Lavrov said that Russia does not want war in Europe

The West, in turn, constantly talks about the need to “defeat Russia,” said the Foreign Minister, who is visiting Oman

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Russia does not wants war in Europe— it is “The West constantly insists that <…> Russia must be defeated,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference in Oman.

According to him, the end of the military operation in Ukraine will stop Western attempts to undermine international law and promote a unipolar world. “The era of colonialism is a thing of the past— it must be acknowledged,— stressed the Foreign Minister.

Lavrov arrived in Muscat after a visit to Algeria. The minister held talks with the foreign ministers of both countries.

Russia launched a special operation on “demilitarization and denazification” Ukraine and protecting the population of Donbass from “genocide” 24 February. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has declared martial law and severed diplomatic relations with Moscow.

Western countries condemned Moscow and supported Kyiv, many of them provided Ukraine with humanitarian and military assistance, but none announced that they were sending their soldiers to the war zone— on the contrary, the United States and other countries declare their unwillingness to enter into a conflict. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised on May 8 that NATO would not become a party to the conflict in Ukraine. Putin at the Victory Parade on May 9 called for preventing a global war.

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Peskov urged lawyers to verify the idea of ​​joining the Kherson region

The military-civilian administration of the Kherson region announced its intention to appeal to Putin with a request to include the region into Russia. Peskov said that this issue should be resolved by local residents Peskov urged lawyers to verify the idea of ​​joining the Kherson region” />

The issue of the inclusion of the Kherson region into Russia should be decided by the inhabitants of this region of Ukraine, Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “This issue must be clearly and carefully verified by lawyers and lawyers,” — he added.

Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the military-civilian administration, who was previously appointed after the transition of the region under the control of Russian troops, said that the authorities would turn to Vladimir Putin with a request to annex the region. Stremousov explained that “absolutely legal referendum” 2014 in Crimea was not adopted by the world community, so “this will be one single decree based on the appeal of the leadership of the Kherson region to the President of Russia.”

Earlier, the deputy head of the administration stated that the region intends to become one of the regions of Russia (in terms of development rates «something close to the Crimea»). “We intend to live as part of the Russian Federation. <…> We fully cooperate and feel as one with the regions of Russia,— he said.

At the same time, the head of the administration, Volodymyr Saldo, emphasized that the Kherson region is not planned to be annexed to the Crimea. “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 told. There are no plans to change the administrative-territorial structure of the region, Saldo noted. Large-scale restoration work in the region, according to him, is not required.

The Russian military took Kherson on March 2, and on March 15 control was established over the entire territory of the region. Later, military-civilian administrations were created there and in the south of the Zaporozhye region.

From May 1, the transition to the use of the ruble is underway in the Kherson region. Broadcasting of Russian TV channels was launched in the region.

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Chairman of the Civic Chamber of Crimea Oleksandr Formanchuk in April expressed confidence that the Kherson region would become part of Russia. The proposal to hold a referendum there on the creation of a people's republic or joining Crimea was voiced by the First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs from the A Just Russia faction; Alexey Chepa. Secretary of the General Council of “United Russia” Andrey Turchak said on May 6 that Russia has come to the Kherson region forever, but the status of the region will be determined by its inhabitants.

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Kremlin won’t send condolences to Kyiv over Kravchuk’s death

The President of Russia will not send condolences in connection with the death of the first President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk, Peskov said. According to him, Ukrainians themselves should evaluate Kravchuk's contribution to the development of Ukraine

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Russian President Vladimir Putin does not plan to send condolences to Kyiv over the death of Ukraine's first president, Leonid Kravchuk. This was announced to journalists by the press secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, RBC correspondent reports.

“No, this is not planned [to send condolences]”, — Peskov said. “After all, this is the first president of Ukraine, we know that during the Soviet Union he had his own political role, we remember this well. And his contribution to the formation of Ukraine should be evaluated by the Ukrainians themselves, and not by the Russians, — he added.

The fact that Leonid Kravchuk died at the age of 88 after a long illness was reported by Ukrainian News. referring to a source in the family circle, then the information was confirmed by MP Irina Gerashchenko. The ruling party of Ukraine “Servant of the people” expressed condolences to his relatives and noted that Kravchuk made a great contribution to the development of the country.

Kravchuk was the first president of Ukraine from 1991 to 1994. On behalf of Ukraine, in December 1991, with the presidents of Russia and Belarus, he signed the Belovezhskaya Accords on the termination of the existence of the USSR together with Russian President Boris Yeltsin and the head of the Supreme Council of Belarus Stanislav Shushkevich.

Before becoming president of independent Ukraine, Kravchuk was a deputy of the Supreme Council of the Ukrainian SSR, and from June to September 1990— Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine. On July 23, he headed the Supreme Council, but after the August coup in 1991, he left the party.

Under his leadership, the Supreme Council of the Republic adopted an act declaring the independence of Ukraine on August 24, 1991. Until December, when the Belovezhskaya Accords were signed, he was chairman of the Verkhovna Rada.

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After his presidential term, Kravchuk was a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the “Social and Market Choice” faction, the deputy group “Constitutional Center”, the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine, and in 2015 became chairman of the public organization “Movement for Ukraine in NATO”.

In July 2020, Kravchuk became the head of the Kyiv delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group on the settlement in Donbass , he replaced Leonid Kuchma in this post.

In the summer of 2021, Kravchuk underwent heart surgery. After the operation, he spent more than a month in intensive care on a ventilator. After that, he was sent for rehabilitation to Germany, and in November he began to recover, Strana.ua reported.

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Peskov rejected plans to introduce martial law in Russia

Peskov: there are no plans to introduce martial law in Russia There are no plans to introduce martial law in Russia, Peskov said, commenting on the words of the head of the US National Intelligence. She previously stated that the situation in Ukraine is leading to “situational” decision-making in Moscow and more drastic measures

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There are no plans to introduce martial law in Russia, said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov during a briefing, reports correspondent of RBC.

«No, this is not in the plans»— Peskov said in response to a request to comment on the words of US National Intelligence Director Avril Haynes about the likely declaration of martial law in Russia.

We are talking about Haynes' speech at a hearing in the US Congress's Armed Forces Committee in early May. She said, wrote Politico, that the situation in Ukraine in the coming months could move in a more unpredictable scenario, the risk of escalation is high.

The current conditions, the head of National Intelligence believes, “will open a period of more ad hoc decision-making in Russia,” because of which it is possible to use “more radical means”— imposition of martial law, “displacement” industrial production to support hostilities and others.

At the same time, progress in negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv should not be expected in the near future, Haynes continued, specifying that there is “no opportunity” for this scenario. “Both Russia and Ukraine believe they can continue to achieve military success,” — she explained.

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Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine to “demilitarize” it and “denazification,” Putin said on February 24. He explained that he had decided to start it to protect civilians in Donbass from bullying and “genocide”.

Ukraine, in response, severed diplomatic relations with Russia, announced mobilization and introduced martial law (at the end of April it was extended until May 25).

Since the end of February, the parties have held several rounds of negotiations, the greatest progress was achieved in Istanbul, in the Dolmabahce Palace. Putin called the agreements reached there progress, noting that the Ukrainian side “did not associate [security requirements for Kyiv] with such a concept as the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine.” He later stated that Kyiv's position soon changed a lot. In early May, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that the process of negotiations with Ukraine was stagnating.

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The Kremlin explained the exclusion of the Ukrainian journalist from the pool

Roman Tsymbalyuk (left)

Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov explained the exclusion from the Kremlin pool of Roman Tsymbalyuk, a correspondent for the Ukrainian UNIAN agency, who left Russia in January after being summoned for interrogation on charges of inciting ethnic hatred, as well as journalists “Echo of Moscow” and Meduza (included by the Ministry of Justice in the register of media-foreign agents).

At a briefing on Wednesday, Peskov explained: “Echo of Moscow” no longer exists. An UNIAN correspondent worked here, but he left a long time ago and does not get in touch. Meduza actually ceased to have at least some connection with Russia, they do not have accreditation.

On May 11, the administrators who organize Peskov's briefings removed the Meduza correspondent from the ICQ chat, the publication reported.

“We are reducing the number of pool members,”— Meduza said in response to a question about the reasons for the decision, explaining that the pool will remain “Russian media outlets and media outlets in Russia.”

According to Meduza, its journalists have regularly participated in briefings by the Kremlin representative over the past few years.

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Britain signs security agreement with Sweden

The same document will be signed between London and Helsinki during the day on May 11. Sweden and Finland announced the possibility of joining NATO in mid-April. The Russian Foreign Ministry announced the consequences of this decision

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The UK has signed a mutual security assurance agreement with Sweden, the same document will be signed during the day on 11 May with Finland. This is stated in the message of the office of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“This morning, the Prime Minister signed a declaration of mutual security guarantees with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson. He [Johnson] will travel to Finland this afternoon to sign the same document with the country's president, Sauli Niinistö,— the message says.

These declarations will increase the level of British security cooperation with each of these countries, intensify the exchange of intelligence, accelerate programs for military training, exercises and deployment of forces. “They will strengthen the security of the three countries and all of Northern Europe,” — The report says.

The possibility of Sweden and Finland joining NATO became known in mid-April. On May 11, Helsingin Sanomat, citing sources, reported that Finland and Sweden plan to apply for NATO membership at the same time early next week, May 15.

Countries were reported to check each other's schedules during the spring; Helsinki's efforts were aimed at persuading Stockholm to simultaneously decide on joining NATO, the publication pointed out.

After the countries announced their intentions, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg promised a “relatively quickly” accept them as part of the block. Former NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in an interview with CNBC, advised Finland and Sweden to join the alliance “right now”.

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz supported the decision of the two countries. In his opinion, Russia's military operation in Ukraine “forced Europe to strengthen its defense strategy.” Readiness to ensure the security of the two countries in the event of joining NATO was also announced on May 6 at the White House.

Croatian President Zoran Milanovic opposed the membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO. He called the “dangerous gamble” draw Finland into this, “which is located 50 km from St. Petersburg.” Milanovic promised that Croatia, as a member of NATO, would veto the entry of Finland and Sweden into the North Atlantic Alliance.

The Kremlin assured that Moscow does not consider the entry of the Scandinavian countries into NATO as an existential threat to itself. The Foreign Ministry said that if Finland and Sweden join the alliance, they will become a space for confrontation between the North Atlantic bloc and Russia, with all the ensuing consequences.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Alexander Grushko also stated, that the entry of previously neutral Finland and Sweden into the alliance will lead to undesirable consequences and a radical change in the military-political situation, which can be avoided if they maintain the status quo.

Currently, Sweden and Finland have the status of states— NATO partners. 30 countries are members of the bloc, including Denmark and Norway.

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Mazhilis of Kazakhstan approves donation of military equipment to Bishkek

Astana will supply Bishkek with military equipment on the condition that it is not used against the CIS member countries or transferred to a third party, the Kazakh Defense Ministry said. Skirmishes took place on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan recently

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The lower house of the Parliament of Kazakhstan (Mazhilis) approved the draft law on the ratification of an agreement providing for the gratuitous transfer of military equipment to Kyrgyzstan, the TV channel ” ;Khabar 24».

Kazakh Deputy Defense Minister Sultan Kamaletdinov said the Kyrgyz military would only be able to use the equipment to ensure the country's security. They will not have the right to transfer the received weapons to a third party or use them against states— members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). All financial costs of the transfer of equipment are covered by Kazakhstan.

Kamaletdinov explained that the names and quantities of transferred equipment were agreed through diplomatic channels.

The transfer agreement was signed by Bishkek and Astana on December 7 last year in Nur-Sultan. The document says that Kazakhstan provides military-technical assistance to “ensure security and defense potential” Central Asia.

Kazakhstan has transferred weapons to Kyrgyzstan before. In particular, in October 2016, he donated ammunition and spare parts for anti-aircraft missile systems, the KazInform portal wrote. In 2011, Kazakhstan sent armored vehicles and small arms to Kyrgyzstan, and in 1999 it transferred communications equipment, artillery and aviation ammunition.

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In recent months, skirmishes have been taking place on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. In mid-March, there was a shootout between border guards, and in mid-April, Bishkek accused a neighboring state of mortar shelling, which caused one soldier to be injured.

In late April, the Kyrgyz authorities announced their intention to discuss with Turkey the details of the delivery to Tajikistan Bayraktar drones. Bishkek urged Ankara to be “cautious in this matter.”

The border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan is 970 km long. 460 of them require demarcation, in connection with which conflicts periodically arise when both states declare their claims to one or another site.

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Ilya Yashin received four subpoenas in cases of discrediting the army

The RBC court confirmed the existence of three protocols. The amount of the fine under the article on discrediting the aircraft is from 30 thousand to 50 thousand rubles. (100-200 thousand for officials), and in case of repeated violation, a criminal case may be opened

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Municipal deputy of the Krasnoselsky district of Moscow Ilya Yashin in Telegram reported that the police were against there are four administrative protocols under Part 1 of Art. 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (on discrediting the Russian Armed Forces).

According to the deputy, the cases will be considered in the Tushino court on May 20 and 25. The press service of the RBC court reported that they have three materials about discrediting and hearings on all three are scheduled for May 25.

RBC sent a request to the press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Moscow.

< p>“As far as I understand, I face a large fine and, in the future, criminal prosecution. The fact is that under the new law, citizens can be prosecuted for repeated involvement under the article on discrediting the army, — Yashin explained. He declared that he would not “run and hide”; or retract their anti-war statements.

An article about discrediting the army appeared in the Code of Administrative Offenses on March 4. The fine under part 1 of this article ranges from 30 thousand to 50 thousand rubles. (from 100,000 to 200,000 for officials and from 300,000 to 500,000 for legal entities).

According to the GAS “Justice”, from March 4 to April 11 610 cases of discrediting were received, of which at least 334 cases resulted in a decision on administrative punishment.

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Under Article 20.3.3, three protocols were drawn up for politician Yevgeny Roizman, for each of them he was fined 50 thousand rubles. The heads of the Gagarinsky and Lomonosovsky districts of Moscow, Elena Rusakova and Gordey Nefedov, were fined 150,000 rubles for discrediting the Armed Forces. everyone. A protocol on discrediting was drawn up against the chairman of the Pskov branch of the Yabloko party; and a member of its federal political committee, Lev Shlosberg.

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Politico learned about the development in the EU of the possibility of confiscation of assets of Russians

Politico: the EU is preparing a bill on the confiscation of assets frozen due to sanctions A legal norm that would make circumventing sanctions against Russia a criminal offense could be submitted within two weeks. It will also allow the confiscation of the assets of Russians and companies from Russia frozen due to sanctions jpg” alt=”Politico learned about the development in the EU of the possibility of confiscation of the assets of Russians” />

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In the European Union, within two weeks, they can develop and submit a legal norm that will make it possible to consider circumvention of sanctions a crime and confiscate assets frozen due to sanctions, including Russians. This was reported by the European edition of Politico, citing two sources.

“The European Commission will present a bill that will help the EU confiscate frozen assets as part of the sanctions campaign against Russia. The proposal will be submitted within two weeks, it will make it a crime in the European Union to circumvent sanctions and provide legal grounds for the confiscation of assets,— writes the publication.

Sanction evasion is not now a criminal offense in all EU countries. As Politico's interlocutors noted, the initiative “is aimed at harmonizing the legal confusion.” In order to gain the force of law in all EU countries, the proposal must be supported by all countries— members of the union, as well as the majority of members of the European Parliament.

“This rule will expand the legal possibilities for the confiscation of assets without a lawsuit and a court decision. While sanctions allow the assets of Russian oligarchs to be frozen, it is currently more difficult to confiscate them without trial and sentence, on a permanent basis,— the interlocutors of the publication note.

At the same time, according to Politico sources, the question of how to deal with the confiscated assets will be decided by the EU countries. “The discussion about whether these funds were sent to Ukraine continues,” — said one of the newspaper's interlocutors.

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Many countries, as well as the European Union, began to tighten and expand sanctions against Russia from the end of February in response to the start of a military operation in Ukraine. The restrictions included, among other things, freezing the assets of Russians, organizations and Russian companies that were included in the sanctions lists. Also, Western countries have frozen, according to the Ministry of Finance, about half of Russia's gold and foreign exchange reserves— about $300 billion

At the end of March, Bloomberg reported that EU authorities were discussing the possibility of transferring frozen Russian assets in the EU to Ukraine. Citing a source, the agency wrote that the initiative was “at a very early stage”; development, no decision has been made yet.

In early April, the European Union announced that at that time the EU countries had frozen Russian assets in the amount of €29.5 billion, including not only accounts, but also property: ships, helicopters, works of art, real estate. In addition, about €196 billion in bank transactions was blocked.

April 11, Europol, together with Eurojust and the EU external border security agency Frontex, launched Operation Oscar. to search for Russian assets subject to sanctions and identify cases of circumvention of restrictions.

In Ukraine, they announced their intention to make claims on Russian assets frozen in the West in order to spend them on the restoration of the country. Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that Kyiv is negotiating the withdrawal of Russia's frozen gold and foreign exchange reserves with the United States and other “partners”. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky estimated the cost of restoring the country after the Russian special operation at $600 billion.

At the end of April, the US House of Representatives passed a law that allows seized Russian assets to be used to support Ukraine. In particular, we are talking about the assets of foreigners received by the owners thanks to the support of the Russian authorities.

The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said on May 9 that Brussels should consider confiscating assets and transferring them to Ukraine. He cited “billions of dollars” worth of US seized assets 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.

The Kremlin called the freezing of assets of Russian businessmen and companies a “robbery”. “These are absolutely honest legal entrepreneurs. They were robbed. They got robbed like they did in the Wild West with a Smith & Wesson robbed travelers»,— said the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov.

The head of the Central Bank, Elvira Nabiullina, previously stated that the Russian side would challenge the freezing of gold and foreign exchange reserves and was already preparing lawsuits. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Western countries of actually stealing Russian gold and foreign exchange reserves.

In response to the decision to confiscate assets, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin proposed to confiscate assets in Russia from businesses from unfriendly countries. According to him, the authorities of the countries that announced their intention to seize Russian assets are “engaged in theft.”

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The Foreign Ministry demanded an apology from Poland because of the attack on the ambassador

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The Russian Foreign Ministry demanded an apology from the leadership of Poland in connection with the attack on the ambassador in Warsaw on May 9, the diplomatic department notified the Polish ambassador Krzysztof Krajewski about this, reports the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Telegram.

«K. Kraevsky was told that the Russian side expects an official apology from the Polish leadership in connection with what happened and demands to ensure the safety of the Russian ambassador and all employees of Russian foreign missions in Poland. The decision on further steps will be made depending on the reaction of Warsaw to our demands, — the message says.

The Foreign Ministry noted that Poland did not ensure the immunity of the Russian diplomat, thereby violating the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

The Polish Ambassador was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry after the incident with Russian Ambassador Sergei Andreev, who when visiting on May 9, the cemetery of Soviet soldiers in Warsaw was doused with red liquid.

According to Wydarzenia, a group of Ukrainians were waiting for the ambassador at the cemetery. After his arrival, a fight broke out, and the ambassador himself was doused with a red liquid. Andreev told RIA Novosti that the substance tasted sweet, calling it syrup. The ambassador noted that in addition to laying flowers, the Immortal Regiment action was planned in Warsaw, but the Polish side did not recommend holding this event.

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The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Poland, Mariusz Kaminski, called “understandable” emotions of Ukrainians who participated in the attack on the Russian ambassador. Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, in turn, stressed that any representatives of foreign diplomacy deserve protection, regardless of agreement or disagreement with the policies of their countries.

The Russian Foreign Ministry protested Warsaw over the incident and accused the Polish the police in inaction at a time when the “extremists” used violence against the ambassador and other members of the diplomatic mission. Andreev himself admitted that the attack on him could have happened with the participation of Polish special services.

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Bulgaria agrees to buy LNG from the US at prices lower than those of Gazprom

The Bulgarian government has not specified how the cost of gas will be calculated when buying from the United States and how much it will be. At the end of April, Gazprom stopped deliveries to Bulgaria due to non-payment in rubles .jpg” alt=”Bulgaria agreed to buy LNG from the US at prices lower than from Gazprom” />

Bulgaria will buy LNG from the US at prices lower than those of Gazprom, the Bulgarian government said in a statement. Deliveries will begin in June.

The corresponding agreement was reached during a meeting between Bulgarian Prime Minister Kirill Petkov and US Vice President Kamala Harris.

“The Bulgarian Prime Minister pointed out that what is happening in Europe is a clear sign of the need for accelerated and real measures in the energy sector. Vice President Kamala Harris congratulated Bulgaria on taking decisive action to defend its energy sovereignty,— said in a government release.

The Bulgarian government has not indicated how the price of gas supplied from the United States will be calculated, and how much it will be.

Until March 2020, the cost of Russian gas for Bulgaria was determined by a contract with a link to the price of oil. However, from the beginning of 2020, Sofia began to seek a discount, as prices on the spot European gas markets turned out to be lower and countries whose contracts were not linked to the price of oil found themselves in more favorable conditions.

In March 2020, ” ;Gazprom» reduced the price of gas for Bulgaria by 40%.

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At the end of April of this year, Bulgaria reported that Gazprom Export notified its Bulgarian partner, the Bulgargaz company, of the suspension of gas supplies. The Russian company later confirmed the message, specifying that such a decision was made due to non-payment in rubles.

Bulgarian Energy Minister Alexander Nikolov later explained that the procedure for paying for gas in rubles, on which Russia insists “involves significant risks.” “In practice, we will lose control of our money after paying in US dollars, as we agreed. There will be a risk of breach of obligations— non-fulfilment [of conditions] by a Russian bank, which will be responsible for converting the corresponding amount into rubles, — he clarified.

Bulgaria warned the Russian side about the refusal to pay for Russian gas in rubles even earlier.

French Minister of Environmental Transformations Barbara Pompili called the cessation of gas supplies to Bulgaria a violation of contracts.

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The Ministry of Defense accused Pfizer and Moderna of military research in Ukraine

Ministry of Defense: pharmaceutical companies from the United States tested drugs in Ukraine bypassing safety standards Earlier, the Ministry of Defense announced the existence of a network of biological laboratories in Ukraine

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The Russian Defense Ministry believes that coronavirus vaccine manufacturers, American Pfizer and Moderna, as well as US pharmaceutical companies Gilead and Merck & Co (MSD) are involved in military biological research conducted in Ukraine at the expense of the United States. Igor Kirillov, Chief of the Radiation, Chemical and Biological Protection Troops of the Russian Armed Forces, stated this at a briefing.

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“Through the US executive authorities, a legislative framework was formed to finance military biological research directly from the federal budget. <…> Large pharmaceutical companies are involved in this scheme, including Pfizer, Moderna, Merck & Co, as well as US military-affiliated company Gilead»,— said Kirillov.

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

He claims that specialists from the United States are testing new medicines bypassing international safety standards. “As a result, Western companies are seriously reducing the costs of implementing research programs and gaining significant competitive advantages,” — added Kirillov.

According to the representative of the Ministry of Defense, the Russian military managed to find out details about the scheme they had previously described for the work of American biological laboratories in Ukraine. “Ukraine, in fact, is a testing ground for the development of biological weapons components and testing of new samples of pharmaceuticals,” — he clarified.

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The Ministry of Defense believes that for such developments and research “under state guarantees, funds were attracted from non-governmental organizations controlled by the leadership of the Democratic Party, including the investment funds of the Clintons, Rockefellers, [George] Soros, Biden (the Rosemont Seneca fund of the son of the President of the United States Joe Biden Hunter. — RBC)».

The existence of a network of biological laboratories in Ukraine, where, with the participation of the United States, biological weapons were developed, as well as the study of viruses and dangerous diseases, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced on March 6. The ministry published materials that it called confirmation of the findings and stated that the program was funded by the Pentagon. The representative of the Ministry of Defense, Igor Konashenkov, said that on February 24, the day the Russian operation began, especially dangerous pathogens were urgently destroyed. causative agents of cholera, anthrax, plague, tularemia and other diseases.

President Vladimir Putin also spoke about the development of biological weapons components by Ukraine near the borders of Russia.

The Pentagon itself, the White House and the State Department denied all accusations of facilitating the development of biological weapons, the State Department called these statements disinformation.

The UN said they could not verify the information provided by Russia, as the organization currently does not have the mandate and technical capabilities to conduct an investigation.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that weapons of mass destruction had never been developed on the territory of his country. «We— adequate people. I— the president of an adequate country and an adequate people. And the father of two children. And no one has developed any chemical or any other weapons of mass destruction on my land. The whole world knows this. You know it, — he said.

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The Pentagon called the Russian nuclear arsenal a problem for the United States

Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin: Russia's nuclear arsenal is and will remain a threat According to Lloyd Austin, the threat from the Russian nuclear arsenal will not disappear in the future. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the West is talking about nuclear war, and Russia believes that there can be no winners in such a conflict

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The head of the US Department of Defense, Lloyd Austin, spoke of the “significant problems” posed to the United States by the Russian nuclear arsenal. This is stated in a statement by the head of the Pentagon at a hearing in the US House Appropriations Committee.

“As we have seen in recent weeks, Russia remains a strong threat that requires close and constant coordination within NATO to prevent further aggression in Europe. <…> Russia's nuclear potential also creates significant problems now and will create in the future, — Austin said.

According to him, Russia's actions in Ukraine pose a “threat to transatlantic security.”

Austin added that Washington sees a threat not only in Russia and, as previously stated, in China. “We must remain vigilant for other dangers as well. We face a constant threat from North Korea, its nuclear arsenal and missile programs under development, as well as from Iran, with its nuclear ambitions and support for groups that threaten the security of our forces and our allies. said the head of the Pentagon.

On February 27, a few days after the start of the special operation in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin ordered the deterrence forces to be placed on a special alert regime due to the fact that “the highest officials of the leading NATO countries allow aggressive statements.” towards Russia. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov then said that there was talk in the world about the possibility of nuclear war, but not by Russia, but by NATO, Western countries and Ukraine.

On March 24, The New York Times reported, citing sources, that the White House has formed a team of officials to develop a response plan for Washington and its allies in the event that Moscow uses nuclear weapons. At the same time, the publication quotes officials, the United States considers such a scenario unlikely.

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Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov clarified on March 29 that Russia is not considering using nuclear weapons in connection with the operation in Ukraine. “We have a concept of security that states very clearly that only when there is a threat to the existence of our country, we can and will use nuclear weapons to eliminate this threat,” — he said.

The conditions for the use of nuclear weapons by Russia are described in paragraph 27 of the Military Doctrine. It states that Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to the use of nuclear and other types of weapons of mass destruction against it or its allies, as well as in the event of aggression against Russia with the use of conventional weapons, “when the very existence of the state is threatened.” ;.

On May 6, Alexei Zaitsev, Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said at a briefing that Russia would not violate scenarios for the possible use of nuclear weapons. “The scenarios for our possible use of nuclear weapons are clearly spelled out in Russian doctrinal documents. They are not applicable to the implementation of the tasks set in the course of a special military operation in Ukraine,»,— he explained.

According to Zaitsev, Moscow adheres to the idea that there can be no winners in a nuclear war and it should not be unleashed.

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Russia imposed sanctions against the former “daughters” of “Gazprom”

The list includes Gazprom Germania, in which Gazprom ceased participation more than a month ago, and other European assets. Transactions with them are prohibited, and ships chartered by them are also prohibited from entering Russian ports. ” alt=” Russia has imposed sanctions against the former subsidiaries of Gazprom” />

The Russian government has approved a list of companies that will fall under Russian retaliatory sanctions, the document is published on the official portal of legal information. In total, 31 companies are listed in it.

The list included mainly former “daughters” Gazprom, including Gazprom Germania. The company, in turn, manages the former European assets of Gazprom, which are also included in the sanctions list: Gazprom NGV Europe, Wingas, Astora, Gazprom Marketing&Trading, Vemex and others. “Gazprom” ceased participation in Gazprom Germania and other European subsidiaries; from April 1.

In addition, Polish Europol, which owns a section of the Yamal gas pipeline— Europe going through Poland.

It is prohibited to make transactions with sanctioned companies, including those that provide for the entry into Russian ports of ships associated with these legal entities, as well as making payments and transactions with securities in favor of companies.

President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on retaliatory measures against the sanctions on May 3. It states that the measures are being introduced in order to protect the national interests of the country and in response to unfriendly and contrary to international law actions of the United States and the states that have joined them. The latter, as considered by the country's leadership, are trying to “illegally” deprive or restrict Russia and its citizens of property rights.

In addition to restrictions on transactions, the decree also introduced a ban on the export of products and raw materials outside Russia in favor of sanctioned companies.

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The government was given ten days to approve the relevant list of legal entities.

After Gazprom ceased participation in European subsidiaries, the company withdrew its representatives from the management bodies of Gazprom Germania, companies controlled by it and investment objects.

Germany, in turn, introduced external management into Gazprom Germania, transferring the company to the Federal Network Agency of Germany .

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Britain and Finland agree on military assistance in case of attack

Britain has concluded an agreement with Finland that implies military support in the event of an attack on the country, the same pact was previously concluded with Sweden. Stockholm and Helsinki look forward to joining NATO in the near future “Britain and Finland agreed on military assistance in the event of an attack” />

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Great Britain and Finland agreed on mutual assistance, including military assistance, if one of the countries is attacked. Military support can be provided at the request of one of the parties, the joint declaration says. The agreements were announced during British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's visit to Helsinki. The press service of the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, broadcast live the press conference following the talks.

A similar agreement on mutual assistance was concluded earlier by Great Britain and Sweden, according to the website of the British Cabinet.

“We reaffirmed that if one of the countries suffers from a natural disaster or attack, the United Kingdom and Finland, at the request of the affected country, will assist each other in various ways, which may include military means. This cooperation will remain in full accordance with the security and defense policy of each country and is intended to complement, and not replace, existing European and Euro-Atlantic cooperation,— reads the text of the declaration (quote from Reuters).

A few more points of the declaration relate to the strengthening of military cooperation in peacetime— the parties agreed to expand military coordination and security measures in the Baltic region.

The countries in the document also call on Russia to immediately stop hostilities in Ukraine and declare their readiness to assist Kyiv in restoring the country.

Finland and Sweden plan to simultaneously apply for NATO membership in the coming months. Previously, these countries remained neutral: Finland— since the end of World War II, and Sweden— from the 19th century. The level of support for the decision to join NATO in both countries rose sharply in late February, after the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine.

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The President of Finland, at a press conference with Johnson, stressed that the state's entry into NATO is not aimed against any country. “For us, joining NATO would not be [directed] against anyone, we would like to strengthen our defense as much as possible in one way or another,” — he said.

According to the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin are due to speak out on the country's NATO membership on 12 May. They are expected to make a decision on the application on May 15. In Sweden, an official decision on the issue of NATO membership is also to be announced on May 15.

The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that the entry of previously neutral Finland and Sweden into the alliance would lead to undesirable consequences and a radical change in the military-political situation, as well as the consequences in relations with these countries.

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Belgorod governor reported shelling of the village from Ukraine

The head of the region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, reported on the shelling of the village of Solokhi in the Belgorod region. One person was injured, there is destruction *

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The Governor of the Belgorod region Vyacheslav Gladkov announced the shelling of the region from the territory of Ukraine and reported one victim. He wrote about this in his Telegram channel.

“There was shelling from the Ukrainian side of the village of Solokhi in the Belgorod region. The head of the settlement is now in place. According to the report, there is one victim, he is already receiving all the necessary medical assistance, — the governor said.

Later, Gladkov clarified that one residential building was partially destroyed. “The main smoke comes from reeds growing outside the settlement. Fire crews are already on site. Once again: the village is not on fire, the houses are not on fire, — added the head of the region.

The Belgorod region borders on the Kharkov region of Ukraine. The village of Solokhi is located about 40km west of the center of Belgorod and a few kilometers from the Ukrainian border.

On May 5, Gladkov reported shelling from the Ukrainian side of the villages of Zhuravlevka and Nekhoteevka. At that time, a house and a garage were destroyed in Nekhoteevka, there were no casualties.

Earlier, the authorities of the border regions reported shelling from Ukrainian territory, mainly in settlements located close to the border.

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Zhuravlevka and Nekhoteevka were shelled on 25 April. Residents of Nekhoteevka were not injured. In Zhuravlevka, two civilians were injured: a man— hand wound, and the woman's — trauma in the neck. Gladkov said that the shelling was carried out by the Ukrainian military.

Zhuravlivka came under fire on April 14, along with another village on the border with Ukraine, Spodaryushino. Then the governor reported one victim, as well as damage to 46 residential buildings and 36 cars.

On April 1, the Ministry of Defense reported that two Ukrainian helicopters attacked an oil storage facility in Belgorod. The press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations clarified to RBC that the fire occurred at the oil depot of Belgorodnefteproduct JSC, where fuel tanks caught fire.

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

Since the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Defense has repeatedly reported on the actions of both Russian and Ukrainian armed forces on the territory of the Kharkiv region. In particular, on May 10, the Russian military reported that Ukrainians had set up a stronghold with tanks and armored personnel carriers in the village of Slobozhanskoe. On May 7, the Ministry of Defense spoke about an airstrike on a railway station in the Kharkiv region and the destruction of a large batch of weapons from the United States and Europe. On April 11, the Ministry of Defense announced the occupation of the village of Kamenka in the Kharkiv region, and on March 24, the Russian ministry announced that the Russian armed forces had taken full control of the city of Izyum.

On April 11, the authorities of the Belgorod region introduced an increased level of terrorist threat. It has been extended several times and is currently valid until May 25. Such measures have been taken in several other border regions.

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Embassy of Poland in Moscow doused with red paint

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Unknown people poured red paint on the building of the Polish embassy in Moscow, Onet reports. The embassy staff is waiting for the police to arrive.

The video of the incident was published by the Rise Telegram channel.

The footage shows how three men approach the entrance to the embassy from Bolshoi Tishinsky Lane and take out containers of paint. One of them poured water on the sign at the entrance, the other splashed paint on the checkpoint window. Another man was filming what was happening.

RBC turned to the Polish Embassy in Russia and the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment. The press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Moscow told RBC that there was no information about this incident.

On May 9, in Poland, unidentified persons poured red liquid over Russian Ambassador Sergei Andreev as he took part in a ceremony at the Soviet military cemetery in Warsaw. The crowd did not allow Andreev to lay a wreath, and he was forced to leave the memorial. Later it became known that the ambassador was doused with syrup.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry protested to the Polish authorities and also demanded an apology from Warsaw.

Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminsky said that the emotions of those who attacked the Russian ambassador were “understandable”. “The emotions of the participants in the action, Ukrainian women, whose husbands fight courageously to defend their homeland, are understandable,” — he commented.

The head of the Polish Foreign Ministry called the incident “an incident that should not have happened and which, of course, is regrettable.”

Poland, along with other European countries, opposes the Russian operation in Ukraine and provides military assistance to the country, and also accepts refugees from there.

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Belgorod governor announced the death of a man during shelling from Ukraine

During the shelling, which occurred, according to the head of the region Vyacheslav Gladkov, from Ukraine, three people were also injured and the house was partially destroyed

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One person was killed and three wounded during the shelling of the village of Solokhi in Belgorodskaya region, said the head of the region Vyacheslav Gladkov in his Telegram channel.

“According to confirmed information, at the moment one person died, died in an ambulance, and three were injured, they are receiving all the necessary assistance,” — wrote the governor.

He called the situation “the most difficult in the history of shelling.”

Previously, the authorities of the Russian regions did not report the deaths in such shelling.

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On the shelling of the village of Solokhi, Belgorod region, which is located a few kilometers from the border with the Kharkov region of Ukraine, Gladkov reported on the evening of May 11. Then he clarified that one person was injured. The shelling, according to the governor, was carried out from the side of Ukraine.

During the shelling, one house was partially destroyed and reeds caught fire near the settlement. Firefighters arrived at the scene.

The village of Solokhi is located about 40 km west of the center of Belgorod.

The authorities of the region reported shelling of border villages from Ukraine in May and April. On May 5, according to Gladkov, the settlements of Zhuravlevka and Nekhoteevka were shelled. Then there were no casualties, a house and a garage were destroyed in Nekhoteevka.

On April 25, these two villages also came under fire. There were no casualties in Nekhoteevka, two people were injured in Zhuravlevka.

On the morning of April 1, a fire broke out at an oil depot in Belgorod, later the governor of the region said that the cause was an airstrike from two helicopters of the Ukrainian armed forces. According to him, they entered the territory of Russia at low altitudes. Two people were injured in the fire, but there were no deaths.

Shelling from Ukrainian territory was also reported in other border regions. In particular, on April 29, in the Bryansk region, a branch of the border department of the FSB was fired from the territory of Ukraine. During the shelling, no one was injured, but the water and electricity networks were damaged. Also, according to the Investigative Committee, on April 14, two Mi-8 helicopters of the Ukrainian armed forces carried out “at least six airstrikes on residential buildings” in the village of Klimovo, eight people were injured.

On April 23, in the Kursk region, mortars fired at a checkpoint on the Russian border from the territory of Ukraine. After the shelling, the premises of the Rosselkhoznadzor caught fire. There were no wounded or dead. Also, in early April, from the territory of Ukraine, they tried to fire mortars at the Sudzha border crossing, but the mines did not reach Russian territory.

Due to the current situation The authorities of six regions bordering Ukraine announced the introduction of a high level of terrorist threat from April 11. Such a regime has been introduced in the Belgorod, Bryansk, Kursk regions, in two border regions of the Voronezh region, in the north of Crimea and in several regions of the Krasnodar Territory.

The special regime involves the increased work of all law enforcement agencies, and residents of the regions are advised to avoid large gatherings of people, always take an identity card with you and be vigilant.

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

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Mordashov challenged the decision to impose sanctions against him in the EU court

Aleksey Mordashov filed a lawsuit with the EU Court, challenging the imposition of sanctions against him. The lawsuit was filed on May 6. Bloomberg notes that its review could take years. The representative of Alexei Mordashov called the sanctions unlawful EU decision to impose sanctions against him” />

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Owner of Severstal Alexei Mordashov challenged the imposition of EU sanctions against him in the EU court. The record of the filing of the lawsuit is contained in the electronic database of the court in Luxembourg, Bloomberg wrote about the lawsuit.

A representative of the businessman confirmed to RBC that the businessman filed a lawsuit with the European Court earlier in May to challenge the EU sanctions against him. “Sanctions against A.A. Mordashov are illegal and unlawful. Therefore, we will protect our interests by all available legal means, — said the interlocutor of RBC.

Bloomberg notes that litigation with the EU over sanctions could take years.

The European Union announced sanctions against Mordashov on February 28. Businessmen Mikhail Fridman, Alisher Usmanov, Pyotr Aven, Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, Secretary of the General Council and First Vice Speaker of the Federation Council Andrei Turchak, as well as a number of other officials, businessmen and public figures were also on the European sanctions list.

< p> On the same day, the press service of Mordashov gave RBC a comment from the entrepreneur, in which he stated that he did not understand the reasons for such a step. “I am far from politics and all my life I created economic value for the companies in which I worked in Russia and abroad,” — he said then.

The businessman added that for a long time he had been developing economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation with European countries.

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On March 4, it became known about the change in the ownership structure of Mordashov's stake in Europe's largest travel concern TUI AG. Prior to this, the Russian businessman owned 34% through Unifirm Ltd, which was associated with him. In March, it transferred 4.1% of TUI AG to the Russian Severgroup LLC, owned by Mordashov, leaving 29.9% behind. On March 18, it became known from a disclosure statement on the London Stock Exchange that Mordashov had transferred a 29.9% stake in TUI Group to his wife Marina.

On May 11, a Bloomberg source reported that Mordashov had sold his stake in the National Media Group (NMG). An RBC source close to Mordashov confirmed that he left the NMG capital a few months ago. Bloomberg estimated Mordashov's share in the media company at $30 million. NMG was also mentioned among the justifications for EU sanctions. Among its assets— Channel One, REN TV, Channel Five, STS and St. Petersburg 78.ru. Brussels believes that the TV channels belonging to the NMG “actively support the policy of the Russian authorities to destabilize Ukraine.”

Since the end of February, many countries have begun to introduce or tighten sanctions against Russian officials, parliamentarians, companies, representatives of the leadership and members of their families.

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Armored vehicles taken to the streets in Sri Lanka after clashes with the opposition

The authorities of Sri Lanka brought to the streets of the capital, the city of Colombo, military equipment and army forces, writes TheAssociated Press (AP). This happened after clashes between government supporters and opposition protesters took place in the country.

On the evening of May 9, a curfew was introduced in the country due to increased cases of vandalism and looting. According to AP, the military received an order to open fire on violators. Despite this, some protesters again gathered in front of the president's office to continue the demonstrations that began more than three weeks ago.

The protests in the country are connected with the protracted economic crisis in the country, coupled with a shortage of goods. Prime Minister Mahindu Rajapaksa, amid protests, resigned earlier this week. He was evacuated from his residence in a military helicopter, according to the AP, the military is sheltering him at a naval base.

At least eight people have already died in clashes, more than 200 have been injured.

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Amid mass protests and riots, the Foreign Ministry recommended that Russian tourists in Sri Lanka not leave their hotels. Russian tourists are strongly advised not to leave their places of residence until the curfew is lifted. Travel to the airport is possible with a passport and an air ticket, which must be presented at the request of the police at checkpoints, — the agency said in a statement.

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The European Investment Bank estimated the restoration of Ukraine at trillions of euros

This is the cost of restoring the country's destroyed infrastructure. Werner Hoyer stressed that Ukraine should not bear these costs alone

Rebuilding a devastated Ukraine could take trillions of euros, European Investment Bank (EIB) chief Werner Hoyer told Reuters in an interview.

EIB— financial and credit institution of the EU, established in 1958. Among the tasks of the bank is the promotion of a balanced development of the common market in the interests of the European Union. For example, the EIB provides loans for development projects in underdeveloped regions or for the modernization of enterprises.

According to him, if we talk about “rebuilding Ukraine”, then it will be “not about millions, but about trillions.” The size of the required amount was recently discussed at the UN, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

At the same time, Hoyer stressed that Ukraine should not be left alone with these expenses and the international community should provide it with significant support.

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

Kyiv is preparing a massive plan to rebuild Ukraine, Zelensky said, but that would also require an international plan “which would be the modern counterpart of the historic Marshall Plan.” (a plan to help Europe after the Second World War). British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also compared the plan to rebuild the country with the “Marshall Plan”.

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

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

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The UN reported on the torture of Russian soldiers in Ukraine

The UN monitoring mission has reliable information about the ill-treatment and incommunicado detention of the Russian military in Ukraine *

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The head of the UN monitoring mission, Matilda Bogner, said that the organization has information about that the Russian military and “affiliated groups” captured in Ukraine are being tortured.

“We have received reliable information about the torture, ill-treatment and incommunicado detention by the Armed Forces of Ukraine of prisoners of war from the Russian military and associated armed groups,” she said.

Bogner added that videos of “inhuman treatment” continue to surface; with prisoners on both sides, including forced statements, apologies and confessions.

“Ukraine and Russia must promptly and effectively investigate all allegations of torture and ill-treatment of prisoners of war. They must also effectively control their forces and conduct briefings to prevent any further violations, — stressed the head of the monitoring mission.

She also said that the mission continues to receive reports of rapes of Ukrainian citizens, mostly women and girls.

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On the use of torture by the Armed Forces of Ukraine against the Russian military, the Ministry of Defense reported on February 27. In Russia, they record the data of those involved in bullying, including faces, voices, coordinates, they will be punished, the military department promised. The head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin instructed to investigate the facts of torture.

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

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The Ministry of Defense called on the UN and the Red Cross to ensure the evacuation from Slovyansk

According to the Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces of Ukraine equipped in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk a single fortified area with an area of ​​​​over 170 square meters. km, keep 90 thousand people in cities and prevent them from leaving for Russia or other territories controlled by Ukraine

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The Russian Ministry of Defense called on international organizations, including the UN, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the International Committee of the Red Cross and others, to ensure the evacuation of civilians from Kramatorsk and Slovyansk in the Donbass.

These cities are located under the control of the armed forces of Ukraine. According to the Russian Interdepartmental Coordination Headquarters, the Armed Forces of Ukraine equipped a single fortified area there with an area of ​​over 170 square meters. km and created stocks of weapons, ammunition, fuels and lubricants, food and medicine, placed heavy weapons and equipment, and equipped firing points in houses.

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The headquarters say that the “nationalists” blocked more than 90 thousand people in residential areas and on the territories of more than ten enterprises of Kramatorsk and Slavyansk and do not allow them to evacuate either towards Russia or to other territories controlled by Ukraine.

In early April, the head of the Slavic military administration, Vadim Lyakh asked the residents of the city to temporarily leave it, noting that the evacuation trains operate free of charge, and the residents who left will be able to receive additional payments at the place of temporary residence, in special cases— free housing, as well as find a job.

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In mid-April, the Russian ministry claimed that territorial defense fighters in Slovyansk were conducting “punitive raids to check local residents for the presence of they have any signs of pro-Russian views.

The UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross are involved in the evacuation from Mariupol, including from the territory of the Azovstal plant. Organizations reported on hundreds of people evacuated from the city, who were brought to Zaporozhye or to the village of Bezymennoye in the DPR.

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Gladkov announced the evacuation of the village after shelling from Ukraine

Residents of the village of Solokhi will be taken to a safe place, the Belgorod governor said. He cited data from the Ministry of Health, according to which six people were injured, and denied the information about the second person who died during the shelling of the village

Residents of the village of Solokhi in the Belgorod region, which was shelled by Ukraine, will be taken to a safe place, said Vyacheslav Gladkov, Governor of the region, on his Telegram channel.

According to the regional Ministry of Health, one person died, the number of people injured during the shelling increased to six. Earlier, Gladkov spoke about three wounded.

The governor denied the media reports about the second dead— 14 year old teenager. “I report that this is not so. The boy is alive and is in the regional hospital. He is receiving all the necessary medical care,»,— he wrote. Earlier, the Baza Telegram channel reported the second death.

The village of Solokhi is located in the Belgorod region, a few kilometers from the border with the Kharkov region of Ukraine. The settlement was shelled on the evening of May 11; one residential building was partially destroyed, the reeds also caught fire. Gladkov assured that the houses in the village were not on fire. The governor called the situation “the most severe since the shelling.”

Belgorod authorities have been reporting shelling from Ukraine for several months. On February 24, the day the Russian military operation began in the neighboring country, Gladkov spoke about the explosion of several shells that had flown into the territory of the region. Then two adults and a child were injured, seven houses were damaged. The Investigative Committee opened a case on the attempted murder of two or more persons. The settlements of Zhuravlevka, Otradnoye, Golovchino and others fell under shelling, the last such incident was reported by the authorities on May 5.

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April 1, a fire broke out at the Belgorod oil depot. According to the regional authorities and the Russian Ministry of Defense, the cause was an airstrike from two Ukrainian helicopters. According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, two people were injured. The UK opened a criminal case, calling the incident a terrorist attack. The Ukrainian side neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the incident.

April 11, an increased level of terrorist threat was introduced in the region, it was extended until the end of May. A special regime was also introduced in the Bryansk and Kursk regions bordering Ukraine, in two border regions of the Voronezh region, in the north of Crimea and in several regions of the Krasnodar Territory.

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Kyiv offered to exchange wounded soldiers from Azovstal for captured Russians

Russia and Ukraine reported last week that all civilians had been evacuated from the plant. According to Kyiv, more than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers remain at Azovstal, hundreds are wounded .jpg” alt=”Kyiv offered to exchange wounded soldiers from Azovstal for captured Russians” />

Kyiv offers Moscow to exchange seriously wounded Ukrainian soldiers who remain on the territory of the blocked Azovstal plant. in Mariupol, on Russian prisoners, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk wrote on her Telegram channel.

This is one of the options for freeing people from the plant, she explained. “At the moment, by military means, to release Azovstal” impossible. Defenders of “Azovstal” they don’t want to surrender,»,— Vereshchuk pointed out.

The Deputy Prime Minister clarified that there are no agreements with Moscow yet, negotiations are ongoing.

The day before, in an interview with AFP, Vereshchuk said that on the territory of Azovstal more than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers remain, hundreds of them wounded. “There are those who have received serious injuries and need urgent evacuation,” — she said.

In mid-April, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that the Russian military and the forces of the Donetsk People's Republic had taken control of Mariupol, but Azovstal remain Ukrainian soldiers. President Vladimir Putin, in response, ordered the storming of the plant to be canceled, but instructed to block the territory of the industrial zone so “so that the fly does not fly.” The Ukrainian side indicated that civilians remained there as well. At the end of the month, UN Secretary General António Guterres visited Moscow and Kyiv to discuss the evacuation of people from Mariupol, including from the plant.

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On May 7, the Russian and Ukrainian sides announced the completion of the evacuation of all civilians persons from the territory of the Azovstal plant. The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the operation was carried out with the participation of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

On May 11, the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, said that civilians were no longer hiding at the plant and the republic’s formations had “free hands”, to continue strikes on the territory of the plant. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier warned that in the event of the death of the Ukrainian military at Azovstal Kyiv will stop negotiations with Moscow on the settlement of the conflict. In April, he said that Ukraine offered Russia several options for the evacuation of civilians and soldiers from the blockaded territory, including the exchange of the wounded and the participation of intermediaries, but Moscow refused.

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The Cabinet of Ministers approved the procedure for payments in case of death of seconded to Donbass

The families of the dead volunteers and those sent to the territory of the DPR and LPR will be paid 5 million rubles each, and in case of injury, the victims will receive 3 million rubles.

The government approved the procedure for assigning lump-sum payments in case of death or injury of volunteers in the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics, as well as those sent to these territories. The document is published on the legal information portal.

The Cabinet of Ministers adopted a resolution in pursuance of the decrees of President Vladimir Putin on supporting volunteer activities and additional social guarantees for people sent to the DPR and LPR. According to the documents, the families of those who died in these territories during the military operation in Ukraine will be paid 5 million rubles each, in case of injury, the victims will receive 3 million rubles.

The decree on payments to seconded persons applies to “legal relations arising from February 24”, with regard to volunteers, the rules are valid from April 30.

Payments will be made by the Social Insurance Fund (FSS) through transfers from the federal budget. To organize payments in case of death or injury of volunteers or seconded, the fund needs to conclude an agreement with Rosmolodezh and the Ministry of Construction.

At the end of January this year, Putin instructed to simplify the receipt of social benefits for Russians who live in the DPR and LPR. On February 21, he announced the recognition of the independence of the republics, immediately after that Russia concluded treaties of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance with them. On February 24, Putin launched a military operation in Ukraine to protect the population of Donbass from “genocide”, “denazification”; and “demilitarization” countries.

In April, the president ordered a one-time payment of 5 million rubles. families of the servicemen who died during the military operation, as well as the border guards of the FSB, and the payment of 3 million rubles. wounded.

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Biden announced the search for an opportunity to export 20 million tons of grain from Ukraine

The US President explained the need to export grain with record food prices in the world. According to him, the return of Ukrainian grain to the world market should help reduce prices. ” alt=” Biden said he was looking for an opportunity to export 20 million tons of grain from Ukraine” />

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The United States, together with its allies, is looking for opportunities to return 20 million tons of Ukrainian grain to the world market in order to achieve a reduction in world prices. This was during a speech on measures to combat inflation in the United States, said US President Joe Biden, the broadcast was hosted by the CNBC YouTube channel.

According to him, due to the conflict in Ukraine, world food prices soared to record highs. He explained this by the fact that Russia and Ukraine are the world's largest exporters of grain, including corn.

“Ukraine has 20 million tons of grain in its storage facilities. <…> We are studying ways to return this grain to the world market and thereby achieve price reductions,— he said.

Russia and Ukraine— one of the largest suppliers of grain in the world, follows from the data of the foreign agricultural service of the US Department of Agriculture. In the 2021/22 season, which began in July, Russia accounted for 16% of world wheat exports, Ukraine— 10%.

At the same time, Ukraine is among the leaders in the export of corn in the world, its share is 14% (Russia has 2%). Exports of Russian and Ukrainian suppliers of sunflower oil and meal used to be about 80%.

Against the background of the conflict in Ukraine, world prices for food and fertilizers have increased by an order of magnitude. So, in March, food prices increased by 12.6%, to 159.3 points, which was a record for more than 30 years— since 1990, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). This dynamics was the result of a significant rise in prices for vegetable oils (by 23.2% in March versus February) and grain crops (by 17.1%).

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French President Emmanuel Macron warned at the end of March about the risk of an “unprecedented” food crisis due to events in Ukraine. “This will lead to <…> difficult humanitarian situations in a number of countries and, no doubt, to huge political consequences, — he said. The French president expressed confidence that the situation on this issue would become even worse in a year and a half.

Biden then agreed with his French counterpart and said that “food shortages will be real.” He added that the countries— G7 members discussed measures to increase wheat production to reduce food shortages.

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