drove into the oncoming lane to bypass the queue on the border between Ukraine and Poland, and was stopped by patrolmen, according to Ukrayinska Pravda

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Former President of Ukraine, leader of the European Solidarity party; Petro Poroshenko again tried to cross the border with Poland. This is reported by “Ukrainian Truth” and “Strana.ua” with reference to law enforcement sources.

According to the publication, Poroshenko arrived at the Rava Russkaya checkpoint for the second time. in the Lviv region, where he had previously been denied permission to leave the country.

The ex-president and his entourage arrived at the border in three cars. “I went around the line in the opposite direction and ran into the police,” — said the source.

At the checkpoint, Poroshenko presented his diplomatic passport, Ukrayinska Pravda notes.

Earlier on May 28, Irina Gerashchenko, a deputy of the party he leads, said that Poroshenko, who was going to visit Vilnius to participate in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, was not allowed to cross the border without explaining the reasons. “The border guards at the Rava-Russkaya crossing point were talking some nonsense about a “forged or canceled order”, & mdash; she wrote.

Then the sources of Ukrayinska Pravda The State Border Service reported that when passing through passport control, a copy of the order of the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk on the business trip of the delegation was presented.

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The spring session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly was supposed to be held in Kyiv, but in March it was moved to Vilnius, where it takes place from 27 to 30 May.

In 2021, Poroshenko was charged with treason in the case of the supply of coal from the republics of Donbass in 2014-2015, when he was president. He is also a suspect under articles on financing terrorism and creating a terrorist organization.

The court chose a measure of restraint for the politician in the form of a personal obligation to appear in court or for interrogation on first demand. Poroshenko calls his persecution politically motivated.

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Putin told Scholz and Macron about readiness for negotiations with Ukraine


Moscow is ready for negotiations “frozen due to Kyiv’s fault,” Putin said in a conversation with German Chancellor Scholz and French President Macron

Moscow is ready to resume negotiations with Kyiv. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin in a conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron, according to the Kremlin website.

“Special attention is paid to the state of affairs on the negotiation track, which is frozen due to the fault of Kyiv. Vladimir Putin confirmed the openness of the Russian side to the resumption of the dialogue, — The report says.

Macron and Scholz called on the Russian leader to withdraw troops and start direct negotiations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for a diplomatic settlement of the conflict.

The day before, May 27, Putin in a conversation with the chancellor Austrian Karl Nehammer said that Kyiv sabotaged negotiations with Moscow.

Earlier, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Ukrainian authorities constantly make contradictory statements on the issue of negotiations, which makes it impossible to understand what Kyiv wants.

Before that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky considered negotiations with Moscow necessary to end the military conflict, but said that, in his opinion, “the Russian side does not want negotiations.”

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At the same time, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that Kyiv had no preconditions for resuming diplomatic negotiations with Moscow. Zelensky, in turn, on May 24 called the return of territories to Ukraine that she controlled before February 24 as a condition for resuming negotiations with Russia.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, in response to the words of the Ukrainian leader, indicated that Kyiv's demands to unblock negotiations make “doubt the sincerity of their desire to find a peaceful solution.”

Russia and Ukraine suspended negotiations on May 17. After the meeting of the delegations in Istanbul on March 29, the negotiation process continued via video link, but now it is not going on in any form, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Responsibility for the suspension of negotiations in the department was assigned to Kyiv.

According to the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, Moscow sent a draft treaty to Kyiv, in which a number of principle positions already agreed, but received no response. In his opinion, the Ukrainian authorities decided to freeze the negotiation process.

Zelensky has repeatedly spoken about his readiness for personal negotiations with Putin, noting that the conversation should take place without intermediaries. The Kremlin does not refuse the possibility of a meeting of the presidents, however, before the delegations should prepare a specific document, which they will approve during the meeting, Peskov noted.

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Zelensky demanded from the Netherlands to answer “does Ukraine have a place in the EU”


Zelensky urged the Prime Minister of the Netherlands to clarify the position on the issue of Ukraine's membership in the EU Zelensky spoke about the negotiations with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, during which he urged him to give a clear answer whether there is a place for Ukraine in the EU. Mark Rutte answered in the affirmative, but pointed out that Kyiv “needs to go through certain stages” .jpg” alt=”Zelensky demanded from the Netherlands to answer “does” Ukraine have a place in the EU” />

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Kyiv wants Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to express a clearer position on Ukraine's accession to the European Union. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated this in an interview with the Nieuwsuur program on the NOS channel.

The journalist recalled that a few weeks ago, Rutte, in an address to the Ukrainian parliament, called Ukraine “part of the European family”, but did not say anything about membership countries in the EU.

Zelensky replied that he had recently spoken with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands on the phone and thanked him for the assistance that the country is providing to Ukraine. “But as far as the EU is concerned, you were silent about everything we wanted to hear. <…> If you think that we do not belong in the EU, you must clearly say so, — he conveyed the contents of the conversation.

According to Zelensky, Rutte replied that there is a place for Ukraine in the EU, but for entry “you need to go through certain stages.” The President of Ukraine agreed that reforms were needed in the country: “This is what we are doing not for the EU, but for ourselves. We want to implement them.

Earlier this week, Rutte, speaking in the Dutch parliament, called it unlikely that Ukraine would soon receive the status of a candidate member of the European Union. According to him, the country was “very far away” from this to the start of the Russian military operation. In addition, according to Rutte, many states would not like Ukraine's soon entry into the EU— this would be unfair to the countries of the Western Balkans, which have been claiming to be candidates for much longer.

There is an association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine; the country's constitution enshrined the desire to join the EU and NATO. On February 28, Zelensky signed an application for Ukraine's membership in the European Union— he believes that the appeal should be considered as soon as possible. Rutte then pointed out that there is no accelerated procedure for joining the EU.

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Poroshenko again denied permission to travel outside Ukraine


Despite the fact that the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Stefanchuk confirmed the purpose of Petro Poroshenko’s trip — participation in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Vilnius — the border guards did not let the ex-president leave Ukraine, the Ukrainian people’s deputy said


Putin discussed by phone with Macron and Scholz the situation in Ukraine


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Russian President Vladimir Putin held telephone conversations with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and discussed the situation in Ukraine with them, the Kremlin press service reports.

Putin, Macron and Scholz last spoke on March 12. Macron has called Putin at least ten times since the beginning of the Russian special operation in Ukraine. Earlier, he said that he considers it his duty to continue the dialogue with Moscow. Putin and Scholz have also spoken repeatedly since the beginning of the special operation, their last conversation took place on May 14.

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Poland accused the EU of lack of funds for refugees from Ukraine


Warsaw was supposed to receive €144.6 million from the EU. However, Poland pointed out that the country's expenses for Ukrainian refugees amount to billions of euros, so assistance from the EU should also go in billions, not millions

< p> The European Union has not yet transferred to Poland the funds necessary to help Ukrainian refugees. This was stated by the deputy head of the Polish Ministry of Internal Affairs Pavel Shefernaker, PAP reports.

“The costs we incur are in billions of euros, not millions. Therefore, EU aid for countries that help refugees should also go in billions of euros,— he added.

Schafernaker noted that the Polish government constantly reminds of the need for an additional fund for refugees from Ukraine.

According to the agency, Warsaw should have received €144.6 from the EU million to help Ukrainian refugees, but funds have not yet been received.

The European Commission told PAP that the subsidy agreements would be signed “in the coming weeks”, but before that, the commission should talk with the Polish authorities on this issue.

In mid-May, Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz said that Warsaw is seeking from the European Commission the allocation of additional funds to support refugees from Ukraine.

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At the end of March, German and Polish Interior Ministers Nancy Feser and Mariusz Kaminski asked the EC to review the distribution of refugees by country and provide additional financial assistance to Berlin and Warsaw, pointing out the lack of resources.

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General Shamanov called one of the main mistakes in the operation in Ukraine


According to Shamanov, the demilitarization of Ukraine could take 5 to 10 years. If this task is not completed and a government “not stained with the Nazis” is not formed, Russia will not need Ukraine as part of it, he said

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One of the mistakes of the Russian army was the expectation that she will be greeted with flowers in Ukraine, but this component has already been overcome, said the deputy head of the State Duma Committee on the Development of Civil Society, Colonel-General and ex-commander of the Airborne Forces Vladimir Shamanov, in an interview with journalist Oksana Kravtsova on YouTube.

< p>As Shamanov noted, in Ukraine, many military universities have been preserved since Soviet times, which are available in almost every region. According to him, this allowed the country to preserve the so-called school, “the basis of the revival of the army.”

“Therefore, those who expected that we [in Ukraine] would be met with flowers, this is one of the main mistakes which we felt very keenly in the first five days [of the special operation]. Today we have already overcome this component, but there is still a lot to be done, — said the colonel general.

What awaits Ukraine after the special operation is now difficult to predict, he continued. According to Shamanov, “demilitarization” countries in parallel with the “denazification” may take five to ten years. Also in Ukraine, it will be difficult “to form a government that has not soiled itself with these neo-Nazis,” he noted.

If these two conditions are not met, Russia will not need Ukraine, Shamanov said in response to a question, Did he see Ukraine as part of Russia.

The Russian military special operation has been taking place in Ukraine since February 24. President Vladimir Putin declared its goals to be the demilitarization and “denazification” of of the neighboring state, as well as protecting the population of Donbass from “genocide”.

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In Ukraine, after the start of a special operation, martial law was introduced. His terms were extended several times, last time— until 23 August. General mobilization has also been announced in the country.

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Mash: Britain tricked sanctioned billionaires Fridman and Aven into transferring €150 million to Ukraine


Russian oligarchs tried to avoid sanctions.

Russian businessmen could not escape the sanctions even after giving charity to Ukrainian refugees. The British authorities abandoned the promise after Mikhail Fridman and Petr Aven transferred 150 million euros to Ukraine.

The details of the case are reported by the Mash Telegram channel.

According to them, Fridman and Aven were advised to donate money to Ukraine after the sanctions. This would allegedly help them lift the restrictions.

After the transfer to Ukrainian refugees, the head of the Association of Jewish Organizations of Ukraine addressed the EU authorities. He asked to stop persecuting philanthropists.

The funds of Russian oligarchs were even unfrozen specifically for charity. And then they froze again.

Aven, among other things, was also “awarded” with a criminal case, arresting his collection of art objects.

In addition, insiders report that the billionaires were denied a one-time trip to the continent – otherwise they will be imprisoned.

“In the final, the head of the Canadian Ministry of Finance commented on the situation: assistance to Ukraine was a personal initiative of the bankers, they were not pressured “, – write on the Web.

As Topnews wrote earlier, the head of the board of directors of Alfa-Bank, Pyotr Aven, came under criminal prosecution after it turned out that he “does not live on his own money.”

The sanctioned businessman is spending heavily, despite frozen accounts.

Bloomberg reports that the search at Petr Aven's house has already passed. They found 30 thousand pounds sterling ($37,754) in cash from him, the money was confiscated.

The British authorities are also studying money transfers from businessmen – those that he made to the UK after the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine. Part of the money Aven could transfer to the company that manages his real estate.

So far, no official charges have been brought against Petr Aven.

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The work of the crews of attack helicopters Ka-52 during a special operation in Ukraine


According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, during the course of combat missions, the crews of Russian Ka-52 helicopters attacked the command post and armored vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with aviation missiles. Air strikes were launched from a distance of more than 5 kilometers.

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Fortified positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine captured by paratroopers


According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, during the advance of the advanced units of the Airborne Forces, well-fortified field positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were opened. Reconnaissance units and crews of complexes with unmanned aerial vehicles gave the coordinates of the detected positions to artillery means for delivering fire strikes.

During an artillery strike from artillery pieces and mortars, the enemy suffered losses and, in direct contact with airborne units, abandoned their positions and retreated.

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Medvedev called Italy’s peace plan for Ukraine “cheap scheming”


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The modern West has embraced the “itch of creation” peaceful plans to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, and the Italian proposals, in particular, do not correspond to the interests of Russia and are “cheap schemes”; and “nonsense”. This was stated by Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev in his Telegram.

“The West is seized with the itch to create “peace plans” that should lead to a settlement of the crisis in Ukraine. And it would be fine if it was about preparing options that would somehow take into account the realities. But— no, it's just a pure stream of consciousness of European graphomaniacs, — he wrote.

The politician cited Italy's recent proposals to resolve the crisis as an example and stressed that the Italian plan does not provide for the main interests of Russia. In particular, to the proposal for a neutral status for Ukraine and the country's entry into the EU, Medvedev replied that “all this is a lie.” He called the proposal for the autonomy of Donbass as part of Ukraine “obvious nonsense”; and “cheap projecting”, and the proposal for the autonomy of the Crimea, the deputy chairman of the Security Council considered an insult to Russia.

“There is no point in analyzing further. All this is just an attempt to help Kyiv save at least some face… However, Ukraine itself does not want to negotiate at all. They have long preferred to forget about the Russian draft peace treaty. It was as if he didn't exist at all. Reckoning only on the flow of weapons and money from Western countries, — concluded Medvedev.

In turn, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin has not yet seen Italy's proposals for a settlement in Ukraine and they hope that they will be brought through diplomatic channels in the near future.

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The Kremlin did not receive the Italian plan for a settlement in Ukraine


The Kremlin has not yet got acquainted with Italy's proposals for a peaceful settlement in Ukraine, but expects that they will be brought through diplomatic channels in the near future, said Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Russian president.

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The work of howitzers “Msta-B” during a special operation in Ukraine


Artillery units of the RF Armed Forces carry out fire missions to destroy artillery batteries of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, destroy defensive structures, suppress command posts, destroy enemy fire weapons, weapons and military equipment.

According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, calculations of 152-mm howitzers “Msta-B” Western Military District (ZVO) launched an artillery strike on the fortified positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Range of fire from howitzers “Msta-B” — up to 30 kilometers. High-explosive shells are used to destroy fortifications, thus it is possible to inflict maximum damage on fortifications, including buried concrete fortifications of the enemy.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Georgy Muradov

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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German Finance Ministry warned against confiscation of assets of Russians for Ukraine


Russian businessmen should themselves contribute to the reconstruction of Ukraine, in the matter of the forced seizure of their assets, one must remember the rule of law, Lindner said.

Christian Lindner

The issue of confiscation of the assets of Russians who fell under international sanctions in favor of Ukraine is subject to discussion, the difficulties associated with this are too serious, but Germany is open to proposals for the seizure of Russian state assets. This was stated by German Finance Minister Christian Lindner in an interview with The Financial Times.

Russian entrepreneurs should be persuaded to voluntarily “contribute to the payment of reparations to Ukraine”, he is sure. Linder emphasized: “Countries based on the rule of law guarantee the inviolability of private property.”

“There needs to be a political discussion about this <…> I would like to take part in it»,— summed up the head of the German Ministry of Finance.

At the beginning of the week, on May 17, Linder said that he was “politically open”; the idea of ​​confiscation of foreign assets of the Central Bank of Russia. He pointed out that this topic is already being discussed among the countries of the European Union and the G7. At the same time, the minister noted that even in the case of Russian oligarchs, one should remember the rule of law and carefully study the legislation on the issue of confiscation of private assets.

The European Union intends on May 30 to decide on the formation of a fund for the reconstruction of UkraineRebuildUkraine, it will be created on the basis of grants and loans of an indefinite amount, modeled on the existing fund for the recovery of the EU after the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters wrote with reference to the draft conclusions of European countries.

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As indicated by the agency, the EU is studying the possibility of using frozen Russian assets as sources of financing for this project.

“The European Council welcomes the efforts made to ensure appropriate confiscation measures, including options for further study aimed at using the frozen Russian assets to support the restoration of Ukraine»,— said in the body of the document.

By early April, European countries froze the assets of the Russians €29.5 billion, including ships, helicopters, real estate and works of art, reported to the European Commission.

The Russian Ministry of Finance said that about $300 billion of the Central Bank's gold and foreign exchange reserves were frozen . This amount was about half of the regulator's total reserves.

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the restoration of the country will require $600 billion. Kyiv is preparing a large-scale plan for this process, he said, but the country needs international support, which will become an analogue of the Marshall plan. At the same time, the head of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Werner Hoyer, considered that “not millions, but trillions” would have to be spent on the restoration of Ukraine. euro.

In mid-May, Politico sources reported that the European Commission was preparing a legal rule that would make it a crime to circumvent sanctions and confiscate assets frozen due to sanctions, including — Russians. The interlocutors of the newspaper indicated that the measure is aimed at harmonizing legislation, since there is a “legal confusion”; among European countries on the legality of sanctions circumvention. “The discussion about whether these funds were sent to Ukraine continues,” — said one of Politico's sources.

Later, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that lawyers are working to find options for using blocked assets in order to restore Ukraine. “I think that Russia should also make its contribution,” — she said.

Russian authorities have criticized the arrests of the assets of Russian businessmen. “These are absolutely honest legal entrepreneurs. They were robbed. They got robbed like they did in the Wild West with a Smith & Wesson robbed travelers»,— I am sure the representative of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov. He called the possible confiscation of Russian assets “illegal, blatant”; decision, noting that Moscow would have to respond.

The US Treasury also pointed out that the confiscation of the assets of the Russian Central Bank from a legal point of view would be illegal. “Given the massive destruction in Ukraine and the massive rebuilding costs they will face, we will look to Russia to help pay at least some of the cost,” Minister Janet Yellen added at the same time.

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Verkhovna Rada extended martial law in Ukraine until August 23


The bill was supported by 320 parliamentarians, and the country also decided not to cancel the general mobilization. Martial law in Ukraine was introduced on February 24

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a law on the extension of martial law throughout the country for three months, this was reported on the Telegram channel of the parliament.

“Supreme The Rada of Ukraine has extended martial law in the state for 90 days, until August 23, 2022,— said in the message.

The bill was supported by 320 people's deputies. Also, the country decided not to cancel the general mobilization.

Martial law throughout Ukraine was introduced early in the morning on February 24, immediately after the start of the Russian special operation. Announcing this decision, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged citizens to remain calm and stay at home. He assured the population that “the entire security and defense sector” Ukraine continues to work.


During the period of martial law, the Ukrainian authorities may declare a curfew; establish a special mode of entry and exit; restrict the freedom of movement of citizens, foreigners and stateless persons, as well as the movement of vehicles. In addition, the country may ban certain political parties or take other measures.


The French Foreign Ministry admitted that Ukraine’s accession to the EU will take up to 20 years


Minister Delegate to the French Foreign Ministry Clement Bon: Ukraine's accession to the EU will take 15-20 years Scholz and Macron warned about the same, in Kyiv they said that the country does not need “surrogates for candidate status”

Clement Bon

The process of Ukraine's accession to the European Union may take 15 or 20 years. This was stated by Minister Delegate to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for European Affairs Clement Bon on the air of Radio J.

“We need to be honest <…> If we say that Ukraine will join the EU in six months, a year or two years, it will not be true <…> It will probably take 15 or 20 years,” — he said, recalling that it was “a very long process.”

French President Emmanuel Macron also warned on May 9 that the process of Ukraine's accession to the EU could take several years or even decades. He proposed to create a new “European political community”, which would already include Ukraine.

The fact that the “shortcut” there is no way to join the European Union, said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on May 19. He agreed with Macron that the process of Ukraine's accession to the EU could drag on for years.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, in turn, stressed that Kyiv wants to receive a full-fledged status of the country— candidate for EU membership.

According to him, some EU members adhere to “strategic uncertainty”; on this issue, which does not suit the Ukrainian side. “We don't need surrogates for EU candidate status who show second-rate attitudes towards Ukraine,” — noted Kuleba.

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Thus, eight EU countries— Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia— supported the idea of ​​accelerated accession of Ukraine to the union.

Nevertheless, Croatian Minister Andriy Plenkovic said that a quick entry of Ukraine into the European Union is impossible. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte reminded that there is no fast track process for this. Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg opposed Ukraine's accession to the EU and called for other ways to strengthen cooperation between Brussels and Kyiv.

Ukraine signed an association agreement with the EU in 2014. The refusal to sign it cost President Viktor Yanukovych power. In 2019, the country's desire to join the European Union was enshrined in the Constitution of Ukraine.

At the end of February, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for the country's entry into the Union, and in mid-April handed over the completed questionnaire to the head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Matti Maasikasu.

Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanyshina admitted that Ukraine could get the status of an EU candidate by June this year.

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Ukraine withdrew from agreements on taxes with Russia and on the heroism of the peoples of the CIS


We are talking about the Agreement on perpetuating the memory of the courage and heroism of the peoples of the CIS in the Great Patriotic War (it regulated the cooperation of countries in this area) and an agreement that excludes double taxation

Ukraine denounced agreements on perpetuating the memory of the courage and heroism of the peoples of the CIS in the Great Patriotic War and on the avoidance of double taxation of income and property and the prevention of tax evasion, members of the Verkhovna Rada spoke in support of these decisions. This was announced in the Telegram channel by a member of the Ukrainian parliament from the party “Voice” Yaroslav Zheleznyak.

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  • withdrawal from the Agreement on perpetuating the memory of the courage and heroism of the peoples of the CIS in the Great Patriotic War;
  • Agreement on perpetuating the memory of the courage and heroism of the peoples of the states— participants of the CIS in the Great Patriotic War, Russia and Ukraine signed September 3, 2011 in Dushanbe. Two years later, Kyiv ratified the document. On February 23, the day before the start of the Russian special operation, the government of Ukraine approved the withdrawal from the agreement, calling participation in it “unreasonable.” Then the draft document was submitted to the Verkhovna Rada.

    The document defines such terms as “commemoration”, “dead soldiers”, “military graves”, “military monuments”, “arrangement of military graves” and “search job”.

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    According to its provisions, the parties undertook to coordinate their actions to perpetuate the memory of the courage and heroism of the peoples of the states— participants of the CIS in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. Russia and Ukraine also agreed on how exactly they will preserve the memory of the fallen servicemen, equip and maintain memorials and military graves, and search for the remains of the dead.

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Finance noted that after the innovation, the state budget will not lose income from taxes that Ukrainians pay to the Russian treasury. In addition, Kyiv will stop exchanging tax information with Moscow.

    These are not the first agreements between Russia and Ukraine that Kyiv has been denouncing since the end of February. So, on May 3, the Ukrainian parliament canceled the agreement on conducting a coordinated policy in the field of standardization, metrology and certification of 1992, and on March 25 withdrew from the agreement with Russia on the mutual recognition of diplomas.

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The EU will study ways to restore Ukraine with the assets of Russian oligarchs


The blocked assets of Russian oligarchs can be used to restore Ukraine, von der Leyen said, lawyers are working on this. In early April, the amount of Russian assets frozen by the European Union amounted to €29.5 billion ” alt=”The EU will explore ways to restore Ukraine with the assets of Russian oligarchs” />

Ursula von der Leyen

The European Union is looking for ways to use the frozen assets of Russian oligarchs to use them in the reconstruction of Ukraine, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on ZDF.

“I think Russia should also do its part,” — explained the head of the EC (quoted by Reuters).

Von der Leyen also suggested linking the long-term recovery of Ukraine with the reforms that the country needs to carry out to join the European Union. She explained that in order to approve the Ukrainian application, European standards in the rule of law, economic and political spheres should be observed.

European countries by the beginning of April froze Russian assets in the amount of €29.5 billion, this amount takes into account not only accounts, but also various property: ships, helicopters, real estate and works of art, reported to the European Commission. EC Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis later explained that the issue of further confiscation of the assets of sanctioned Russians would be decided at the level of the criminal legislation of each European country.

The restoration of Ukraine may require “not millions, but trillions” euro, estimated in mid-May, the head of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Werner Hoyer. He expressed confidence that Kyiv should not be left face to face with such costs and significant assistance should be provided.

At the same time, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky considered that $600 billion is needed to restore the country. He said that Kyiv is preparing a large-scale plan for this process, but the country needs international assistance, which will become an analogue of the Marshall Plan.

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He also assured that entrepreneurs in Russia understand the separation of politics and business, and the oligarchs are those who “got to power.” According to Peskov, the last of their number in recent years was only former US President Donald Trump. “In our country, probably, the last oligarch who aspired to power was Khodorkovsky,” — he summed up.

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UN reported 3.8 thousand dead civilians in Ukraine


Among them are more than 250 children and more than 900 women. At the same time, the UN believes that the real data on civilian deaths in Ukraine is much higher *

3,811 civilians have died since the beginning of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, reports the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

These are 1429 men, 937 women and more than 250 children. The gender of 70 dead children and 1,190 adults has not been determined. 4,278 people were injured, including 528 women and more than 350 children. Most of the victims and wounded were recorded in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions —4422 (2099 killed and 2323 wounded).

The Office of the UN High Commissioner believes that the real figures are significantly higher, since the transfer of information from places where active hostilities were fought is difficult. This, for example, concerns Mariupol, Izyum in the Kharkiv region and Popasnaya in the LPR.

On May 11, the UN reported 3.5 thousand dead civilians in Ukraine, including more than 200 children and 821 women.

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

The Russian Ministry of Defense has repeatedly stated that the Russian military strikes exclusively at military targets. At the end of March, a spokesman for the department, Major General Igor Konashenkov, stated that “the unconditional priority of the armed forces during the operation is to exclude unnecessary victims among the civilian population.” According to him, special attention is paid to “preserving civilian infrastructure and civilians in Ukraine”.

In addition, the Ministry of Defense has repeatedly accused the Ukrainian military of organizing staged filming of “civilians allegedly killed by the violent actions of the Russian army.” .

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

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Which border points came under fire from Ukraine. Map


On May 19, the authorities of the Kursk region reported another shelling from the side of Ukraine of the villages of Alekseevka and Dronovka. Since April, a high level of terrorist threat has been introduced in several border regions of Russia. png” alt=”Which border points came under fire from Ukraine. Map” />

On May 19, as a result of the shelling of the village of Tetkino, a man was killed, the governor of Kursk said region Roman Starovoit. This is not the first time this settlement has come under fire: it is located on the border with the Sumy region of Ukraine. In addition, shelling of the village of Alekseevka was repeatedly reported. On May 11, a man was killed during the shelling of the village of Solokhi, Belgorod Region. This is also not the only affected settlement in the region.

In the Belgorod, Bryansk, Kursk regions bordering Ukraine, in two border regions of the Voronezh region, in the north of Crimea and in the territory of several regions of the Krasnodar Territory, since April 11, yellow level of terrorist threat.

The special regime involves the increased work of all law enforcement agencies, and residents of the regions are advised to avoid mass gatherings, always take an identity card with them and be vigilant. Initially, the regime was introduced until April 25. The authorities of the Krasnodar Territory then decided not to extend the level of danger in the Shcherbinovsky and Yeysk districts. In the remaining five regions, the regime was extended until May 25.

There are three levels of terrorist threat: blue (increased) , yellow (high) and red (critical). Yellow is entered if there is confirmed information about the real possibility of a terrorist act, follows from the classification of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee.

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Ambassador of Ukraine allowed the country to join NATO after the end of the conflict


Ukrainian ambassador to Germany: Ukraine can join NATO after the end of the conflict Ukraine can still join NATO and contribute to the defense of the countries of the alliance “due to its strong army”, said the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany Melnyk. After that, he again accused Scholz of not supplying heavy weapons. =”The Ambassador of Ukraine allowed the country to join NATO after the end of the conflict” />

Ukraine can become a member of NATO not in the midst of a military conflict, but, perhaps, immediately after it ends. This was stated by Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk in an interview with RND.

When asked by a journalist what the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO would mean for Ukraine, Melnyk replied that this would be “good news”. He expressed hope that this would increase Ukraine's chances of quickly becoming a member of the alliance.

“I think that this [Ukraine's membership in NATO] can happen faster than some people think,”— Melnik noted. According to him, Kyiv has shown that it can contribute to the defense of NATO countries “due to its strong army.”

At the same time, the Ukrainian ambassador shared that Kyiv has the impression that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is not wants to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons.

“He does not seem ready to finally implement the historic decision on heavy weapons, although there is a decision of the German parliament on this issue, which was adopted three weeks ago,” emphasized Melnik.

It looks like Berlin is waiting for a truce, when there are no more “bold decisions,” he added. The Ukrainian ambassador also said that the fact that Olaf Scholz does not yet plan to visit Kyiv is “troubling and annoying”; the Ukrainian side.

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In early March, Melnik called the German chancellor an “insulted liver sausage”; after he called an obstacle to his visit to Kyiv the refusal of the Ukrainian authorities to receive German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

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Channel One announced the surrender of the commander of the brigade of marines of the Armed Forces of Ukraine of Volyn


According to the correspondent of Channel One, the commander of the unit of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Sergei Volynsky, left Azovstal and handed over his weapons. There is no official confirmation of this information yet

The commander of the unit of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Sergey Volynsky (Volyn) left the territory of the Azovstal plant. and went out for surrender, the correspondent of Channel One reported on the Telegram channel. Irina Kuksenkova.

According to her, Volyn left without the deputy commander of the Ukrainian nationalist Azov battalion. (its symbols are recognized as extremist in Russia and banned, and the battalion itself is going to be declared a terrorist organization) Svyatoslav Palamar (Kalina).

“[Volyn] looked almost brand new, he handed over his weapons, they looked through things” in general, went through the standard procedure before loading onto the bus. The process of unconditional evacuation into captivity is going according to plan, — added Kuksenkova.

Evacuation of the wounded from the Azovstal plant began on the morning of May 16. The Russian military blocked the plant, it remains the only place in Mariupol that is not controlled by Russian forces.

According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, by May 20, 177 civilians had been evacuated from the plant. More than 1.9 thousand Ukrainian military surrendered, the minister said. In the Kremlin, the question whether the Russian authorities considered them prisoners of war was forwarded to the Ministry of Defense.

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At Azovstal fighters of “Azov” were blocked, as well as the 36th Brigade. Volyn, being the commander of this brigade, made a number of appeals, including writing a letter to the Pope, and also addressed a statement to the presidents of Ukraine, the United States and Turkey, Vladimir Zelensky, Joe Biden and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson with a request to release ” ;Azovstal» to evacuate civilians. At the end of April, he called for the “extraction procedure” to be applied to the Ukrainian military and civilians blocked in Mariupol. following the example of Dunkirk, and in May he created a Twitter account, through which he turned to the American businessman Elon Musk.

Kalinina is already called the “press secretary of” Azov “. He also repeatedly recorded videos and turned to Zelensky. The day before, May 19, the correspondent of Komsomolskaya Pravda Dmitry Steshin reported that Kalina surrendered on the evening of May 18. However, there is no official confirmation from the Russian Ministry of Defense about the detention of Volyn and Kalina. On May 19, Kalina recorded another video message in which he stated that he was still at Azovstal.

In Ukraine, they announced that they expected to exchange evacuees from Azovstal. At the same time, the State Duma is discussing a ban on the exchange of “Nazi criminals” so that they can stand trial. According to Andrey Klishas, ​​head of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, to judge the participants of Azov needed in the DPR and LPR, because it was there that they “committed their crimes.” As the senator noted, the process should be open, “with the invitation of the public and the media, according to the laws of the people's republics.” There is no ban on the use of the death penalty in the DPR and LPR.

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The Foreign Ministry confirmed the negotiations on the export of grain from Ukraine


Earlier, the Wall Street Journal reported on the request of UN Secretary General António Guterres to Moscow not to interfere with the export of grain from the Black Sea ports of Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the fact of negotiations, but “not at the UN level” alt=”The Foreign Ministry confirmed negotiations on the export of grain from Ukraine” />

Issues of the supply of Russian potash fertilizers and the export of Ukrainian grain are being discussed, RIA Novosti said. Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Alexander Pankin.

Earlier, the Wall Street Journal, citing diplomatic sources, reported that UN Secretary General António Guterres asked Moscow not to interfere with the export of grain from the Black Sea ports of Ukraine, and in return promises to help ease sanctions against fertilizers from Russia and Belarus.

“Difficult question. You already know that potash and mineral fertilizers, grain, the possibility of exporting Ukrainian grain— complex tangle of issues that are now being considered, — Pankin said in response to a request for comment on the WSJ information.

At the same time, he clarified that the issue “is not discussed at the UN level, [but] is discussed with us.”

As The Wall Street Journal sources specified, the UN Secretary General is negotiating on the export of Ukrainian grain with Russia, Turkey and other countries, and Ankara has already agreed to participate in the clearance of the Black Sea.

Earlier, the fact of negotiations was also confirmed by the US representative to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield. “At the moment, there are discussions about how such corridors can be unblocked. <…> The UN Secretary General [Antonio Guterres] spoke to Russia about this. We also discussed these issues with the Ukrainians»,— she said.

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In early May, Guterres said that fertilizers and products from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine must be returned to world markets to ensure food security despite the fighting. The UN fears that rising grain prices and food shortages could destabilize the situation in poor countries dependent on Ukrainian grain and lead to conflicts.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Russia is the largest world exporter of wheat, and Ukraine ranks fifth. Together they provide 19% of the world's supply of barley, 14%— wheat and 4%— corn.

In early April, the European Union decided to limit the import of Russian fertilizers. Later, the Russian Ministry of Defense suspended the passage of foreign warships and other government ships in three areas of the Black Sea for six months, from April 24 to October 31.

Against this, US President Joe Biden announced that he was looking for an opportunity to take 20 million tons of grain. The US president explained the need to export grain with record food prices in the world. According to him, the return of Ukrainian grain to the world market should help reduce prices.

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Borisov announced the use of laser weapons by Russia in Ukraine


The new laser weapon is already being used in Ukraine, Borisov said. According to him, we are talking about Zadira complexes. Unlike past developments, they can burn through the target and allow you to “not waste expensive missiles”

Combat laser complex “Peresvet”

The Russian military is using a new generation of combat laser systems “Zadira” during a special operation in Ukraine, said on the air of “Channel One” Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov.

According to him, if the existing laser systems “Peresvet” “blind” target, then a new generation of laser weapons can already burn through objects, so you can “not spend expensive missiles like” Shell ” and “Torah”. Such new systems can “absolutely freely shoot down drones of various classes at a distance of up to 5 km,” the Deputy Prime Minister noted.

He added that new laser systems are “already on the way.” and “already starting to do” into service with the Russian army. In this regard, Borisov was asked if samples of these new systems were used during a special operation in Ukraine. “Yes, the first samples are already in use,” — he answered. According to the Deputy Prime Minister, we are talking about the Zadira complexes.

The Ministry of Defense ordered the Zadira-16 combat complex based on new physical principles. in August 2017. The contract was executed by the Russian Federal Nuclear Center (part of the state corporation Rosatom), which is located in the closed city of Sarov in the Nizhny Novgorod region and Mordovia. The contract was signed with the participation of Borisov, who at that time held the post of Deputy Minister of Defense.

Predecessor of “Badass” “Peresvet” is already being supplied to the army in series, the vice-premier said. According to him, this complex can “dazzle all satellite reconnaissance systems of a potential enemy in orbits up to 1.5 thousand km”, putting them out of action.

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