The Russian ambassador to Poland was doused with red paint at the cemetery of Soviet soldiers

A group of Ukrainians who wanted to “discuss the war” were waiting for the ambassador at the memorial cemetery. Upon the arrival of the diplomat, a fight broke out, and he himself was doused with red paint

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Unidentified people poured red paint over the Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergey Andreev during the ceremony at the Soviet military cemetery in Warsaw, TASS reports.

According to the agency correspondent, the crowd did not allow Andreev to lay a wreath at the memorial cemetery and he was forced to leave accompanied by the police.

According to a Wydarzenia correspondent, a group of Ukrainians were waiting for the ambassador at the graveyard. After the arrival of the diplomat, a fight broke out, and he himself was doused with red paint. “I am proud of my president. These territories [the DPR and LPR] do not belong to Ukraine,” — said Andreev, leaving the scene.

After the incident, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the attack on the ambassador once again proves “Europe's course towards the reincarnation of fascism.” “Fans of neo-Nazism have once again bared their faces” and it's bloody»,— she wrote in Telegram.

Sergey Andreev was born in 1958, graduated from MGIMO in 1980 and has been working in the structures of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ever since. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Poland in 2014, he worked as the Russian Ambassador to Angola and Norway. He has the diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, speaks English, Portuguese and French.

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Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, which President Vladimir Putin justified by the need for “denazification and demilitarization” neighboring state, Poland consistently supports the Kyiv authorities. So, in early May, Warsaw handed over to Ukraine a new batch of military equipment, which included T-72 tanks, multiple launch rocket systems and drones, and on the eve of the Polish Foreign Ministry opposed the Immortal Regiment campaign. May 9 in Warsaw.

In addition, Poland, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on May 8, received the most refugees from the territory of Ukraine— 3.2 million people (out of 5.8 million). In second place in the EU in terms of the number of refugees accepted is Romania (880 thousand), followed by Hungary (568 thousand) and Slovakia (402 thousand). More than 880,000 people have decided to leave for Russia since the start of the special operation.

In connection with the influx of refugees, Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminsky appealed to the European Commission to review the distribution of refugees by country and provide Warsaw with additional financial assistance. “Obviously, our resources and capacities will not be enough to cope with the growing influx of people,” — Kaminsky says in his appeal.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of helicopters near Odessa by Onyx missiles

Konashenkov reported that the Russian military had destroyed a Ukrainian battery of Grad multiple launch rocket systems, shot down three drones near Zmeiny Island, and intercepted Smerch projectiles near Kharkiv

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Russian military as a result of attacks by Onyx missiles coastal missile system “Bastion” destroyed Ukrainian helicopters in the Odessa region, said Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov. The strikes were carried out near the town of Artsyz.

According to Konashenkov, during the night, air-based missiles in the Lugansk region destroyed two command posts and a Ukrainian battery of Grad multiple launch rocket systems, 18 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, as well as an American-made counter-battery radar station.

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

According to the agency, Russian air defense systems shot down two Ukrainian MiG-29 fighters, a Su-25 attack aircraft, as well as three drones (including two Bayraktar-TB2) near Zmeiny Island. In addition, the military intercepted three Smerch MLRS rockets in the Kharkiv region.

According to Konashenkov, rocket troops and artillery struck more than 200 targets in Ukraine. As a result, he claims, about 350 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and an S-300 installation near Kharkov was destroyed.

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Earlier in May, the Ministry of Defense reported on the destruction of Onyx missiles. a hangar with weapons and ammunition from the United States and European countries, which was located at a military airfield near Odessa. The runway was also destroyed.

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In the Kherson region said that the accession to the Crimea is not planned

There are no plans to change the administrative-territorial structure of the Kherson region and annex the region to Crimea, said the head of the military-civil administration Vladimir Saldo

Volodymyr Saldo

Kherson region, which is under the control of Russian troops, is not planned to be annexed to Crimea, said the head of the military-civilian administration Vladimir Saldo, who was appointed after the transition of the region under the control of Russian troops, in an interview with TASS.

“There are no such official conversations and plans. Maybe — this is my guess— some kind of federal district will be created, which will include the Crimea, Kherson, Zaporozhye regions, but the region will remain a region, — he said.

Saldo also said that there are no plans to change the administrative-territorial structure of the Kherson region. “Why change what already makes sense,” & mdash; he noted.

The balance also stated that large-scale restoration work is not required and it is only necessary to create a safe environment for business so that it can be business-oriented.

According to him, life support enterprises for people continue to work in the region, including energy and water utility, but the economy in the Kherson region almost stopped. “The economic complex, for the most part, is still stopped. People are still afraid to go to work, and the owners [of enterprises] do not bring them to work, — reported Balance.

He also said that at enterprises where they do not want to work or sabotage the production process, temporary management will be introduced.

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

The Russian military took Kherson on March 2, and on March 15, control was established over the entire territory of the Kherson region. Later, the Permanent Representative of the Crimea under the President of Russia, Georgy Muradov, announced the creation of military-civilian administrations in the region and in the south of the Zaporozhye region. At the end of April, Volodymyr Saldo, who was the mayor of Kherson from 2002 to 2012, was appointed head of the region.

At the end of April, the deputy head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region, Kirill Stremousov, said that from May 1, the region would start using the ruble. At the same time, a transitional period of four months is provided, when both the hryvnia and the Russian currency will be in circulation. After that, all calculations will be completely carried out in rubles. Also, broadcasting of Russian TV channels was launched in the Kherson region.

Chairman of the Civic Chamber of Crimea Oleksandr Formanchuk in a conversation with RIA Novosti said that he was convinced that the Kherson region, like part of the Zaporozhye region, would become part of Russia. The proposal to hold a referendum in the Kherson region on the creation of a people's republic or joining Crimea was voiced in the State Duma. The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that they had not heard anything about the preparation of such a referendum.

Secretary of the United Russia General Council; said that Russia came to the Kherson region “forever”, but the status of the region should be determined by its inhabitants.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky promised to withdraw from negotiations with Moscow on a settlement if referendums were held in Russian-controlled territories .

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Foreign Ministry calls Borrell’s idea of ​​transferring Russia’s reserves to Ukraine “lawless”

Borrell proposed to follow the example of the United States in relation to the Central Bank of Afghanistan and transfer the frozen reserves of the Central Bank of Russia to Kyiv. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the transfer of reserves would be the destruction of the “foundations of international agreements” .jpg” alt=”The Foreign Ministry called Borrell's idea of ​​transferring Russia's reserves to Ukraine “illegal” />

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The initiative of the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell to transfer Russia's gold and foreign exchange reserves frozen in the EU to Ukraine is “Complete lawlessness and destruction of the foundations of international relations,” Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told reporters, TASS reports.

“This is the destruction of the very foundation of international relations, and these decisions, if taken, will hit the Europeans themselves, the financial system and undermine confidence in Europe and the West in general, because this is complete lawlessness and, rather, the law of the jungle,” — he said.

According to him, this is why a large number of countries, together with Russia, will “stand in defense of the world order based on international law.”

Earlier on May 9, Borrell said EU countries needed to consider withdrawing Russia's frozen foreign exchange reserves to help pay for the cost of rebuilding Ukraine after the conflict. Borrell cited “billions of dollars” of assets seized by the United States as an example. from the Central Bank of Afghanistan, which, according to him, will later be used to compensate victims of terrorism and for humanitarian assistance to the country. The diplomat noted that “it was logical” consider similar steps with Russia's frozen reserves.

According to the Central Bank, as of April 1, 2022, the volume of Russia's international reserves amounted to $606.5 billion. The Ministry of Finance previously reported that after the outbreak of hostilities, Western countries froze about half of Russia's gold and foreign exchange reserves (about $300 billion). At the same time, assets in Chinese yuan, monetary gold stored in Russia (as of February 1, about $132 billion), cash reserves and special drawing rights (SDR, about $24 billion) in the IMF remain legally out of reach for sanctions.

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Earlier, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that the frozen Russian reserves should be transferred to Ukraine. “We are having these negotiations [on the withdrawal of Russian reserves] with the United States, with all our partners,” — he said.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in early May estimated the cost of restoring the country after the Russian special operation at $600 billion.

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In Italy, estimated the cost of maintaining the detained property of the Russians

The total value of Russian property frozen in Italy has reached almost €2 billion. In 2022, the authorities will spend almost €14 million on its maintenance and protection against vandalism

In 2022, the Italian government will spend €13.7 million for the maintenance of Russian property frozen in the country, reports La Repubblica.

We are talking about villas and yachts that were arrested in connection with EU sanctions imposed due to the Russian military operation in Ukraine. The newspaper estimates that the total value of this property is almost €2 billion.

According to the newspaper, the government is trying to reduce the cost of maintaining property. The Cabinet is preparing amendments to the relevant bill, according to which the authorities will have to take “minimal and urgent” actions to ensure its safety, for example, protection against vandalism. The original text said that “all necessary actions” are needed.

In addition, Rome expects that at the end of the sanctions, the owners of the property, who want to return it, will reimburse the Italian authorities for the costs of maintenance. La Repubblica notes that if the owners do not take it within 180 days, the authorities will have the right to sell the objects— entirely or its “separate items” that are in frozen villas and yachts.

Italy since March began to report the freezing of the assets of Russians and the arrest of their property. In the middle of the month, authorities seized Sailing Yacht A worth €530 million. La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera reported that it belonged to Russian businessman Andrey Melnichenko. Then they seized real estate in Sardinia, the owner of which the Italian government considers the main owner and chairman of the board of directors of Severstal; Alexey Mordashov. In addition, the authorities seized the yacht Lady M, which, according to La Repubblica, also belongs to Mordashov.

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On May 7, the Italian Ministry of Economic Development announced the arrest of the Scheherazade superyacht; according to the authorities, the owner of the vessel has a “significant economic and business relationship”; with «prominent representatives» Government of Russia.

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The Ministry of Construction began to estimate the costs of restoring Donbass

According to the head of the Ministry of Construction, the ministry has already begun to estimate costs, as well as collect the necessary technical and engineering information necessary for the restoration of Donbass *

The Ministry of Construction of Russia is assessing the costs required to restore the infrastructure of Donbass. The Minister of Construction and Housing and Utilities Irek Fayzullin told journalists about this, betrays TASS.

“We are working in the territories. [In Donbass] there was a delegation just headed by Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin, my deputy was. We have already had enough people working and assessing the situation, the entire technical and engineering infrastructure. Therefore, the task— help people, provide prompt assistance»,— Fayzullin added.

He declined to disclose other details.

Russia has been conducting a special operation in Ukraine since February 24. President Vladimir Putin called its goals the protection of the population of Donbass, “demilitarization and denazification”; neighboring state. At the same time, he emphasized that Russia is not going to occupy the territory of Ukraine. The Ministry of Defense stated that they did not strike at civilian infrastructure.

One of the most affected as a result of hostilities was once the second largest city in the Donetsk region— Mariupol. In early April, the mayor of Mariupol, Konstantin Ivashchenko, appointed by the DPR authorities, estimated that up to 20% of the city's housing stock could not be restored, and about 60–70% of the houses were damaged in some way.

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At the same time, the mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boychenko, appointed by the Ukrainian authorities, estimated the degree of damage to the city infrastructure at 90%, of which 40% cannot be restored. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky estimated the cost of restoring Ukraine after the special operation at $600 billion.

The Secretary of the United Russia General Council made a promise to restore Mariupol earlier. Andrew Turchak. As soon as the Russian military operation is over, he assured, “our builders will come to Mariupol.” “We will all fall. We will restore houses, enterprises, and the port, and schools with kindergartens, — he said.

On the eve, May 8, Mariupol and Volnovakha “to assess the restoration work” was visited by Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin, who is responsible for the construction. “Restoration of peaceful life begins in the regions. A lot of work. We will help, in particular, it is necessary to carry out large-scale work in terms of providing humanitarian assistance!»— Khusnullin wrote in his Telegram channel.

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Putin said that Russia was not allowed to solve the situation in Ukraine peacefully

Russia wanted to resolve the situation in Ukraine peacefully, but was not given a chance, Putin said. At the Victory Parade, he recalled that Russia offered to conclude a security guarantee agreement, but the West did not want to hear Moscow

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Russia would like to resolve the situation in Ukraine peacefully, but it was not given such an opportunity, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Artem Zhoga, the father of the deceased commander of the Sparta DPR battalion. Vladimir Zhogi.

“If there was at least one chance to solve this problem by other, peaceful means, we, of course, would use this chance. But they didn’t leave us this chance, they didn’t just give us, & mdash; he said.

Putin once again expressed confidence that the military operation in Ukraine would achieve the declared results.

Earlier, during his speech at the Victory Parade, the head of state recalled that in December 2021 Russia proposed NATO and the United States to conclude an agreement on security guarantees and called on the West to have an honest dialogue, to find a compromise and to take into account each other's interests.

“All in vain. The NATO countries did not want to hear us, which means that in fact they had completely different plans, — Putin noted.

According to him, Ukraine was preparing for a “punitive operation” in the Donbass, to the invasion of Crimea, also Kyiv spoke openly about the possible acquisition of nuclear weapons, while NATO began “active military development” territories adjacent to Russia.

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He stressed that the military special operation in Ukraine was the only way for Russia to forestall aggression against its own territory.

In December 2021, amid accusations from the West of Russia of preparing an attack on Ukraine, Moscow sent Washington proposals for security guarantees. Russia demanded non-expansion of NATO to the east and refusal to accept the former Soviet republics, including Ukraine and Georgia.

In January, Russia held three rounds of negotiations on this issue with the US, NATO and the OSCE. However, the parties failed to agree on key points for the Russian side.

On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine. The President called its main goals the protection of the population of Donbass from genocide, as well as demilitarization and denazification. neighboring state. A few days before, Putin signed a decree recognizing the sovereignty of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics and agreements on military cooperation.

After the start of the special operation, Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with Moscow and declared martial law.

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Latvia bans Kirkorov, Vinokur and Petrosyan from entering the country

The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the republic called the reason for including the Russians in the sanctions list their active position in support of Russia's policy on the situation around Ukraine

Filipp Kirkorov

Singer Filipp Kirkorov, humorists Vladimir Vinokur and Evgeny Petrosyan, and rhythmic gymnastics coach Irina Viner -Usmanov were declared persona non grata by Latvia, they are prohibited from entering the country. This was announced on Twitter by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Baltic Republic, Edgars Rinkevics.

“They are banned from entering Latvia for an indefinite period. The decision was made on the basis of immigration law, — he wrote.

According to him, the reason for including the Russians in the black list is their active position in support of Russia's policy on the situation around Ukraine.

Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Western countries, including Latvia and other Baltic republics, have already introduced several packages of sanctions against Russia. Restrictions, among other things, affected the first persons of the state, deputies and senators, businessmen, military and cultural figures. Latvia, in particular, at the end of March banned 25 Russian cultural figures from entering the country, including director Nikita Mikhalkov, actor Vladimir Mashkov, singer Polina Gagarina and others.

On April 21, the Latvian Seimas approved the law on deprivation of citizenship for support for the operation in Ukraine. In addition, earlier the Seimas of Latvia adopted a law according to which May 9 this year was declared the Day of Remembrance of civilians and Ukrainian servicemen who died during the hostilities in Ukraine. Because of this, mass celebrations on May 9 were canceled in the country and fireworks were banned on that day.

At the same time, the former mayor of Riga, MEP Nil Ushakov noted that in the Baltics, some decisions are made in order to “take revenge on the local Russians in small ways,” and not for the sake of supporting Ukraine. “In the current situation, when “a rupture is taking place,” it will be right to “reach out to the Russians, emphasize that you are ours, you are yours. <…> Under these circumstances, breaking someone over the knee, taking out anger on local Russians— it won't help anyone,— said Ushakov, who served as mayor of Riga from 2009 to 2019.

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Erdogan urges EU to “write a new history for itself”

Erdogan believes that the European Union, which has been “influenced by the short-term policy” of the member countries, needs to focus on common goals. The situation in Ukraine is a tragedy and at the same time a warning for the EU, he said alt=”Erdogan invited the European Union to 'write a new history for itself'” />

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In recent years, the European Union has moved away from its fundamental principles and “was influenced by a short-term policy”; countries— members of the association, according to a statement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, timed to coincide with Europe Day.

Europe Day is celebrated on May 9, this date was chosen to commemorate the Schuman Declaration, which is considered one of the founding documents of the European Union. On May 9, 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman proposed to European countries to unite the metallurgical, iron ore and coal mining industries. The result was the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), the forerunner of the EU.

According to Erdogan, the ideas at the heart of the Schuman Declaration allowed the countries of Europe to “put aside their differences and animosities.” and unite, but now the EU has moved away from its stated goals. The Turkish President believes that the EU needs to “write a new history for itself” against the background of the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

Situation in Ukraine— it is a tragedy that is unfolding “in the center of Europe before the eyes of the whole world”, which is also a warning to the EU, Erdogan said. The aftermath of the fighting on Ukrainian soil has confirmed that Turkey “is of strategic importance to the EU”, in particular in the areas of energy, security, supply chains and migration, he said.

“What is needed now is solidarity, cooperation <…> as in the times when the foundations of European integration were being laid,— added the Turkish president.

Turkey has been celebrating Europe Day since 1999, when the country received the status of a candidate for EU membership. Negotiations on Turkey's accession to the association began in 2005.

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In May 2021, MEPs said that relations between Ankara and Brussels had reached a “historic low” as Turkey “is increasingly distancing itself from the values ​​and standards of the EU.” The deputies proposed to consider the possibility of suspending negotiations on the country's accession to the European Union. The Turkish Foreign Ministry considered the resolution of the European Parliament biased and indicated that the document “has no legal force.”

The day before, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that against the backdrop of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Europe “is facing shadows past that we thought we had long since left behind. She stressed that Brussels supports Kyiv and expressed confidence that the EU will cope with the challenge.

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Putin made the Guards 15th Motorized Rifle Alexandria Brigade

Putin awarded the 15th Separate Motorized Rifle Alexandria Brigade the title of Guards She received the title of Guards for “mass heroism and courage, fortitude and courage shown by personnel in combat operations to protect the Fatherland and state interests in armed conflicts”

< p> The President of Russia Vladimir Putin awarded the rank of the 15th Separate Motorized Rifle Alexandria Brigade. The decree is posted on the official Internet portal of legal information.

The title of the Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade was awarded for “mass heroism and courage, fortitude and courage shown by personnel in combat operations to protect the Fatherland and state interests in armed conflicts.”

The document comes into force on May 9, now it will be called the 15th Separate Guards Motorized Rifle Alexandria Brigade.

The 15th Separate Guards Motorized Rifle Alexandria Brigade is the only peacekeeping brigade in the Russian Armed Forces.

It was formed in February 2005 to participate in the maintenance of peace and security. The formation is manned by military personnel under a contract. They can be part of peacekeeping contingents by decision of the President of Russia and in the interests of the CIS, UN, OSCE, SCO.

Thus, the brigade carried out peacekeeping tasks in the zone of the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict in 2008. In November 2020, parts of the brigade were introduced to Nagorno-Karabakh, now they form the basis of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in the region.

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Macron said that Ukraine’s accession to the EU will take years

French President Macron: Ukraine's accession to the EU may take years The leader of France proposed the creation of a new “European political community”, which will include Ukraine /v6_top_pics/media/img/3/31/756521012545313.jpg” alt=”Macron said that Ukraine's accession to the EU will take years” />

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The process of Ukraine's accession to the EU may take several years, even decades. This was stated by French President Emmanuel Macron, BFMTV reports.

“We all know that the process of joining the EU can take many years and even several decades. <…> Let's be honest, the European Union cannot be the only means of structuring the European continent,— said the French leader.

Macron proposed the creation of a new “European political community” that would include Ukraine. “Ukraine, thanks to its struggle and its courage, is already the heart of our union,” — he stressed.

The President of France also supported the idea of ​​the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to amend the EU treaties and, if necessary, abandon the unified vote of 27 member states on key issues.

Ursula von der Leyen said earlier that the EU countries support Ukraine's aspirations to join the EU. At the same time, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that this topic is not on the agenda now.

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

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Nevertheless, Croatian Minister Andriy Plenkovic said that a quick entry of Ukraine into the European Union is impossible. “No one entered the European Union overnight”, — he noted. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte reminded that there is no fast-track process for this.

Macron doubted that it was possible to open a membership procedure with a country that is “at war”.

< p>Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, in turn, said that he opposes Ukraine's accession to the EU, and called, showing flexibility, to find other ways to strengthen cooperation between Brussels and Kyiv. In Ukraine, Schallenberg's statements were considered “short-sighted” and “not in the interests of Europe.”

Ukraine signed an association agreement with the EU in 2014. The refusal to sign the document by ex-president Viktor Yanukovych caused mass protests, which subsequently led to a change of power in Ukraine.

Ukraine's aspiration to the EU has been officially enshrined in the country's Constitution since 2019.

In At the end of February, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for the country's accession to the EU. In mid-April, he handed over the completed questionnaire to the head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Matti Maasikas.

Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanyshina said that Ukraine could receive the status of a candidate member of the European Union by June 2022.

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The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Poland called “understandable” the emotions of those who attacked the Russian ambassador

The Polish Foreign Ministry said they are aware of the seriousness of the situation with the attack on Russian Ambassador Sergei Andreev in Warsaw

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The emotions of Ukrainians who attacked the Russian ambassador Sergei Andreev during a ceremony at the cemetery of the Soviet military in Warsaw are “understandable,” said Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminsky. The diplomat was doused with red liquid and was not allowed to lay a wreath at the memorial.

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Kaminsky also called “legal” meeting of opponents of the Russian special operation in Ukraine. “The emotions of the participants in the action, Ukrainian women, whose husbands fight courageously to defend their homeland, are understandable,” — wrote the head of the Polish Ministry of Internal Affairs on his Twitter.

He also said that the Polish authorities did not recommend the Russian ambassador to lay flowers on May 9 in Warsaw, but noted that the diplomat “safely” left the scene.

Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau called the attack on the Russian ambassador “an incident that should not have happened and which is certainly regrettable,” the Polish Press Agency reported.

< p>“We are aware of the seriousness of the situation, we are watching it,” — Lukasz Jasina, spokesman for the Polish Foreign Ministry, added.

On May 9, Russian diplomats led by Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergei Andreev arrived at a military cemetery in Warsaw, where Soviet soldiers who died during the Great Patriotic War are buried. There they were met by a group of people with Ukrainian and Polish flags, who doused the Russian ambassador with red liquid and did not allow them to lay flowers at the memorial. The diplomat was forced to leave the event. He later reported that he was doused with red syrup.

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Official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, commenting on what happened, said that “in the West, a course has been set for the reincarnation of fascism.” “Fans of neo-Nazism have once again bared their faces” and it's bloody»,— Zakharova wrote in her Telegram channel.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special operation to “demilitarize” and “denazification” Ukraine 24 February. The Polish authorities, along with other Western countries, condemned the operation, and also began to provide military assistance to Kyiv. In addition, Warsaw is the leader in the number of accepted Ukrainian refugees. According to the UN, as of May 8, more than 3.2 million people arrived in Poland from Ukraine.

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The authorities of Prague deprived Marshal Konev of the title of honorary citizen

The mayor of Prague took the initiative to take away the title of honorary citizen from Konev. The opposition called this decision “a hysterical attempt to rewrite history” “The authorities of Prague deprived Marshal Konev of the title of honorary citizen” />

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Deputies of the city council approved the deprivation of the title of honorary citizen of Prague of the Soviet commander and Marshal Ivan Konev, who received it in 1946, reports the publication Česke Noviny.< /p>

Ondřej Prokop, chairman of the opposition YES party of deputies, called this decision “a hysterical attempt to rewrite history”.

The mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, proposed to deprive Konev of his title on May 6. In his opinion, the act of conferring the title of honorary citizen should be considered “in the modern context and taking into account the further development of Czechoslovakia.” Among the reasons, the mayor cited Konev's decision to bomb Mlada Boleslav on May 9, 1945 and his participation in the suppression of the Hungarian uprising in 1956. In addition, Grzhib noted that the marshal was the commander-in-chief of a group of Soviet troops in Germany during the Berlin crisis.

The mayor also mentioned the political views of Konev, who “did not agree with Nikita Khrushchev's criticism of Stalin's crimes and condemnation of the cult of personality” and also “planned a military invasion of Poland in October 1956.” in response to “democratization measures” this country.

Konev— twice Hero of the Soviet Union and Commander of the Order of Victory. He commanded the fronts during the Great Patriotic War, participated in the battle for Moscow and the Battle of Kursk, the liberation of Czechoslovakia from German troops. Marshal died in 1973.

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Zelensky accompanied the festive publication with a photograph of a soldier with the emblem of the SS division

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky illustrated his May 9 post with a photo showing a Ukrainian soldier with the emblem of the division SS “Totenkopf” on a military uniform.

After some time, the president's publication was edited. In particular, a photograph of a soldier with Nazi symbols has disappeared.

Recall that the 3rd SS Panzer Division “Totenkopf” was formed at the SS training camp in Dachau, initially as a motorized infantry division. Its first commander was the founder and inspector of the Nazi concentration camps, Theodor Eicke. The SS divisions committed war crimes both on the territory of the USSR and in European countries, in particular in France.

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Lukashenka promised to “break the horns” of Poland in case of an attack

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The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, in the course of answering questions from journalists, reacted to the words about a possible attack by Poland. The head of the Belarusian state noted that the country would give a decent answer.

“Let them try, we broke off our horns here and not like that,” Lukashenka said on Victory Square in Minsk.

He also added that if Poland wants to try, then please.

At the same time, Lukashenka stressed that he was alarmed by the fact that there were 3 thousand people on the border with Belarus, and today 32 thousand people were brought to Poland and Lithuania people, Belta reports.

“They say it is already under 40 thousand. We are monitoring the situation very carefully,” Lukashenka commented on the number of NATO troops near the Belarusian borders.

Lukashenko added that he had warned the military, which cannot be repeated in 1941 and that they “should not miss anything.”

He also recalled that Russia, a nuclear power, stands behind Belarus. “And we have a corresponding agreement. And we have been talking about this topic very often lately with the President of Russia,” the Belarusian leader said.

Lukashenko also stressed that it is impossible to defeat the people who “fight on their own land” , for their territory, for their families and children”.

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List of EU concessions on sanctions against Russia published

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The European Commission plans to make a number of concessions to agree on a sixth package of sanctions against Russia, reports Reuters with citing sources.

Thus, according to the agency, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic may be given additional time to abandon Russian oil. They will be promised subsidies for infrastructure reconstruction.

The EU is also going to lift the ban on the transportation of Russian oil by European tankers. This was opposed, in particular, by Greece, Cyprus and Malta. However, European financial companies will still be banned from financing and insuring the transportation of Russian energy carriers.

Also, the EU has not yet decided on a ban on real estate transactions for Russians who do not have citizenship of the countries of the European Economic Area or a residence permit. Cyprus opposes this ban.

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Macron called for the return of food independence to Europe

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The EU needs to regain its food independence and reassess its production strategy. This was stated by French President Emmanuel Macron.

According to the head of the French state, this reassessment is necessary against the backdrop of events in Ukraine. Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022, led, according to Macron, to the destabilization of food supplies.

To ensure Europe's food sovereignty, Macron said, EU countries need to reassess their production strategy. He made this conclusion while speaking at a conference on the future of Europe. This event was held in Strasbourg at the European Parliament.

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Bloomberg learned about Calvey’s departure from Russia before the start of the special operation

Michael Calvey was outside Russia on the day the military special operation in Ukraine began and now does not plan to return, writes Bloomberg

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Michael Calvey, founder of the Baring Vostok investment fund, was outside Russia on the day the military special operation in Ukraine began and now has no plans to return to the country. This is reported by Bloomberg, citing sources.

According to the agency, the investors Baring Vostok has worked with, including the General Electric pension fund and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur fund, are not sure if they can get their money back. Bloomberg recalled that Russia banned non-residents from selling Russian assets after the imposition of sanctions.

RBC sent a request to a representative of Baring Vostok.

Michael Calvey was detained in February 2019 on charges of embezzlement of 2.5 billion rubles. A criminal case was opened against him at the request of a minority shareholder of Vostochny Bank. Sherzoda Yusupova.

According to the prosecution, Calvey and partners in 2015 “organized the issuance of knowingly bad loans” by 2.5 billion rubles. Bank “Vostochny” in favor of the “First Collection Bureau”, and then transferred the funds to the Cypriot Balakus, thus causing damage to the “Vostochny”. Calvey pleaded not guilty and linked the case to a corporate conflict at Vostochny.

The Meshchansky court agreed that the defendants in the case committed embezzlement on an especially large scale. It was considered a mitigating circumstance that Baring Vostok reimbursed Vostochny RUB 2.5 billion

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On August 6, 2021, the Meshchansky District Court of Moscow found Calvey and his business partners guilty of embezzling loans from Vostochny Bank. and sentenced them to probation. Calvey received five years and six months probation. The investor called the verdict insulting and dishonest.

Despite the suspended sentence, Calvey said he was still optimistic about investing in the Russian economy and plans to continue investing in the country. He noted that about 95% of the investment portfolio of the Baring Vostok investment fund he founded is concentrated in Russia and Kazakhstan.

In January of this year, the cassation court overturned the decision on a measure of restraint in the form of a ban on certain actions for the founder of the Baring Vostok investment fund, Michael Calvey. From November 2020, he was forbidden to leave the place of residence from 22:00 to 06:00, use the Internet, visit the premises of the Vostochny bank; and the “First Collection Bureau”, to communicate with the defendants in the case. He was also forbidden to leave Russia without the permission of the authorities for five years.

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Zelensky in a post about May 9 posted a photo of a military man with SS symbols

A photograph of a soldier with Nazi symbols disappeared from the post of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, later it was removed by some Telegram channels, which reposted the publication

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky published a post about Victory Day in his Telegram channel , to which he attached a photo of a military man who had a patch with the symbols of the German SS division “Totenkopf”.

The post was published in Zelensky's channel at 14:19 Moscow time on May 9.

“On the Day of Victory over Nazism, we are fighting for a new victory. The path to it is difficult, but we have no doubt that we will win, — wrote the Ukrainian leader.

Nine images were originally attached to this post, the first of which shows a man with a weapon and a Death's Head patch — skull and bones. Later, the photo of the man disappeared from Zelensky's post. Now the text is the same, but there are already eight illustrations.

You can see the first version of the post using the TelegramTgstat statistics service: for channels that reposted before one photo was removed from Zelensky’s message, a frame with a military remained with the symbols of the SS.

The original version of Zelensky's publication in Telegram was reposted by the Servant of the People party. and the Ukrainian TV channel “Direct”, as well as the channel “Babel” (RBC has screenshots). Later, the photo of the man with Nazi symbols also disappeared from these Telegram channels.

At the time of publication, the post from Zelensky, which shows a military man with SS symbols, was posted in its original form in the RBC Ukraine Telegram channel. (the publication has not been related to the Russian RBC since 2010).

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Propaganda and display of Nazi symbols has been banned in Ukraine since 2015. At the same time, in 2021, a march of nationalists took place in the center of Kyiv in memory of the SS division “Galicia”. About 100 people took part in the half-hour procession in the presence of the police. The event was then sharply condemned in Israel and Russia.

The Russian authorities have repeatedly declared open manifestations of Nazism in Ukraine and criticized Kyiv for numerous harassment of the Russian language and the Russian-speaking population. The Russian Foreign Ministry also called the Ukrainian authorities a “neo-Nazi regime”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has denied that Nazi ideology is popular in Ukraine. In his address to the Russians on the first day of Russia’s special operation in Ukraine, he said: “You are told that we are Nazis, but how can a people who gave more than 8 million lives for the victory over Nazism support Nazism?” On May 9, Zelensky congratulated Ukrainians on the Day of Victory over Nazism and said that Kyiv would not give “a shred of its history” to anyone. “We are proud of our ancestors, who, together with other peoples in the anti-Hitler coalition, defeated Nazism. And we will not allow anyone to appropriate this victory,»,— he said.

Since 2015, instead of Victory Day, the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation, which is celebrated on May 8, has been considered a public holiday in Ukraine. In a video message on the occasion of Memorial Day, Zelensky said that the most important word now is the word “peace”; and the phrase “never again.” We knew the price that our ancestors paid for this phrase, we knew how important it was to preserve it and pass it on to our descendants, but we did not suspect that our generation would witness the abuse of words, which, as it turned out, are far from being true for everyone, &mdash ; Zelensky said.

Russia launched an operation in Ukraine in the early hours of February 24th. President Vladimir Putin called the protection of the population of Donbass, as well as “denazification” among the goals of the hostilities. and “demilitarization” neighboring state. Ukraine has severed diplomatic relations with Russia, martial law has been declared in the country.

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Scholz said that Russia forced Germany to supply weapons to Ukraine

Germany is helping Ukraine as Russian President Putin has “endangered peace in Europe,” German Chancellor Scholz stressed

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Russia leaves Germany no choice but to supply weapons to Ukraine. This was stated by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the congress of the Association of German Trade Unions, M & uuml; nchner Merkur reports.

“[Russian President Vladimir] Putin leaves us no other choice,” he said. According to Scholz, the Russian leader endangered peace in Europe, so Berlin is helping Kyiv.

The German chancellor stressed that Putin violated the principle of inviolability of borders in Europe “for his revanchist project of creating a Russian empire.” If Berlin had accepted this, it would have strengthened Moscow even more, Scholz concluded.

The day before, the German Chancellor assured that the country would not make any decisions in which NATO would take part in the conflict in Ukraine.

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At the end of April, the lower house of the German parliament supported by a majority a document calling on the government to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine.

However, Scholz felt that Berlin should not make hasty decisions to send heavy weapons to Ukraine. He noted that Germany will not supply Western-made battle tanks to Kyiv until the United States and allies do so.

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Also, the Chancellor's policy on this issue was criticized by the Ambassador of Ukraine Andriy Melnyk. So, he considered that Germany made a decision too late to transfer Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (ZSU) to Kyiv.

By the end of April, Germany delivered 2.5 thousand anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine, 900 anti-tank grenade launchers with 3,000 rounds of ammunition, 100 machine guns and 15 bunker launchers with 50 rockets, 100,000 hand grenades, 2,000 mines and over 16 million rounds of ammunition.

Russia has repeatedly warned Western countries that convoys with such cargoes on the territory of Ukraine will become legitimate targets for the Russian military.

Speaking at the Victory Parade on May 9, Putin called the operation in Ukraine the only way to forestall aggression against his own territory and recalled that Moscow offered Washington and NATO to agree on security guarantees.

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The Ministry of Defense announced attempts to land the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the island of Snake

50 Ukrainian saboteurs, several fighter jets, helicopters and drones have been destroyed in attempts to capture Snake Island over the past two days, the Ministry of Defense reported

Air and sea assault forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have made several unsuccessful landing attempts over the past two days on Zmeiny Island in the Black Sea, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported.

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More than 50 Ukrainian saboteurs were killed while trying to seize the island, the bodies of 24 soldiers remained on the shore, the ministry added.< /p>

“As a result of the competent actions of a unit of the Russian armed forces located on the island, the Ukrainian provocation was thwarted. The enemy suffered heavy losses, — The ministry said in a statement.

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

Russian forces shot down three Su-24 fighter jets, one Su-27, three Mi-8 helicopters with troops on board, and also a Mi-24 helicopter while trying to attack the Ukrainian side in the Zmeinoye area, the Defense Ministry said in a statement. Also, 29 drones were destroyed, including eight attack “Bayraktar TB-2”, the ministry added.

“Also, during an attempt to land troops on the night of May 8, three armored Ukrainian assault boats were destroyed project 58181 “Centaur” with servicemen of the Ukrainian Navy»,— the message says.

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Snake Island is part of the Kiliysky district of the Odessa region. It became part of Ukraine in accordance with the Paris Agreement of 1947 after the transfer of Bessarabia to the USSR. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Serpentine became the subject of a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Romania. In 2009, the International Court of Justice in The Hague recognized Zmeiny as an island, not a rock, as Romania sought.

On February 25, on the second day of the Russian special operation, the Ukrainian authorities reported that they had lost control over the island. On the same day, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that 82 people laid down their arms “in the area of ​​​​Snake Island” and voluntarily surrendered to the Russian armed forces.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation to “demilitarize” and “denazification” Ukraine 24 February. Kyiv, in response to this, declared martial law and general mobilization.

At the end of March, the Ministry of Defense announced the completion of tasks in the Kiev and Chernihiv directions and the regrouping of troops. From that moment on, the main task of the Russian military was the “complete liberation of Donbass”, the ministry reported.

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The head of the European Council, Michel, interrupted the meeting in Odessa because of the missile strike

In Odessa, the head of the European Council held a meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal. However, they had to break off the negotiations and take cover due to the rocket fire * ” alt=”Head of the European Council Michel interrupted the meeting in Odessa due to a missile strike” />

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The head of the European Council, Charles Michel, who made a “surprise visit” to Odessa, was forced to interrupt the meeting with the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal due to a missile attack. This is reported by France 24 with reference to the representative of the EU.

“During the meeting with the Prime Minister [of Ukraine Shmyhal], the participants had to interrupt the meeting to take cover, as the rockets again hit the Odessa area”,— said the official.

During the meeting, the head of the European Council said that Russia would not be able to undermine “freedom”; Ukraine, and promised that the EU would help Kyiv “to build a modern democratic country.” President Volodymyr Zelensky joined the talks via video link and thanked Michel for visiting Ukraine on Victory Day.

Charles Michel tweeted that he had arrived in Odessa, “the city about which [Russian poet Alexander Sergeevich] Pushkin wrote: “Everything there breathes with Europe, blows,” — to celebrate Europe Day and meet Shmygal.

The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov, said that on the night of May 9, in the area of ​​u200bu200bthe settlement of Artsyz, Odessa Region, in the area of ​​u200bu200bthe military airfield Chervonoglinskoye, six Ukrainian Mi-24 and Mi-8 helicopters were destroyed by high-precision Onyx missiles. coastal missile system “Bastion”.

At the end of April, Charles Michel announced that the European Union would purchase heavy weapons and transfer them to Ukraine free of charge. According to him, the EU will not announce the purchase of heavy weapons for security reasons.

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The head of the European Council said that over the course of two months, the European Union allocated €1.5 billion to Ukraine for purchases for the needs of the country's armed forces.

Russia has repeatedly accused Western countries of “pumping” of Ukraine with weapons and warned that convoys with foreign weapons would become a legitimate target for the Russian military.

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Kyiv handed over to the EU the last part of the questionnaire for joining the union

Ukraine has submitted the second part of the questionnaire for EU accession. It includes about 2,000 questions and concerns the implementation of EU legal norms in Ukraine. Zelensky handed over the first part of the questionnaire on April 18

Ukraine handed over to the European Union the second part of the questionnaire, which had to be completed in order to apply for EU membership, said Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olga Stefanishyna in interview with ZN.UA.

“The questionnaire should be transferred to the European Union today through official channels,”— said Stefanishina.

The questionnaire includes almost 370 questions on 40 pages and consists of two parts. The questions of the first part concern the political and economic system of Ukraine, namely the independence of the judiciary, the fight against corruption and respect for human rights, as well as the business climate, the level of privatization and the degree of state intervention in the economy. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky handed over the answers to the first part to Matti Maasikas, head of the EU Delegation in Kyiv, on April 18.

The second part of the questionnaire includes about 2,000 questions on 240 pages and deals with what legal norms and rules of European legislation are in force in Ukraine. In particular, we are talking about the rules regarding the freedom of movement of goods, taxation systems, environmental issues and climate change.

On May 9, Zelensky showed the completed second part of the questionnaire during a video conference with the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. “Thank you for the clear signals of support on this important journey for us,” wrote the President in Telegram.

Ukraine applied for EU membership on 28 February. The head of the European Commission announced the EU plans to consider Ukraine's application for membership in the union this summer and carry out the procedure in an accelerated mode. On May 1, Stefanyshina said that Kyiv expects to receive the status of an EU candidate by June 2022.

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In March, Reuters reported that there was no consensus in the European Union on a possible membership of Ukraine. At the same time, eight EU countries— Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia— supported the idea of ​​accelerated accession of Ukraine to the union.

Then the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that there was no accelerated process of joining the European Union. Croatian Minister Andrej Plenković noted that “no one entered the European Union overnight.”

French President Emmanuel Macron expressed doubt that it was possible to open the EU accession procedure for the country , “at war”. Later, he said that the process of accepting Ukraine into the union could take several decades. Then he proposed the creation of a new “European political community”, which would include Ukraine.

The Kremlin said that the European Union is not a military-political bloc, unlike NATO, so the question of Ukraine's membership in the EU ” ;lies in another plane. Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev expressed doubt that Kyiv will join the European Union without NATO membership. “There is one hitch: the experience of recent years with Montenegro and Macedonia shows that entry into the EU takes place only through NATO,” — Medvedev believes.

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Bloomberg learned about the EU plan to reject the ban on the transportation of Russian oil

The main role in the decision to abandon the ban on the transportation of Russian oil by EU vessels was played by the lack of a common position among the G7 countries, writes

The European Union intends to soften the sixth package of sanctions against Russia, in particular to abandon the proposed ban on the transportation of Russian oil to third countries by EU ships, Bloomberg writes citing sources.

At the same time, the ban on insurance of ships with Russian oil is still being discussed and will be a serious obstacle to exports, if approved, according to sources.

The lack of a common position among the G7 countries played a major role in the decision to abandon the ban on the transportation of Russian oil by European ships. Thus, Greece, whose economy is largely dependent on shipping, acted to exclude this provision from the sanctions package, the agency reported.

However, according to sources, the remaining provisions in the package will still significantly complicate Moscow’s position, since the to provide insurance will cover most of the world's fleet of oil tankers carrying Russian oil.

The day before, Bloomberg reported that EU permanent representatives met to discuss new sanctions against Russia, but did not reach an agreement.

The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said earlier that the sixth package of sanctions should include the rejection of Russian oil by the end 2022 and the disconnection of a number of banks from SWIFT. Bloomberg and Reuters also reported that Brussels is proposing to ban European courts from providing services related to the transportation of Russian oil to third countries.

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In order for the package to be accepted, all 27 EU countries must agree on it. As the agency wrote, the meeting participants failed to get Hungary's consent to a ban on Russian oil imports, while Greece and Cyprus have not yet supported restrictions on oil transportation.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pointed out that the European Union does not have a single positions on the adoption of part of the sanctions against Russia. He urged the EU to take a unified position.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on May 6 that Budapest would not allow the EU to impose an embargo on Russian oil, as this would undermine the security of the country's energy supply and its economy .

According to him, the country is ready to defend its economic achievements until the EU plan to impose an embargo on oil from Russia “collapses”.

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Johnson doubts Russian victory in Ukraine

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged Russia's heroic role in defeating Nazism in Europe, but called its actions in Ukraine a “mistake” that had no clear strategic goal *

Russia played a heroic role in defeating Nazi Germany led by Adolf Hitler, but unlikely to win in Ukraine, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the Evening Standard.

“The Russians have a right to celebrate their heroic role in defeating Nazism,”— he said.

At the same time, the head of the British government called Russia's actions in Ukraine a “mistake” that did not have a clear strategic goal. In his opinion, for Russia “it is impossible to win” in the hostilities that began in Ukraine.

Johnson, along with other Western leaders, has repeatedly criticized the Russian special operation. At the same time, in April, he admitted that Russia could win in Ukraine. “The sad thing is that this is a real possibility,” — Johnson said. He also opined that Russia had a “huge army”, and also suggested that the fighting in Ukraine could continue until the end of 2023.

May 8, the day when the end of World War II is celebrated in Europe wars and the liberation of the continent from Nazism, the G7 (G7: US, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Canada and Japan) issued a statement saying that a Russian victory in Ukraine should not be allowed.

“We must do this for the sake of the memory of all those who fought for freedom during the Second World War, to continue to fight for it today for the sake of the people of Ukraine, Europe and the world community,” says the body of the document.

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The G7 online meeting was attended by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, whom the G7 assured of solidarity and support.

Commenting on the G7 statement, State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin said that the determination “to prevent victory” Western countries “recognized successes” Russia. He also expressed the opinion that Moscow “destroyed” plans for NATO expansion to the east. At the same time, at the end of April, Finland announced plans to apply for NATO membership in the coming weeks, and Sweden plans to take a similar step. The Times wrote that both countries could become members of the alliance in the summer.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special operation to “demilitarize” and “denazification” Ukraine 24 February. He also explained its necessity to protect the population of Donbass from “genocide”; from the Kyiv authorities. The Ukrainian authorities, in response to the special operation, declared martial law and general mobilization.

At the end of March, the Ministry of Defense announced the completion of tasks in the Kiev and Chernihiv directions and announced that the main task of the Russian military— “complete liberation of Donbass”.

At the same time, Moscow and Kyiv are negotiating a peaceful settlement. The last face-to-face meeting of the delegations took place at the end of March, when the Ukrainian side handed over a number of proposals to the Russian side, including a neutral and nuclear-free status for Ukraine, as well as security guarantees for Kyiv that do not affect Crimea and Donbass.

Later Russian the authorities passed on response proposals to Ukraine, but, as Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, there was no reaction to them. Russian President Vladimir Putin also reported that negotiations with Kyiv had reached an impasse.

On May 9, the head of the delegation at the talks with Ukraine, Vladimir Medinsky, an aide to the President of Russia, said that the dialogue in the online format continues, but for a new meeting needs “more specifics”.

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The city in the Czech Republic deprived Tereshkova of the status of an honorary citizen

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The deputies of the largest city in the south of the Czech Republic, Český Budějovice, decided to deprive the first female cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova, of the status of an honorary citizen of the city. Budejcka Drbna reports this.

One member of the ruling party, as well as the entire composition of the opposition Communist Party, voted against this decision. So, the representative of the association “Citizens for Budejovice” Jan Kubesh recalled that Tereshkova received this status for her flight into space.

“I understand the position of some colleagues, because the situation in Ukraine is critical, and I do not approve of it, but, in my opinion, we have no right to take revenge in this way for what is happening in Ukraine. In my opinion, we do not have a mandate for this, & mdash; Kubesh said.

However, a member of the Christian Democratic Union— The Czechoslovak People's Party Szymon Heller did not agree with him, stressing that the deputies have a mandate for this. He pointed out that Tereshkova is close to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Valentina Tereshkova received the status of honorary citizen of Česká Budějovice in 1979.

Earlier, on May 9, deputies of the Prague City Council approved the deprivation of the title of honorary citizen of the Soviet commander and Marshal Ivan Konev, who received it in 1946.

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Biden signed a law on aid to Ukraine under the Lend-Lease program

The document expands the powers of the US president to conclude agreements with Kyiv and simplifies the supply of military assistance to Ukraine. The lend-lease program operated in the United States during World War II

US President Joe Biden signed a law on sending, among other things, military aid to Ukraine under the Lend-Lease program, a press assistant said on her Twitter White House Secretary Angela Perez.

She attached a photo of the President signing a document in the Oval Office of the White House.

Lend-Lease — a program under which the United States leased or loaned military hardware and equipment to the Allies during World War II. From March 1941 to August 1945, the United States transferred lend-lease assistance to the allies totaling more than $50 billion, of which about $11 billion went to the USSR

A bill on aid to Ukraine under the Lend-Lease program was submitted to the US Senate at the end of January, before the start of the Russian operation in Ukraine. It gives the President of the United States expanded powers to enter into agreements with Kyiv on the supply of weapons “to protect the population of Ukraine from Russian military invasion and for other purposes.” In general, the document speeds up and simplifies the delivery of military assistance to the country.

The expanded powers of the president cease with the end of the conflict, as well as with the reduction of Russian troops near the borders with Ukraine until March 2021.

The US Senate approved the bill in early April, the House of Representatives— in the end of April. After that, the bill was submitted to Biden for signature.

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State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that the lend-lease program will lead Ukraine into debt. «Lend-Lease— this is a commodity loan, and not cheap: for all the ammunition, equipment and food supplied by the United States, many future generations of Ukrainian citizens will pay. Zelensky is driving the country into a debt hole, & mdash; he calculated.

At the end of April, White House press secretary Jen Psaki claimed that out of the $3.5 billion allocated by the US Congress to help Ukraine, $250 million remained.

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Scholz called for the resumption and concretization of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine

The German Chancellor said that rapid progress is needed in the negotiation process between Russia and Ukraine in order to avoid new casualties and destruction

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for the resumption and concretization of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine in order to quickly reach a peaceful settlement. He stated this at a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron.

“Our demand is that negotiations resume, that negotiations between Russia and Ukraine become more concrete and that agreements be reached very quickly. After many, many thousands of deaths, there should be no new victims and more destruction in Ukraine. Instead, we must now ensure progress in the negotiations, — Scholz said (quote from Stern).

He also stressed that “it is impossible to imagine” that Ukraine would agree to a “peace dictated to it”, as well as to a situation in which it is “imposed” on it; conditions that it, for reasons of sovereignty and territorial integrity, cannot accept.

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Macron, in turn, during a press conference with Scholz said that the main goal of the EU— achieve a ceasefire, establish peace and withdraw Russian troops. “Negotiations” the only way to restore the world»,— emphasized the French president.

In early April, Moscow announced that it wanted to complete the military operation in Ukraine through negotiations and was interested in President Vladimir Zelensky agreeing to its proposals.

Russian and Ukrainian delegations have held several rounds of peace talks since late February, as face-to-face and remotely. The greatest progress was achieved during the meeting in Istanbul on March 29, when the parties settled several issues at once. After that, Moscow and Kyiv handed over draft documents on the settlement of the situation to each other.

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However, then Moscow announced that Kyiv had abandoned the Istanbul agreements. President Vladimir Putin, in particular, spoke about this, specifying that a deadlock had set in in the negotiation process.

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EC announces progress in discussions with Hungary to ban oil from Russia

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted that she had made progress in talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on sanctions and energy security.

“Evening talks with Prime Minister Viktor Orban helped clarify issues related to sanctions and energy security. We have made progress, but more work is needed,— she wrote.

Von der Leyen promised to organize a videoconference with regional players “to strengthen regional cooperation in oil infrastructure.”

Hungary resists the imposition of an embargo on Russian oil supplies to the European Union. Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto explained that the ban would undermine the security of the country's energy supply and its economy. “Of course, we will not allow this, because we cannot allow anyone to destroy the results of the many years of efforts of the Hungarian people, our selfless work,” the minister said.

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