The foreign ministers of NATO member states discussed in Riga political and economic actions against Russia because of the “military threat to Ukraine,” the alliance secretary general said. Moscow denies accusations
On the first day of the meeting of the NATO foreign ministers, the buildup of Russian military power on the border with Ukraine, the situation in Belarus, NATO's work on arms control were discussed, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference.
< p>The secretary general said that the foreign ministers also discussed possible economic sanctions and political measures against Russia in the event of an 'aggression in Ukraine'. The ministers made it clear that there should be no doubt that aggressive actions will not go unnoticed, he said. “ We discussed the situation on the eastern borders of Ukraine, Russia's intentions are unpredictable. We call on Russia to show transparency and stop escalation '', & mdash; Stoltenberg said.
Answering the question about what economic actions are possible, Stoltenberg recalled that NATO & mdash; it is a platform for consultation, the alliance itself does not have the ability to impose sanctions, but it is important in that it gives all members the opportunity to coordinate policies, discuss and determine actions that can then be taken by countries at the individual level. The alliance represents 50% of global GDP, he recalled: “Therefore, it is important that we are discussing economic sanctions against Russia.” The meeting participants also welcomed Ukraine's restrained reaction to Russian actions.
Latvia has not convinced the US to expand its military presence in the country
Russia became the central topic of the meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Riga even before its official start. On the morning of November 30, Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks told Reuters about the need for a permanent US military presence in the country to contain Russia. “ We need more international assistance. We would like to have a permanent (military) US presence in our country. And naval and air defense mainly boils down to systems such as Patriot & raquo;, & mdash; he said. The day before, Pabriks had accompanied NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during his visit to the Canadian-led multinational combat group of the alliance in the Latvian camp of Adazi. Following this visit, Stoltenberg said the group's forces were helping to “ contain aggression and keep the peace. '' NATO Secretary General expressed similar words of support following a meeting with Latvian President Egils Levits. The alliance secretary general did not publicly comment on the possibility of expanding its presence through NATO.
At the same time, in the afternoon of November 30, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics, after negotiations with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, rejected his colleague's appeal to Washington, saying that the country does not need additional security guarantees. “The United States has made a very strong commitment to our security, and frankly, we don’t need new commitments because what we have is already very strong,” & mdash; he said at a joint press conference with Blinken. Rinkevics recalled that US troops are already present in Latvia on a rotational basis, and a US-led NATO battalion is operating in Poland. Blinkenzhe announced the “ iron '' Washington's commitment to the security of the Baltic states.
“ Russian aggression '' & mdash; main cause for concern
Nevertheless, during the first day of the ministerial meeting, Latvia's fears faded into the background, giving way to concerns of the members of the alliance about Russia's increasing military presence on the border with Ukraine. The first to speak on the problem was the acting A. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, whom German journalists caught before the meeting. The diplomat expressed 'grave concern' military actions of Russia on the border with Ukraine and added that Moscow “ will have to pay a high price for any form of aggression. '' Rinkevichs agreed with his German counterpart in his fears, noting that NATO and the EU “ must give Russia a clear signal that if Ukraine is threatened, there will be a response. '' Blinkenzhe promised to continue consultations with his colleagues in the alliance, after which he will be able to talk in more detail about the movements of the Russian contingent near the Ukrainian borders. The US Secretary of State added that Moscow “ often combines this kind of action with efforts to internally destabilize the country. '' “ This is part of their tactic, and we are monitoring it very closely, '' & mdash; said Blinken. He also warned of “ serious consequences for Russia '' if it decides to commit aggression against Ukraine.
Stoltenberg, however, recalled that NATO provides a military presence only to protect the members of the alliance, and urged, when discussing the situation around Ukraine, to distinguish between the concepts of assistance to a member of the alliance and its partner. “ We need to understand the difference between NATO allies, such as Latvia, the other Baltic states, Romania, and close and valuable partners, such as Ukraine. We provide support to Ukraine, help with preparation, capacity building, equipment. For NATO members, we have security guarantees & mdash; fifth article & raquo;, & mdash; he said. The fifth article of the Washington Treaty states that an attack on any member of the alliance will be regarded as an attack on NATO. It was applied once & mdash; after the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.
Moscow denies the charges
Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta denied Western accusations, stating that such rhetoric was unfounded, and Russia “ has never shown hostility towards any state, let alone Ukraine. '' “ There are no unreasonable movements of Russian troops and unscheduled exercises near the border with Ukraine, '' & mdash; he added. Patrushev recalled that Ukrainian officials, including NSDC Secretary Aleksey Danilov, denied information about Russia's pulling up its armed forces to the border. Patrushev explained the change in Kiev's position by “ receiving appropriate instructions. '' It is also beneficial for the United States to whip up such an information background to build up its military grouping and strengthen its intelligence activities, he said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, for his part, announced the pulling together of US and NATO forces and assets to the Russian borders, noting that the West is provoking Ukraine into anti-Russian actions. “ In Ukraine itself, on the line of contact in Donbass, more and more forces and resources are accumulating with the support of an increasing number of Western instructors. Heavy weapons, including drones, which are directly prohibited by the Minsk agreements, are being used against Donetsk and Lugansk. And we simply have no right to exclude the possibility that the Kiev regime will break into a military adventure '', & mdash; he said on Tuesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking at the VTB Capital investment forum “ Russia is calling! '' stated that the expansion of NATO's military infrastructure into Ukraine would become a red line for Russia, and added that then Moscow would be forced to respond to this.
New strategy against Russia and China
One of the main tasks of the summit, which will end on December 1, is to discuss a new strategic concept for the alliance. On Tuesday, Stoltenberg spoke about the main provisions of the document being prepared. The heads of NATO countries will have to accept him in the summer of 2022 at the summit in Madrid. The previous strategy was adopted in 2010, Stoltenberg recalled. Then, in particular, it was stated that “ peace reigns in the Euro-Atlantic region. '' But the situation has changed, the Secretary General stated: “Today we live in an era of systemic competition. Russia and China are undermining a rules-based international order. The balance of power is changing. Democracy and freedom are under intense pressure. ''
Five elements are critical: protecting the values of the alliance, strengthening its military power, strengthening societies within the alliance, a vision of a global perspective, and developing NATO as an institutional link connecting Europe and North America. The values that need to be protected include democracy, freedom and the rule of law. They are threatened not only from outside, but also from within countries, in support of this thesis, Stoltenberg cited the events of January 6 this year, when a crowd of Donald Trump supporters stormed the American Capitol in order, according to the Secretary General, to “ prevent the peaceful transfer of power. ''
< p> “ The Russian regime is aggressive abroad and despotic at home. Its military build-up on the borders of Ukraine raises concern, '', & mdash; he repeated. The Chinese Communist Party is using its economic and military power to force other countries and control its own people, he described the threats from Beijing. China is also dangerous because it is expanding its global presence from Africa to the Arctic, in space and cyberspace. NATO can counter these threats by strengthening and modernizing its defense capabilities. More specific proposals will be considered by the foreign ministers, and then by the heads of countries.
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The political scientist is confident that the president will not be allowed to live in peace after resigning
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will have to flee the country if he loses the presidential elections in 2024. Political scientist Ruslan Bortnik made such a forecast on the air of the Nash TV channel.
The expert said that during his presidency, Zelensky managed to “cross the road” to many influential people. The latter, most likely, will not leave the politician alone after he resigns as head of state.
“If Zelensky loses the presidential election, I think he will emigrate,” Bortnik said.
As an example, the political scientist cited the former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, who, according to him, fled the country not because of violations of the law, but because he once imprisoned the former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko.
The expert added that among the “victims” of Zelensky there are very vindictive people, including crime bosses and smugglers.
Earlier, economic expert Viktor Skarshevsky said that Zelensky's behavior Since his election as president of Ukraine, it has changed markedly: in his opinion, the head of state has begun to enjoy his power and is unable to fulfill his election promises.
In turn, Ukrainian journalist Dmitry Gordon said that he was disappointed with Zelensky. According to him, the current head of state “died” for him, and his political career will end with the expiration of his presidential term.
“They will immediately ask why they did not close the space over the conflict zone”
The Netherlands will contact the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in the case of the Malaysian Boeing MH17 crash in July 2014, when 298 people died. This was reported by the Dutch news service RTL Nieuws. The aviation expert explained to MK what consequences such an appeal could have for Russia.
With reference to sources, the Dutch media claims that the procedure in ICAO may have serious consequences for Russia, which, according to the Dutch side, is guilty of what happened. The decision – whether to apply to ICAO or not – must be made by the new government of the Netherlands, which is being formed.
As you know, in The Hague for several years there has been ongoing litigation in relation to the MH17 disaster. Charges were brought against three Russians and one Ukrainian: Igor Girkin (Strelkov), Sergei Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov, Leonid Kharchenko. Investigators claim that they were involved in the fact that the militia got an anti-aircraft missile, which allegedly shot down the Boeing.
The Russian side denies all charges against it. And now, according to the Dutch RTL Nieuws, the procedure in ICAO will allow Russia to be held accountable.
What is ICAO? It is the UN agency that sets international standards for civil aviation and coordinates its development for safety reasons. What consequences could the Netherlands appeal to this structure in the Malaysian Boeing case?
– If the criminal court in The Hague turns out to be powerless and cannot identify the perpetrators, how will ICAO establish this? – Roman Gusarov, the leading aviation expert, editor-in-chief of the Internet portal AVIA.RU, is perplexed. – ICAO can only consider the aviation part of the event: who, where, how they acted in a given situation. At the same time, the ICAO investigation will be completely different from the court in The Hague. And it will not start with the study of social networks – who posted what there. ICAO will start with the elementary – by examining the flight recorders, if any, the wreckage of the aircraft. First of all, these are negotiations between the dispatcher and the crew. That is, ICAO demands records that, as I understand it, do not exist in The Hague and which have not yet been made public.
Further. The most important question for ICAO: why has Ukraine not fulfilled its obligations under the obligations to the international community for ensuring the safety of civil aircraft in its airspace? Under international aviation law, this should be the first question in an ICAO investigation.
After all, shortly before the tragedy, several planes were shot down over this zone. Why did civil aircraft continue to fly further? Directly responsible for such a decision is the prime minister, head of government. With this, I think, the investigation in ICAO will begin, and it will have a completely different angle from the point of view of aviation legislation.
The Malaysian Boeing case disrupted the normal course of events. First, an aviation investigation is carried out, and then – a court of general jurisdiction, a criminal one, and so on. First, the aviation authorities give their opinion. That is, the authorities authorized to conduct an investigation. Who did what, how, did the wrong thing in some situation. And only then, within the framework of the criminal investigation, a conclusion is made on the degree of responsibility and guilt.
Here everything went in the opposite order.
I think that the threat of Holland's appeal to ICAO for Russia should be considered, as a positive point. ICAO is not a tribunal, it does not impose sanctions. ICAO may investigate. And not politicized.
Although, of course, we do not understand the current state of ICAO. Previously, this organization was outside of politics. The aviators stood firm. But now, for example, in the case of Minsk (the accident with the forced landing on May 23, 2021 of the Boeing 737-8AS of the Irish airline Ryanair, flying on the Athens-Vilnius route – MK ), the investigation is dragging out. Although, it would seem, what is there to find out. But it was postponed until January. It looks like they are also under strong political pressure. So it is not yet known what will happen to the Dutchmen's appeal.
Still, at the ICAO platform, Russia, at least, will be easier to present its position. It will be more difficult not to hear it there.
Experts believe that Zelensky's struggle with Akhmetov will deprive the country of economic potential
The SBU has opened a criminal case on the fact of preparing a coup d'etat in Ukraine. According to the ministry, in addition to the Ukrainians, representatives of Russia took part in the operation. Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that they are trying to involve the oligarch Rinat Akhmetov, who until recently was one of the main supports of the Ukrainian leader. Experts interviewed by MK believe that the republic is on the verge of major shocks that could deprive it of 30% of the economy.
In Ukraine, who just does not laugh at the news of the coup. Zelenskiy made his controversial statement during a large press conference, timed to coincide with the middle of his term in office. Immediately thereafter, social media flooded with cartoons of the president playing Napoleon. Not only does Zelenskiy have a problem with authority, but also about a coup d'etat over the past 7 years, who just did not speak.
First, the participants in the 2013-2014 Euromaidan are accused of the coup d'état. Secondly, the hero of Ukraine Nadezhda Savchenko was accused of trying to seize state power, who, according to the investigation, was supposed to seize the Verkhovna Rada with a grenade launcher. Thirdly, ex-President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili was accused of conspiracy with the oligarch Sergei Kurchenko, who fled to Russia. And now it's Akhmetov's turn.
Zelenskiy was extremely confused about his accusations. At first he said that he had been informed of the collusion, but he did not believe in it. At the same time, he has information that Akhmetov has either already been involved in organizing a coup, or they are just going to do it. From this, only one thing became clear: the president openly threatens the richest man in the country, while not having any clear evidence on hand.
The only “evidence” can be considered the audio recording that Zelensky allegedly listened to. According to him, they were going to allocate $ 1 billion for the coup. Moreover, the operation should begin on December 1. True, of all the protest actions on this day in Kiev, only a rally of supporters of the ex-President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko from among the neo-Nazi groups is planned. They are going to achieve the dismissal of the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak, who is suspected of surrendering Donbass.
According to the American media BuzzFeed, which had at its disposal a transcript of the recording of the conversation of the “conspirators”, the coup was allegedly prepared by FSB officer Vasily Laptev and three Ukrainians – Alexei Vasilyev, Vasily Gritsak and Eduard Fedosov. In particular, they are going to use the tension that has accumulated in Ukrainian society and the conflict that has matured between Zelensky and Akhmetov. With the latter, they were going to get in touch to start a collaboration. True, even the American edition doubts that this is a well-planned operation, and not a conversation in the kitchen.
“The conversation in Ukrainian kitchens about whether or not a coup d'etat is needed has been going on since the Euromaidan. These conversations are being conducted en masse, including representatives of the political elite. If you wish, you can make a lot of such recordings, “said the head of the Ukrainian Institute of Politics Ruslan Bortnik to MK. At the same time, the expert is surprised that a criminal case was opened only after Zelensky spoke about the conspiracy. “This should have been done before or during the president's speech. Moreover, they were supposed to carry out searches and arrests, but this still does not exist. Nobody is involved in the procedures necessary to suppress a coup d'etat, ”Bortnik said.
Even if we assume that the names and transcripts leaked to the Americans are not invented (even no one has heard the audio recording), then the real people that the Ukrainian media could find have nothing to do with Akhmetov. For example, Vasiliev has been on the all-Ukrainian wanted list since 2015 for illegal arms trafficking. His photograph hangs on the “Peacemaker”, so it can be assumed that the accusation against him is somehow connected with the events in Donbass. Vasily Gritsak during the reign of Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine was the deputy head of the Migration Service, and now he is solving problems with his health. Eduard Fedosov, possibly in 2014, was dismissed from the post of head of the Poltava regional police, now he is a pensioner and in every possible way denies his involvement in the conspiracy.
Ruslan Bortnik believes that it was not by chance that the conspiracy was “planned” for December 1. “New protests from the right-wing opposition were planned for this date. Perhaps, by doing so, Zelensky made it clear to his opponents that any action against him and his team would be harshly suppressed. The statement about the coup could be a “yellow card”, – says the political scientist. As for Akhmetov, he does not exclude a further aggravation of the conflict between the oligarch and the president up to the nationalization of the business empire of the richest Ukrainian.
In turn, the head of the Ukrainian Politics Foundation, Konstantin Bondarenko, believes that the story of Akhmetov's involvement in the coup d'etat was invented by Andriy Yermak. “He has reached the stage of an old woman from the fairy tale“ About the Fisherman and the Fish ”. Ermak wants everyone, including Akhmetov, to be on his parcels. At the same time, for Zelensky, the fight against oligarchs will become one of the trump cards during the presidential elections in 2024. Akhmetov is the largest of the Ukrainian oligarchs, so the first blow is struck at him, “Bondarenko says.
The head of the Ukrainian Politics Foundation believes that the conflict between the president and the oligarch has been brewing for a long time. First, Akhmetov was imposed an exorbitant tribute when the tariffs for ore mining were raised, which made this process unprofitable. Then he was accused of allegedly funding the opposition and recruiting “public servants” into his lobbyists. Now is the time for the coup charges. “Although Akhmetov is a person who always tries to come to an agreement with everyone,” Bondarenko emphasizes.
He believes that this whole coup story looks like a script for a bad film, because there is hardly a single Ukrainian, who will believe in the reality of the accusations. Nevertheless, Bondarenko believes that Zelensky's team is ready to go as far as possible, which means that a real danger looms over Akhmetov, and then over all of Ukraine. “If a war breaks out between them, it will be waged for destruction. Akhmetov is 30% of the Ukrainian economy and 20% of foreign exchange earnings to the budget of Ukraine. The damage to the republic and its economic potential will be enormous, ”states Bondarenko.
The President of Ukraine instructed Prime Minister Denis Shmygal and the head of the SBU Ivan Bakanov to analyze the compliance of the current regime of entry of Russians to Ukraine with the protection of national interests
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky responded to an electronic petition calling for a ban or restriction on entry to the country for the Russians, promising to study the issue. His answer is posted on the website of the head of state.
“ The introduction of additional changes in the regime of travel of citizens between Ukraine and Russia requires a thorough study and analysis of all possible development scenarios, in particular from the point of view of security aspects and possible social consequences of innovations, '' & mdash; noted Zelensky.
He sent an electronic petition to the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmygal, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Alexei Danilov and the head of the Security Service Ivan Bakanov with a request to analyze the compliance of the current regime of entry of Russians into the country with national interests and security needs.
The author of the petition is the ex-leader of the Odessa Right Sector (an extremist organization banned in Russia) Sergei Sternenko. The petition received more than 26 thousand signatures.
“ I ask the President of Ukraine, in order to protect the citizens of Ukraine and the national security of the state in the context of the ongoing armed aggression of Russia against Ukraine, to initiate the introduction of a ban for Russian citizens to visit the territory of Ukraine or the introduction of a visa regime, '' & mdash; reads the text of the petition.
Sergei Sternenko was found guilty in February of kidnapping a deputy of the Limansky District Council from the Trust Deeds party. Sergei Shcherbich was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison. Sternenko himself pleaded not guilty and stated that the case was politically motivated.
In 2019, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine denied entry to more than 4.5 thousand Russians. In 2018, Ukrainian border guards denied entry to 6.5 thousand Russian citizens. The reasons for the denial were non-confirmation of the purpose of the trip, exceeding the period of stay and violation of the legislation on visiting Crimea.
In the fall of 2018, against the background of an incident in the Kerch Strait, when three Ukrainian ships entered the territorial waters of Russia , the current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced the restriction of entry into the country for men from Russia between the ages of 16 and 60.
The Ukrainian leader explained this decision by the need to exclude Moscow from the possibility of “ forming detachments in Ukraine 'private' armies, which are actually representatives of the Russian Armed Forces. ''
In December of the same year, the Ukrainian border service announced that this ban had been lifted. However, at the border, the Ukrainian side is still checking men from Russia in an intensified manner.
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“Ukrainians have the president they deserve”
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The piquancy of the situation is that until now Gordon has not shown any opposition to the authorities. On the contrary, he defended her.
The journalist's “Revelation” commented on his Telegram channel Russian Senator Alexei Pushkov: “The observer does not even ask the question: who cheated? Russia? Europe cheated? Or China? Or maybe Honduras, the uneven hour, cheated? No, all of them have nothing to do with it, “Pushkov wrote.
According to him,” The Ukrainians have deceived THEMSELVES! ” And why? Because there is no mature elite in Ukraine. There are no responsible politicians who are able to move the country forward in an atmosphere of nationalist frenzy and singing the song “Our Old Man Bandera!” Ukraine has the president it deserves. Once again. We can agree with this, ”concluded Alexey Pushkov.
“It itself is rotting and itself is destroyed”
The warnings from Washington, London and Kiev that Russia is grouping troops and is about to attack Ukraine have nothing to do with reality and contradict the essence of Moscow's policy towards the neighboring country. This is the opinion of Yakov Kedmi, an Israeli diplomat and political scientist, former head of the Nativ special service.
Since October & nbsp; leading American and British media have written many times that Russia & nbsp; allegedly & nbsp; grouped troops on its western borders to attack Ukraine. Some Kiev politicians also spoke about this. No evidence of military preparations was presented. Moscow has repeatedly denied the existence of such plans in relation to Ukraine. Commenting on this information hysteria, Yakov Kedmi on the air of the program “ Right to Know! '' on the TV Center channel said it was initiated by the United States, which launched it “ out of stupidity. ''
“This is purely American handwriting. I don't know what's going on with their brains there. They are unable to learn and draw conclusions from what happened before, '' said Kedmi.
According to him, if the United States really fears Russia and Putin, it should have studied the tactics of the enemy. “ Putin has always acted and is acting unexpectedly. Just as it was with the Crimea and in Syria … His tactics are always unexpected, '' the expert said.
Assessing the tactics of the Russian leadership, Kedmi noted: “ Russia is not going to accumulate troops and send troops to Ukraine, because you don't need to. ''
According to the expert, the situation in Ukraine will change due to the “ natural development of events ''. “ It will ripen and fall by itself. Ukraine itself is rotting and itself collapsing, going from one catastrophe to another, '' said Yakov Kedmi.
If someone, he said, decides in Russia to “ remove power in Ukraine by military means, he will not bring in troops for this. ''
“ To bring it (Ukraine. – 'MK') to a different state, it is necessary to destroy the Ukrainian army, – said the political scientist. – In order & nbsp; to destroy the Ukrainian & nbsp; army, no need to send troops to Ukraine. In general, troops are not needed there. Without even one Russian soldier crossing the border of Ukraine, the Ukrainian army will cease to exist from five to ten hours. … For the Russian army, for any modern army, this is not a problem. Why bring in troops? It will crumble itself like a house of cards when there is no army. '' “ The only thing is that there will be a crush at the airport, on the roads and in the Odessa port, who will board the steamer faster, '' the political scientist joked, apparently hinting at the recent events at the Kabul airport after the Americans left it.
For USA, considers & nbsp; Kedmi, Ukraine & mdash; a consumable they don't think about. “ For them, this is a geographic space that you need to climb into in order to be closer to the heart of Russia, that's all, '' the expert concluded.
The US behaved in the same way in Afghanistan, Syria, Libya. “ There were stupid people in Afghanistan, but have they grown wiser here? '' he asked rhetorically.
“The law, how to love the Motherland.” A special commission on patriotism will be created in Ukraine
If, in building the state foundations, you & nbsp; begin to use the experience of the collaborationists of the 1940s, then & nbsp; in the final design will inevitably begin to show through some features of the Third Reich. Ukraine brilliantly proves this by its example.
Ukrainian politicians, in & nbsp; their desire to build a state, in which citizens have a high national consciousness, move further and further. Total rewriting of history, changing the names of cities, villages and & nbsp; streets, banning dozens of “ enemy '' artists, restrictions on & nbsp; Russian-language content in the & nbsp; sphere of culture, the elimination of the possibility of obtaining an education in & nbsp; Russian, the introduction of the post of a language ombudsman, nicknamed by the people & nbsp; the people “ sprechenfuehrer '' …
But it turns out that there are no limits to Ukrainian perfection. Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the & nbsp; pro-government party Servant of the People Vasily Mokan submitted a draft law “ On & nbsp; the main principles of state policy in the & nbsp; sphere of the approval of Ukrainian national and & nbsp; civil identity. ''
He caused a resonance in the & nbsp; society before & nbsp; publication on the & nbsp; website of the Verkhovna Rada. And & nbsp; it is clear why & nbsp; & mdash; for & nbsp; this time, the legislators decided to get & nbsp; to & nbsp; personal space of Ukrainians. & nbsp;
Who is Vasily Mokan?
The author of the bill Mocan & nbsp; & mdash; A 36-year-old native of Lviv, a graduate of the Philosophy Faculty of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev. According to & nbsp; his official biography, since & nbsp; 2004, Mocan worked as a political consultant for & nbsp; national and & nbsp; local election campaigns, specializing in & nbsp; analytical and & nbsp; media areas.
In & nbsp; for several years, Mocan was an assistant – Mocan was consultant to the People's Deputy of Ukraine Arthur Palatny, who was initially a member of the & nbsp; party “ UDAR '' Vitali Klitschko , and & nbsp; then joined the & nbsp; block of Petro Poroshenko.
Mokan himself in & nbsp; 2015 unsuccessfully ran for the & nbsp; Kyiv City Council from & nbsp; Petro Poroshenko Bloc. This did not & nbsp; prevent him from being on the & nbsp; list of the Servant of the People party in & nbsp; 2019 and & nbsp; to be elected to the & nbsp; Verkhovna Rada.
In & nbsp; 2020-2021, Mokan was the plenipotentiary representative of the Ukrainian government in the & nbsp; Verkhovna Rada.
However, the rebellious soul of a political scientist does not sit in & nbsp; place. At & nbsp; currently, he is & nbsp; among the & nbsp; number of deputies close to the & nbsp; disgraced ex-speaker of the Rada Dmitry Razumkov . Which is not surprising, considering that Mokan and & nbsp; Razumkov are partners in & nbsp; consulting company Ukrainian Politconsulting Group.
Many in & nbsp; Ukraine believe that Razumkov's political project will be “ sold '' voters as an alternative to Vladimir Zelensky, who did not meet expectations. And & nbsp; Mocan's current legislative initiative makes it clear that no one is & nbsp; going to correct the nationalist course.
According to the bill, Ukrainian civil and & nbsp; national identity is the most important component of the national security of national unity. It is impossible to wait until the identity itself appears among citizens, and it is proposed to assert it by means of “ developing patriotism, instilling pride in citizens and & nbsp; respect for national values, the formation of defense consciousness and & nbsp; civil resilience. ''
Local authorities, according to the & nbsp; idea of Mokan, should implement programs at the & nbsp; places for the approval of Ukrainian national and & nbsp; civil identity. And & nbsp; educational institutions, ranging from & nbsp; kindergartens and & nbsp; ending with universities, will be charged with the obligation to “ form in & nbsp; schoolchildren and & nbsp; students' nationality and & nbsp; patriotism. National Commission for & nbsp; Issues of Establishing National Identity under the Government of Ukraine. In the & nbsp; places & nbsp; it is proposed to create Centers for the approval of Ukrainian national and & nbsp; civil identity.
In fact, these bodies are ordered to ensure an increase in the number of patriots in & nbsp; each individual farm, village, city. The quality of work, according to the bill, will be assessed by the indicator of “ the effectiveness of the implementation of state policy. ''
The & nbsp; bill explicitly states that efficiency will be measured by an increase in the number of people professing patriotic views, and & nbsp; also by an increase in the number of Ukrainian-language content in & nbsp; cultural sphere. & nbsp;
“The effect will be stunning. Better than the & nbsp; language laws and & nbsp; decommunization laws combined & nbsp;
It is especially interesting that Mokan proposes to expand the sphere of use of the Ukrainian language, although after the approval of the law on & nbsp; “ total Ukrainianization '' The Russian language, in fact, is left only for use in & nbsp; everyday life.
It turns out that now at home a Russian-speaking Ukrainian will no longer be able to speak not & nbsp; in & nbsp; “ move '', since by doing this he will & nbsp; reduce & laquo ; indicators of patriotism '' in the & nbsp; region.
A deputy from the & nbsp; party Servant of the People Maxim Buzhansky on & nbsp; his page on & nbsp; Facebook wrote: “ Colleague Vasily Mokan sent for signing a bill on the foundations of state policy in & nbsp; issues of national identity. In other words, the law is about & nbsp; how to love the Motherland. Among a number of good thoughts about & nbsp; that, in & nbsp; principle, the state should somehow & nbsp; educate citizens and & nbsp; ensure the development of the linguistic identity of indigenous peoples and & nbsp; national minorities, there are several bold ideas. And & nbsp; namely, the creation of a new body, a kind of mixture of the National Rada on television and & nbsp; a language commissioner, who will nightmare local councils, sending them & nbsp; prescriptions with & nbsp; assessments of their & nbsp; decisions. Let's just say, it was difficult to surpass Poroshenko in & nbsp; issues of getting into the & nbsp; soul of citizens, but & nbsp; Vasily Mokan succeeded, and & nbsp; the effect of & nbsp; impact on & nbsp; citizens, in & nbsp; first of all, those who voted for & nbsp; the President and the people & nbsp; … Steeper than the & nbsp; language laws and & nbsp; decommunization laws combined.
Mokan, commenting on Buzhansky's remarks in & nbsp; his Telegram channel, said that “ the & nbsp; bill is not & nbsp; about & nbsp; encroachment on & nbsp; the private sphere of communication or the language of church rituals. '' However, in fact, this is “ non-encroachment '' he & nbsp; did not & nbsp; confirm.
“ For & nbsp; 30 & nbsp; years of independence, & nbsp; we did not & nbsp; had such a law. Therefore, as responsible for & nbsp; this direction in the & nbsp; Verkhovna Rada, I & nbsp; will do everything possible so that the sphere of national-patriotic education finally gets its legislative regulation, & nbsp; & mdash; & nbsp; writes Mokan.
Buzhansky was not convinced by the arguments of his party colleagues. “ I am categorically against the creation of such a body … It turns out that we are creating some kind of ideological body of the Central Committee & nbsp; CPSU. I & nbsp; think this is a totally wrong idea & raquo;, & nbsp; & mdash; quotes his words from the Ukrainian portal “ Vesti ''. & nbsp;
Why not a & nbsp; patriot? Maybe you & nbsp; & mdash; a Russian spy?
It is impossible to exclude the adoption of such a law & nbsp; & mdash; it is & nbsp; very well he fits into the & nbsp; theme of flirting with & nbsp; nationalism, which is now being used by both & nbsp; Poroshenko and & nbsp; Zelensky.
And & nbsp; further, the & nbsp; Ukrainians can begin and & nbsp; completely fabulous life. If before & nbsp; now baiting the “ wrong '' citizens were started by Svidomo patriots in & nbsp; social networks, seeking sanctions against their victims, then & nbsp; now the case will be put on the & nbsp; state tracks.
On & nbsp; the specified day went out to the & nbsp; street did not & nbsp; in & nbsp; embroidered, did not play & nbsp; , watched secretly Russian TV & nbsp; & mdash; go to the & nbsp; meeting of the Commission on & nbsp; patriotism. Where the guilty person will be told & nbsp; & mdash; that & nbsp; are you, such and such, lowering our indicators? Are you a & nbsp; Russian agent? Look, and & nbsp; then & nbsp; materials will be transferred to the SBU!
The & nbsp; Mocan bill spelled out the 'establishment of responsibility for & nbsp; violation of the law'. True, the very form of responsibility is proposed to be worked out within the & nbsp; framework of a separate legislative initiative.
It is not clear who exactly will be punished & nbsp; & mdash; local authorities for & nbsp; the fact that & nbsp; they have low rates in & nbsp; patriotism, or specific people who do not jump high enough with & nbsp; shouting: “ Who does not & nbsp; jumps & nbsp; & mdash; that Moskal! '' & nbsp;
The easiest way would be & nbsp; to declare it nonsense, but ten years ago no one & nbsp; could introduce themselves to either & nbsp; “ decommunization '', nor & nbsp; “ total Ukrainization '', nor & nbsp; three hundred banned Russian artists, nor & nbsp; ; marches in & nbsp; honor of SS men from & nbsp; Galicia in the & nbsp; center of Kiev. Now all this is the reality of modern Ukraine.
Army convoy caught on video
NATO continues to build up its force in Eastern Europe. Large formations of the US Army are moving from Germany through Poland towards the east. Eyewitnesses report that military equipment is being concentrated near the border of Poland with Belarus. Tanks and heavy artillery were seen in the army columns. “MK” suggested where the formations of the US army and its allies are sent and how this is connected with the recent aggravation of relations between Belarus and the EU.
Another train with NATO military equipment proceeded through Poland towards the east. As MK previously reported, the Bundeswehr formations began redeploying troops closer to the border with Belarus. On Wednesday, November 24, a new video appeared, taken at the Legnica station in southern Poland. Eyewitnesses removed a train with military equipment that passed through the local railway junction.
As part of the troops being transferred from Germany to Eastern Europe, experts identified large-caliber self-propelled artillery pieces “ Palladin '' American production, as well as & ndash; charging machines. The artillery most likely belongs to one of the units of the US Army stationed in Germany. & Nbsp;
Local media suggest several routes the train could have followed. Some say that the train is sent to one of the landfills near the border of Poland and Ukraine, others & ndash; that troops are being transferred to the border with Belarus.
Earlier, the EU and NATO condemned the government of Belarus for “ using hybrid methods of pressure '' to Poland. Brussels condemns the actions of the Belarusian authorities, which, in their opinion, led to the next migration crisis at the borders of the European Union. Thousands of people are trying to break into Polish territory, which is why the local authorities had to pull troops to the border.
As explained in an interview with MK. military expert Alexander Mikhailovsky, the redeployment of American troops in the winter is not typical for the US army. The real purpose of the transfer of NATO troops to Eastern Europe is most likely another attempt to exacerbate the situation in Ukraine.
– All stories about the migrant crisis & ndash; this is, excuse me, in favor of the poor. Several thousand migrants have accumulated there. Why transfer tanks and large-caliber artillery for this? This is another pretext for building up the contingent in Eastern Europe and the Baltics. By the way, if this video was filmed somewhere in northern Poland, I would say that armored vehicles are going to the exercises in the Baltic States. But Legnica is located to the south, and this is alarming. If you go further east & ndash; then it's straight to the border with Ukraine.
The Polish city of Legnica. Photo: Still from video
– I think we will find out after some time. Most likely, the United States is sending troops to reinforce the NATO contingent near the border with Ukraine. Even under Trump, there was talk about the creation in Poland of a large military base for 20 thousand troops, which was proposed to be called “ Fort Trump. '' No one has given up on plans to move troops east at the Pentagon. This means that the troops will move further and further, closer and closer to us. In case they want to cross the border with Ukraine & hellip; Do not know. Until recently, I would say that they would not be solved.
– There are not such great distances. If the troops are stationed in the conditional Lublin, then it will be almost the same for them as to Lvov as to Brest. The question is, for how long have they arrived. If forever, then we can safely say that another slow “ offensive '' NATO East has officially begun.
Democrat Menendez proposed to introduce restrictions on Nord Stream 2, state-owned companies, banks, and sovereign debt
The head of the US Senate Foreign Policy Committee Robert (Bob) Menendez has already proposed now to include in the defense budget a clause providing for the imposition of sanctions against Russia in the event of an invasion of Ukraine. Document text provided by Axios portal.
In accordance with the amendment, immediately after the start of hostilities by Russia, President Joe Biden will have to approve a whole list of restrictions. In particular, sanctions and visa restrictions will be introduced against the Russian military, who will be involved in the preparation of an operation against Ukraine.
The main sanctions will affect Russian banks, state-owned companies, oil and gas enterprises, and sovereign debt. For example, restrictions will apply to any companies or individuals associated with the planning and implementation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Earlier, with a proposal now to impose sanctions against Nord Stream 2 and to bring them into the defense budget were representatives of the Republican Party. However, according to Axios, it was not put to the vote due to the leader of the Democrats in the Senate Chuck Schumer, who cited some technical issues.
Since the end of October, the media began to report that Russia was building up its military forces on the border with Ukraine. In particular, The Washington Post wrote about this. And the newspaper Politico, in turn, published satellite images. They, presumably, capture the accumulation of Russian army tanks near the city of Yelnya in the Smolensk region, about 250 km from the border with Ukraine.
In Ukraine, it was initially said that they did not see the activity of Russian military at the border. But later, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Western partners had informed him of the situation.
A source in the Kremlin for Bloomberg noted that Russia “ does not intend to start a war with Ukraine, but wants to show that it is ready to use force in the event necessity. ''
Officially, the Kremlin said that such publications “ groundlessly escalate tensions. '' According to President Vladimir Putin, such “ alarm data '' appear against the backdrop of unplanned military exercises by the United States and its NATO allies in the Black Sea, which pose a serious challenge to Russia. Subscribe to YouTube RBC Live broadcasts, videos and recordings of programs on our YouTube channel
Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko accused the current government of artificially creating an energy crisis in Ukraine. She believes that the whole problem is that someone did not pump gas into the underground storage facilities on time. The politician stated this on the air of the Ukraine 24 TV channel.
Tymoshenko demanded that the ministers answer the question: who gave the command to put the country in such a situation? Why didn't they pump gas and bring in coal? Why is now the only solution to the problem see only a tearful appeal to Belarus with a request to provide electricity?
Tymoshenko recalled that serious problems will begin after the frost hits. In her opinion, the real crisis will come after the temperature of minus 10 degrees Celsius for at least a couple of weeks.
The politician believes that in principle there can be no energy crisis in Ukraine, since the country has fuel reserves … There are also gas storage facilities with a capacity of 38 billion cubic meters. According to Tymoshenko, it is not the circumstances that are to blame for what is happening in the country, but the negligence of officials.
“The Poles will have to remember the long-forgotten Russian language”
US intelligence warned European countries that Russia could invade Ukraine at any moment. The American newspaper New York Times wrote about this assumption. Netizens actively discussed this disturbing information.
A New York Times article cites the opinion of US Army veteran Dim Townsend: “There is hardly anything that can stop Putin. I think he likes to play with us like chess pieces. As long as we all keep a close eye on Belarus, at that time he will take over Ukraine and pretend that it has always been part of Russia. This is why we need to be strong. You don’t need to drop bombs on anyone to protect the world, but we must show that we have the power to protect our allies. ”
Many foreign social media users have a different point of view. For example, the Swede Andreas Adolfson wrote on Twitter: “Are we not provoking Russia with this statement? Why should we once again push her to the idea of a war with Ukraine? By the way, if we stand up for Taiwan in the same way as for Ukraine, then a possible war between the United States and NATO with China will cease to be just hypothetical … ”.
American Richard Arnold remarked: “These are all empty words. Ukraine is not a member of NATO, so we simply cannot rely on the fifth article (the fifth article of the North Atlantic Treaty enshrines the principle of collective defense of NATO countries. – “MK”). Even so, will NATO countries agree to start a full-scale war with Russia just to defend Ukraine? Because otherwise all these warnings are worth absolutely nothing. ”
Former Polish Ambassador Jean Pieklo is sure:“ Putin will not make any concessions. He is interested in winning because he believes he can win. Russia is ready for war. China too. But not us. Do not indulge yourself – we need to unite, or we will simply be crushed. ”
An American user with the nickname“ jhh ”joked:“ I have a feeling for a long time that all political events since 2016 are suspicious remind of 1939 … Well, first Belarus will take the oath to Russia, then Ukraine will submit to it, and there it is not far from the Baltic countries. I think that after a while the citizens of Poland will have to remember the long-forgotten Russian language. ”
True,“ jhh ”does not write why Russia needs to include all these Russophobic countries. The Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly stated that preparations for a war with Ukraine are mere rumors or deliberate disinformation.
US intelligence is taking the threat of a Russian “invasion” of Ukraine seriously, the WSJ learned. In this regard, Washington is pushing European partners to cooperate in developing a package of measures to contain Moscow
US intelligence warned European allies that 'there is little time left'; in order to prevent Russia from starting hostilities in Ukraine, The New York Times reported citing sources.
According to the interlocutors of the publication, Russia has not yet decided what it will do with the troops, “ which it has gathered at the border of Ukraine. '' However, U.S. intelligence takes the 'invasion' threat seriously. and do not believe that this is a bluff, sources noted.
In this regard, the United States is “ pushing '' European countries to cooperate in developing a package of economic and military measures to contain Moscow, writes NYT. In particular, the head of the US National Intelligence Avril Haynes visited Brussels this week, and Washington also shared intelligence with Ukraine.
US officials told their allies that the Russian authorities are “ disappointed with the peace process, '' which France and Germany launched in 2014 after the entry of Crimea into Russia and the outbreak of an armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. According to a number of former American officials, Moscow may intend to provide a safe land corridor between the unrecognized republics of Donbass and Crimea.
Since the end of October, reports have begun to appear in the media that Russia is building up its military forces on the border with Ukraine. In particular, The Washington Post wrote about this. And the Politico newspaper published satellite images. They presumably capture the accumulation of tanks of the Russian armed forces near the city of Yelnya in the Smolensk region, about 250 km from the border with Ukraine.
In Ukraine, it was initially said that they did not see the activity of the Russian military at the border. But later, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that his Western partners had informed him of the situation.
Russian authorities have information about a possible “ invasion '' Ukraine was called empty injection. Speaking about the current situation, the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov recalled the unplanned exercises of the United States and its NATO allies in the Black Sea, in connection with which Russia, he said, must insure itself and “ be on the alert. ''
< p> President Vladimir Putin also noted that Ukraine violated the Minsk agreements by using the Bayraktar combat drone in the Donbas. “ It seems that we are simply, we are not allowed to relax. Well, let them know that we are not relaxing '', & mdash; he said.
At the same time, the Russian authorities have repeatedly stated that Russia did not threaten anyone and does not pose a threat to anyone. The movement of troops across the country & mdash; this is an exclusively internal matter, Peskov said.
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Ukraine's defense minister said Putin is checking Western countries by building up forces along the Russian-Ukrainian border. He called on the US and EU countries to hold Moscow accountable for any next aggression
Russian President Vladimir Putin 'plays chess' with Western countries, moving military equipment and armed forces along the Russian-Ukrainian border. This was stated by Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov in an interview with The Washington Post.
Reznikov paid a visit to Washington, during which he met with US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin and asked for additional military assistance for Kiev. According to him, he and his American counterpart came to the same conclusions about the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border.
“ He [Vladimir Putin] checks the unity of the European Union, he checks the unity of NATO allies, he checks our society, Ukrainians, he checks Poland, the Baltic countries, '' & mdash; emphasized the Ukrainian minister.
Austin, in turn, added that Washington was unclear about the meaning of the latest Russian actions near the borders with Ukraine, and called on Moscow to be transparent about its military activities near the borders.
In October, The Wall Street Journal and Politico wrote that Russia was increasing the number of troops on the border with Ukraine. Bloomberg later reported that the United States feared a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine amid reports of a buildup of troops near the border.
The Kremlin called the reports of the impending invasion an empty whipping up and noted that Moscow had to “ be on the alert '' in connection with the activity of Western forces, including the reconnaissance activities of NATO aircraft.
The New York Times later wrote, citing sources that US intelligence had warned European allies that there was “ little time left. '' in order to prevent Russia from starting hostilities in Ukraine. Against this background, Washington is pushing European countries to develop a package of economic and military measures to contain Moscow, the newspaper added.
The US Senate proposed an amendment to the defense budget on sanctions in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. If this scenario is implemented, it is proposed to extend the restrictions to, among other things, Nord Stream 2, state-owned companies, banks and the state debt.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly stated that Russia does not threaten anyone and does not pose a threat to anyone. The press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the movement of troops across the country is exclusively its internal affair.
In 2016, at the opening ceremony of the Central Chess House in Moscow, Peskov said that Vladimir Putin is playing geopolitical chess instead of ordinary chess.
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The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine announced an attempt on the life of the Minister of Agrarian Policy
According to police, the main customer of the murder of Ukrainian minister Roman Leshchenko was a US citizen, his former business partner. The case is related to Leshchenko's activities in 2018 – before he joined the government
The assassination of the Minister of Agrarian Policy Roman Leshchenko was prevented in Ukraine. This was announced by the Minister of Internal Affairs Denis Monastyrsky at a briefing.
According to him, the main customer of the assassination of the minister is a US citizen, his former business partner. Another customer was a Ukrainian citizen. Monastyrsky noted that they all collaborated in 2018.
Initially, the American ordered the murder of another citizen of Ukraine & mdash; a collector hired by an American businessman to “ knock out debts '' from Leshchenko, said Monastyrsky. The collector took $ 150 thousand from the American for the work, but did not return the money to him, in connection with which he decided to kill him.
The Ukrainian woman communicated with the killer. All communication between the customer and the killer was documented, the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs emphasized.
Monastyrsky said that the murder of the collector was staged: the customer was sent a photo and video showing the allegedly murdered man.
After that, the American and the Ukrainian made a new order & mdash; on Roman Leshchenko, “with whom they collaborated, from whom they tried to take away property and knock out fictitious debts.” Minister.
Law enforcement officers managed to detain two organizers of the crimes. A US citizen and his authorized representative were informed of suspicion of attempted murder, grievous bodily harm, kidnapping and extortion (part 2 of article 15, part 3 of article 27, paragraphs 6, 11, 12, part 2 of art. 115; part 2 article 15, part 3 article 27, part 2 article 121; part 2 article 15, part 3 article 27, part 2 article 146; part 2 article 15 , part 3 of article 27, part 4 of article 189 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). Now the issue of choosing a preventive measure is being decided.
Roman Leshchenko was appointed Minister of Agrarian Policy in December 2020. Prior to that, from 2019 to 2020, he served as the authorized president of Ukraine for land issues of the State Service for Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre.
Prior to that, Leshchenko was engaged in agribusiness, creating and heading the Agrodar group of companies in 2012 ;.
At the end of September, an attempt was made on the life of the assistant to the President of Ukraine Serhiy Shefir. In the Kiev region on September 22, his car was fired upon from the side of the road. The chief was in the back seat and was not injured, his driver was wounded in the leg. According to the Deputy Interior Minister, the attackers wanted to shoot the driver, stop the car and kill Shefir. However, the driver sped up and thereby saved himself and the passenger.
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The number of mercenaries fighting against Donbass as part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has been counted
Kiev has attracted thousands of foreigners to its side
Kiev is unable or unwilling to resolve the conflict in the southeast. For the eighth year, a real war has been going on against the unrecognized republics of the DPR and LPR. At the same time, thousands of foreigners are taking part in the civil war on the side of the Ukrainian army. The electronic edition “Army Standard” wrote about it.
Photo: ru.wikipedia.org Sgt. Alex Skripnichuk.
The West provides Kiev with direct military assistance, supplying weapons and equipment and participating in the training of military personnel. Military specialists from the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Denmark, Poland and Lithuania work in seven training centers. At various times, from 5 to 10 thousand foreigners worked in training centers and headquarters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Foreign servicemen have also been spotted directly in the conflict zone. So, in January 2019, the intelligence of the militia recorded the arrival in Severodonetsk of thirty foreign citizens in military uniforms, speaking English. Presumably, these are instructors who trained the Ukrainian special forces.
Since 2018, a high-ranking American military intelligence officer Keith Dayton, director of the George Marshall European Center for Security Research, has been working in the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.
As the newspaper writes, foreign instructors are not always happy with their Ukrainian wards. For example, US Army Lieutenant Colonel Robert Tracy, after working as an instructor at the Yavoriv training ground, in his microblog called the Ukrainian military “ lazy and greedy drunkards with a low level of education, who do not want to learn English, who are not used to working and following orders. ''
British instructor Kieran Ashley Walsh is also unhappy: “ I will tell you about Ukraine and this god-damned Donbass. I've been to Afghanistan and Iraq, but it's much worse here. Ukrainian soldiers & mdash; lazy bastards, worse than the Afghan army and the Iraqi police. ''
In addition to official assistance through the military departments, Western countries are promoting the sending of military mercenaries to the conflict zone from numerous private military companies to Ukraine. The number of these “ dogs of war '' fighting against the LPNR is measured in the thousands.
The first to “ light up '' in Donbass, citizens from the Baltic republics. One of the militias, quoted by the publication, recalled that a training base for biathletes remained in the Baltics from Soviet times, which, after the collapse of the USSR, “ adapted to sniper work for hire. '' As the militia wrote, “Female snipers lack the code of honor that male snipers sometimes adhere to.” & laquo; Baltic witches & mdash; cruel and unprincipled creatures. They can torture the victim for hours, they can wound a woman or a teenager without hesitation, so that men rush to the aid of the wounded and put themselves under the bullet, '' he described these snipers.
According to statistics, from the spring of 2015 to a third of all losses in Donbass & mdash; from sniper fire.
In addition, it is noted that since 2014 in the zone of the so-called anti-terrorist operation (ATO), one and a half dozen Italians from the PMC “ Lettera-43 '' have worked. American PMCs Halo Trust, Greystone and 'Cubicapple & Cashinternation' sent up to 200 soldiers to Ukraine. The Polish PMC ASBS Othago – 43 people, including 8 pilots.
In 2015, Petro Poroshenko, at that time the president of Independence, signed a law allowing citizens of other states and stateless persons to serve on contract in the Ukrainian army .
The mercenaries are “ covered '' also created in 2018 by the Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian brigade. Militia intelligence reports that foreigners periodically exercise in the Donbass in real combat conditions.
Quite a few militants from the Middle East are fighting as part of the nationalist Aydar units. and 'Azov' (recognized as terrorist and banned in the Russian Federation. & mdash; “ AC '').
At the same time, as the newspaper notes, the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine does not notice “ its own '' mercenaries, but actively pursues those foreigners who come of their own free will to help the militias. So, in August 2020, two Bulgarians, seven Armenians, 19 Italians, 26 Moldovans who helped the militia were put on the wanted list.
Ukrainian state enterprise “ Ivchenko-progress '' and the Turkish company Baykar Makina signed an agreement on the supply of engines produced in Ukraine for UAVs in Turkey, RIA Novosti reports.
The details of the deal were not disclosed. At the same time, it is known that the Ukrainian company will supply the Turkish side with an AI-322F bypass turbojet engine with an afterburner. during the exhibition of defense industry products SAHA EXPO, which is taking place in Istanbul.
Earlier, the Ukrainian military used the Bayraktar strike drone for the first time in Donbass, it destroyed an enemy's howitzer with a bomb. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu then called on Ukraine not to associate the Bayraktar drones supplied to it with his country.
The FSB report did not disclose the name and position of the person arrested for espionage. Yuri Lomenko was a member of the Party of Regions in Ukraine, and after the annexation of Crimea to Russia he was a member of the United Russia faction
City Council of the second convocation Yuriy Lomenko, reports Kryminform.
According to the agency, on November 8, 2021, at an extraordinary meeting of the City Council, Lomenko's deputy powers were terminated at his own request from October 25, 2021.
“ It was established that a resident of Yalta in the period from 2017 to 2018 on assignment Ukrainian special services carried out the collection, storage, transfer of information constituting a state secret of the Russian Federation, including about employees of the FSB of Russia '', & mdash; reported earlier by the FSB Public Relations Center.
Lomenko was also previously the mayor of the resort village of Simeiz. RBC sent a request to the administration of Simeiz, to the Yalta City Council, as well as to the press service of the Yalta City Court.
Lomenko became the mayor of Simeiz in 2013 during the Ukrainian government. He was nominated by the Party of Regions after his predecessor, Kirill Kostenko, who also came to power from the regionals, was shot in his own car in February 2013. According to Lb.ua, in the 1990s Kostenko was a member of an organized criminal group (OCG), and in 2011 he was detained on suspicion of receiving a bribe of 400 thousand hryvnia from heads of private enterprises for receiving land plots. However, a few weeks later Kostenko was released.
In May 2017, Lomenko established and headed the Crimean regional public organization of national-cultural autonomy “ Ukrainians of Crimea '', Kryminform specified. The organization was registered in Simeiz at the address of the local food market. Lomenko himself was liquidated in October 2021.
Lomenko entered the Yalta City Council as a single-mandate, was a member of the United Russia faction. According to the information in the database of United Russia deputies, at the time of his election he was the director of the external relations department of Family Rest LLC, in 2014 he graduated from the magistracy of the National Academy of Public Administration.
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In September 2001, America was stunned. Terrorist attacks had reduced the Twin Towers to rubble and shattered the nation’s sense of invincibility.
But amidst the fear, smoke and soot in New York, one man forged an image of strength — the city’s mayor, Rudy Giuliani.
“I was with him on the morning of 9/11 and he was magnificent,” said Andrew Kirtzman, a former journalist.
“He comforted people, reassured them. For a long time afterwards, he was beloved. He was almost above politics.”
Oprah Winfrey called him “America’s mayor.”
An honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth followed. He was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year and a film was made about him, starring actor James Woods.
To many outside the United States, who were underwhelmed by the Republican President George W Bush, he came to embody the resilience that defined the world’s undisputed superpower.
“He was a man of integrity and ethics,” said Ken Frydman, who used to serve as Mr Giuliani’s press secretary and was even married by him.
“Now, people ask: what’s happened to him? Has he lost it?”
From 9/11 hero to impeachment villain
Eighteen years on, Mr Giuliani is once again the star of a pivotal national moment.
But now, his reputation has been shattered; his halo dislodged.
As Donald Trump’s divisive personal lawyer, he is a key character in the Ukraine scandal that led to the impeachment of the 45th President.
Democrats portray him as a villain, an architect of a failed plan to abuse the power of the Oval Office to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, the Commander-in-Chief’s potential opponent at the 2020 election.
He is so central to the case against Mr Trump that frustrated Republican Mark Meadows recently remarked, “this is an impeachment of Rudy Giuliani”.
Even some of the President’s allies think he is a liability and want him sacked.
But to understand how “America’s mayor” squandered much of his goodwill and ended up in such a precarious position, you have to look back at how he rose to fame.
The rise of Rudy Giuliani
Mr Giuliani made a name for himself in the 1980s as the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
The brash prosecutor attracted enormous attention by taking on the city’s famous mafia families and Wall Street insider trading.
The then-moderate Republican used his profile to run for mayor, winning on his second attempt.
A lover of the limelight, his first act the morning after being elected was to make a guest appearance on “The Non-Fat Yoghurt” episode of hit TV sitcom Seinfeld.
Rudy Giuliani made a cameo on the classic frozen yoghurt episode of Seinfeld
While in office, Mr Giuliani got to know Mr Trump, who was then an equally colourful New York property tycoon.
In 2000, they appeared in a bizarre parody video together, where Mr Giuliani, dressed in drag, had his fake breasts nuzzled by Mr Trump.
“Oh, you dirty boy, you!” Mr Giuliani exclaimed, before slapping Mr Trump’s face.
Trump and Giuliani filmed the skit for annual New York city charity dinner in 2000.
His time in City Hall is warmly remembered by many Republicans but it was regularly pockmarked by controversies or publicity stunts.
He surprised his wife by announcing their separation at a press conference, cracked down on homeless people and presided over a contentious stop-and-frisk policing policy, which he still claims reduced crime and helped him clean up the city.
The then-mayor also had his own radio show, which is perhaps best remembered now for a spectacular, fiery confrontation with a ferret owner.
“This excessive concern with little weasels is a sickness,” Mr Giuliani told the head of a New York ferrets’ rights advocacy group.
“There’s something deranged about you.”
Mayor Giuliani yells at a caller about ferrets during a radio show
Long-term critics of “America’s mayor” claim there’s plenty of evidence to suggest his controversial behaviour on Thursday is completely consistent with how he acted in the past.
The humiliation of ‘America’s mayor’
After leaving office, Mr Giuliani set up a couple of businesses.
He cashed in on his September 11 experiences, offering policing, security planning and counterterrorism advice to a variety of governments and companies around the world, some with less-than-perfect reputations.
On Thursday, he maintains several foreign clients, while also representing the President.
“He used to order a slice of pizza and a Diet Coke and pay for it himself because he didn’t want to be compromised by anyone,” Mr Frydman told the ABC.
“Then you fast forward to today, it seems like he will take money and work for anyone.”
But some former friends argue it was the 2008 Presidential campaign, not his business interests, that changed Mr Giuliani’s trajectory in life.
After starting as an early frontrunner in the race for the Republican Party nomination, he nose-dived spectacularly, dropping out early to endorse John McCain.
One line of attack from then-Democratic candidate Joe Biden, who went on to become Vice-President, seems to have added relevance on Thursday.
“Rudy Giuliani, there’s only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun, a verb and 9/11,” Mr Biden said during a Democratic debate.
“There’s nothing else.”
One former associate told the ABC he believes Mr Giuliani has never forgotten that attack on one of his proudest moments.
@kylegriffin1 Important to remember this debate moment from 2007 when considering Giuliani's attacks today on Joe Biden.
Rudy Giuliani gets close to team Trump
Following his failed run and Barack Obama’s defeat of Mr McCain at the 2008 election, Mr Giuliani found his public standing had slipped.
His once-lucrative public appearance and speaking fees fell. He still had debt from his campaign and crucially, his relevance to the national debate began to fade.
Instead of guest-starring on big-budget sitcoms, the former mayor appeared as a colourful and at times controversial commentator on evening, right-wing cable news programs.
He made unfounded comments about President Obama, claiming he “didn’t love America”, and repeatedly targeted Hillary Clinton.
Rudy Giuliani starts rumours about Hillary Clinton on Fox News
“Go online and put down ‘Hillary Clinton illness,'” he once urged Fox News viewers.
“I think Hillary’s tired … she looks sick.”
By the summer of 2016, Mr Giuliani had emerged as one of Mr Trump’s most incendiary advocates.
He was among the first establishment Republicans to back the real estate mogul, calling him “an agent of change.”
Following the broadcast of the infamous Access Hollywood tape, where the future President said he could walk up to women and “grab them by the pussy”, Mr Giuliani was the only one to appear on Sunday political shows defending him.
“The fact is that men at times talk like that. Not all men but men do,” he said on CNN.
Rudy Giuliani defends Donald Trump after the Access Hollywood tape leaked
“I know he believes it’s wrong. I believe this is not the man we’re talking about today.”
Mr Trump wasn’t grateful — he reportedly thought the performances “sucked”.
But it was an early sign of just how far the former mayor would be willing to go to support Mr Trump’s ambitions.
The renewed relevance of Rudy Giuliani
Following the election of the President, Mr Giuliani pushed hard, publicly and privately, to be made Secretary of State.
“My knowledge of foreign policy is as good or better than anybody they’re talking to,” he claimed after Trump’s surprise victory.
But he was passed over, perhaps partly due to concerns about his catalogue of international clients.
It wasn’t until 2018, again during a time of crisis, that he truly entered Mr Trump’s inner circle.
“When he was invited to become the President’s personal attorney, that was a major coup for Giuliani,” Mr Kirtzman said.
“It brought him back to the centre of the action.”
His main task was grappling with the Special Counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, led by Robert Mueller.
Allegations of possible Kremlin collusion with the Trump campaign had cast a long, dark cloud over the first few years of the administration.
A frustrated Commander-in-Chief, who had seen several close confidants indicted, was demanding a more aggressive response.
From the outset, Mr Giuliani delivered during a series of chaotic encounters with journalists.
“There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians. It depends on where it came from,” he claimed in one exchange.
Rudy Giuliani defends taking info from the Russians
When Mr Giuliani discovered the President would not face charges from the probe, he decided impeachment — a political, not criminal, proceeding — was the biggest threat to his client’s grasp on the Oval Office.
So, at the end of last year, he turned his attention to eastern Europe, looking for anything that could be used to challenge damaging findings.
Rudy Giuliani looks to Ukraine
For some time, a debunked story has circulated on fringe right-wing websites suggesting it was Ukraine, not Russia, that was responsible for meddling in the 2016 US election.
While the narrative is pushed by the Kremlin, the US intelligence community has unanimously concluded it is false.
But while Mr Giuliani was digging into the theory, he came across separate unsubstantiated claims that Joe Biden — now one of Mr Trump’s leading political rivals — abused his power as Vice-President in 2016 to protect his son’s business interests in Ukraine.
But there’s plenty to show Mr Giuliani and associates began promoting the claim and pushing for Ukraine to announce investigations.
Official inquiries into the Bidens and 2016 meddling theories could have been beneficial to his most important client, the President, as he campaigned for re-election.
The shadowy work of Mr Trump’s private lawyer in eastern Europe made many US officials uncomfortable.
“Giuliani’s a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up,” former national security adviser John Bolton reportedly warned.
Impeachment risk fades then rapidly re-emerges
On the 24th of July, Robert Mueller made his long-awaited appearance before Congress to discuss his inquiry’s findings.
But the special counsel was an anti-climactic witness.
Many Democrats were left deflated and Trump supporters were jubilant – the threat to the President seemed over.
But the next morning, Mr Trump changed everything.
While chatting with his newly-elected Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, he asked for a “favour”.
The President urged him to look into the two theories his personal lawyer was pushing.
“Rudy very much knows what’s happening and he is a very capable guy. If you could speak with him that would be great,” the President asked.
That conversation triggered a CIA whistle-blower complaint, which quickly turned into a full-blown investigation.
It heard allegations that military aid and a White House visit were being withheld as leverage to get the Ukrainian inquiries launched.
Democrats claim there is enough evidence to throw the 45th President out of office in an impeachment trial in the Senate.
They say he abused his office to try to secure political help from a foreign country and then tried to cover it up.
“President Trump put his own personal and political interests above those of the nation,” leading Democrat Adam Schiff declared.
@RepAdamSchiff This is precisely the conduct the Founders were most concerned about when they provided the remedy of impeachment:
Mr Giuliani’s work to protect the President had badly backfired, though he claims to have been unfairly maligned.
“These morons, when this is over, I will be the hero,” Mr Giuliani told The Atlantic earlier this year.
“I’m acting as someone who has devoted most of his life to straightening out government.”
To make things worse, in October two associates of his were arrested with one-way tickets at an airport in Virginia.
Prosecutors have charged them with making illegal campaign contributions.
The US Attorney’s office in New York that Mr Giuliani once ran is now scrutinising his interactions with the pair.
“He’s in a world of trouble right now,” Mr Kirtzman said of Mr Giuliani.
“He’s an embattled figure, he’s facing potential indictment for his activities in Ukraine. He’s in a very precarious state.”
Will Donald Trump throw Giuliani under a bus?
Due to the numbers in the Senate, the President looks all but certain to survive the trial in the upper house of Congress early next year.
By the time he faces voters in November 2020, the Ukraine scandal could have faded into the background.
But the immediate future of his personal lawyer is far from clear.
For months, there have been signs many Republicans and a chorus of White House officials want him cut loose.
Early last month, Mr Giuliani was asked if he was worried Mr Trump could “throw him under a bus.”
“I’m not, but I do have very, very good insurance, so if he does, all my hospital bills will be paid,” he said.
His lawyer immediately claimed the comment was a joke and Mr Giuliani later called Mr Trump to apologise.
The President was already reportedly cross about a New York Times report that Mr Giuliani was pursuing business opportunities at the same time he was carrying out his shadow diplomacy.
It is well known in Washington that Mr Trump hates when others profit off him.
Rudy Giuliani rarely backs down
Despite his mounting woes, Mr Giuliani refuses to back down.
He has recently been in eastern Europe, interviewing Ukrainians for a documentary series for a conservative television outlet.
It aims to promote a pro-Trump narrative to undermine the impeachment case.
@RudyGiuliani Working on an important project with @OANN, intended to bring before the American people information
By any measure, it is a brazen act, considering many might have suggested he keep out of the spotlight for a bit.
“He’s always been one to double down and he has always liked the spotlight,” Mr Frydman said.
“He said he doesn’t care about his legacy because he’ll be dead, but the people who worked for him do.”
“I just wish he and the President would think about what they’re doing to the country.”