Sappers spoke about the difficulties of demining in the Donbass: it will take decades

“Death Sowing with a Solid Carpet”

Russian troops and the forces of the People's Militia of the Luhansk People's Republic are liberating more and more new territories. Leaving cities and towns, Ukrainian armed formations not only destroy residential buildings and infrastructure, but also turn settlements into minefields. The MK correspondent spoke with specialists from the International Mine Action Center of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, engaged in demining objects in the LPR, and found out what difficulties sappers have to face.

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According to Colonel Igor Pavelko, head of the representative office of the International International Mine Action Center on the territory of the LPR, the enemy mined mainly important and especially important areas, primarily energy ones. The Ukrainian military did not disdain to sow mortal danger among the residential area, on the territory of schools, kindergartens and hospitals.

A specialist of the International Mine Action Center with the call sign “Phoenix” says that a detachment of Russian sappers arrived on the territory of the Luhansk People's Republic for humanitarian demining. The task of the unit is to clear the deadly traps left by the armed formations of Ukraine at strategically important facilities, which are primarily necessary for the life support of the republic.

The Ukrainian military, according to the officer, bombarded almost every square meter of Lugansk land with anti-personnel mines and improvised explosive devices.

“In this area, we have already encountered the clearance of a thermal power plant and two bridges, one of which is a transport aorta,” the officer explains. “During the retreat, Ukrainian troops blew it up, and now this bridge is in disrepair.

The sapper said that anti-personnel mines installed along the entire bridge interfere with repair work. Mining step – about 50 centimeters. At this distance, the mines are from each other. In other words, they practically lie like a solid carpet.

Another problem faced by sappers is a large number of various metal objects in the mine clearing area, ranging from fragments to ordinary tin cans and other debris.

– It is almost impossible to work as a metal detector in such conditions, it literally went off scale , honking without ceasing, – the military man explains. – The only tools for work are the eyes and the probe.

There were other nuances that interfere with mine clearance. The enemy places dangerous surprises at different depths – from 5 to 15 centimeters.

– You can’t make a mistake: the price is too high.

– Gas pipeline. Anti-tank and anti-personnel mines were planted in large numbers right next to the gas distribution point itself. We destroyed about 80 TM-62 anti-tank mines of various modifications: in a metal case and in a plastic case. A mine made of plastic is almost impossible to detect with a mine detector, the device reacts only to a metal fuse, and it has a weak signal.

Dmitry Zabelin, the head of the Lugansk Linear Production Department, said that cleaning up the gas distribution point would make it possible to restore the entire gas pipeline in the future. According to the specialist, the last time natural gas was supplied through the gas pipeline connecting the northern part of the LPR with the southern and eastern parts was carried out in 2014. It was then, as a result of direct hits of shells, that it was damaged. It was not possible to restore this vital object for eight years, since it was on the line of contact.

– Their behavior can be compared with the behavior of the Nazis, who, just retreating, destroyed everything. The logic is something like this: if we cannot keep it, then we must destroy it. At the same time, destroy it in such a way that it would be impossible to restore it.

In addition to important objects, according to the officer, the Armed Forces of Ukraine actively planted anti-tank mines, mainly in those areas where heavy equipment could pass. The mines were set up with cunning.

– Several anti-personnel mines were placed nearby. Every fifth anti-tank mine was set to be non-removable. That is, if a sapper even discovered it, he would not be able to pull it out of the ground. We have to destroy it on the spot.

The interlocutor said that here, in the Donbass, sappers most often have to deal with anti-tank and anti-personnel mines.

– Anti-personnel – these are mainly high-explosive PMNs, – the specialist clarifies. – The most disgusting. By themselves, they are small, the pressing force is from 5 to 15 kilograms. However, this “baby” can easily tear off a person's foot. In the common people, she is called the “Black Widow”. Still often you have to deal with hand grenades placed on the tension sensor of the target. That is, a person passes, the wire is pulled, a check flies out of the grenade and an explosion occurs. The radius of damage is from four to ten meters.

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Russian sappers also encountered non-standard use of hand grenades.

– As a rule, a hand grenade is placed on a regular fuse, which is supplied in the kit, but here we observed options for non-standard installation. For example, when a hand grenade is installed with a fuse without slowing down. The standard installation option during a throw gives a slowdown of 3.2-4.2 seconds. That is, from the failure of the checks to the explosion, you can count from one to three or four. But with an emergency installation, this does not happen. When the tension sensor of the target is broken, an instant detonation follows. The sapper simply has no chance to somehow react, to jump back.

Anti-tank mines were found on the same gas pipeline, under which two more were installed. It turns out quite a serious charge. When equipment hits such a pyramid, the top mine works like a fuse and initiates the detonation of the others.

Of the technical assistants, according to Russian specialists, the Uran-6 sapper robot helps out a lot in their hard work.

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An international mine action center specialist, operator of the Uran-6 robotic complex with the call sign Boba, says that the robot's task is to make passages in anti-personnel minefields. The machine can withstand the detonation of anti-personnel mines of all types, as well as improvised explosive devices with a capacity of up to one kilogram of TNT. It can work for about five hours on one gas station. It would take a sapper up to a month to do the same job.

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Patriarch Kirill: military from Russia show amazing examples of courage

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said that the Russian military during the special military operation in Ukraine demonstrate “amazing examples of courage”. 

“Our priests, who take care of our warriors, tell me about amazing examples of courage, self-sacrifice and even the ability to lay down their lives for their friend, – the patriarch said on the air of the Soyuz TV channel.

According to him, such selfless actions of the Russian military personnel are connected with "the inner moral feeling brought up by the Orthodox faith".

Earlier  Patriarch Kirill ruled out the division of the Orthodox people of the Russian Federation and Ukraine. He noted that the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) is sympathetic to the decision of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), which declared independence from the Moscow Patriarchate.

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Russian Defense Ministry showed footage of the launch of cruise missiles “Caliber”

The crew of the frigate of the Black Sea Fleet launched four Caliber cruise missiles at ground targets on the territory of Ukraine. Launch footage "Caliber" were published in the Telegram channel of the Russian Ministry of Defense. 

Representatives of the defense department reported that the Russian Armed Forces delivered a missile strike with precision weapons on the military infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

« Caliber» – Russian long-range cruise missile (according to NATO codification SS-N-27 “Sizzler” – “inferno”). Range “Caliber” sea-based is up to 1,400 km. They were first used by the RF Armed Forces during the Syrian campaign. In 2018, it became known about the development of a new version of the missile, which is distinguished by greater range and accuracy.

Recall that  today the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the Russian Armed Forces attacked the command post of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the village of Shirokaya Dacha in the Dnipropetrovsk region high-precision sea-based missiles “Caliber”.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the capture of the village of Metelkino near Severodonetsk

The LNR forces and the Russian military took the village of Metelkino, located southeast of Severodonetsk. The Ministry of Defense said that they had taken Severodonetsk, but the Armed Forces of Ukraine entrenched themselves in the Severodonetsk Azot industrial zone

The military of the Luhansk People's Republic, with the support of Russian forces, took control of the village of Metelkino, located southeast of Severodonetsk, reported in The Ministry of Defense.

The Ministry noted that the offensive of forces in the Severodonetsk direction is developing successfully.

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“Some units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are leaving the combat area due to low morale, lack of ammunition and lack of support,” — according to the department, specifying that this is about the first company of the first battalion of the 57th motorized infantry brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which left its positions near Lisichansk.

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

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, spoke about the capture of Metelkino a day earlier, he specified that the second corps of the People's Militia of the LPR, along with the Akhmat special forces unit, occupied the settlement. “In the battles for this settlement over the past week, the Ukrainian side has lost 600 to 700 of its soldiers killed and wounded,” — he claimed.

Kadyrov said at the end of May that Russian troops had taken Severodonetsk under full control. However, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu noted in early June that the residential areas of the city had been “liberated”, while the Ukrainian military was still in industrial areas.

We are talking about the Severodonetsk Azot plant— the largest chemical enterprise in Ukraine, the head of the LPR Leonid Pasechnik estimated the number of Ukrainian military personnel stationed there at 1–1.5 thousand people.

The special operation in Ukraine began on the night of February 24. This decision was made by President Vladimir Putin, he justified his actions by the desire to protect the civilians of Donbass, who, according to him, “have been subjected to abuse, genocide for eight years.” from official Kyiv. Moscow wants demilitarization and “denazification” neighboring state, Putin said, assuring that there are no plans to occupy the territory of Ukraine— “We are not going to impose anything on anyone by force.”

Putin said that all peoples have the right to self-determination, but the residents of Donbass were not interested in how they “want to arrange their lives.” According to him, the Russian authorities are confident in the importance of all peoples living in Ukraine to be able to exercise this right. “Anyone who wants it,” — stressed the President of Russia.

In Ukraine, in response, they broke off diplomatic relations with Russia, announced mobilization and introduced martial law. The Ukrainian authorities insist that there are no “Nazi formations” in the country, said the head of the Russian negotiating delegation Vladimir Medinsky.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of 50 generals and officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The destroyed generals and officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were included in the general staff, the command of the Kakhovka grouping, air assault troops and formations operating in the Nikolaev and Zaporozhye directions, the Ministry of Defense reported

The Russian military attacked with high-precision missiles “Caliber” More than 50 generals and officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were killed at the command post of Ukrainian troops in the Dnipropetrovsk region, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported.

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“As a result of the strike, more than 50 generals and officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed, including the general staff, the command of the Kakhovka group of troops, air assault troops and formations operating in the Nikolaev and Zaporozhye directions,” — 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.

Also, Russian forces hit an echelon with personnel, weapons and military equipment of a mechanized brigade of Ukrainian troops, which arrived in the combat zone in Donbass from the city of Vladimir-Volynsky (Volyn region, since 2021 it has been renamed Vladimir by the Ukrainian authorities.— RBC< /em>), the department said.

In the area of ​​​​the city of Selidovo, Donetsk People's Republic, a blow was dealt to the forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and military equipment. “Up to 200 militants were destroyed, including foreign mercenaries who were part of this brigade, as well as two combat vehicles of the Grad multiple launch rocket system, ten infantry combat vehicles and armored personnel carriers,” noted in the message of the ministry.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special operation to “denazify” and “demilitarization” Ukraine 24 February. At the end of March, the Ministry of Defense announced the completion of tasks in the Kiev and Chernihiv directions and called the main task of the Russian troops “the complete liberation of Donbass.”

In response to the special operation, Kyiv declared martial law and general mobilization. Since the end of February, Russia and Ukraine have been negotiating a peace settlement, but in April they were suspended. According to the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, the negotiations were frozen at the initiative of Kyiv. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called the return of territories lost after February 24 as a condition for their resumption.

In June, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin was open to negotiations, and said that “it was great” if the European countries had an impact on the leadership of Ukraine. The head of the Ukrainian delegation at the talks, David Arakhamia, said that the dialogue with Russia could be resumed in August, when Kiev could act “from a position of strength”.

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German authorities decided to increase gas savings due to the threat of a “hard winter”

Germany will increase the load on coal-fired power plants and reduce the use of gas in industry to build up fuel supplies for the winter, Habek said. He considered that Moscow is striving to disunite the EU and raise prices = “The German authorities decided to increase gas savings due to the threat of a “hard winter”” />

The German Ministry of Economy intends to take additional measures to save gas and increase precautions in connection with the reduction in supplies from Russia, the authorities plan to reduce the use of gas for industry and electricity generation and stimulate the filling of storage facilities. This is stated in an article by Minister Robert Habek, Spiegel reports.

“Gas consumption must continue to fall, so more gas must be stored in storage, otherwise it will be very difficult in winter,” — Khabek is sure.

The minister considered the reduction in Russian gas supplies and high fuel prices to be politically motivated, adding that Moscow intends to “unbalance us, raise prices and divide us.”

To ensure gas storage in Berlin, they intend to allocate a loan of €15 billion through the state bank KfW, and gas auctions will be called upon to stimulate industrial consumers of gas to reduce its use. For a fee, they will reduce gas consumption, and the released volumes will be sent to storage facilities. Habek emphasized: “everything we consume less helps”, pointing out that it is planned to receive more electricity from coal-fired power plants.

The minister acknowledged that the increase in the use of coal stations is “bitter [to accept], but in this situation it is simply necessary to reduce gas consumption. We must and we will do our best to stock up on as much gas as possible in summer and autumn. According to him, the readiness of storage facilities for the winter period has become a top priority for Germany.

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As follows from the report of the German Federal Network Agency, as of June 16, the country's gas storage facilities were almost 57% full. The department's website states that by October 1 it is planned to reach the level of 80%, by November 1— 90%. “February 1 next year, the minimum fill quantity of 40% applies again,” reported in the German network agency.

In mid-June, Gazprom announced a reduction in gas pumping through Nord Stream 1; due to the delay in the repair of Siemens units (it decided to leave the Russian market in mid-May). The company explained that the turbines are under repair in Canada, their export from there is difficult due to sanctions. The volume of deliveries decreased to 100 million cubic meters. m per day with a planned volume of 167 million cubic meters. m. June 15 at Gazprom reported that the volume of pumping will decrease to 67 million cubic meters. m.

“I got the impression that what happened yesterday,— this is a political decision, not a decision that can be justified from a technical point of view, — Khabek appreciated the situation then.

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German diplomat calls Medvedev a ‘clown’ after posts on Telegram

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The head of the Munich Security Conference, Christoph Heusgen, called Deputy Chairman of the Security Council, former President and Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev a “clown”, he made this statement at the International Symposium of Maritime Powers, Bild reports.

“Medvedev Today” clown. I'm sorry, I should have said that, — said the diplomat.

Heusgen headed the European department of the German Foreign Ministry from 1997 to 1999, then for six years he was the head of the political headquarters of the EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, and in 2005 he became an adviser to Chancellor Angela Merkel on foreign policy, while also holding the position of Deputy Minister head of the German Foreign Ministry.

For four years— from 2017 to 2021— Heusgen was Germany's permanent representative to the UN Security Council. He has chaired the Munich Conference since 2022.

Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Medvedev has repeatedly made harsh statements on foreign policy issues, mainly— concerning Ukraine, the USA and the European Union. In particular, he expressed doubt that by the end of August Russia would have “what to talk about and with whom.” on the topic of Ukraine, he also admitted that the neighboring state might not be on the world map in two years. The ex-president wrote that “good guys and aunts from the EU” preparing Ukrainians to be “ready to die for a European perspective.”

“People often ask me why my posts in Telegram are so harsh. I answer— I hate them. They are bastards and geeks. They want death for us, Russia. And as long as I'm alive, I will do everything to make them disappear, — Medvedev wrote in early June. He previously noted that he personally maintains his Telegram channel, since he considers it important to convey information “without ambiguity.”

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The Kremlin called Medvedev's reaction understandable and understandable, the presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that the actions of the West “of course require a tough reaction.” At the same time, the head of the Italian Foreign Ministry, Luigi di Maio, called the statements of the ex-president of Russia unacceptable.

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In Britain, they called for the creation of an army capable of “defeating Russia”

The British need to “prepare the army again for war in Europe”, said the new commander of the British troops Patrick Sanders 91/756556330103916.jpg” alt=”Britain urged to create an army capable of “defeating Russia” />

Great Britain must create an army capable of “defeating Russia” together with the allies, said the new commander of the British troops , Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Patrick Sanders, The Independent reported.

“Now it is urgently necessary to create an army that can fight alongside our allies and defeat Russia in battle,” — he said in an address to the British military.

Sanders also expressed the opinion that the current generation of British people should “re-ready the army for war in Europe.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier in an op-ed for The Sunday Times urged allies to prepare for a protracted conflict in Ukraine as he sees the fighting attrition.

He called for providing Ukraine with weapons, ammunition, accelerating the training of the Ukrainian military, helping to maintain the “viability of the Ukrainian state”, which requires constant funding.

In April, Johnson admitted that hostilities in Ukraine could continue until the end of 2023 and Russia “may win.” “The sad thing is that this is a real possibility,” — he said.

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During the Russian special operation, the British prime minister visited Kyiv twice, the last time— June 17. During negotiations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, he promised to provide Kyiv with 120 armored vehicles and anti-ship systems, as well as additional loan guarantees for $500 million from the World Bank.

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Johnson also suggested starting an operation to train the Ukrainian military outside the country. According to his plan, every 120 days it is planned to train up to 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers, which could “fundamentally change the balance of power.”

Since the start of the Russian special operation, the UK, along with the United States and financial assistance. According to the British Prime Minister, support for Kyiv should be continued, despite the danger of “Ukraine fatigue”.

The Russian side has repeatedly criticized Western countries for military assistance to Ukraine. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that by supplying Kyiv with weapons, NATO countries are entering into a “proxy war”; with Russia. He also said that Western weapons on the territory of Ukraine would be the target of Russian troops. During the special operation, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported several times about the destruction of warehouses with Western weapons in Ukraine.

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The Rada supported the ban on Russian music

The ban concerns the performance of Russian music in Ukrainian media and public places

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved the ban on Russian music in Ukrainian media and public places, MP Yaroslav Zheleznyak said on Telegram.

303 people voted for the ban MP from 450, he specified.

At the end of May, deputies from the presidential party “Servant of the People” submitted to the Rada a bill banning the public performance of Russian music, as well as the tour of Russian performers. According to the initiative, the reproduction of phonograms, videos and music videos that “contain a fixed performance of a musical non-dramatic work with lyrics, performed by a singer (singer) who is or was a citizen of [Russia] in any period after 1991” is not allowed.

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An exception was made for the works of performers who were currently or at the time of death citizens of Ukraine or had no citizenship.

Prior to this, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy prepared a sanctions list of Russian performers, actors, directors and journalists, which included, among others, Nikolai Baskov, Dima Bilan, Oleg Gazmanov, Sergei Zhukov, Grigory Leps, Nikolai Rastorguev and Timati (Timur Yunusov), Vladimir Mashkov, Marat Basharov, Nikita Mikhalkov. The Ukrainian authorities believe that they support the Russian military operation.

In addition, the parliament banned the import and distribution of books and other publishing products from Russia, from the “temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine”; and from Belarus (306 supported). In mid-March, the Ukrainian State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting imposed a ban on the import and distribution of Russian publishing products.

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Head of the Ministry of Education Sergei Kravtsov called this decision “another confirmation of the stupidity of the Kyiv regime.”

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Ukrainian authorities announced the purchase of fuel “wherever you can get it”

All fuel imports to Ukraine now go through the borders with the EU, said the Minister of Infrastructure of the country Alexander Kubrakov

Ukraine is forced to buy fuel “wherever it can be obtained”, including in Belgium and the Netherlands due to the disruption of traditional supply chains, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said in an interview with the Financial Times (FT).

” ;Previously, we used only the countries closest to Ukraine and ports in Poland and Romania, now we import from Belgium, the Netherlands,— he said.

As the newspaper notes, the acute shortage of fuel is caused by the fact that Ukraine has lost the ability to deliver it across the Black Sea from Azerbaijan and Romania. Also deliveries are stopped from Belarus. The situation with fuel is complicated by the destruction of the only large oil refinery in Ukraine in Kremenchug, which accounted for about 40% of gasoline and diesel supplies, as a result of an airstrike, the newspaper writes.

«All our import— from EU»,— Kubrakov told the FT.

In June, Kyiv plans to import up to 600 thousand tons of fuel from Europe, which is ten times more than in March. Kubrakov expressed hope that the fuel situation will stabilize by autumn, when Ukraine will conclude more long-term contracts with foreign suppliers.

Every day, up to 230 fuel trucks cross the border of Ukraine from the European Union, but they are forced to stand in long lines, the newspaper writes. It is planned to solve this problem with the help of agreements with Poland and the EU on the simplification of border and customs control.

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Before the start of the Russian special operation, the share of fuel supplies to Ukraine across the borders with Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania was 5%, said Rostislav Shurma, deputy head of the Ukrainian president's office. According to him, Kyiv has already increased the capacity on the borders with the EU ten times and wants to double it more.

Fuel shortage in Ukraine has been observed since April. The country's Prime Minister Denys Shmygal then stated that the shortage of gasoline at gas stations was due to the “destruction of part of the infrastructure”, in particular, the shutdown of the Kremenchug oil refinery. The fuel crisis has led to queues at Ukrainian gas stations and, despite government regulation, several times higher fuel prices at gas stations, the Ekonomicheskaya Pravda newspaper wrote.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that a quick decision on there is no elimination of the fuel shortage, but called on the government to quickly solve this problem, wrote the publication “Ukrainian News”.

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Erdogan to bring evidence of Swedish assistance to the PKK to NATO

Turkish President intends to present serial numbers and photographs of Swedish anti-tank grenade launchers captured in Syria and northern Iraq as evidence of support for members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, the Sabah newspaper writes

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO summit in Madrid will show evidence of support from Sweden and Finland for members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK; in Turkey, this organization is recognized as a terrorist organization), the Sabah newspaper writes.

According to the publication, the Turkish president will bring “special documents and files” , confirming the help of the PKK. In particular, serial numbers and photographs of Swedish AT4 anti-tank grenade launchers captured during operations in Syria and northern Iraq will be shown as evidence, Sabah clarifies.

Ankara blocks the entry of Sweden and Finland in NATO. Countries applied in May. According to Erdogan, Turkey will not change its attitude towards the membership of these northern European states in the North Atlantic alliance until they take “clear, concrete and decisive action.” Turkish President considers Sweden and Finland “incubators” for terrorists. Ankara is demanding that Helsinki and Stockholm hand over PKK members to them and close all structures associated with them.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called Turkey's fears about supporting terrorism legitimate. According to him, the bloc continues to maintain close contacts with all parties in order to settle relations with Ankara and make progress on the applications of Sweden and Finland as soon as possible.

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Kyiv described the options for obtaining a Ukrainian visa by Russians

Kyiv is considering options for issuing visas to Russians through visa centers or a representative office of a third country, the government of Ukraine reported

Ukrainian authorities are working on a mechanism for issuing visas to Russians, among the possible options— processing through visa centers or in the diplomatic representation of a third country, said Oleg Nemchinov, Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

“Firstly, we have existing agreements with the visa centers of the Russian Federation, as far as we were informed at a government meeting by Deputy Foreign Minister Nikolai Tochitsky,” — Ukrinform quotes Nemchinov's words.

Also, he noted, proposals will be prepared for President Volodymyr Zelensky on choosing a country that will represent the interests of Ukraine in Russia and deal with visa issues.

“After this is done and a decision is made, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will additionally inform both our citizens and citizens of the Russian Federation about the method of obtaining a visa, its cost,” — Nemchinov said.

On June 17, the government of Ukraine decided to terminate the visa-free regime with Russia. As Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky reported, this was done “as part of countering unprecedented threats to national security.”

The visa regime will come into effect for Russians from July 1, 2022. Before that, to visit the country it was necessary to have a passport valid for the entire duration of the trip.

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Kyiv broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow on February 24, the first day of the Russian special operation. Then the Ukrainian authorities announced the evacuation of diplomats and consular workers from Russia.

In the absence of diplomatic relations between the two countries, visa issues can be taken over by the embassy of a third country, which is trusted by both parties, Andrey Baklanov, deputy chairman of the Association of Russian Diplomats, explained in a conversation with RBC. “For example, a section of Ukraine can be opened at the embassy of Turkey, or Switzerland, or some other third party that agrees to take it upon itself,” — he noted.

Baklanov added that no agreement is needed to open such a section, so two countries without diplomatic relations do not need to interact to resolve this issue. “This can be formalized as an agreement between each of the interested parties with a third party,” — he noted.

Similar practice is already applied in relations between Russia and Georgia. After the armed conflict in South Ossetia in 2008, diplomatic relations between the two countries were severed, and now Russia's interests in Georgia and Georgia in Russia are represented by Switzerland.

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Rada supported the bill on the construction of a network of bomb shelters

According to the authors of the document, since the beginning of hostilities, people had to hide in the subway or unsuitable basements. The bill provides for the urgent construction of shelters, including in new buildings “The Rada supported the draft law on the construction of a network of bomb shelters” />

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in the first reading supported the bill on the equipment of a network of bomb shelters, the author of the document, the chairman of the Servant of the People party, said. Elena Shulyak, her words are quoted on the party's website.

“We must respond to the challenges of the time and ensure the construction of reliable modern bomb shelters in any buildings,”— said Shulyak.

With the outbreak of hostilities, the country faced a lack of shelters to protect the civilian population: people had to hide, at best, in the subway or basements that were not suitable for this, she noted.

As the author of the bill pointed out in Telegram, a significant part of the shelters are not reliable, not equipped with emergency exits, does not have access to water supply systems and for water drainage, is not suitable for food storage.

Bill No. 7398 provides for the urgent construction of a network of bomb shelters, including in new buildings. Urban planning documentation should now contain a section on engineering and technical measures of civil protection. “Without this, such documentation simply will not be approved,” & mdash; explained the head of the “Servant of the People”.

According to the initiative, in buildings where up to 50 people are permanently or temporarily up to 100 people, there must be a bomb shelter. Moreover, it should be accessible to people with limited mobility. Bomb shelters, dual-use facilities and simple shelters, regardless of who owns them, must be ready to receive people if “the unified state protection system is put on high alert, emergency, state of emergency,” Shulyak said.

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Commander of the Carpathian Sich battalion Kutsin killed in Ukraine

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The Russian army liquidated Oleg Kutsin, commander of the Karpatskaya Sich volunteer battalion, in the Izyum direction. As the former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Irina Farion said, the fighter was killed as a result of a direct hit during the meeting.

According to the ANNA-NEWS agency, Kutsin was liquidated in the Izyum direction.

Kutsin was in Russia is a defendant in several criminal cases. He has been fighting in Donbass since 2014. In 2017, the Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case against him. The court made a decision on absentee arrest. The fighter was accused of mistreating the civilian population and carrying out deliberately criminal orders.

On Sunday it became known that a detachment of the “Georgian Legion” was destroyed in the north-west of the village of Mirnaya Dolina in the Lisichansk direction. The strike was carried out by the artillery of the “O” (“Brave”) grouping of the Russian Armed Forces. As a result, Georgian mercenaries suffered losses.

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The mayor of Odessa said he was concerned about the growth of hatred “for everything Russian”

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Ukrainian media disseminated statements by the mayor of Odessa, Gennady Trukhanov, about disagreement with the total renaming of Russian-language toponyms. As stated in the publications, the official made frank confessions in a conversation with a journalist from The New York Times.

In particular, it is reported that Trukhanov opposes the renaming of Pushkinskaya Street in Odessa. According to some reports, the mayor is under pressure in this regard.

“I would not support this,” Trukhanov said. – Odessa – the multicultural capital of Ukraine.”

The mayor also reportedly admitted he was “worried about growing hatred of everything Russian.”

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Valuev criticized the persecution of the Ukrainian boxer Redkach for a photo with a Russian

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Russian professional boxer, State Duma deputy Nikolai Valuev commented on the incident with the harassment suffered by compatriots Ukrainian fighter Ivan Redkach for a photo with his Russian colleague Dmitry Bivol and a call to separate sports from politics.

Nikolai Valuev decided to support Redkach, saying that such cases of harassment are “an orgy that has been going on since 2014.”

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"Sport, it should be out of politics", – Valuev emphasized.

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Media: Moscow is promoting an anti-Israeli resolution in the UN Security Council

According to Israeli TV Channel 11, the Russian authorities want to get the UN Security Council to approve the anti-Israel resolution.

Earlier, the Iranian news agency Mehr News specified that the document prepared by Moscow condemns the Israeli Air Force attacks on targets in Syria.

Thus, the Russian resolution notes that Israeli air strikes violate the sovereignty of Syria, and also undermine regional security. The document, according to the TV channel, also indicates that those responsible for these strikes must be held accountable for their actions. Moscow notes that Israeli military aviation is causing damage to civilian air traffic.

Recall that on June 15, Israeli Ambassador Alexander Ben Zvi was summoned for a talk at the Russian Foreign Ministry. Then the ambassador was informed that the justifications received from the Israeli side for the attack on the Syrian airport seemed unconvincing, so Russian diplomats are waiting for additional clarifications on this incident from Jerusalem.

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Telegram launched a paid subscription with unique stickers

Telegram has a paid subscription with unique stickers, file uploads up to 4 GB and disabling ads, as well as additional tools for managing chats.

“After subscribing to Telegram Premium, almost all limits in the application are doubled. At the same time, all existing features that users have come to rely on for almost a decade remain free for everyone,” the company said.

It is noted that users who have not signed up for a premium subscription will be able to receive a number of benefits available to Telegram Premium owners. So, all users can download large files and view unique stickers, as well as join exclusive reactions to the message. 

Earlier, the Telegram messenger entered the top 5 most downloaded applications in the world according to Sensor Tower , engaged in analytics of digital markets.

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“Grandmother of Europe”. How Queen Victoria Survived Four Competitors

On 20 June 1837, 18-year-oldQueen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years, ascended the British throne. Only her great-great-granddaughter, 96-year-old Elizabeth II, who recently celebrated her 70th anniversary of reign, was able to break this record.

And here is another record of her great-grandmother Victoria — 9 children & 42 grandchildren — Elizabeth was beyond her strength.

Victoria was fifth in line to the throne, but moved rapidly towards royal power due to a string of deaths of senior claimants and the deaths of their heir apparent babies. When assuming the throne          s it it it it it it it it occurred that    of there it it it occurs that the long years of there it of ; >Queen Victoria during her lifetime was called the “grandmother of Europe” because her offspring — 9 children & 42 grandchildren — intermarried with other royal houses of Europe. The era of her  rule entered the  history called "Victorian". And & nbsp; she herself became the heroine of books, performances and & nbsp; films. Aif.ru has collected the best feature films about Queen Victoria, the first of which, as you might guess, was made in England.

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“Victoria the Great” (1937 g.), Great Britain

Actress Anna Neagle was chosen to play the title role, which at that time gained great popularity thanks to the film musical "Good Night, Vienna!" — he brought the creators a record profit. Having approved the beautiful Anna Neagle for the role of Victoria, the creators of the picture flattered the queen very much. According to contemporaries, Victoria's appearance could hardly be called attractive, she was plump and small — only 150 cm. However, the English are famous for their ability to create the legends they need.

However, Queen Victoria and actress Neagle still have a common feature. If Victoria was the record holder for & nbsp; the duration of the reign, then & nbsp; the actress eventually became the record holder & nbsp; & mdash; thanks to phenomenal popularity, she got into the Guinness Book of Records! And Anna, who played Queen Victoria in her youth, already in adulthood received an award from the hands of her great-great-granddaughter Elizabeth II. In 1969, the actress was awarded the honorary title of Dame Commander.

Frame from the film “Victoria the Great” (1937), Great Britain

“Young years of the queen” (1954), Austria

In this picture, Queen Victoria was played by the charming Romy Schneider. Romy's mother, who starred in the film, brought her young daughter with her to dinner at the restaurant where the director was supposed to be. Seeing Romy, the author of the picture, who had already approved another actress for the role of the queen, instantly changed his mind — the queen should be played by Schneider, and no one else.

According to the plot, eighteen-year-old Princess Victoria receives news of the death of her uncle, King William IV of Great Britain and becomes queen. The mother and  Prime Minister want to marry Victoria as soon as possible and  already pick up a future husband — German Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.But the young queen does not want to burden herself with marriage. Instead of seeing the groom, she, accompanied by the lady of the court, goes to Paris. On the route the Queen stops incognito at a tavern and gets acquainted with a German student traveling through England, not suspecting that this is a candidate for her fiancé. The prince, like the queen, traveled under a false name.

Frame from the film “Young years of the queen” (1954), Austria

This film is often called “caramel”. It is more like a fairy tale. And although the creators assured that they were based on the queen's diary entries, in fact the script — one big idea. Why didn't the director really use the Queen's diaries — unclear. For decades, Queen Victoria meticulously kept a daily record. Minimum 2500 words per day. None of the English crowned heads left such a powerful epistolary legacy.

And as for the real first meeting of Victoria and Albert, it happened much earlier and under different circumstances. Judging by everything, the title “Young Years of the Queen” without specifying the name was given due to the fact that the picture did not claim to historical authenticity. The result was an unpretentious melodrama that, if it wasn't for Romy Schneider, the audience might not not notice.

“Mrs. Brown” (1997 ), UK

And an English picture again, which this time tells about the last 40 years of Queen Victoria's life. Exactly half of her life she spent in the status of a widow. In this difficult period, her life was brightened up by the servant of her deceased husband — Scot John Brown. When, after the death of the queen, her daughter sorted out the diaries, she chose to burn the records dedicated to John Brown. They could be misinterpreted.

Actress Judi DenchFor this role, Queen Victoria received a Golden Globe. And  the audience did not appreciate the film, commenting on it as a  long, boring picture. Of the  few pluses of the film — landscapes of Scotland and Balmoral Castle, where members of the royal family still rest.

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Frame from the film “Her Majesty Mrs. Brown” (1997) Photo: Still from the film

According to the plot of the picture, after the death of her husband, the 40-year-old queen was despondent and retired from public life. Then the courtiers decided to invite a Scot John Brown, a former servant of the late king, to the court. Brown takes care of the queen as best he can. At the same time, he is rude to the courtiers, allows himself to get drunk and fight. However, Brown's behavior touches the Queen. The Scot gains unprecedented weight at court and a conspiracy is brewing against him.

“Young Victoria” (2009 ), USA — Great Britain

It was this film, judging by the box office, that became the most popular of the of      of Queen Victoria's films. It is filmed really beautifully and with attention to historical details of that time, first of all, external details. For  costume design, the film collected almost all known awards, including the Oscar. Starring Emily Blunt. To briefly sum up the reviews left by the audience, the audience liked the picture thanks to the already mentioned chic costumes, English landscapes and castles, touching music and a pretty actress.

More than 10  ;years. The cinematic point in  the story of  Queen Victoria has not been clearly set, although the emergence of possible film adaptations will depend on whether the English monarchy itself can withstand the current turbulent times. Once upon a time, it was England that played a sinister role in the death of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II, his wifeAlexandra Feodorovna (by the way, a relative of Queen Victoria) and their five children. And the boomerang law has not yet been repealed.

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Clinton ruled out trying to challenge Biden in 2024 election

Hillary Clinton will not run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2024, “that is out of the question.” She is sure that Biden intends to be re-elected for a new term, and did not rule out that Trump is going to run

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Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ruled out running for president in 2024 in an interview with the Financial Times.

“That's out of the question,”— she said. Clinton said she expects the current head of state, Joe Biden, to be nominated by the Democratic Party for a new term. “He definitely intends to run,” — she declared, adding that it would be “destructive” to try to resist it.

Clinton was the Democratic nominee in the 2016 election, when Republican Donald Trump won. She believes that Trump “will run again if he can.” “I don't know who will challenge him in the Republican primary,” — said the politician.

Biden is 79 years old and took over as President of the United States when he was 78 years old. If he wins the 2024 election, he will be 82 at the start of his term. On June 11, The New York Times wrote that some Democrats were unsure whether Biden could win, including because of the president's approval rating. At the same time, many Democratic Party supporters dismissed suggestions that “any other Democrat would do better” than Biden.

April 19, The Hill reported that Biden was “making it clear to everyone” that he intends to go for the 2024 elections. According to the source of the publication, he discussed this with former President Barack Obama.

Trump has repeatedly criticized Biden's policies, in particular, arguing that the United States is “going to hell” under the current president, and said that Biden has caused more damage during his time in office than the five worst presidents in American history combined. For a long time he refused to admit defeat in the 2020 elections and more than once admitted that he would take part in the next ones.

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Ex-British Prime Minister says Putin read him a dossier on him

Gordon Brown said that during a visit to Moscow in 2006 he was forced to “look up to the Russian president” Putin read aloud the data he had on British politics

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Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told The Telegraph about his visit to Moscow 16 years ago and his meeting with President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin. Brown came to the Russian capital in 2006, when he was the British Chancellor of the Exchequer (corresponding to the position of the Minister of Finance).

Speaking of his visit to the Kremlin, the ex-premier said: “I was put in a very low chair, so that I look at him [Putin] from the bottom up.” During the meeting, Putin at some point took out documents and began to read aloud information about British politics; according to Brown, in this way Putin “wanted to prove to me that he knows me more than I know myself.”

In Brown's opinion, “the only thing Putin understands is” this is strength, and he will use weakness.

The politician believes that “inaction” The West during the events of 2014, when Crimea became part of Russia, “allowed Putin to think that he could get away with it” the beginning of hostilities in Ukraine.

Gordon Brown was elected a Member of the British Parliament in 1983. Since the late 1980s, he has been a member of the Labor shadow cabinets. In 1994, he claimed to be the leader of the Labor Party, but lost to Tony Blair. In 1997 he became Chancellor of the Exchequer of Great Britain and held this post for ten years. From 2007 to 2010, he was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

In an interview with the BBC on June 19, he criticized countries that did not impose sanctions against Russia because of the military operation in Ukraine, and announced the “global disunity". “I welcome the unity in NATO, but there is a problem with the coordination of sanctions, when some countries are not ready to do it.”

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Earlier this week, current British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Kyiv, his second visit to the Ukrainian capital since the start of the Russian operation. Upon his return, Johnson stressed that it was important for the authorities of the United Kingdom to continue to support Kyiv, especially against the backdrop of the emergence of “Ukraine fatigue”; as the hostilities drag on.

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Died Gennady Burbulis

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Former State Secretary of the RSFSR, first deputy died in Baku Prime Minister of Russia in 1991-1992 Gennady Burbulis. Journalist Mikhail Zygar was the first to report this on his Telegram channel, Burbulis's death was confirmed by RBC at the Yeltsin Center. I was not sick, I felt great and just took part in the IX Global Baku Forum, which discussed the issue of “Threat to the global world order”.

According to the Azerbaijani edition of Turan, Burbulis died on the afternoon of June 19 in a hotel in Baku. Azertag reports that on June 17, Burbulis spoke at a forum at a meeting on the topic “South Caucasus, reconciliation, cooperation and integration.”

According to Haqqin.az, on the sidelines of the forum, journalists of the publication asked Burbulis a question about how he relates to “the attempts of modern Russia to revive the USSR,” to which the politician replied: “This is nonsense and utopia. It is impossible to restore the USSR.

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Burbulis was 76 years old. He served as First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia in 1991 & ndash; 1992, before that— post of State Secretary of the RSFSR. He was part of the inner circle of Boris Yeltsin and was one of the main actors in the preparation of the Belovezhskaya Pact, which formalized the collapse of the USSR. The document stated that “The Union of the SSR as a subject of international law and geopolitical reality ceases to exist.”

The Belovezhskaya agreements were concluded on December 8, 1991 between Belarus, Ukraine and Russia as countries— founders of the USSR. This spring, two other signatories of the agreements died: the first leader of independent Belarus, Stanislav Shushkevich, and the first president of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk. Four participants in the preparation of the Belovezhskaya Accords are now alive: former head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Petr Kravcheko, ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine Vladimir Fokin (the only direct signatory of the agreements surviving.— RBC), former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the RSFSR Andrey Kozyrev and former State Councilor of the RSFSR Sergei Shakhrai.

Burbulis was a deputy of the State Duma of the first and second convocations, in 2000 he became vice-governor of the Novgorod region for interaction with chambers of the Federal Assembly. From 2001 to 2007, he was a member of the Federation Council, where he also served as chairman of the Federation Council commission on the methodology for implementing the constitutional powers of the Federation Council.

Burbulis was engaged in scientific activities: in August 2009 he founded the school of political philosophy “Dignity”, headed the department of political philosophy and philosophical sciences, then was vice-rector of the International University in Moscow. On his initiative, in 2015, the People's University of Russian Constitutionalism was opened at the Yeltsin Center.

In the spring of 2019, Burbulis was hospitalized in Yekaterinburg with a suspected stroke, and then transferred to Moscow for treatment, where he was put into an artificial coma.

In the winter of the same year, commenting on the statement of the former head of the presidential apparatus, Sergei Filatov, about the request of representatives Crimea and Donbass to remain part of Russia after the collapse of the USSR, Burbulis pointed out that during the preparation of the Belovezhskaya Accords “there was no statement of this issue in such a categorical and substantive form.”

interview with Interfax he called the approach in which, during the formation of the CIS, the republics would remain within the borders that existed at the time of the creation of the USSR (this would imply the transfer of Eastern Ukraine and Crimea to Russia), the approach of a “refined lawyer”. “How can you return to the old borders, start a redistribution? What kind of community is this? <…> It was important for us to consolidate our current agreements, and, as I said, to protect ourselves from the bloody redistribution of the unmanaged inheritance.

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Scholz proposed to simplify the rules for joining the EU

The German chancellor is going to raise the issue at the EU summit on June 23-24 – at it, the leaders of the EU countries should consider granting Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia the status of candidates

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz proposed to simplify the process of new countries' accession to the EU . He stated this to the DPA.

To do this, Brussels must “modernize its structures and decision-making processes,” he believes.

Scholz intends to raise the issue at the EU summit 23–24 June. At the same meeting, EU leaders should consider granting candidate status to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.

Now countries applying for EU membership can obtain this status only with the unanimous decision of all member states. However, the Chancellor calls into question the principle of unanimity.

Scholz urged Brussels to decide on the status for Ukraine in the “spirit of unity”. He noted that the process will be complex: each candidate country wishing to become part of the European Union must fulfill “many requirements”.

The chancellor also hopes that the summit will give an impetus to the Balkan states that are waiting to join the EU. “We have to show the countries of the Western Balkans that we are serious. Albania and North Macedonia meet all the requirements for starting concrete negotiations on EU accession,— he stressed, adding that these negotiations “should start now.”

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Ukraine and Moldova should also carry out reforms. At the same time, the European Commission admitted that “Ukrainians are ready to die for the European perspective.” Among the conditions that Kyiv must fulfill, & mdash; strengthening the fight against top-level corruption and oligarchs, as well as reforming legislation regarding minorities.

Earlier, Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili said that his country deserved the candidate status more than Ukraine and Moldova, because

“for ten goals” ahead of Kyiv and Chisinau and even “some EU countries”. “If status is defined by war, we don't want war. We demand a well-deserved status, — Garibashvili emphasized.

The current candidates are Turkey (1999), North Macedonia (2005), Serbia (2012), Montenegro (2012) and Albania (2014). Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said that Ukraine, Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia are not rivals and should become full members of the EU.

The Kremlin, speaking about the possible accession of Ukraine to the EU, said that this issue still outside the military-political plane, but “requires increased attention” because of the “intensification of discussions in Europe on the subject of strengthening the defense component of the EU.” Russia has never been against Ukraine's membership in the European Union, but only objects to the “military development” of neighboring country, President Vladimir Putin said in turn.

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The mayor of Odessa expressed concern about the growth of hatred for everything Russian

In 2020, the mayor of Odessa, Gennady Trukhanov, achieved the return of the name to Heavenly Hundred Avenue in honor of Marshal Zhukov, but later the court overturned this decision

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Odessa Mayor Gennady Trukhanov opposed the renaming Pushkinskaya street in the center of Odessa. He stated this in a conversation with The New York Times.

The newspaper notes that Trukhanov is being pressured to rename Pushkinskaya Street next to the Odessa City Hall. The Russian poet lived in Odessa in 1823-1824, during this period he worked on several of his works, including three chapters of “Eugene Onegin”.

“Yaby did not support this. Odessa— intercultural capital of Ukraine. I am worried about the growth of hatred for everything Russian,»,— he said.

The publication notes that Trukhanov has long been considered a pro-Russian politician, but after the start of the Russian special operation, he turned into an “ardent defender of Ukraine”.

TV channel “Espresso” notes that in 2020 Trukhanov achieved the return of the historical name to the Heavenly Hundred Avenue (as the victims of the Euromaidan are called in Ukraine) in Odessa— in honor of Marshal Zhukov, however, in 2021, the court of Odessa satisfied the demand of the party of ex-president Petro Poroshenko “European Solidarity” cancel renaming.

Since the end of February, after Russia launched a military operation, proposals have become more frequent in Ukraine to rename streets, squares, parks, cultural and other objects with “Russian” ones. names. So, in April, the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, promised to rename the streets and stations in the Ukrainian capital, the names of which are associated with Russia.

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At that time similar plans were announced in Uzhgorod. The local city council has compiled a list of 58 streets that are proposed for renaming. Among them are those named after the writers Ivan Turgenev, Anton Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Alexander Griboyedov and the poet Alexander Pushkin.

Also, as part of the “decommunization” in Ukraine since 2014 they began to rename toponyms of “communist origin”. The Russian authorities called “decommunization” and renaming by anti-Russian policy and Kyiv's attempt to rewrite history.

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Polls show Macron’s coalition won’t win an outright majority

According to polls by Elabe and Ipsos, Macron’s “Together!” leads in the second round of parliamentary elections, but does not receive an absolute majority of seats in the National Assembly. The second is the left Nupes block

French President Emmanuel Macron's coalition will not be able to win an absolute majority in the National Assembly in the second round of parliamentary elections, BFM TV reports, citing a poll by the Elabe Institute.

The Together! coalition, which includes the Renaissance parties; Macron, the centrist Democratic Movement and centre-right Horizons and “Act”, receives from 205 to 235 seats. To ensure an absolute majority, 289 mandates must be achieved. The lower house of the French Parliament has 577 seats.

Ifop, OpinionWay and Ipsos forecast, “Together!” secured 200-260 seats, and the left-wing New People's Ecological and Social Union (Nupes) by Jean-Luc Mélenchon— 149–200, according to Reuters. Elabe estimates that Nupes will receive between 170 and 190 seats.

In third place, according to Elabe, the “National Association” Marine Le Pen (from 75 to 95 mandates). Then come the “Republicans”, who, together with the “Union of Democrats and Independents” (UDI) received from 60 to 75 seats in the lower house of parliament.

The French Ministry of the Interior, after processing 60% of the ballots, reports that “Together!” gaining 35.4% of the vote, Nupes— 26.2%, “National Association”— 22.03%.

According to the agency, as of 17:00 local time (18:00 Moscow time), the turnout in the elections was 38.11%.

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Kudrin expressed condolences over the death of Gennady Burbulis

Alexei Kudrin and the Yeltsin Center expressed their condolences on the death of Gennady Burbulis. The politician died in Baku at the age of 76 condolences on the death of Gennady Burbulis” />

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Secretary of State and First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia in 1991-1992, Gennady Burbulis, who died at the age of 76, did a lot for the country. This was stated by the head of the Accounts Chamber Alexei Kudrin in his Telegram channel.

“The First Deputy Prime Minister of the Yeltsin Reform Government Has Passed Away” Gaidar Gennady Burbulis. He did a lot for the country. Blessed memory»,— wrote Kudrin.

In addition to Kudrin, the press service of the Yeltsin Center, with which Burbulis collaborated, expressed condolences to the family of the politician. “Gennady Eduardovich did not hold positions in the presidential center, but the People’s University of Modern Constitutionalism, which he founded, became an integral part of the Yeltsin Center; in Yekaterinburg»,— the message says.

The death of Burbulis became known on the evening of June 19. He died in a hotel in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, where he took part in the Global Forum. The Russian embassy in Azerbaijan told TASS that the consular services are providing “the necessary assistance” on the death of a politician. The diplomatic mission also expressed its condolences to the family and friends of Burbulis.

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Burbulis was a member of the inner circle of Boris Yeltsin and was one of the main actors in the preparation of the Belovezhskaya Pact, which formalized the collapse of the USSR. The document stated that “The Union of the SSR as a subject of international law and geopolitical reality ceases to exist.”

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According to Haqqin.az, on the sidelines of the forum, the journalists of the publication asked Burbulis how he feels about “modern Russia's attempts to revive the USSR”, to which the politician replied: “This is nonsense and utopia. It is impossible to restore the USSR.

The Belovezhskaya agreements were concluded on December 8, 1991 between Belarus, Ukraine and Russia as countries— founders of the USSR. Two other signatories of the agreements died this spring: the first leader of independent Belarus, Stanislav Shushkevich, and the first president of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk.

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Britain urged to increase the fleet of anti-submarine aircraft because of Russia

Royal Air Force officials call for an increase in the number of P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine aircraft from nine to 12 to counter Russian-led “spy operations”

The UK needs to increase the number of anti-submarine aircraft by a third because of “espionage operations” that Russia conducts near the borders of the country. This was stated by representatives of the Royal Air Force to The Telegraph.

According to the interlocutors of the newspaper, now the activity of Russian submarines that patrol the North Atlantic has increased significantly since the Cold War. Over the past ten years, the number of such sightings has doubled, they say.

The United Kingdom has nine Boeing P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine patrol aircraft worth £120 million (about $146 million) each, designed to protect British nuclear submarines and track enemy ships. According to Air Lieutenant Colonel Ben Livesey, their number needs to be increased to 12 in order for Britain to be able to give a “convincing answer” in the case of “aggressive” actions of Russia.

Air Lieutenant Colonel James Henderson agrees, saying that the presence of three additional aircraft “given more opportunities to protect against Russian attacks.” Henderson said that Russia has invested more in its fleet, it has new submarines. “This poses a threat to us” hellip; it's pretty intimidating,— he said.

Air Force Chief of Staff Mike Wigston said the P-8 Poseidon aircraft “play a critical role in the security of Britain and allies.” According to Livesey, it would make economic sense for the country to buy three aircraft from the United States now, as Boeing's production facilities are operating “at full capacity.”

According to the Telegraph, one of the Russian submarines of UK concern,— Nuclear submarine “Severodvinsk”. In October last year, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the submarine had successfully launched the Zirkon hypersonic cruise missile. from a depth of 40 m from the White Sea to a conditional target in the Barents Sea. Prior to this, the missile was tested from a surface carrier— head frigate of project 22350 “Admiral Gorshkov”.

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Last November, President Vladimir Putin announced that by 2027 the level of equipping the Russian Navy with modern weapons should exceed 70%. According to him, “over the past four years, the Navy has included 49 new ships and combat boats, nine coastal missile systems, ten aircraft.”

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French Prime Minister considers the results of the parliamentary elections a threat to the country

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Born called the election results unprecedented, in which Macron's coalition loses an absolute majority in the National Assembly. However, she said, it is necessary to respect the results of the vote and “draw conclusions” ” alt=”The French Prime Minister considered the results of the parliamentary elections a threat to the country” />

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French Prime Minister Elisabeth Born believes that the loss of the coalition of President Emmanuel Macron “Together!” majority of seats in the National Assembly (lower house of parliament) in the second round of elections is a danger to the country.

Bourne called the preliminary results of the vote unprecedented. “This situation represents a risk for our country due to the problems we have to face both nationally and internationally,” — she said (quoted from BFM TV). However, the prime minister pointed out that it is necessary to respect the results of the vote and “draw conclusions.”

She called on the political forces to unite and work to “guarantee stability in France and carry out the necessary reforms,” ​​reports Reuters. In her address, posted on the government's Twitter, Bourne said work “on creating an active majority” will begin on Monday, June 20.

Born, following the results of the second round of elections, was elected as a deputy of the National Assembly from the department of Calvados, reports Le Figaro. She will retain the post of head of government.

According to the French Ministry of the Interior, according to the results of processing 95% of the ballots, the Together! coalition, which includes the Renaissance parties, Macron, the centrist Democratic Movement and centre-right Horizons and “Act”, gaining 38.08% of the vote. In second place— left “New People's Ecological and Social Union” (Nupes) by Jean-Luc Mélenchon— 31.02%, followed by the “National Association” Marine Le Pen with 18.08% of the vote.

According to the results of polls by Elabe, Ifop, OpinionWay and Ipsos, “Together” will receive from 200 to 260 seats in the National Assembly; Nupes— from 149 to 200, and the “National Association” Le Pen— from 75 to 95 mandates. There are 577 seats in the lower house of the French Parliament. To ensure an absolute majority, 289 mandates are needed.

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Deputies of the National Assembly are elected by the majority system, their term of office is five years.

In the first round of elections, which was held June 12, “Together!” and Nupes won about 25.7% of the vote, Macron's coalition gained a slight lead. The turnout was 47.5%, and in the second round— 38.11%.

In the last elections in 2017, Macron's center party Forward, Republic! (La R & eacute; publique en marche/LREM) received 308 seats, and in association with the Democratic Movement party; (Mouvement démocrate) centrist bloc consisted of 350 deputies. However, by the end of the term, 267 deputies remained in the LREM faction.

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In Ukraine, the commander of the battalion of the Armed Forces of Ukraine “Carpathian Sich” died

Oleg Kutsin created a volunteer formation back in 2014, later it became part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as a unit. It performed tasks near Kyiv, later it was transferred to the Izyum direction. Oleg Kutsin, Ivano-Frankivsk Mayor Ruslan Martsinkiv said.

“One of the most powerful commanders died on the eastern front— Oleg Kutsin. Founder and long-term leader of the “Legion of Freedom”, commander of the “Carpathian Sich” battalion (49th separate rifle battalion of the Armed Forces of Ukraine), he was known as a real warrior, respected as a commander and a good person with an indestructible character, — written by Martsinkiv.

The death of Kutsin was confirmed by the former people's deputy of Ukraine, chairman of the Svoboda party; Oleg Tyagnibok, specifying that the commander of the “Carpathian Sich” died in the Izyum direction.

«Karpatskaya Sich» was established in the form of a people's defense organization in 2014. TV channel “Direct” notes that its fighters participated, among other things, in battles near the Donetsk airport. During Russia's military operation in Ukraine, the “Carpathian Sich” performed tasks in Kyiv, the settlements of Irpen, Romanovka, Stoyanka, UNIAN writes. Later she was transferred to the Izyum direction. May 19 “Carpathian Sich” became part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as the 49th separate infantry battalion of the Ground Forces.

Kutsin was also a member of the political council of the Svoboda party, was the head of the Transcarpathian party organization, according to the Espresso TV channel.

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