Zelensky explained the surrender of the military from Azovstal as a signal from Kyiv

The Ukrainian military left their hiding places and surrendered after receiving a “signal” from Kyiv, Zelensky said. The Ukrainian leader added that now they have to wait for the exchange in one format or another *

Ukrainian forces stationed at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, received a “signal” from the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine about the right to “go out and save your life”, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with the TV channel “Ukraine 24”.

According to the head of Ukraine, everything will depend on the obligations assumed by the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Russia, who promised that the surrendered military would be safe to wait for “this or that format of exchange.”

Zelensky also said that Kyiv was in talks with partners to provide weapons that could allow Ukrainian forces to break through to the Mariupol plant. He added that many Ukrainian pilots died while trying to get to Azovstal. According to the president, it was planned to deliver medicines and food to the plant by air.

“A lot of things happened that no one could officially comment on. Air corridors to “Azovstal” was not due to the powerful Russian air defense,»,— Zelensky emphasized.

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Ukrainian servicemen held the defense of Mariupol for almost 90 days. For most of this period, they were at Azovstal, whose area is 11 square meters. km, or about 1/15 of the entire city. Together with the military, civilians were hiding at the plant.

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In early May, Moscow and Kyiv evacuated civilians from the plant to the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities, as well as to the Lugansk and Donetsk republics. The process took place under the control of the UN and the Red Cross. In mid-May, from the territory of “Azovstal” the military began to be evacuated; The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reported on the hospitalization of the seriously wounded in Olenivka and Novoazovsk. Both settlements are under the control of the DPR.

Zelensky then indicated that “Ukraine needs Ukrainian heroes alive” and expressed the hope that Kyiv would be able to return the military. Earlier, he threatened to stop negotiations with Russia to resolve the conflict if the defenders of Mariupol were killed.

On the evening of May 20, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the establishment of full control over Mariupol, including over the territory of Azovstal. “The underground facilities of the enterprise, in which the militants were hiding, came under the complete control of the Russian armed forces,” — Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin. He added that 2,439 Ukrainian soldiers had surrendered since May 16.

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Biden called the condition for a meeting with Kim Jong-un

A meeting between the US and North Korean leaders is possible if the North Korean side is serious, the American leader said. The White House did not see such signs in the actions of Pyongyang Biden called the condition for a meeting with Kim Jong-un He said this at a press conference during a visit to South Korea, reports Reuters.

“As for whether I meet with the leader of North Korea, it will depend on whether he is sincere and serious” ,— Biden said.

Washington offered coronavirus vaccines to Pyongyang to combat the country's outbreak, the president continued, but the US “didn't get any response.” In the DPRK, the day before, they reported the identification of almost 2.5 million patients with symptoms of an “unknown fever”.

In February, then-South Korean President Moon Jae-in called a meeting between Biden and Kim Jong-un “a matter of time.” “Because the dialogue— the only way to resolve the issues is expected to eventually be a meeting between President Biden and Chairman Kim,— he said in an interview with Yonhap.

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The South Korean leader also expressed regret that the meeting in 2019 between the head of the DPRK and then-US President Donald Trump did not lead to a deal and was not secured continuation of the dialogue.

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Jake Sullivan, national security adviser to the American president, also said that there were no signs of North Korea's readiness for serious negotiations with the United States. On the eve of Biden's visit to South Korea, he pointed out that there was no indication that the North Korean leader wanted a meeting.

Former US President Donald Trump met with the North Korean leader in Singapore and Hanoi. During the first meeting, the leaders signed a joint document— Pyongyang then committed itself to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for security guarantees from Washington. The second meeting took place without signing agreements.

In June 2019, Trump met with Kim Jong-un again— in Panmunjom, in the demilitarized zone between South Korea and North Korea. Then he symbolically crossed the demarcation line, becoming the first acting American leader to visit North Korea.

Later, Pyongyang changed its attitude towards the agreements reached. “We don't need lengthy negotiations with the US, and denuclearization is no longer on the negotiating agenda,” — North Korean representative to the UN Kim Song emphasized. He called the dialogue a “trick”; Washington.

Last June, Trump expressed confidence that Biden was unpleasant to the leader of the DPRK, and therefore their meeting would not take place. “He [Kim Jong Un] is a different type of guy, it takes a different type of guy to talk to him, but we got along,” explained the ex-president.

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The economist explained the difference between the official dollar exchange rate and the real one and revealed what to expect next in exchangers

The specialist told why there is such a big difference between the exchange rate and the exchange rate in banks.

The exchange rate of the Russian currency has significantly strengthened, however, experts note that now it is almost impossible to buy a noticeably cheaper currency anywhere – Despite the low rate, the difference between trading on the Moscow Exchange and the offer of banks can be about 20 rubles.

Maxim Maramygin, Doctor of Economics, spoke about the difference between the official and real rates.

In an interview with E1 .ru, he said that an artificial currency market was established in Russia due to the lack of a direct correlation between cash and non-cash currency.

He recalled that any commodity sold by Russia – minerals, timber, grain – has skyrocketed in value.

“Therefore, the flow of the non-cash part is huge, including the one that the Europeans pay us for gas. The physical volumes of consumption have decreased, and the flow of currency has increased sharply”, = he said.

The expert noted that correspondent accounts were closed for Russian banks, and banks cannot introduce cash currency. Therefore, it remains cashless.

Maramygin noted that the exchange rate on the stock exchange consists of the offers of oil companies and the demand of buyers.

Now the volume of international trade has seriously decreased, so cash dollars and euros do not reach banks, and their real value does not fall as a result.

“You can still buy them, and even at a low price – another question is that you will not be able to hold a bill in your hands”, – said the specialist.

Currency can now only be deposited into the account, but cannot be taken out of the country. In addition, new banknotes do not come into it.

He noted that now there are two rates for the dollar and the euro – in cash and on non-cash accounts of the Moscow Exchange.

After Russia gets access to the import of cash from abroad, the official and real rates will become similar.

Earlier, TopNews wrote about that the dollar exchange rate for the first time in 4 years fell below 58 rubles. The euro fell below 60 rubles.

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Zelensky called the number of participants in hostilities on the side of Ukraine

Ukraine needs a larger army than before the start of the Russian special operation, Zelensky said. Now 700 thousand people are participating in the hostilities on the side of Kyiv

700 thousand people take part in the hostilities against Russian forces in Ukraine, they are deployed throughout the country, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview TV channel «Ukraine 24».

«Today it is 700 thousand»,— he said (quote from Ukrayinska Pravda).

Zelensky expressed confidence that Ukraine needs an army significantly larger than the previous 250-260 thousand people. He added that this was the reason for the signing in early February of a decree that provided for an increase in the number of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by 100,000 people over three years.

The President of Ukraine noted that Russian forces before the start of the special operation, troops were transferred to the Crimea, Belarus and other areas, and “today, no country in Europe could cope with such a volume.” Russia did not name the number of troops participating in the military operation in Ukraine.

An end to hostilities between Russian and Ukrainian forces will be put through diplomacy, Zelensky is sure. In his opinion, “the victory will be very difficult, it will be bloody, it will definitely be in battle, but the ending will definitely be in diplomacy.” He explained that there are “some things” that can only be completed through dialogue, because Kyiv wants to “return everything” and Moscow “wants not to give everything back.”

The head of Ukraine's military intelligence, Kirill Budanov, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that Kyiv intends to fight until the Russian forces leave the country. “I don’t know any borders [of Ukraine], except for the borders of 1991,” — he emphasized.

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At the end of last May, against the background of the aggravation of the situation around Ukraine, Kyiv proposed to increase the number of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from 250,000 to 261,000 people. The relevant bill was submitted to the Rada and adopted. At the end of July, Zelensky signed it.

Later, on February 1, the President of Ukraine signed a decree on the creation of 20 army brigades as part of the country's armed forces and an increase in the number of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by 100,000 people over three years. The document also consolidated the process of the country's transition to a professional army, an increase in the minimum wage for a military man to a level of at least three minimum wages, an increase in the duration of contracts and other measures.

“This decree is so that soon and in the future there will be peace, peace in Ukraine,” — Zelensky explained.

Russia launched a special operation in Ukraine on the night of February 24th. President Vladimir Putin justified his actions with the desire for “denazification and demilitarization” neighboring state, claiming that official Kyiv pursued a policy of “genocide” civilians in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine, in response, severed diplomatic relations with Russia, declared martial law and mobilization.

The Russian Defense Ministry reported that since the start of hostilities, 174 Ukrainian aircraft were destroyed, 125 helicopters, 966 unmanned aerial vehicles, 315 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3182 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 402 multiple rocket launchers, 1614 field artillery pieces and mortars, as well as 3054 units of special military vehicles.

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Pushilin called “inevitable” a tribunal over captured soldiers from “Azovstal”

Ordinary people and the “sane” part of the world community want a tribunal over the captured Ukrainian soldiers who were at the plant in Mariupol, Pushilin believes. Kyiv hopes to exchange them for captured Russian soldiers called “inevitable” a tribunal over the captured military from “Azovstal” />

Trial of surrendered Ukrainian military from the Mariupol plant “Azovstal” cannot but take place, because “justice must prevail”, said the head of the Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin at a meeting in the State Duma.

“I believe that the tribunal is inevitable <…>. This is the request of ordinary people, this is the request of society, this is the request of the sane part of the world community, — he claims (quote from RIA Novosti).

Ukrainian servicemen held the defense of Mariupol for almost 90 days. For most of this period they were at Azovstal. —the area of ​​the plant reaches 11 square meters. km, or about 1/15 from the whole city. Kyiv demanded that the Ukrainian military be allowed to leave the industrial zone and enter the territory controlled by Ukrainian forces; the Russian side insisted on their surrender. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that in the event of the death of fighters from Azovstal Kyiv will withdraw from negotiations with Moscow.

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In mid-May, the Ukrainian military began to leave Azovstal, and the seriously wounded were taken to hospitals in cities controlled by the DPR. By the evening of May 20, Azovstal 2439 fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine left, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said. He also reported to the president about establishing full control over the city, including the plant.

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To judge the fighters of the “Azov” battalion (its symbolism is recognized as extremist in Russia) follows on the territory of the LPR and the DPR, suggested Andrei Klishas, ​​head of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building. He pointed out that there is no moratorium on the death penalty and it was on the territory of these republics that the military “committed their crimes.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky explained that the military surrendered after receiving a signal from command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine after a series of attempts to take out the seriously wounded or deliver food to them. In Kyiv, they also previously offered to exchange them for Russian prisoners. “Ukrainian heroes need Ukraine alive”, — Zelensky stressed. He warned that in the event of the death of the military in Mariupol, Kyiv would withdraw from the negotiation process with Moscow.

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The head of the Kursk region announced the mortar shelling from Ukraine

The village of Tyotkino again suffered from shelling, the enemy used mortars, Starovoit said. Earlier, he reported several times about the shelling of settlements and villages from Ukraine, on May 19, a truck driver died

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Several settlements in the Glushkovsky district of the Kursk region were subjected to mortar shelling from Ukraine, said in Telegram regional governor Roman Starovoit.

According to the head of the region, the strike affected the village of Tetkino and nearby settlements, the names of which he did not specify. ; said Starovoit, promising to provide more details later.

In recent days, the authorities of the region have reported several times about the shelling of settlements. So, on the morning of May 17, the governor announced the shelling of the village of Alekseevka from large-caliber weapons. Three private houses were damaged, a car parked near one of them, as well as a school building. There were no casualties, said the head of the Kursk region.

Tyotkino is located on the border with the Sumy region of Ukraine.

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In the evening of the same day, the territory of the sugar factory on the outskirts of the village of the same name and the border checkpoint in Tyotkino were shelled, Starovoit said. “The enemy fire was suppressed by the response of our border guards and the military. There were no casualties,— he claimed.

On the morning of May 19, the governor announced that Tetkino had died as a result of another shelling. “According to preliminary data, this is a truck driver who brought raw materials to the distillery. The enemy struck several blows at this object. There are also wounded,— he said. According to Starovoit, several houses were damaged, the fire is being eliminated, unexploded shells were found on the territory of the village.

The authorities of the Belgorod region also reported several times about shelling: in particular, on May 18, 19 houses in the village of Solokhi were damaged by shelling. “In total, restoration work will need to be carried out in 59 houses,” said the head of the region Vyacheslav Gladkov.

Attacks were also made on oil storage facilities in Russia. So, on the morning of April 1, Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov reported an airstrike by two helicopters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the Belgorodnefteprodukt oil depot. (“daughter” of “Rosneft”). A fire started and two people were injured. The Ministry of Defense later clarified that they were Mi-24s, they entered Russian territory at an extremely low altitude.

Since mid-April, in the Kursk, Bryansk, Belgorod regions bordering Ukraine, in the north of Crimea, in two areas In the Voronezh region and in the territory of the Krasnodar Territory, the authorities have introduced a yellow level of terrorist threat. This regime means the intensified work of all law enforcement agencies, and local residents are advised to avoid mass gatherings and be vigilant.

On May 12, Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, after the death of a man in the village of Solokhy, stated that the current situation makes additional security measures necessary in areas adjacent to Ukraine.

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The Foreign Ministry imposed sanctions against the wife of the Prime Minister of Canada

The Russian Foreign Ministry has banned Canadian Prime Minister Sophie Trudeau's wife and 25 other Canadians from entering the country. The day before, Ottawa imposed sanctions against 14 Russian businessmen and their children, and also banned the export of luxury goods

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The Russian Foreign Ministry has banned 26 Canadians from entering the country, including the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Sophie Trudeau. The list is published on the department's website.

“In response to the regular anti-Russian sanctions announced by the Canadian authorities, which affected not only representatives of the leadership, military and business circles, but in some cases the closest relatives of those who became involved in the black list, entry into Russia is permanently closed for a similar category of Canadian citizens.” ,— according to the message of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ministry added that in the near future they would introduce new countermeasures as part of a response to the hostile actions of “the ruling Trudeau regime in Canada, which has adopted militant Russophobia.”

In addition to Sophie Trudeau, the spouse of the Deputy Prime Minister Canada's Christy Freeland Graham Bowley and Foreign Minister Melanie Joly's partner Felix Marcel. Freeland and Joly have been under Russian sanctions since late April, as has Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Moscow's April sanctions list includes 592 Canadians.

The restrictions also affected the leadership of the Canadian armed forces: entry into Russia is closed for the commanders of the ground forces— Jocelyn Paul, BBC— Erica Kenny & Navy— Angus Topshi. The president of the Canadian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, member of the board of directors of the World Congress of Ukrainians Zenon Potichny and the head of the Canadian charity organization Help us help, former member of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ontario Marie Buntrogiani were also subject to sanctions.

The Foreign Ministry has included in the sanctions list representatives of the military-industrial complex and the shipbuilding industry, as well as the financial sector. Among them:

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  • CEO of aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin Canada Lorraine Ben and company manager Andrew Coates;
  • President and CEO Canadian Association of Defense and Security Enterprises (CADSI) Christine Chanfarani, as well as the chairman of the board of directors of the association, president and CEO of the consulting company Calian Group Ltd. Kevin Ford;
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of the international financial holding Quebec Power Corporation of Canada Paul Desmarets, Jr. and his deputy André Desmarets;
  • President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) Mike Muller and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association, CEO and VP IT defense contractor L3Harris Technologies Canada Richard Foster;
  • Robert Kwon, President and CEO of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and Douglas Harrison, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Corporation;
  • space industry representatives— President of Maritime Launch Services, organizer and general contractor of the Canadian-Ukrainian spaceport in Nova Scotia, Stephen Mathieu and CEO of MDA Ltd. Mike Greenlee;
  • Mark Perent, CEO of CAE Inc., a simulation technology for education in the aviation, defense and healthcare industries;
  • Sean Greenwood, president of drone manufacturer Canadian UAVs;
  • heads of enterprises in the shipbuilding industry— president of Irving Shipbuilding Inc. Kevin Mooney and CEO James Irving and President, CEO and co-owner of Chantier Davie Canada Inc. James Davies;
  • Terry Menion, general manager and vice president of arms manufacturer Raytheon Canada.

In March, Canada imposed sanctions against Russian businessmen Roman Abramovich and Alisher Usmanov, CEC head Ella Pamfilova, as well as the Ministry of Defense, the SVR, the Sukhoi company. and others. In the same month, Ottawa announced restrictions on 160 members of the Federation Council, and in early April— against the head of Norilsk Nickel Vladimir Potanin, head of NOVATEK Leonid Mikhelson, founder of the Renova group; Viktor Vekselberg and six other Russians.

On May 18, Canadian Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said that all Russians under sanctions would be banned from entering the country, including President Vladimir Putin. Two days later, Ottawa expanded the sanctions list to include 14 Russians, including the head of Russian Railways, Oleg Belozerov, and the daughter-in-law of Federation Council speaker Valentina Matvienko, Yulia. At the same time, Canada banned the import of luxury goods from Russia, in particular alcoholic beverages, seafood, fish and diamonds.

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Aydınlık reported a “human shield” from Turkish ships in Odessa

More than 20 Turkish ships cannot leave the ports of Odessa – the authorities, therefore, intend to protect themselves from the assault by Russian forces by the risk of tension between Moscow and Ankara, sources say Aydınlık

The Ukrainian authorities are preventing the exit of foreign ships, including 21 Turkish ones, from the port of Odessa in order to prevent the assault on the city by Russian forces, the newspaper of the Patriotic Party of Turkey Aydınlık reports without specifying the source of the information. At the end of February, the head of the association, Dogu Perincek, supported Russia's actions in Ukraine.

According to the publication, out of 21 ships, four sail under the Turkish flag, while 17 use the flag of another state, but belong to Turkish citizens. They are not allowed out of the port, explaining this by security measures and the presence of mines in the sea.

The newspaper notes that Russia has opened the corridor, but ships still cannot leave the port of Odessa, as the authorities fear that this will lead to an assault. If Turkish ships are damaged due to the strike of Russian forces, this will lead to tension between Moscow and Ankara, Aydınlık sources are sure.

Aydınlık also reported on the attack of armed persons in the Odessa port of Chernomorsk on the Turkish ship Rahmi Yagci. The captain turned to the authorities for help and asked permission to leave the port, where the ship has been since February 22. According to the newspaper, the authorities cited the presence of mines in the sea, but on February 26, a Liberian cargo ship was allowed to leave the port with escort ships.

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president, said in mid-May that Ukrainian ports were “heavily mined and the waters are now extremely dangerous for navigation.” A very complex demining operation needs to be carried out there, he added. Peskov also stressed: “So far, the danger for navigation and for navigation in general in those parts, for navigation, is very, very high.” The Russian Ministry of Defense has repeatedly stated that they are opening humanitarian corridors for foreign vessels in Ukrainian ports.

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Russia bans 963 US citizens from entering the country

Russia has banned 963 US citizens from entering the country, including Joe Biden and Morgan Freeman Among the US citizens who are now banned from entering Russia are US President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, members of Congress, US ministers and representatives of the military-industrial complex, as well as actor Morgan Freeman

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The Russian Foreign Ministry has published a list of American citizens who have been banned from entering the country on a permanent basis. The list includes 963 people, including US President Joe Biden.

Also listed:

  • US President's son Hunter Biden;
  • CIA Director William Burns;
  • FBI Director Christopher Wray;
  • Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Treasury Department Andrea Gaki;
  • U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland;
  • < li>Attorneys for Maria Butina and Konstantin Yaroshenko Eric Kenerson and Randall Jackson respectively;

  • U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mallorcas;
  • National Security Agency Director Paul Nacasone;
  • U.S. Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Jacob Sullivan.

In addition, the list included members of Congress, US ministers and representatives of the military-industrial complex (MIC). Moscow also banned Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and actor Morgan Freeman from entering the country, who “recorded a video message in September 2017 accusing Russia of conspiring against the United States and calling for a fight against our country.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that it had included on the list the US authorities, inciting Russophobia, as well as those who “serve” them. At the same time, Russia invariably respects the American people and is open to honest and respectful dialogue, the department added.

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“The Russian counter-sanctions are forced and aimed at forcing the ruling American regime, which is trying to impose the neo-colonial “rules-based world order” on the rest of the world, to change its behavior, recognizing the new geopolitical realities,” & mdash; the message says.

The US authorities have also imposed sanctions against the Russian leadership. So, on February 26, Washington announced restrictive measures against President Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov.

Biden and Psaki were banned from entering Russia back in mid-March. Together with them, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were listed.

At the end of April, the Russian Foreign Ministry added to the “stop list” 29 American top executives, businessmen, experts and journalists “shaping the Russophobic agenda.” These included Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Meta (recognized as extremist and banned in Russia), US Vice President Kamala Harris, and State Department spokesman Ned Price.

In 2017, In the United States, the NGO “Committee in Support of the Russian Investigation” appeared. Morgan Freeman recorded a video address on behalf of this organization. In the first seconds, he declared: “We were attacked. We are at war.” According to him, Russian President Vladimir Putin “is using cyberweapons to attack democracies around the world.”

The actor called on then-U.S. President Donald Trump to protect the country from a Russian plot to undermine the United States.

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Biden signed a bill to allocate $ 40 billion to Ukraine

The bill provides for the allocation of $ 40.1 billion to Kyiv in the form of additional appropriations for the 2022 financial year. Earlier, the US Senate said that the new aid package is designed to help Ukraine “open the port of Odessa”

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US President Joe Biden signed a bill that provides for additional assistance to Ukraine. This is stated on the website of the White House.

“On Saturday, May 21, 2022, President [Biden] signed H.R. 7691, Law on Additional Appropriations for Ukraine 2022,— The report said.

This bill provides for $40.1 billion in additional appropriations for Kyiv for fiscal year 2022.

Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier that the new a $40 billion aid package to Ukraine is meant to help it “open the port of Odessa.”

On May 19, the US Senate approved the allocation of $40 billion in aid to Ukraine by a majority vote, despite the fact that consideration of the bill was blocked by Republican Senator Rand Paul.

aid to Ukraine since 2021 has reached $60 billion, which would accelerate the growth of inflation in the United States. As a result, the document was passed, bypassing the senator's veto with the help of procedural steps.

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According to Bloomberg, $6 billion will go to direct security assistance to Kyiv, $8.8 billion— for economic support, $9.05 billion— to replenish stockpiles of weapons from the Pentagon, $ 4 billion— to other countries supplying weapons to Ukraine, $4.35 billion— for global food and humanitarian aid, and $700 million— for global food funding from the State Department.

Initially, Biden asked Congress for $33 billion to support Ukraine, but Congress proposed to increase the amount to $40 billion, adding money to help with food and military equipment.

Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev considered the goal of assistance to be “the continuation of the proxy war against Russia, the desire to inflict a heavy defeat on our country.”

In In March, Biden signed a law on the allocation of $ 13.6 billion to Ukraine for military equipment and training of the Ukrainian military.

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Hungarian Prime Minister Orban compares sanctions against Russia with an atomic bomb

The Hungarian and Serbian leaders also discussed the threat of famine and migration. Vučić warned that a quarter of the world's population could face a food problem due to the conflict in Ukraine /756531414872740.jpg” alt=”Hungarian Prime Minister Orban compared sanctions against Russia with an atomic bomb” />

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Ill-considered sanctions against Russia are equivalent to an atomic bomb and lead to famine and migration. This was stated by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a meeting with Serbian leader Aleksandar Vučić, 24.hu reports.

“All sorts of ill-conceived measures, sanctions against Russia that destroy Hungarian agriculture are equivalent to an atomic bomb.” ,— he said.

Smarter economic solutions are now needed, Orban said, “because otherwise there will be big problems.” He added that Budapest will not accept decisions from Brussels that are economically unsound and will lead to higher prices.

The Hungarian Prime Minister said that in 2020 and 2021 the heroes were nurses and doctors, and the heroes of this and next year will be “farmers who will have to work in very difficult conditions.”

Orban stressed that if they fail to provide people with bread, many of them will leave for other European countries, not only in the hope of a better life, but also in order to survive. He warned that in this case, the migration that has been so far will seem like a “children's fairy tale”; compared to what will happen next.

Vučić, in turn, stressed that more than a quarter of the world's population could face a food crisis due to fighting in Ukraine. This problem could cause a number of others, including in the area of ​​security, he added.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin also said that the EU countries and their residents will face with “intractable consequences” with continued sanctions pressure on Russia.

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Spiegel learned about the “stuck” negotiations between Germany and Poland on tanks

Spiegel: relations between Germany and Poland have escalated due to the supply of weapons to Ukraine In exchange for the tanks that Poland supplies to Ukraine, Warsaw expects to receive the latest Leopard tanks from Germany, its NATO partner, but Berlin has not yet done so, the newspaper notes

Relations between Germany and Poland have escalated due to protracted negotiations on the supply of weapons to Ukraine, writes Spiegel.

According to the publication, the negotiations of the countries on the exchange of arms “stuck”, as Warsaw asked to replace its tanks supplied to Ukraine, on the latest German Leopards, but Berlin still hasn't.

Poland has already transferred almost all of its 240 Soviet-made tanks to Ukraine, in connection with which the Polish authorities expect Germany to fill in the gaps with German equipment. However, unlike the Czech Republic, Poland does not want to be content with old German tanks, but demands the supply of modern models for service, including Leopard tanks.

Berlin cannot agree to such a deal, since the Bundestag itself does not have them in available, notes Spiegel. German Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht acknowledged at a closed meeting on May 16 that she had almost no hope that Berlin could come to an agreement with Warsaw.

“There were promises from the Germans to strengthen our defenses, unfortunately, none of this was realized,” — said Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland Szymon Szynkowski.

At the end of April, Polish Radio reported that Warsaw, as part of military assistance, transferred to Kyiv more than 200 Soviet T-72 tanks, as well as several dozen BMP. Prior to this, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki confirmed the transfer of tanks to Kyiv.

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Warsaw supplied Kyiv with approximately $1.59 billion worth of military equipment, including 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers; and Grad rocket launchers, the radio station reported. Poland also handed over air-to-air missiles air» for MiG-29 and Su-27 aircraft.

In return, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to supply Poland with a Challenger 2 tank if it sends T-72 tanks to Ukraine.

Kyiv has repeatedly accused Germany of not supplying heavy weapons. Thus, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk noted that Kyiv has the impression that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz does not want to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine.

It looks as if Berlin is waiting for a truce and no longer need will make “bold decisions,” he added.

In late April, the lower house of the German parliament supported a document calling on the government to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine. However, Scholz said that Berlin would not supply Western-made battle tanks to Kyiv until the United States and other allies did so.

Russia strongly opposes the supply of weapons to Ukraine, Moscow has repeatedly said that convoys with such equipment will be considered legitimate targets.

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The head of the Ministry of Transport said that the sanctions “practically broke” the logistics

The minister during a visit to the Astrakhan region said that in order to solve problems with logistics, Russia will develop the North-South transport corridor, which includes the Caspian ports

Sanctions imposed against Russia , have seriously affected the logistics system in the country, said Minister of Transport Vitaly Savelyev during a visit to the Astrakhan region.

“Those sanctions that were imposed today on the Russian Federation practically broke all the logistics in our country. And we are forced to look for new logistics corridors,»,— he said (quote from Interfax).

Savelyev noted that the authorities are considering the North transport corridor to solve the problems that have arisen. South”, part of which are the Caspian ports of Astrakhan on the Volga, Olya on the Volga-Caspian Canal and Makhachkala on the Caspian Sea.

As part of the development of this transport corridor, the Karaozek checkpoint on the border between Russia and Kazakhstan will be reconstructed, the minister said. The head of the Astrakhan region, Igor Babushkin, said that the depth of the Volga-Caspian canal will also be increased— up to 4.5 m in order to increase the volume of cargo traffic through it.

“Of course, these are not only ports, but also approaches to ports, bridges and roads, we should not have bottlenecks that would not allow we should rebuild, — Savelyev emphasized.

Since the end of February, many Western companies have announced the suspension of activities in Russia, as well as the suspension of supplies. Such a decision was made, for example, by the world's largest container operator Maersk and the American logistics company UPS. Sea lines MSC, Hapag-Lloyd and Yang Ming have also suspended vessel bookings (bookings) in the direction of Russia. In addition, several dozen countries closed the skies for Russian airlines, which forced them to stop flying to the EU countries, the USA, Canada, etc.

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At the end of March, the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, estimated the time needed to rebuild logistics in the country at “three, maximum six months.” According to him, distribution channels during this time will be reoriented to those countries that are ready to buy Russian products and supply their own to Russia.

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Erdogan called NATO a condition for joining the alliance of Sweden and Finland

NATO chief Stoltenberg agreed that it is necessary to take into account the interests of Turkey, and pointed out the need to continue negotiations to find a solution for the membership of Finland and Sweden in the alliance

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NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg held talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the entry of Sweden and Finland into the alliance. The head of the organization wrote about this on Twitter.

During the conversation, he pointed out the importance of the principle of “open doors”; in NATO. The Turkish leader also said that he supports this policy.

“We agree that it is necessary to take into account the security interests of all allies and continue negotiations to find a solution,”— emphasized Stoltenberg.

Nevertheless, Erdogan stressed that Ankara will not support the entry of the two Scandinavian countries into the alliance until they demonstrate their readiness to cooperate in the fight against terrorism, Reuters reports.

Speaker of the Finnish Parliamentarian Matti Vanhanen told YLE that Finland “certainly” join NATO. At the same time, he stressed that Helsinki cannot agree to change its legal norms because of Ankara.

“Turkey must understand that there is no chance of a political agreement. Innocent people are not extradited to another country, especially if there is a risk that they will be imprisoned or unreasonably convicted, — said Vanhanen.

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Earlier on May 21, Erdogan, during a telephone conversation with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, stated that support for representatives of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which Ankara considers a terrorist organization, is unacceptable. He urged Sweden to stop financial and military support for the groups.

In mid-May, Stockholm and Helsinki applied to join NATO. However, the Turkish president said that Ankara would not support these applications, since Helsinki and Stockholm refused to extradite the terrorists and imposed anti-Turkish sanctions.

According to the Turkish publication Sabah, Turkey proposed a manifesto to Sweden and Finland, the adoption of which became a condition for approval applications for NATO membership. Ankara urged to avoid contacts with the leaders of the PKK, to refuse to accept PKK members to the parliaments of both countries, to expedite the procedure for their extradition to Turkey.

The National Security Adviser to the American President Jake Sullivan on May 19 expressed confidence that Turkey's doubts would be resolved and NATO countries will unanimously decide on the countries' membership in the alliance.

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Italian Foreign Ministry announced the transfer of the settlement plan in Ukraine to the UN

Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Manlio Di Stefano confirmed that Rome had submitted a four-stage plan to the UN on how to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that Kyiv should determine the terms of the truce alt=”The Italian Foreign Ministry announced the transfer of the settlement plan in Ukraine to the UN” />

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Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio handed over to UN Secretary General António Guterres a plan developed by Rome for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine, Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Manlio Di Stefano said on Twitter, confirming reports that appeared the day before.

“The truce plan proposed [ Luigi Di Maio] UN, outlines new perspectives for ending the conflict in Ukraine through coordinated actions at the world level to quickly achieve a ceasefire and restore political and economic balance,— written by Di Stefano.

However, the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that the conditions for a truce with Moscow should be determined by Kyiv. At a briefing following the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Development, he was asked to comment on Italy's plan.

“We support any effort to end this conflict. However, we are in favor of an immediate ceasefire and the complete withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine. As for the conditions, here the decision is up to Ukraine,»,— said Borrell.

He also noted that the EU hopes that Kyiv will be “in a strong position” during the settlement negotiations.

La Repubblica wrote that the plan proposed by Italy includes four stages . It is proposed to start with a ceasefire and demilitarization of the front line under the supervision of the UN, then move on to negotiations on the status of Ukraine, involving the entry of the country into the European Union, but not joining NATO.

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The third stage involves the conclusion of a bilateral agreement on Crimea and Donbass between Russia and Ukraine, according to which the “disputed territories” will receive autonomy and the right to ensure their own security, but sovereignty over the regions will belong to Kyiv. The final stage will be the conclusion of a multilateral agreement on peace and security in Europe, followed by the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine, follows from the document.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that a diplomatic solution to the conflict is possible only after a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops. At the end of February, Vladimir Putin named “the recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea, the solution of the tasks of demilitarization and denazification of the Ukrainian state and ensuring its neutral status” among the necessary conditions for a truce.

Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Moscow and Kyiv have held several rounds of talks in person and remotely. The most effective was the meeting in Turkey at the end of March. Then Ukraine offered to ensure its security to the countries from among the permanent members of the UN Security Council (guarantees will not work in Crimea and on part of the territory of Donbass). In return, Kyiv should accept a neutral and non-nuclear status, as well as refuse to produce and deploy all types of weapons of mass destruction.< /p>

However, since the beginning of April, the Russian authorities have repeatedly made statements that the negotiations have stalled. On May 17, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Andrey Rudenko said that there were no negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow in any form. The suspension of contacts was confirmed by Advisor to the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak: “After the Istanbul communiqué, there are no changes, there is no progress.”

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Elysee Palace announces new French government

Jean-Yves Le Drian was replaced as Minister of Foreign Affairs by the French Ambassador in London, and the French Minister of Overseas Territories became Minister of the Armed Forces

The heads of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Economy of France, Gerald Darmanin and Bruno Le Mer, retained their posts in the new government. The new Cabinet of Ministers was announced by Secretary General of the Office of the President Alexis Kohler, broadcast on Twitter.

Catherine Colonna, who served as Ambassador of the Republic to the UK, replaced Jean-Yves Le Drian as Minister of Foreign Affairs. The post of Minister of the Armed Forces was taken over by Sebastian Lecornu, who had previously been Minister of Overseas Territories, he replaced Florence Parly in this post.

Bridget Bourguignon became Minister of Health, Minister of Education— Pap Ndiaye.

On May 16, French President Emmanuel Macron appointed Elisabeth Born, who previously headed the Ministry of Labor, as Prime Minister of France. She became the first woman in 30 years in this post: before her, the French government was headed by Edith Cresson in 1991.

“Environment, health, education, full employment, democratic renaissance, Europe and security: together with the new government, we will continue to work tirelessly for the good of the French people,” Macron said at the time. As Reuters wrote, the French president decided to appoint a woman with experience in social or green politics as prime minister.

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Gazprom promised to protect its interests in arbitration with Finland

Gazprom will stop gas supplies to Finland on the morning of May 21, the suspension will last until payment is made in the manner prescribed by the decree of the President of Russia

Gazprom Export intends to defend its interests in arbitration with Finland, which has not accepted the new Russian gas payment terms, the company told RBC.

“Gazprom Export” will defend its interests in the arbitration proceedings by available means, — said the company.

«Gazprom Export» added that by the end of the working day on May 20 (the payment deadline stipulated by the contract), he had not received payment from Gasum for gas supplies in April. Therefore, until payment is made, gas supplies to the Finnish side will be suspended.

Gasum announced on May 17 that it did not accept Russia's new conditions for paying for gas and “submitted the contract to arbitration.” The company later reported that Gazprom informed her about the suspension of supplies from 7:00 Moscow time on May 21.

The Finnish gas company said it was “thoroughly preparing” to gas problems and will continue to supply fuel from other sources, in particular through the Balticconnector pipeline. It connects Finland with the Latvian gas storage facilities at Incukalns. Gasum is confident that it will be able to provide customers with gas in the coming months.

President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on gas payments in rubles for unfriendly countries at the end of March. Foreign gas companies must open two accounts with Gazprombank— in foreign currency and rubles. The foreign buyer transfers the gas fee in foreign currency, after which the bank sells it on the stock exchange and credits the funds received to the ruble account. The Russian side considers the obligations fulfilled only after they are credited to the account in Russian currency.

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The European Commission previously sent clarifications to member states, in which it explained how to pay for Russian gas without violating sanctions. Brussels clarified that opening accounts with Gazprombank does not violate the sanctions, but a foreign company, after crediting money to an account in foreign currency, must make a “clear statement” that the payment has been made and its obligations have been fulfilled.

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Putin made a remark to Alikhanov after mentioning the special operation

The Kaliningrad governor tried to explain the decline in construction by the beginning of hostilities in Ukraine. The President in response asked “not to refer to this special military operation of ours”: it “has absolutely nothing to do with it”

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President Vladimir Putin made a remark to the governor of the Kaliningrad region, Anton Alikhanov, who tried to explain the decline in the construction sector by the start of a special operation in Ukraine. The head of state held a working meeting with the governor via videoconference, according to the Kremlin website.

“Your construction sector has seen a fairly noticeable reduction in general,”— drew Putin's attention and asked to explain what it was connected with.

Alikhanov explained that after the start of the military operation, “logistic ties were temporarily disrupted.” “Still, we bought a lot abroad and were focused on transit through the territory of neighboring states. It took us time to adapt the supply to the new realities. It's done now,— he said.

The President in response asked: “This special military operation of ours should not be referred to in this case.” A decline in construction was observed back in 2020-2021, “noticeable at that”, and the Russian operation “has absolutely nothing to do with it”, he told the head of the region.

Putin agreed that “additional difficulties arise” but noted that “this reference was, frankly, not very appropriate.” “But I already said: there was a 48.9 percent decline in construction in 2020-2021,” — he added.

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Alikhanov has been governor of the Kaliningrad region since September 2017. On September 11, 2022, on a single voting day, new elections for the head of the region should take place. At the end of April, Alikhanov announced his intention to be re-elected for a second term. “I would like to go to the polls and be elected in a fair fight,” — he said.

Putin, at today's meeting with the Kaliningrad governor, praised the results of his work, calling them “completely satisfactory.” “The work was done well, of high quality,” — he noted. According to him, he expects Alikhanov to continue “in the same spirit” in the coming years.

The President announced his decision to launch a military operation in Ukraine on 24 February. Then Putin explained it as “the protection of people who have been subjected to bullying, genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years,” as well as the desire “for demilitarization and denazification.” neighboring country.

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Putin supported the candidacy of Kuyvashev in the elections in September

According to Putin, Kuyvashev's team was able to achieve positive results “on a number of fundamental indicators.” He has been the head of the Sverdlovsk region since 2012

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President Vladimir Putin supported the candidacy of Sverdlovsk Region Governor Yevgeny Kuyvashev in the upcoming elections in September. The broadcast of their working meeting was broadcast by the TV channel “Russia 24”.

In a conversation with the head of state, Kuyvashev recalled the expiration of his powers and noted that it was important for him “to see where to work next.”

< p>In response, Putin said that Kuyvashev and his team were able to achieve positive results and this creates a good basis for the development of the region. “I wish you success. I think you will be able to do it soon. Therefore, I hope that you will continue this work, and in the same vein, — Putin said.

Kuyvashev has been heading the region since 2012. Prior to that, he was the presidential envoy to the Urals Federal District (2011–2012), the mayor of Tyumen (2007–2011) and Tobolsk (2005–2007).

In April 2017, Kuyvashev resigned early from the post of governor, Putin left him acting until the elections, which were held in September of that year. He won them with a score of 62.16% of the vote.

In the spring, the Kremlin considered the option of abolishing direct elections of governors, three RBC sources reported this at the end of April. The head of the Fair Russia faction also spoke out in favor of refusing to hold elections in the fall; For the truth” Sergei Mironov, who offered to channel money from the army's election campaigns and opposed the infighting and competition of political parties. Secretary of the General Council of “United Russia” Andrei Turchak did not support his position.

Later, RBC sources close to the presidential administration reported that they decided not to postpone the elections in September, and leave the elections of governors direct. One of the interlocutors explained that keeping the elections as they were demonstrates the “normality of the situation.”

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“Channel One” announced the surrender of the deputy commander of “Azov” Kalina

According to the correspondent of the channel, Svyatoslav Palamar (Kalina) handed over his weapons and left the territory of Azovstal. On May 19, the military commander Dmitry Steshin announced the surrender of the deputy commander of Azov, but Kalina denied this information in a video message

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Deputy commander of the Ukrainian national battalion “Azov” (his symbols are recognized in Russia as extremist and banned, and the battalion itself is planned to be declared a terrorist organization) Svyatoslav Palamar (Kalina) left the territory of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, the correspondent of Channel One reported on Telegram Irina Kuksenkova.

«Kalina left Azovstal! Surrendered weapons— personal machine gun and pistol. Whether he will be reunited with his Volyn (previously surrendered commander of the marine brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Sergey Volynsky. — RBC) in the same cell of the Yelenovka pre-trial detention center is not yet clear,— the journalist wrote.

Military correspondent of “Komsomolskaya Pravda” Dmitry Steshin reported on the surrender of Kalina the day before: according to the journalist, he handed over his weapons on the evening of May 18. After that, Kalina, who is called the press secretary of Azov, recorded a video message in which he stated that he was still at Azovstal.

Kuksenkova earlier on Friday reported that the commander of the unit of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Serhiy Volynsky (Volyn) handed over the weapon. “He looked almost brand new, he handed over his weapons, things were inspected” in general, went through the standard procedure before loading onto the bus, & mdash; the journalist wrote. At the same time, Kalina, according to her, did not come out with him.

The Ministry of Defense did not report the surrender of Kalina and Volyn.

At the end of April, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to the president that he had complete control over Mariupol, with the exception of the territory of Azovstal, where the Ukrainian military was stationed. Vladimir Putin ordered to cancel the assault on the plant and block its territory.

Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk reported on May 10 that by that time there were more than 1 thousand Ukrainian soldiers, including the wounded, in the industrial zone.

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At the same time, State Duma committees were instructed to study the issue of banning the exchange of “Nazis” who “are war criminals”; and must be brought to justice. Andrei Klishas, ​​Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, said that the Azov fighters should be judged in the DPR and LPR, where they “committed their crimes.” The senator recalled that there is no moratorium on the death penalty in the republics. The head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, called for an international tribunal over those who surrendered at Azovstal. by the military.

On May 17, Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov forwarded to the Ministry of Defense the question of the status of the exported from Azovstal; military.

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The State Duma urged to work out the issue of transport accessibility of resorts

The government is recommended to submit to the State Duma information on measures to improve transport accessibility of the south of Russia in the context of flight restrictions and the beginning of the holiday season

The State Duma Committee on Tourism and Tourism Infrastructure Development submitted a draft resolution to the lower house of parliament, in which it proposed to improve the transport accessibility of the regions of southern Russia, including Crimea and Sevastopol, under restrictions. The document was published in the legislative support system.

“Taking into account the holiday season that began on May 1, 2022,

which will last until the end of September 2022, it is necessary to work out the issue of transport accessibility of the regions of the south <…>, paying special attention to transport accessibility from the territories of the subjects of the Russian Federation of the Far Eastern and Siberian Federal Districts, — says the document.

The deputies recommend that the government submit to the State Duma information on the measures taken to improve transport accessibility, as well as “on an ongoing basis to inform citizens about the available ways to travel to such cities.”

On May 18, the Federal Air Transport Agency again extended restrictions on flights to 11 Russian airports until 3:45 Moscow time on May 25. The airports of Anapa, Belgorod, Bryansk, Voronezh, Gelendzhik, Krasnodar, Kursk, Lipetsk, Rostov-on-Don, Simferopol and Elista are closed. Russian airlines are advised to use the airports of Sochi, Volgograd, Mineralnye Vody, Stavropol and Moscow.

Restrictions on the operation of airports in the Russian south were first introduced on February 24, after the start of the military operation in Ukraine. Since then, they have been extended several times, most recently— until May 19.

Sochi— the only major airport that continues to operate in the south of the country.

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Khodorkovsky and Kasparov added to the list of foreign agents

There are now seven people on the list. In addition to these two politicians, these are journalists Kiselev and Ganapolsky, Alexei Navalny's associate Volkov, oppositionist Kara-Murza and rapper Morgenstern

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The Russian Ministry of Justice has included politicians Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Garry in the list of individuals acting as foreign agents Kasparov.

In the column “Information about foreign sources” next to the name of Khodorkovsky, the department indicated Ukraine, and next to Kasparov— Ukraine and the Human Rights Foundation.

There are currently seven people on the list. In addition to Kasparov and Khodorkovsky, journalists Yevgeny Kiselev and Matvey Ganapolsky, an ally of oppositionist Alexei Navalny Leonid Volkov, oppositionist Vladimir Kara-Murza and rapper Alisher Morgenstern were previously included in it.

In April 2017, the Prosecutor General's Office declared three foreign non-governmental organizations undesirable in Russia: Mikhail Khodorkovsky's organization Open Russia registered in the UK, the Institute of Modern Russia (USA) of his son Pavel Khodorkovsky, and the public network movement Open Russia. (United Kingdom). “Open Russia” continued to work in the country as a social movement without registration.

In May 2021, the executive director of the movement, Andrei Pivovarov, announced its liquidation in order to protect members of the Open Russia from criminal prosecution.

A month later, the Prosecutor General's Office recognized the work of four more foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as undesirable: the British organizations Future of Russia Foundation (Future of Russia Foundation), Oxford Russia Fund (Oxford Russian Foundation) and Khodorkovsky Foundation (Khodorkovsky Foundation), as well as the French European Choice (“European Choice”). The Khodorkovsky Foundation, founded in 2004, supports educational projects both in Russia and abroad. Oxford Russian Foundation— branch of the Khodorkovsky Foundation— deals with the distribution of scholarships for students.

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Azov battalion commander surrendered at Azovstal

Denis Prokopenko left the territory of the Azovstal plant and surrendered. Earlier, the commander of the marine brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Volynsky and the deputy commander of “Azov” Palamar surrendered their weapons ” alt=”Azovstal battalion commander surrendered at Azovstal” />

Denis Prokopenko

Commander of the Ukrainian national battalion “Azov” (his symbols are recognized in Russia as extremist and banned, and the battalion itself is planned to be declared a terrorist organization) Denis Prokopenko (Radis) left the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol. Initially, the correspondent of Channel One reported this on Telegram. Irina Kuksenkova.

«Commander of Azov» Denis Prokopenko (Redis) left the Azovstal and surrendered, — she wrote.

Earlier, on May 20, the journalist reported that the commander of the unit of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Serhiy Volynsky (Volyn) and the deputy commander of the “Azov” Svyatoslav Palamar (Kalina).

Later information about the surrender of the leaders of Azovstal confirmed by the Russian Ministry of Defense. The military department said that Prokopenko, Volynsky and Palamar were taken away in an armored car.

On Friday evening, RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan wrote in her Telegram channel that “with Azovstal” everyone got out. In turn, Senator Andrei Klishas also wrote that “all the militants left Azovstal, calling it primarily a military victory.

The commander of the Vostok DPR battalion Alexander Khodakovsky wrote that before the last groups left the plant, the sounds of explosions were heard inside. He suggested that “something valuable to the enemy” was being destroyed.

“Azov” was founded in 2014 as a volunteer unit. Its first leader was the nationalist Andrei Biletsky. Later “Azov” was transformed into a regiment of the National Guard. In 2017, it was headed by Prokopenko.

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At the end of April, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin that Mariupol had come under the control of Russia and the DPR, and the territory of the Azovstal plant “with the remaining remnants of nationalists and foreign mercenaries”; blocked. To clean up Azovstal he took about three or four days. However, Putin ordered to cancel the assault on the plant, urging them to think about “saving the life and health of our soldiers and officers.” and “do not climb into these catacombs.” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky threatened to stop negotiations with Russia in the event of the destruction of the Ukrainian military remaining in Mariupol. “Ukrainian heroes need Ukraine alive”, — he noted later.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk reported on May 10 that more than 1,000 Ukrainian servicemen, including the wounded, were on the territory of the plant. On May 16, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the start of the surrender of the Ukrainian military and Azov fighters. at Azovstal and evacuation of the wounded. On May 20, Shoigu reported more than 1,900 surrendered Ukrainian soldiers. In Kyiv, they expect to exchange them.

In the Kremlin, the question was whether the Russian side considered prisoners of war evacuated from the territory of Azovstal. Ukrainian servicemen were forwarded to the Ministry of Defense. “The only thing I want to remind — [President Vladimir] Putin's statement that they will be treated in accordance with international law, — Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

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Zelensky announced plans to complete the construction of a new super-heavy aircraft “Mriya”

The Ukrainian authorities reported the loss of the only An-225 flight model at the end of February. There is a second, unfinished copy in the country, in 2020 Turkey was offered to participate in its completion, then it was estimated at $800 million

Vladimir Zelensky at the Antonov Aviation Plant, May 2021

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called for the construction of a new An-225 Mriya transport aircraft, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

“In this case, this is not a matter of money, it is a matter of ambition. We were contacted by Ukroboronprom, the Antonov team. This is a matter of the image of our state and all the excellent professional pilots who died,»,— Zelensky said at a meeting with students.

He considered the construction of “Mriya” in memory of the pilots “the correct state position.” Zelensky said that earlier Kyiv intended to complete the construction of the second An-225 and applied to Turkey with a proposal to participate in the project. This required $800 million, Zelensky explained, but “no money was found.”

In April 2020, representatives of the Antonov design bureau told Zelensky that there was a second, unfinished plane “in metal”. Then the Ukrainian authorities noted that “Mriya” can be completed “both theoretically and practically.”

About the loss of the only flight copy of the Mriya Zelensky said at the end of February. In “Ukroboronprom” explained that as of the morning of February 24, the plane was at the Antonov airfield. in Gostomel for repair work. One of its engines was removed, and “the plane could not fly that very day, although the appropriate commands were given.” During the fighting at the airfield, the plane was destroyed.

“Mriya” was the world's largest transport aircraft at the time of its creation and the only one assembled to full readiness. An-225 “Mriya” developed by OKB them. OK. Antonov in 1988. Its maximum takeoff weight is 640 tons, length— 84m, wingspan— 88.4 m, maximum load capacity— 250 t.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the liberation of the territory of Azovstal

In total, 2,439 Ukrainian soldiers surrendered, blocked at Azovstal. The commander of “Azov” was taken out of the territory of the plant in an armored car because of “the hatred of the Mariupol residents and the desire for reprisals against him,” the Defense Ministry said

Those who surrendered on the territory of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol

The territory of the metallurgical plant “Azovstal” completely released in Mariupol, said the official representative of the department, Major General Igor Konashenkov.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to the President “on the completion of the operation and the complete release” territory of “Azovstal” and Mariupol. According to the Ministry of Defense, on May 20, the last group of fighters of the Azov National Battalion surrendered. (its symbols are recognized as extremist in Russia and banned) — 531 people. A total of 2,439 Ukrainian soldiers have laid down their arms and surrendered since May 16.

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The underground facilities of the plant came under the control of the Russian armed forces.

Commander of “Azov” Denis Prokopenko “because of the hatred of Mariupol residents and the desire of the townspeople to punish him for numerous atrocities” taken out of the plant in a special armored car, said Konashenkov.

Earlier on May 20, the correspondent of Channel One Irina Kuksenkova reported that Prokopenko (Redis), his deputy Svyatoslav Palamar (Kalina) and the commander of the unit of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Sergey Volynsky (Volyn) left the territory of the plant and handed over their weapons.

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At the end of April, Vladimir Putin ordered to cancel the assault on Azovstal. and block its territory, after Shoigu announced complete control over Mariupol, with the exception of the industrial zone, where the “remnants of the nationalist formations” took refuge.

The Ministry of Defense announced the start of the surrender of the Ukrainian military and Azov fighters at Azovstal 16th of May. As Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk previously reported, there were more than 1,000 Ukrainian military personnel on the territory of the plant.

Kyiv expects to exchange those who surrendered for Azovstal. In the Kremlin, when asked whether the Russian side considered these fighters prisoners of war, they recommended contacting the military department. “The only thing I want to remind you is [Vladimir] Putin's statement that they will be treated in accordance with international laws,” — Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov stressed.

At the same time, State Duma committees were instructed to work on the issue of banning the exchange of “Nazis” who are “war criminals”; and must be brought to justice. On the need for a tribunal over those who surrendered at Azovstal Denis Pushilin, head of the DPR, also spoke.

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Shoigu reported to Putin on the complete “liberation” of Mariupol

The Russian military took full control of Mariupol after Ukrainian servicemen from the Azovstal plant surrendered. Ukrainian forces held the defense of the city for 86 days

The military operation to “liberate from Ukrainian militants” the territory of Mariupol and the plant “Azovstal” completed, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin. This was reported by the Ministry of Defense in Telegram.

“The territory of the metallurgical plant” Azovstal ” in Mariupol, where a group of Ukrainian militants of the Nazi formation “Azov” was blocked from April 21; (part of the materials of the organization is recognized as extremist in Russia and banned), completely released. The underground facilities of the enterprise, in which the militants were hiding, came under the complete control of the Russian armed forces, — The report said.

According to the agency, since May 16, 2,439 fighters of the Azov regiment have surrendered. and military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who were at the plant. Including, on May 20, 531 soldiers surrendered.

“The so-called” commander ” Nazi “Azov” because of the hatred of the Mariupol residents and the desire of the townspeople to punish him for numerous atrocities, he was taken out of the territory of the plant in a special armored car, — said the agency.

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

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that with Azovstal evacuated almost all people— civilians, doctors, seriously wounded and wounded, UNIAN reported. “It seems to me that in the near future, even, not one of these days, but the time will be completed, the export of all,” — he said.

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According to Zelensky, he agreed to unblock Azovstal with Turkey, Switzerland, Israel, with France because of the relations of their leaders with Russia. “Although, to be honest, dozens, hundreds of times I spoke with the leaders of other states to provide appropriate weapons to our military, so that we would reach Mariupol by military means in order to unblock these people,” — said the Ukrainian president.

He stressed that the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine allowed the Ukrainian military to “go out and save their lives”, as they have the right to do so.

The Ukrainian military held the defense of Mariupol for 86 days. Most of the time they were at the Azovstal plant, which occupies 11 sq. km and is approximately 1/15 of the city. Together with the military, civilians took refuge at the plant.

Evacuation of civilians and military personnel from Azovstal became a condition for Ukraine to continue negotiations with Russia. Zelensky said that if the Ukrainian military in Mariupol were killed, then Kyiv would stop the negotiation process.

In early May, Russia and Ukraine evacuated civilians from the plant to the territory of the DPR, LPR and settlements controlled by Kyiv under the control of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN.

May 16 from the territory of &laquo ;Azovstal» began to evacuate the military. Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar noted that the seriously wounded were taken to hospitals in Novoazovsk and Olenivka (both settlements are under the control of the DPR).

Zelensky then stressed that “Ukrainian heroes are needed by Ukraine alive.” They were expected to be exchanged for the Russian military. A possible scenario was the export of the military to Istanbul along the Black Sea, which was proposed by Turkey.

The command of “Azov” remained on the territory of the plant until the last, however, on May 20, the commander of the unit of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Sergey Volynsky (Volyn), the deputy commander of “Azov” Svyatoslav Palamar (Kalina) and the commander of the Azov Denis Prokopenko (Radish).

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Berlusconi invited the EU to persuade Kyiv to accept Russia’s terms of peace

Europe must convince Kyiv to accept the demands put forward by Moscow and personally by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the politician said. EU countries need to join forces and develop proposals for a settlement, he said.

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Europe must convince the Ukrainian authorities to accept Russia's terms in peace talks, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said, according to Libero Quatidiano.

“It is necessary to reach the world <…> as soon as possible. I believe that Europe should join forces to put forward a peace proposal for [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and the Ukrainians, trying to convince the Ukrainians to accept Putin's questions, — he said.

The day before, on May 19, the newspaper La Repubblica, citing the document, reported that Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio handed over Rome's proposals for a peaceful settlement in Ukraine to UN Secretary General António Guterres. Excerpts from the project, cited by the Huffington Post and Open Online, said the plan had four stages:

  • ceasefire in Ukraine and demilitarization of the front line under UN supervision;
  • negotiations on the status of Ukraine, which involve the country's accession to the EU, but not joining NATO;
  • In turn, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, at a briefing following the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council on development issues, said that he supported the proposals of Rome, but noted that the final decision on the conditions of peaceful settlement must be accepted by Kyiv.

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The Ministry of Defense showed a video of the exit of the Ukrainian military from Azovstal

The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that on May 20, the last group of Ukrainian soldiers blocked there left the territory of Azovstal – 531 people

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The Russian Ministry of Defense published a video of the exit of the last group of Ukrainian soldiers who were blocked at the Azovstal plant. in Mariupol, from the territory of the plant.

On the footage, the Russian military asks if there are officers among those who came out, examine people's things, search them and force them to undress and show tattoos on their bodies.

According to the Russian ministry, on Friday, May 20, 531 people left the plant; from May 16 & mdash; 2439. The department calls them “Nazis” Azov ” (some of the materials of the organization have been recognized as extremist in Russia and banned) and members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The representative of the Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov reported that the territory of “Azovstal” “completely released”, the head of the department, Sergei Shoigu, reported this to President Vladimir Putin.

The Ukrainian side has previously said that it hopes to exchange the wounded soldiers for Azovstal. The press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, forwarded the question to the Defense Ministry about whether Moscow considered those taken from the plant to be prisoners of war. At the same time, the Russian State Duma is discussing the issue of a ban on the exchange of “Nazi criminals” so that they can be brought to justice (the Russian authorities have repeatedly called the Azov battalion a neo-Nazi association).

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March against the “Soviet heritage” took place in Latvia

About 10 thousand people took part in it. The organizers demanded to dismantle the monuments of the Soviet era throughout the country, expel from Latvia all persons disloyal to her and deprive them of their citizenship. On May 16, the procession was announced by the president

In the center of the capital of Latvia, the city of Riga, a procession “for liberation from the Soviet legacy” took place. in support of the demolition of Soviet monuments, Delfi reports.

According to the portal, about 10 thousand people participated in the march. They sang Latvian folk songs, carried posters, Latvian and Ukrainian flags. At the same time, the City Duma told the portal that at the stage of coordinating the procession, it was only about 5 thousand participants.

The activists walked from the Town Hall Square in the center of Riga towards the Victory Park and headed towards the Freedom Monument. The organizers of the march demanded that the monument be demolished, calling it a “monument to the occupation”; and appealed to the Latvian authorities with a demand to “identify and dismantle all <…> memorials [of the times] of the USSR” and “monuments of the Russian occupation.” In addition, among the demands of the organizers was a call to “change the names of streets and squares”; throughout Latvia.

The Pentagon denied that the United States plans to destroy the Black Sea Fleet

The fact that the United States is preparing such plans, said the adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby assured that this was not true. He also did not confirm the discussion of the supply of anti-ship weapons to Kyiv. denied that the United States has plans to destroy the Black Sea Fleet” />

John Kirby

The United States does not have any plans to destroy the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at a briefing.

“That's not true,” — he assured reporters.

Kirby was asked to comment on a May 20 Twitter post by adviser to Ukrainian Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko that “the United States is preparing a plan to destroy the Black Sea Fleet.”

Gerashchenko also wrote that Kyiv was able to convince Washington of the need ” prepare a plan to unblock the ports. According to the adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the countries are discussing the supply of anti-ship weapons to Ukraine— Harpoon and Naval Strike Missile missiles with a range of 250-300 km).

On May 19, the White House is considering providing Ukraine with anti-ship missiles to overcome the naval blockade of Russia, Reuters reported, citing US officials and congressional sources. According to them, Washington is considering their direct transfer from the United States or from one of the European countries that also has such weapons. Kirby, commenting on this data, said: “I will not speculate about systems that have not been sent or have not yet been approved for shipment.”

On May 19, the US Senate approved the allocation of $40 billion in aid to Ukraine. According to Bloomberg, $6 billion will go to direct security assistance, $8.8 billion— for economic support, $9.05 billion— to replenish stockpiles of weapons from the Pentagon, and other countries that supply weapons to Ukraine are calculated $ 4 billion. Now the law must be signed by President Joe Biden.

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