Ukraine

now browsing by tag

 
 

Ukraine grain shipments offer ‘glimmer of hope,’ WTO director-general says

“MuiTypography-root-126 MuiTypography-h1-131″>Ukraine grain shipments offer 'glimmer of hope,' WTO director-general says

The World’s Marco Werman spoke to Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala about the shipments, the slowdown in global trade and how it's contributing to world hunger.

The WorldAugust 19, 2022 · 12:00 PM EDT

Director-General of the World Trade Organization Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala walks outside of the International Monetary Fund building during the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings in Washington, DC, in April, 2022. 

Jose Luis Magana/AP

Some glimmers of good news are coming out of Ukraine these days with cargo ships finally cruising through the Black Sea.

At least 18 vessels loaded with grain have left Ukraine in the past two weeks — a likely sign that global cooperation can work to ease trade, even in an active war zone.

But navigating through ports blocked by mines and military vessels is not easy. There are also new accusations that Russia is smuggling grain from Ukraine's occupied territories.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, director-general of the World Trade Organization, said that she is not surprised the shipments are happening since a lot of groundwork has gone into this.

"Remember, the UN secretary-general, Turkey and others had worked with Russia and Ukraine to make this happen," she said. “So these are very good signs. We are cautiously optimistic and hope this will continue, but we are not past the worst."

The World’s Marco Werman spoke to Okonjo-Iweala about the shipments, the slowdown in global trade and how it's contributing to world hunger.

Marco Werman: At least 18 shiploads of grain have left Ukraine, as I said. Can you give us your assessment of what that volume really represents? Does it begin to meet the needs of hungry people, especially in low-income countries?Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: It's definitely making a difference. If you look at what is happening to price of grain, for instance, the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization) Cereal Price Index has dropped by almost 12% in July compared to June, and the vegetable oil price index has dropped by 19%. So, that means that cereal prices, vegetable oil prices, both essentials, are coming down. But they are still well above their levels in July of 2021. It's good to see that the shipment left for the port of Djibouti destined for consumers in Ethiopia. And we hope within two weeks, they will begin to get access. And their other shipments that will benefit people in Africa. So, this is promising.As you well know, it's not just about ships getting to their destination. At the same time, there's been drought across Europe, add to that just the sheer tumult of war in Ukraine, plus a strong dollar and inflation. Do you think that's going to mean that some countries just won't be able to get all the food that their people need?It means that there are significant risks because we have 345 million people in 82 countries who are facing food insecurity, with 50 million people, according to the World Food Program, who are on the edge of famine. But continuing to see the ships leaving is really the most important indicator. We have droughts, and climate change is a big problem, but I think alleviating the pressure from the war in Ukraine will be very, very significant.With the deal that allowed some of that Ukrainian grain to leave ports, there were parallel stipulations that allowed Russia to export some goods that had been targeted under the Western sanctions regime. What has that part of the deal to open Ukraine's ports meant actually for Russian exports?Let's put it this way. As you know, the Black Sea region, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, are very significant with respect to agriculture. And that means that also agricultural inputs like fertilizer. So, the fact that Russia is also able to export fertilizer to nations that need it helps because you've got to think not only of this immediate food crisis, getting food to people, but also how are they going to grow food for next year. And African countries have the capacity to grow their own food. But if they don't get access to inputs like fertilizer, then yields will be significantly down. Even agricultural powerhouses like Brazil need this access.What do we know about these accusations that Russia is smuggling Ukrainian grain out of occupied territories?It's very difficult for me to actually comment on this particular issue. I think that has to be left to people on the ground who can monitor these kinds of movements.Director-General, 25 million tons of grain are still stuck in Ukrainian warehouses. Can any of that and much of that get to those who need it before it spoils?I would certainly hope so, Marco. We've had 20 million tons of grain in warehouses. We have another 25 million tons to be harvested. And so it would be a really huge shame for the world if this grain is allowed to spoil when we have hundreds of millions of hungry people in the world.What has the war in Ukraine meant for global trade?More than 25% of wheat exports for the world, vegetable oil, and other agricultural products come from this region. So, whilst it may look like the impact on total world trade is not that much, but the impact on a very important sector of trade — food and agriculture — is heavy. You have seen the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and the World Bank downgrade their forecasts for world growth. We've also done the same with respect to world trade. They still have rationing of gas in Europe. All of these have huge implications for trade and for people who are going hungry in the world.If we can shine a little light on some optimistic news, there does seem to be at least a slight global trade rebound in recent months. Some of the supply chain problems seem to be easing. Ships are starting to move again. But how can that rebound be made more inclusive so it benefits both high and low-income countries?There are some signs of supply chain easing. We've seen the cost of shipping freight drop by as much as 70% on some routes. And we've also seen the time it takes to ship freight from China to the US West Coast, for instance, declining from about 113 days at the start of this year to about 95 days now. So these are good signs. But we've still got the issue of China's zero-COVID policy, which could lead to further supplier shutdowns. We've got gas shortages in Europe, and this winter could lead to this slowing down of industrial production there. You've seen the New York Fed note that supply chain pressures remain at historically high levels, with which we agree. So, yes, there are glimmers of hope, but we are on a knife edge in terms of the potential risks that could upset this.

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

Ukraine grain shipments offers ‘glimmer of hope,’ WTO director-general says

“MuiTypography-root-126 MuiTypography-h1-131″>Ukraine grain shipments offers 'glimmer of hope,' WTO director-general says

The World’s Marco Werman spoke to Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala about the shipments, the slowdown in global trade and how it's contributing to world hunger.

The WorldAugust 19, 2022 · 12:00 PM EDT

Director-General of the World Trade Organization Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala walks outside of the International Monetary Fund building during the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings in Washington, DC, in April, 2022. 

Jose Luis Magana/AP

Some glimmers of good news are coming out of Ukraine these days with cargo ships finally cruising through the Black Sea.

At least 18 vessels loaded with grain have left Ukraine in the past two weeks — a likely sign that global cooperation can work to ease trade, even in an active war zone.

But navigating through ports blocked by mines and military vessels is not easy. There are also new accusations that Russia is smuggling grain from Ukraine's occupied territories.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, director-general of the World Trade Organization, said that she is not surprised the shipments are happening since a lot of groundwork has gone into this.

"Remember, the UN secretary-general, Turkey and others had worked with Russia and Ukraine to make this happen," she said. “So these are very good signs. We are cautiously optimistic and hope this will continue, but we are not past the worst."

The World’s Marco Werman spoke to Okonjo-Iweala about the shipments, the slowdown in global trade and how it's contributing to world hunger.

Marco Werman: At least 18 shiploads of grain have left Ukraine, as I said. Can you give us your assessment of what that volume really represents? Does it begin to meet the needs of hungry people, especially in low-income countries?Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: It's definitely making a difference. If you look at what is happening to price of grain, for instance, the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization) Cereal Price Index has dropped by almost 12% in July compared to June, and the vegetable oil price index has dropped by 19%. So, that means that cereal prices, vegetable oil prices, both essentials, are coming down. But they are still well above their levels in July of 2021. It's good to see that the shipment left for the port of Djibouti destined for consumers in Ethiopia. And we hope within two weeks, they will begin to get access. And their other shipments that will benefit people in Africa. So, this is promising.As you well know, it's not just about ships getting to their destination. At the same time, there's been drought across Europe, add to that just the sheer tumult of war in Ukraine, plus a strong dollar and inflation. Do you think that's going to mean that some countries just won't be able to get all the food that their people need?It means that there are significant risks because we have 345 million people in 82 countries who are facing food insecurity, with 50 million people, according to the World Food Program, who are on the edge of famine. But continuing to see the ships leaving is really the most important indicator. We have droughts, and climate change is a big problem, but I think alleviating the pressure from the war in Ukraine will be very, very significant.With the deal that allowed some of that Ukrainian grain to leave ports, there were parallel stipulations that allowed Russia to export some goods that had been targeted under the Western sanctions regime. What has that part of the deal to open Ukraine's ports meant actually for Russian exports?Let's put it this way. As you know, the Black Sea region, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, are very significant with respect to agriculture. And that means that also agricultural inputs like fertilizer. So, the fact that Russia is also able to export fertilizer to nations that need it helps because you've got to think not only of this immediate food crisis, getting food to people, but also how are they going to grow food for next year. And African countries have the capacity to grow their own food. But if they don't get access to inputs like fertilizer, then yields will be significantly down. Even agricultural powerhouses like Brazil need this access.What do we know about these accusations that Russia is smuggling Ukrainian grain out of occupied territories?It's very difficult for me to actually comment on this particular issue. I think that has to be left to people on the ground who can monitor these kinds of movements.Director-General, 25 million tons of grain are still stuck in Ukrainian warehouses. Can any of that and much of that get to those who need it before it spoils?I would certainly hope so, Marco. We've had 20 million tons of grain in warehouses. We have another 25 million tons to be harvested. And so it would be a really huge shame for the world if this grain is allowed to spoil when we have hundreds of millions of hungry people in the world.What has the war in Ukraine meant for global trade?More than 25% of wheat exports for the world, vegetable oil, and other agricultural products come from this region. So, whilst it may look like the impact on total world trade is not that much, but the impact on a very important sector of trade — food and agriculture — is heavy. You have seen the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and the World Bank downgrade their forecasts for world growth. We've also done the same with respect to world trade. They still have rationing of gas in Europe. All of these have huge implications for trade and for people who are going hungry in the world.If we can shine a little light on some optimistic news, there does seem to be at least a slight global trade rebound in recent months. Some of the supply chain problems seem to be easing. Ships are starting to move again. But how can that rebound be made more inclusive so it benefits both high and low-income countries?There are some signs of supply chain easing. We've seen the cost of shipping freight drop by as much as 70% on some routes. And we've also seen the time it takes to ship freight from China to the US West Coast, for instance, declining from about 113 days at the start of this year to about 95 days now. So these are good signs. But we've still got the issue of China's zero-COVID policy, which could lead to further supplier shutdowns. We've got gas shortages in Europe, and this winter could lead to this slowing down of industrial production there. You've seen the New York Fed note that supply chain pressures remain at historically high levels, with which we agree. So, yes, there are glimmers of hope, but we are on a knife edge in terms of the potential risks that could upset this.

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

The United States allowed supplies to Ukraine that could “change the situation on the battlefield”

The Pentagon allowed the supply of weapons to Kyiv that could “change the situation on the battlefield” The $ 775 million package will include ammunition for HIMARS, Javelin missiles, ScanEagle drones and other weapons. Earlier in August, the US announced another $1 billion package max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

Javelin missile system

The Pentagon has announced a new $775 million military aid package for Ukraine that will include HIMARS multiple rocket launcher munitions and 16 howitzers, CNN reports, citing a senior Pentagon official.

The package will also include 1,000 Javelin anti-tank missiles, 15 ScanEagle drones for reconnaissance, 40 armored vehicles with enhanced mine protection (MRAP), HARM anti-radar missiles, 1.5 thousand TOW anti-tank missile systems, mine-clearing equipment, Hummer military vehicles, night vision and thermal imaging devices, etc. .d.

“We are also studying new means that will allow them (Ukrainian military.— RBC) to successfully operate in terms of changing the battlefield not only in the east, but also in the south”,— said the Pentagon, announcing new deliveries to Ukraine (TASS quote). But it was not specified what weapons were involved.

According to CNN, over the past 12 months, this is the 19th package of assistance to Ukraine from the Pentagon.

In August, Washington already announced the allocation of military assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $1 billion. This is the largest single delivery of military products.

The package includes ammunition for HIMARS and NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems (on August 19, the Pentagon specified that the complexes would be sent to Ukraine within two to three months), 50 M113 armored medical vehicles, artillery ammunition, 1,000 Javelin man-portable anti-tank systems , medicines and explosives. In addition, the United States indicated that it would allocate $89 million to Ukraine to help clear mines and clear unexploded ordnance in the country.

Read on RBC Pro Pro What they buy in the summer at Wildberries and who sells the most. Rating Research Pro Q-commerce: what awaits fast delivery services Hero of the Republic: how a dentist ran away from his parents and made $ 1 billion Articles Pro What you should not tell at an interview about your children Instructions Pro You have 8 seconds. How to present and sell an idea Summary

Analysts from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (Germany), who collect data on all arms supplies to Ukraine, noted that the United States is the leader in terms of the volume of allocated aid. According to them, from January 24 to August 3, Washington allocated packages worth approximately $25 billion. For comparison: the EU institutions allocated ten times less, among other states, the UK (€4 billion) and Canada (about €1) provided significant support. billion).

The Kremlin pointed out that the supply of Western weapons would not prevent Russia from achieving the goals of the special operation, but would increase the “suffering” Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that as the country is pumped up with more and more long-range weapons, the geographical objectives of the special operation will move further from the current line (includes Donbass and southern Ukraine).

Authors Tags Subscribe to VK RBC Get news faster than anyone

Источник rbc.ru

Biden orders Ukraine to receive $775 million in military aid

Political scientist Ishchenko announced the need to eliminate Ukraine as a state

Many parties are interested in its destruction

The question of the fate of Ukraine after the start of the special operation of the Russian Federation is very acute, and many experts believe that Western countries are just waiting to dismantle the country piece by piece . Considering that the liberated regions of the country want to become part of Russia, political scientist Rostyslav Ishchenko is convinced that Ukraine as a state must be completely liquidated so that even its smallest remnants cannot claim them.

Photo: Yehor MilohrodskyiUnsplash.

In an interview with Svobodnaya Pressa, Ishchenko noted that Ukraine is now being “pressed” and, in theory, it should be put under pressure. However, according to the political scientist, the problem should be considered globally in the sense that now there is a confrontation not with Ukraine itself, but with the United States, and besides, a very strong coalition is opposing Russia.

The expert clarified that these countries have significant problems, but they are not at all as weak as it might seem, and they will not just fight Russia, but will achieve victory. However, without knowing the specifics, as Ishchenko noted, it is impossible to make predictions about the completion time of the special operation.

Nevertheless, the political scientist is convinced that Ukraine as a state “needs to be liquidated”, which is also of interest, for example, Poles, Hungarians and Romanians. According to Ishchenko, if one works well on this issue in theory, then “some consensus” can be found, and if Russia cannot do it on its own, then it can be done collectively.

The expert added that Crimea can be annexed , Donbass, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, Odessa and anything else, but if even a small piece of Ukraine remains “somewhere in the Zhytomyr swamps”, then this piece will be able to legitimately claim the “torn away” territories.

Read also:Military expert Leonkov revealed the key point of defense of Donbass for the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Источник www.mk.ru

Ukraine launched an investigation into the case of the oligarchic Monaco Battalion

Fugitive Rada deputies face deprivation of authority and prison

Well, Ukraine has a new round of hunting for its own. Ukrainian journalists found out that Nezalezhnaya, it turns out, has a separate formation of the most cunning and insidious representatives of the nation – the “Monaco battalion”. The unit consists of deputies and officials who, after the start of the special operation, decided that the best place to fight for the country's independence is the French Riviera.

The main building of the State Bureau of Investigation in Kyiv. Photo: en.wikipedia.orgDgho.

This week, the Ukrayinska Pravda newspaper conducted a whole investigation into Ukrainian residents of luxury resorts. And the State Bureau of Investigation of Ukraine has already opened proceedings on the illegal transfer of persons across the state border against more than 80 people, including members of the Rada.

To whom there is a damp trench and a dugout on the front line, and to whom yachts and villas in sunny and picturesque places in the center of Europe. As the authors of the investigation about VIP refugees from Ukraine noted, in the notorious city of Monaco, in the courtyards of the mansions of Nice, as well as at the entrance to the Monte Carlo casino, cars with Ukrainian numbers are found literally at every turn. And these are by no means “Zaporozhets”, but much less patriotic, but more presentable Maybach and Bentley.

One of these cars belongs to the Dnipropetrovsk raider oligarch Vadim Ermolaev, who, like the rest of the defendants in the investigation, did not have the right to leave Ukraine after February 24. Another fugitive Ukrainian oligarch, Konstantin Zhevago, impressed eyewitnesses with his luxurious yacht with the image of the letter “Z”, but, as they say, it has nothing to do with supporting the special operation – it's just the capital letter of the spelling of the businessman's name in Latin (Zhevago).

Also on the Cote d'Azur, cars belonging to Rada deputies Vadim Stolar and Grigory Surkis, who, along with his brother Igor (president of the Dynamo football club), are regulars at local gambling establishments, were found. The young people's deputy Igor Abramovich also entered the number of the “battalion”. It is reported that he did not even disdain to use the villa of the Russian banker Boris Davletyarov on Cap Ferrat. The question of depriving all three of their parliamentary immunity is already under consideration by the Ukrainian parliament.

Despite the fact that in the media space of Ukraine, which Zelensky completely subjugated, the film-investigation about Ukrainian fugitives thundered quite loudly, information about the cases of the departure of the deputies and officials from Nezalezhnaya after the start of the SVO leaked earlier.

As you know, since February 24, the Rada has switched to a closed mode of operation, so it has become impossible to track discussions, voting and the actual visit to parliament by deputies in an online format. All discussions were conducted remotely. This only contributed to the concealment of the fact of the sudden absence of some people's deputies in Kyiv, of whom there were 26 people. The reasons for the absence of some of them were not named.

The fact that relatives of representatives of the Ukrainian elite are now included in the list of accused is also not surprising, given that, taking advantage of the position, even Chairman of the Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk and Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba took their families out of Nezalezhnaya.

The question remains, why did the Zelensky regime catch on just now? The human reserve of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is frankly exhausted, there are fewer and fewer elites who want to fight for yachts and Maybachs, and even handing subpoenas to the first Ukrainians who come across the street does not give much effect. Apparently, the Kyiv “Supreme” decided to slightly raise a wave of patriotism, publicly condemning the unscrupulous fugitives. There is no unity of territories, there is no unity among politicians either. And society is not only split, but now also demoralized. Only the “Monaco battalion” does not lose heart and steadfastly maintains the unity of its ranks.

Источник www.mk.ru

The Foreign Ministry said it does not want the United States to turn into a side of the conflict in Ukraine

The Foreign Ministry said it does not want the United States to side with the conflict in Ukraine

Russia does not want the United States to become a party to the conflict in Ukraine, but Washington has so far refused to hear these warnings. About this on the air of the TV channel “Russia 1” said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

“We do not want an escalation. We want to avoid a situation where the United States becomes a party to the conflict, but so far we do not see the willingness of that side to take these warnings really deeply and seriously. he said.

According to Ryabkov, Moscow repeatedly sent letters and notes to Washington warning that the increasingly obvious and deep involvement in what is happening in Ukraine is putting the United States on the verge of turning into a conflict.

“They dispute this, but the facts speak for themselves, no matter how much they deny or deny that they are not involved in any decisions on the use of weapons, this is all refuted by life, refuted by statements, including statements by the Ukrainian side, to which we draw attention, & mdash ; said the diplomat.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special military operation in Ukraine. Since then, the United States and other Western countries have regularly provided Kyiv with military, economic and political assistance. The West supplies Ukraine with weapons and provides financial assistance.

Earlier, Reuters reported that the United States intends to provide additional assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $800 million. Last week, it allocated $1 billion in assistance to Ukraine. The package included HIMARS rockets for multiple rocket launchers, NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems ammunition, 50 armored medical vehicles M113, as well as artillery ammunition, a thousand FGM-148 Javelin portable anti-tank systems, medicines and explosives.

Read on RBC Pro Pro How companies can switch to a “less but better” mode of operation and how to prepare for it Pro x The Economist Instructions Bezos and Dorsey invest in African startups. What they hope for Pro Articles IT Brain Drain Could Be a Big Problem for Russia Forecasts Pro Why Bonds Have Remained a Safe Harbor Amid Market Crash or gray salary. What They Risk Articles Pro Counting calories does not help maintain weight. What to do instead Articles

Total US military aid to Ukraine thus rose to $9.8 billion since the start of the Russian military operation in February.

Tags Subscribe to VK RBC Get news faster than anyone

Источник rbc.ru

The daughter of a senator from Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug left Russia because of an operation in Ukraine

The daughter of Senator Eduard Isakov, Diana Isakova, stated that she did not support Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, and also that she had participated in anti-war actions. According to her, now she has left the country *

In honor of the deceased in Ukraine, the deputy head of the Black Sea Fleet named a boat

The professor predicted direct US intervention in the event of a major Russian victory in Ukraine

Photo: pixabay.com

The situation around the Russian NVO in Ukraine could turn into US intervention in the conflict. This prediction was made by University of Chicago political science professor John Mearsheimer in an article for Foreign Affairs.

The expert describes several scenarios for American intervention at once.

If the situation is not resolved within a year, Washington, as the author believes, he may think about introducing small contingents of ground troops to help Kyiv.

A more likely scenario for US intervention, according to an American political scientist, is if the Ukrainian army “starts to fall apart, and Russia wins a major victory.” The administration of US President Joe Biden does not intend to allow such an outcome, and the United States could try to reverse the situation by deciding to directly participate in the hostilities.

There is a third option that Mearsheimer describes. It suggests unintentional escalation. So, according to this version, Washington, unwittingly, will be drawn into a military conflict by some unforeseen event that “develops in an upward spiral.”

Источник www.mk.ru

Russian Foreign Ministry warned the United States from becoming a side of the conflict in Ukraine

Photo: Still from video

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the US and NATO are aggravating the situation in Ukraine with their assertions about the possibility of an attack into Russian territory from the Ukrainian side. Moscow warns Washington on the topic of de-escalation against the Russian Federation.

As the Deputy Minister pointed out, the situation is now extremely acute. Moscow would not want Washington to become a party to the conflict. However, the United States has not yet heard the warnings, Ryabkov added.

Earlier, Washington allowed the Armed Forces to use American weapons in Crimea for self-defense, as Politico wrote, citing an anonymous source in the White House.

>

Later, Russian Senator Sergei Tsekov pointed out that US weapons can be used to strike not only in the Crimea, but also in other territories of the Russian Federation. In particular, these are the Bryansk and Kursk regions.

Источник www.mk.ru

Russian special operation in Ukraine: online broadcast on August 19

Reports of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, comments by politicians, new sanctions

On August 19, Kyiv is preparing a resonant provocation at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. As a result, Zaporozhye announced the strengthening of the ZNPP protection system. Meanwhile, Zelensky said that Kyiv sees no obstacles for the arrival of the IAEA mission to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. The US authorities are preparing to allocate another $800 million in military assistance to Ukraine. At the same time, the State Department expressed concern about the negative consequences of the possible inclusion of Russia in the list of countries sponsoring terrorism. Read online of the previous day of the special operation here.

Photo: Donetsk News Agency

11:50 The SBU announced the exposure of the attempt of the Russian special services to install “bugs” on the sidelines of the Verkhovna Rada. The secret services claim that for this purpose the Russian FSB allegedly recruited an employee of the support unit of the Administrative Department of the Verkhovna Rada at the time when he was in Crimea.

11:33 Former prime minister Italy Berlusconi said that his country should abandon Russian gas if conditions are created for supplies from alternative sources.

11:25 The head of the Naval Academy, Viktor Sokolov, said that he had been appointed acting commander of the Black Sea Fleet. In this post, he replaced Igor Osipov, who commanded the Black Sea Fleet since March 2019.

11:10 Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the regional administration, said that last night Ukrainian shells hit the territory of the Zaporizhzhya TPP. It is also important for the stable operation of a nuclear power plant.

10:55 State Duma deputy from United Russia Oleg Morozov said that US President Joe Biden is using all the tools to stimulate the continuation of hostilities in Ukraine, including his powers on “extra” weapons.

10:35 Patrushev added that the United States, Great Britain and their henchmen would bear full responsibility for a possible catastrophe at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. In addition, he pointed out that the events in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in 2022 were the result of attempts by the West to organize “color revolutions” there.

10:30 Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Patrushev said that the West does not stop preparing for an open armed conflict with the Russian Federation.

10:12 The dollar exchange rate at the opening of trading at the Moscow Exchange began to grow, but then fell sharply lower 58 rub. This is the first time since July 25.

10:05 Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis announced the need to cancel tourist Schengen visas already issued to Russian citizens.

9:58 Deputy Speaker of the Bundestag Kubiki called for the immediate launch of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. According to him, Germany should have more energy. “We must open Nord Stream 2 immediately to fill our gas storage facilities for the winter,” he said.

9:50 Employees The FSB detained a Russian in Krasnodar for spying for the SBU. A man illegally received and transferred abroad information that “could be used against the security of the Russian Federation” for a monetary reward.

9:40 Deputy head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Viktor Yevtukhov said that it will be difficult for Western companies that have announced their withdrawal from Russia to return, because according to market laws, their niches are occupied by competitors.

9 :20 Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the administration of Zaporozhye, said that the heating season in Ukraine could be disrupted due to the predicted lack of electricity, which is caused by the shelling of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, as well as subsequent power outages from the station in the territories controlled by Kyiv.

9:06 The Russian Embassy in Washington reports that the United States, while making sweeping statements on the situation around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, does not disdain outright lies in unrestrained attempts to denigrate Russia.

A trilateral meeting was held in Lviv with the participation of Erdogan, Zelensky and Guterres. Zelensky and Guterres believe that the situation in Ukraine should be resolved exclusively at the negotiating table. In addition, Erdogan intends to discuss with Putin the results of the Lvov talks with Zelensky and Guterres.

The Russian Foreign Ministry did not rule out that a decision would be made at the EU level to stop issuing Schengen visas to Russians. It is emphasized that Moscow will not leave unanswered the initiatives of these countries to limit or stop issuing visas to Russians, the measures will soon become known.

And Indonesian President Joko Widodo said that Russian leader Vladimir Putin plans to come to Bali for the summit G20 in November 2022.

Источник www.mk.ru

The Americans have prepared a new package of military assistance to Ukraine for a round sum

US deliveries to Kyiv amounted to billions of dollars

Washington is preparing an additional $800 million in US military aid for Ukraine. What exactly is included in the new package of deliveries to Kyiv is not specified.

Photo: pixabay.com

The United States has already sent billions of dollars of military aid to Ukraine, including weapons systems such as HIMARS. Now the US is preparing about $800 million in additional military aid to Ukraine and could announce the plan as early as Friday, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Sources told Reuters that US President Joe Biden is authorizing the aid using his presidential spending-cutting authority, which allows the president to approve the transfer of surplus weapons from the United States stockpile.

Sources on condition of anonymity warned that the cost of the weapons kits could change before they are announced. The White House declined to comment.

Washington has already sent billions of dollars of security assistance to Kyiv, including weapons, including highly mobile artillery rocket systems (HIMARS), mortars and artillery ammunition, Javelin anti-tank missile systems, explosives and demolition equipment. Reuters did not specify what might be included in the latest US military aid package for Ukraine.

Since August 2021, Biden has used the president's spending cut powers at least 18 times to help Ukraine totaling more than $7.2 billion in defense equipment and services to bolster Kyiv's defenses against Russia, Fox News notes. The State Department has previously said the aid does not require congressional approval and can be sent within days or hours after Biden approves the action.

Earlier, a group of retired US generals and diplomats spoke to The Hill with calling on the Biden administration to accelerate the pace of military aid to Kyiv. Among those who signed the appeal – former NATO Supreme Commander in Europe General Philip Breedlove; and former US Ambassadors to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, John Herbst and William Taylor. The authors of this appeal argue that Washington “due to excessive caution” and fear of provoking an escalation of the conflict (including a nuclear one) actually yields the initiative to Russia and reduces pressure on Moscow.

In July, Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan stated that the pace of arms supplies is limited by Ukraine's ability to “digest” ; supplied weapons in terms of the availability of people trained in their use, as well as the need to support the supply of NATO allies.

Источник www.mk.ru

Politico learned that the United States will approve the use of their weapons by Ukraine in Crimea

Politico: U.S. will approve UAF use of Western weapons against military installations in Crimea Politico, citing an anonymous Biden administration official, said the U.S. would not object if Ukraine uses Western weapons to attack military installations in Crimea. Moscow promised to respond if this happens

Politico learned that the US will approve Ukraine's use of their weapons in Crimea

A US Air Force sergeant checks pallets of shells bound for Ukraine

The United States does not object to the Ukrainian army striking military targets in Crimea, Politico reports, citing a senior representative of US President Joe Biden.

“Of course, we don't select targets, and all the [weapons] we have provided are for self-defense purposes. Any goal that they [the Armed Forces] decide to pursue on sovereign Ukrainian soil is, by definition, self-defense,— he said.

To the clarifying question of the correspondent of the newspaper, whether he was talking about the peninsula, he answered: “Crimea— this is Ukraine. The administration official also said that Kyiv is aware of Washington's point of view.

Former U.S. State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volcker told Politico that “Russian forces have nothing to do there [in Crimea].” According to him, the attack on Russian military facilities in Crimea “is no different from the attack on them near Kyiv, Kherson or in eastern Ukraine.”

Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 following a referendum in which the majority of the inhabitants of the peninsula voted for joining Russia. Ukraine and Western countries did not recognize its results, they consider the peninsula an occupied territory and accuse Moscow of annexation. The Russian authorities have repeatedly stated that the issue of Crimea is closed.

Read on RBC Pro Pro Aging can be overcome: what scientific achievements will help prolong life Summary Pro How the American Walmart is paying for becoming too Chinese what it's like to work in Chinese companies you have 8 seconds. How to Present and Sell Your Idea Summary

Back in the summer, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense assumed that Kyiv could use American HIMARS MLRS to strike Russian targets in Crimea, which, as the department said, is “a hub for the movement of all Russian equipment, ammunition and weapons.” to the south of Ukraine. The representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Vadym Skibitsky, also noted the threat from the Black Sea, from the waters of which rocket launches are made on Ukrainian territory. In turn, Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian president, stated that the promise given to Western partners not to hit targets on Russian territory with foreign weapons does not apply to the Crimean bridge.

In the Kremlin, the words about a possible strike on the Crimean bridge were called “the announcement of a possible terrorist act.” The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, said that the army takes “note” all threats of attacks on the bridge. Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, for his part, promised that in the event of an attack from Kyiv, Russia would hit the “decision-making centers”: “Everyone understands what these centers are” this is the Ministry of Defense, and the General Staff, and whatever.

On the evening of August 18, air defense systems went off in Kerch, local communities on Vkontakte the sounds of explosions were reported. Oleg Kryuchkov, adviser to the head of Crimea, said that there was no danger to the city and the Crimean bridge.

Two days earlier, on August 16, in the village of Mayskoye, Dzhankoy district, ammunition detonated at a temporary warehouse . Two people were injured, power lines, a power plant, a railway and residential buildings were damaged. The Russian Ministry of Defense explained the incident as sabotage, and an emergency mode was introduced in the north of the peninsula. A local emergency situation has already been introduced on the peninsula after explosions at the Saki airfield near the resort village of Novofedorovka, which occurred on the afternoon of August 9. The Ministry of Defense stated that several aviation ammunition detonated on the territory of the airfield at the storage site.

Ukraine has not officially confirmed its involvement in the incident in Mayskoye. However, on August 17, CNN reported, citing a Ukrainian government report received from a Ukrainian official, that Kyiv was behind the explosions at Russian military facilities.

Authors Tags Subscribe to RuTube RBC

Источник rbc.ru

Reuters learned about US plans to allocate another $ 800 million in military assistance to Ukraine

This week, the US will announce another $800 million military aid package to Ukraine. Biden uses his powers to transfer “surplus weapons” from US stockpiles

On Friday, August 19, the United States will announce a new $800 million military aid package for Ukraine, Reuters reports, citing three sources.

According to interlocutors, the President Joe Biden will use the powers of the head of state, which allows him to transfer “surplus weapons” from US stocks. The agency does not specify what kind of weapons it is.

A week earlier, on August 8, the US authorities announced that they were allocating $1 billion to help Ukraine. The package included missiles for HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems, ammunition for NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems, 50 M113 armored medical vehicles, as well as artillery ammunition, a thousand portable anti-tank systems FGM-148 Javelin, medicines and explosives.

The total volume of US military assistance to Ukraine thus rose to $9.8 billion since the start of the Russian military operation in February.

After the start of the conflict, Western countries stepped up arms supplies to Kyiv. In particular, Ukraine received 16 HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) from the United States, in total the Pentagon promised more than 20 such systems. The UK also supplies the Ukrainian side with MLRS. Among other weapons sent to the country, & mdash; Javelin and NLAW anti-tank systems, Stinger anti-aircraft systems, Starstreak MANPADS and others. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that due to additional supplies there is an opportunity for a “tipping point” in the conflict.

The Russian authorities criticize Western arms supplies to Ukraine, arguing that this threatens to escalate and only “prolong the conflict.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that the supply of long-range weapons to Kyiv will lead to the fact that “the geographical objectives of the special operation will be pushed back even further”,

Authors Tags

Источник rbc.ru

Ukraine and Turkey agreed to restore destroyed infrastructure

Turkey will help Ukraine restore the infrastructure destroyed as a result of hostilities – bridges, hospitals, roads, schools and other facilities. A month ago, the Ukrainian authorities estimated the country's recovery plan at $750 billion -width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov, Minister of Trade of the Republic of Turkey Mehmet Mush (right to left in the foreground), Vladimir Zelensky and Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right to left in the background)

Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov and Turkish Minister of Trade Mehmet Mus signed an agreement on the restoration of Ukrainian infrastructure destroyed as a result of the conflict, Haber TV channel reports.

The agreement provides for the creation of a Task Force for the Reconstruction of Ukraine by the two countries. The group will coordinate the reconstruction of social and economic facilities such as roads, bridges, water and electricity facilities, hospitals and schools.

The documents were signed in the presence of the Presidents of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Potocki Palace. The Turkish leader, together with UN Secretary General António Guterres, arrived in Lviv for a trilateral meeting closed to the press.

Ukraine estimates the amount needed to restore the country at $750 billion, the Kyiv delegation named this amount of funds at a special conference in Switzerland in early July. The parties agreed to allocate a $1.9 billion loan to Ukraine, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal clarified: we are talking about $600 million for financial support, more than $500 million for the development of the agricultural sector, more than $500 million for preparations for the heating season and almost $250 million for development projects of the country's digital transformation.

About $30–100 should be allocated per year for the restoration of Ukraine, Timofei Mylovanov, adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian president, estimated at the end of July. He clarified that $20–30 billion of them are planned to be allocated annually to support the macroeconomics, a similar amount is required to maintain the army.

Read on RBC Pro Pro All paths lead to China: how carriers can survive the Russian transport blockade Articles Pro Tennis, pickleball and football with youth: how George Clooney keeps fit Articles Pro “I left the boss humiliated”: how to deal with toxicity at work rest without guilt: 5 main principles “I think that Russia should also make its contribution,” — stressed the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

The Kremlin criticizes such proposals. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it had become illegal and “blatant” event. “Actual outright theft”, — he emphasized.

Authors Tags Persons

Vladimir Zelensky

politician, President of Ukraine

January 25, 1978

Subscribe to RuTube RBC Live broadcasts, videos and recordings of programs on our RuTube channel

Источник rbc.ru

The State Duma will decide on an extraordinary meeting on Ukraine on Monday

Gennady Zyuganov proposed holding an extraordinary meeting, accusing the country's leadership of limiting itself to calls to condemn terrorism in response to shelling from the Ukrainian country

The State Duma will decide on an extraordinary meeting on Ukraine on Monday

Gennady Zyuganov

The State Duma will decide on the issue of holding an additional meeting of the Council of the State Duma on the situation in Ukraine at the beginning of next week, said the speaker of the lower house of parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin. additional meeting of the Council of the State Duma and on Monday we will decide, & mdash; the press service of the State Duma quotes his words.

To hold an extraordinary meeting at which the deputies would discuss the situation in Ukraine, and in particular the shelling of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, was previously proposed by the leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Gennady Zyuganov. “Alarming reports are coming from the zone of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine. The insane shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant continues. Every day, shells and rockets are raining down on the cities and towns of Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, — he wrote on his social networks. The leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation stressed that the strikes on the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and the Stirol chemical enterprise in Gorlovka they threaten an ecological disaster, and “the Russian side so far is limited to calls on the so-called world community to condemn acts of state terror.” In this regard, he said, the Communist Party faction is making a proposal to hold “a meeting of the Council of the State Duma, where it is necessary to discuss the current situation and develop additional measures for the successful completion of the military-political operation.”

“I agree with the head of the Communist Party faction, Gennady Andreevich Zyuganov, that the consolidation of society in support of the special military operation in Ukraine is of decisive importance,” — said Volodin, commenting on his statement.

Now the deputies are on vacation, the spring session of the State Duma ended on July 7, the autumn session should begin on August 30. In the summer, Volodin himself proposed holding an extraordinary meeting of the State Duma. He explained the need for the meeting by the fact that “issues have accumulated that require urgent solutions.” As a result, the agenda included the appointment of Denis Manturov to the post of Deputy Prime Minister and consideration of 17 bills.

In July, the situation in the area of ​​the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant escalated, Ukraine and Russia accuse each other of shelling the complex. The day before, on August 17, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration of the Zaporozhye region, said that two artillery gunners of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who worked at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, were detained in Energodar. On August 18, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that Kyiv was preparing a “resonant provocation”; at the Zaporozhye NPP on August 19, during the visit to Ukraine of UN Secretary General António Guterres.

Read on RBC Pro Pro How to make friends with colleagues and why you need it: four tips Articles Pro Hero of the Republic: how a dentist ran away from his parents and earned $ 1 billion How does a country with the most paradoxical economic model live? Pro What Not to Tell About Your Kids at an Interview Instructions

Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant— Europe's largest nuclear power plant in terms of installed capacity and the third largest in the world. It is located on the banks of the Kakhovka reservoir on the Dnieper, not far from Energodar in the Zaporozhye region of Ukraine. The station consists of six power units with VVER-1000 reactors, the first of them was put into operation in December 1984, the sixth— in October 1995.

The Zaporozhye NPP accounts for six of the 15 operating nuclear power units in Ukraine. The plant annually generates 40-42 billion kWh, which is almost 21% of the republic's electricity production and 50% of its production at nuclear power plants.

Zaporozhye NPP is connected with the united energy system of Ukraine by three power transmission lines with a capacity of 750 kV and one— 330 kV. It supplies electricity to the Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia, Mykolaiv, Kherson and Odessa regions, and until November 2015 also to the Crimea (in 2015, a power line was blown up on the border with the Kherson region, through which energy was supplied to the peninsula). According to its own data, the nuclear power plant supplied electricity to 10 million people, as well as dozens of large industrial enterprises, including ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih; (former Kryvorizhstal), Zaporizhstal, Dneprospetsstal, as well as the Motor Sich aircraft building association. But some of them also receive electricity from the South Ukrainian NPP in the Nikolaev region.

The taking of the Zaporozhye NPP under the control of the Russian Ministry of Defense was announced on February 28, 2022. Formally, the station is still under the control of Ukrenergoatom.

Tags

Источник rbc.ru

Zelensky refused to negotiate with Russia before the withdrawal of troops from Ukraine

President of Ukraine Zelensky allowed negotiations with Russia after the withdrawal of troops Russia must withdraw troops from the occupied regions of Ukraine, in particular from the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, until then a dialogue with Moscow is impossible, Zelensky said. Erdogan noted that both Ukraine and the UN see a solution to the conflict in negotiations “(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

Zelensky refused to negotiate with Russia before the withdrawal of troops from Ukraine

Vladimir Zelensky (center), Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) and António Guterres territory of Ukraine. This was stated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky following a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN Secretary General António Guterres in Lviv, Anadolu agency reports on Twitter.

“Russia must immediately withdraw its troops from the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, stop provocations,” — Zelensky said.

The key topic of the meeting was “how the war could end,” the Turkish president said, CNN T & uuml; rk reports. Ankara is ready to become a mediator in the process of resolving the conflict in order to revive negotiations on the basis of the parameters agreed in Istanbul. “I maintain my belief that the war will eventually end at the negotiating table. In essence, Mr. Zelensky and Guterres agree [with me] on this issue, — Erdogan said. He pointed out that no one wanted a “new Chernobyl”.

Neither Erdogan nor Guterres persuaded Zelensky to make any concessions to Russia, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba assured on Facebook (Meta, the owner of the social network, recognized as extremist and banned in Russia).

Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine to resolve the conflict were actually suspended since the end of March. In Kyiv, they noted that the reason for this was the changed “emotional background”; after the events in early April in the Ukrainian city of Bucha. Reuters, AFP and other agencies reported that dead civilians were found in it. The Russian Defense Ministry called the publications a provocation.

The Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly offered Russia to organize a meeting between Putin and Zelensky, and the Ukrainian president himself has repeatedly come forward with this initiative. For a long time, the Kremlin rejected this possibility, insisting that the negotiators must first do their “homework”; and draw up a road map. By August, Russia softened its demands, allowing Putin and Zelensky to discuss ways to resolve the conflict directly in a face-to-face meeting, sources told CNN Türk. According to the channel's interlocutors, the Russian president told Erdogan about this at a meeting in Sochi in early August.

Read on RBC Pro Pro VK has disappointed the market. What to expect next from the shares of the social network Networks Articles Pro How to have a rest in order to have time to recuperate over the weekend Instructions Pro Why bonds remained a “safe haven” amid the collapse of the markets Articles Pro “We just got canceled”: how Russian companies are canceled in the West Articles

At the moment, negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv are impossible, the Ukrainian authorities have said more than once. To do this, Kyiv must first achieve a strong negotiating position, in particular— during the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, pointed out the head of the Ukrainian delegation, David Arakhamia. Kuleba also noted the direct connection between the situation at the front and the course of the dialogue; he believes that negotiations with Russia are possible only after its “defeat on the battlefield.” “Otherwise it will again be the language of ultimatums,” — the minister explained. If we start negotiations now, it will mean a victory for Russia, said Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of Zelensky's office. He emphasized that the opportunity to win for Ukraine is more important than the chance for “some kind of situational pause.”

Russia sent troops to Ukraine more than five months ago— on the night of February 24th. Putin explained his actions by the desire to “restore statehood” LPR and DPR, to protect the inhabitants of Donbass from the “genocide by the Kyiv regime” and carry out demilitarization and “denazification” neighboring state.

Ukraine in response introduced martial law and general mobilization, diplomatic relations with Russia were severed.

Authors Tags Persons

Vladimir Zelensky

politician, President of Ukraine

January 25, 1978

RBC Comfort

Newsletter that

affects your quality of life

Источник rbc.ru

American generals demanded to increase the supply of weapons to Ukraine

A group of high-ranking retirees accused the Biden administration of fear of Russia

Almost two dozen retired generals and ex-officials called on the US authorities to increase arms supplies to Ukraine. This group of retirees is calling on the Biden administration to speed up the pace of military aid to Kyiv.

Photo: dvidshub.net

Nineteen retired US generals and former officials called on the Biden administration to speed up the delivery of weapons to Ukraine, writes The Guardian.

The authors of the appeal said the United States is providing Kyiv with enough weapons to ensure a stalemate, but not enough to help Ukraine regain Russian-controlled territory. Former officers, diplomats and other officials say the Biden administration is held back by a fear of provoking a Russian escalation, possibly with nuclear weapons, but they argue that failure to defeat Russian forces in Ukraine increases the risk of a confrontation with Moscow later and “on less favorable terms” ;.

The pace of arms shipments to Ukraine has repeatedly caused disagreement between Washington and Kyiv, as well as some Eastern European allies. So far, the United States under the Biden administration has provided almost $10 billion in military aid to Ukraine, including missile launchers, but has not provided longer-range missiles, fixed-wing aircraft, and some combat drones.

“By providing enough help to create a stalemate but not enough to undo Russia’s territorial gains, the Biden administration could inadvertently snatch defeat from the jaws of victory,” — according to a comment published in The Hill, signed among others by the former Supreme Commander of NATO in Europe, General Philip Breedlove and three former US ambassadors to Ukraine (Marie Yovanovitch, John Herbst and William Taylor).

The appeal says, that “because of being overly cautious about provoking a Russian escalation (both conventional and nuclear)” The United States is actually yielding the initiative to Russia and reducing the pressure on Moscow.

“It may seem to us that every day that we delay giving Ukraine the weapons it needs to win, we are avoiding a confrontation with the Kremlin. On the contrary, we simply increase the likelihood that we will face this danger on less favorable grounds, — contributors of this commentary argue.

Last month, Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the pace of arms transfers was limited by Ukraine's ability to “digest” in terms of having people trained to use it, as well as the need for NATO allies to support supplies.

Speaking of the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), which has a range of 300 km and which Kyiv has repeatedly requested from Washington , Jake Sullivan said the fear of escalation played a role in their abandonment.

“The key goal — ensure that we do not find ourselves in a situation where we are heading down the road to a third world war, — said an adviser to the US president at the Aspen Security Forum.

The signatories of the comment claim that the US allows itself to be deterred by the Russian nuclear threat, regardless of how much the US arsenal deters Russia.

“I think this is the most important reason for what I call the administration's timidity and slow response to legitimate and important requests, even urgent requests,” — claims one of the “signers”, John Herbst.

Along with ATACMS missile systems, the supply of aircraft has also become a source of contention between Washington, Kyiv and the capitals of Eastern Europe. Some European countries have been supplying spare parts to Ukraine, allowing Kyiv to refurbish some Soviet-era MiG jets, but the US and some of its allies are seeing the delivery of entire aircraft as an escalation, The Guardian notes.

In March, Poland announced that it was ready to transfer its 28 MiG-29 fighter jets to the US base at Ramstein in Germany, leaving the US or NATO in general to transfer them to Ukrainian pilots, but the offer was rejected by the Pentagon.

It was reported that Slovakia is also ready to send its MiG-29s, but Defense Minister Jaroslav Naj said over the weekend that they would remain in service until the end of August. “We are negotiating with our allies and partners about what to do next with them. The decision has not yet been made, — Nye wrote on social media on Sunday.

Debra Kagan, a former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Coalition Operations, says she believes Washington has not yet approved the transfer. “It cannot be that the deliveries of aircraft to Ukraine now take place without the permission of the United States, — says Kagan. — From a military point of view, the Slovaks are not in a position to just say, “Okay, we're going to do it.” and organize Ukrainian pilots and all that… Someone in the White House has to say that you need to make this happen. As far as I understand, this did not happen.

Источник www.mk.ru

Erdogan’s mission is doomed: special operation in Ukraine will move to 2023

Tactical breakthroughs in negotiations are possible, but strategically everything points to a continuation of the conflict

Turkish President Erdogan, who recently visited Putin in Sochi, went to Lviv on a peacekeeping and mediation mission – to meet with Zelensky and the General UN secretary. I can't think of another occasion when I wished the Turkish leader the same passion for success.

Photo: AP

In order to understand what is at stake at the moment, it is enough to read the news that “competes” in the reports of news agencies with stories about the Turkish guest’s trip: “The Russian Defense Ministry warned that Kyiv is preparing a provocation at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.”

However, in politics, the concepts of “wish” and “hope” are sometimes very far in their semantic content from the concept of “really count on something.” It is in Erdogan's power to achieve tactical breakthroughs in negotiations (and this will also be a great achievement). But strategically, the conflict in Ukraine — and the underlying wider conflict between Russia and the West — will definitely move into 2023. And where 2023 is, 2024 is not far away – and further on the calendar.

One of the most prestigious and respected publications in the United States, the Washington Post newspaper has just published a very large-scale and long material describing the background of the current round conflict in Ukraine. Among other juicy details, there is a colorful episode.

On January 21 this year, US Secretary of State Tony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met in Geneva. An hour and a half of negotiations in the format of delegations turned out to be fruitless, and, as the newspaper writes, “it seemed that there was nothing more to talk about.” But Blinken decided to make one last attempt and asked Lavrov for a one-on-one conversation.

“Two ministers entered a small room next to the conference room and closed the door behind them… Outlining the Ukrainian situation again, Blinken stopped and asked: “Sergei, tell me what you are really trying to achieve?”

Is it really about those concerns in the field of security, the topic of which Russia raised again and again – about the advancement of NATO to the borders of Russia and the alleged military threat? Or is it really about Putin's almost theological belief that Ukraine is and always has been part of mother Russia?

Without answering, Lavrov opened the door and walked out.”

I am sure that the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, if asked about it, will describe this episode in a completely different way: not only Americans know how to use phrases like “almost theological faith.” But the words “without giving any answer, he opened the door and walked away” very well characterize the current state of relations between Russia and the collective West (in political terms, official Kyiv can be considered, if not a part, then an appendage of this collective West).

Neither side is ready to agree on something solid, permanent and sustainable. There is simply no room for a compromise that would more or less (or even just less) suit everyone. Instead, each side is determined to keep pushing.

Moscow is determined to give Europe a “fun winter” with energy shortages and the resulting economic and political problems. The West is set to accelerate the rearmament and rearmament of the forces of official Kyiv. Even if in autumn and winter, as some experts predict, there will be a relative or even absolute (dreaming, as you know, it’s not harmful) calm in the war zone, everything will most likely resume with renewed vigor in the spring.

Of course , any forecasts are now “shots in the dark”. And this prediction is no exception. I will say more, I really want him not to justify himself. But in the Russian and foreign expert community, the scenario of dragging out the conflict (or its purely temporary and tactical termination) is increasingly perceived as the main one.

Does all this make Erdogan's efforts Sisyphean labor? In no case. As I already wrote, even a confrontation must be controlled – obey certain rules. The leader of Turkey is the only politician capable of providing at least a relative amount of this manageability. And the fact that it does not sit idly by, but acts, is very good. The main thing now is not to overestimate expectations. The slogan of the student street riots in Paris in May 1968 “Be realistic – demand the impossible!” in August 2022, unfortunately, it does not work.

Источник www.mk.ru

Erdogan flew to Ukraine to meet with Zelensky and Guterres

Video

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan flew to Lviv for a trilateral meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky and UN Secretary General António Guterres. This was reported by the TV channel A Haber, which showed footage of the departure of the Turkish leader.

Erdogan arrived at the Esenboga airport in Ankara and boarded the plane for a flight to Lviv.

António Guterres arrived in Lviv the day before. This is his second visit to Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian special operation. At the end of April, he met with President Zelensky in Kyiv.

At the trilateral meeting, it is planned to discuss the situation around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and investigate the shelling of the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka. The parties will also discuss the implementation of the agreement on the export of grain across the Black Sea. Guterres intends to visit one of the ports of Odessa.

In early August, Erdogan met with President Vladimir Putin in Sochi. In addition to bilateral economic relations, the parties also discussed the situation in Ukraine. Erdogan offered Putin to organize his meeting with Zelensky. The Kremlin responded by saying that so far there are no necessary prerequisites for holding a summit meeting between Russia and Ukraine. At the same time, Erdogan's role in organizing several rounds of negotiations is great, said Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the President of Russia.

Read on RBC Pro Pro Why the benefits of veganism are often exaggerated and why it is dangerous 5 Main Principles Articles Pro Russian management is dominated by a “culture of orders”. What does it lead to Instructions Pro How much to pay an IT specialist and what specialists to assemble a basic team from Instructions Pro x The Economist The riddle of Ghana: how the country with the most paradoxical model of the economy lives Articles Pro There are a lot of types of psychotherapy. What instructions do you need

Zelensky has repeatedly noted that Kyiv will refuse negotiations with Moscow if the Ukrainian regions controlled by it hold referendums on joining Russia. On the territories occupied by Russian troops, military-civilian administrations were formed, in particular in the Kherson region and part of the Zaporozhye region.

Tags Subscribe to VK RBC Get news faster than anyone

Источник rbc.ru

Blinken announced his intention to return control over the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant to Ukraine

Zaporozhye NPP. Photo: Global Look Press

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, during a conversation with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, said that White House officials want to continue to seek a cessation of hostilities at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and other nuclear facilities located on the territory of Ukraine. He stated this during a conversation with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.

“The United States will urge the cessation of all hostilities at Ukraine's nuclear facilities or the territory near them. Control over these facilities should return to the Ukrainian side,” Blinken said.

Источник www.mk.ru

Russian special operation in Ukraine: online broadcast on August 18

Development of events, comments by politicians, reports of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and António Guterres may try to convince Volodymyr Zelensky to agree to a diplomatic settlement and abandon plans to try to seize the liberated territories. They will also discuss on Thursday the export of food from the Black Sea ports of Ukraine and the shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. Six countries, including the US and the UK, have requested a UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine for August 24. In addition, Western countries do not propose new restrictive measures against Moscow at the UN. They fear low support for their initiatives from other states. Read online of the previous day of the special operation here.

Photo: Donetsk News Agency

9:12 According to Politico, for the first time in July, the six largest European countries offered no military support to Kyiv.

9:04 The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow does not consider it necessary to involve third countries to escort ships with grain from Ukraine. The ministry also noted that the Kyiv authorities managed to ensure the safety of routes within their territorial waters.

Head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense Oleksiy Reznikov announced a telephone conversation with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and said that Kyiv expects to receive new military assistance from the United States.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that for some reason the UN was able to organize a visit of its Secretary General to Lvov. However, this did not happen with the trip of the IAEA mission to the Zaporozhye NPP. Later, Deputy Director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Igor Vishnevetsky, accused Western countries of encouraging shelling of the Zaporizhzhya NPP by Ukraine.

 Meanwhile the administration of the Smolensk region explained the mass mailing of summonses from the military enlistment office to those transferred to the reserve. Notification of citizens in reserve is carried out as part of a scheduled training.

Источник www.mk.ru

The shipping company in Ukraine will rename the ships named after the heroes of the USSR

The head of the shipping company warned that there would no longer be “any Komsomol women, red partisans” and other names associated with the USSR and Russia in the names of the ships. He called the re-registration process costly and difficult

The Ukrainian Danube Shipping Company (UDP) will rename the ships named after the cities and heroes of the Soviet Union, this decision was supported by the Ministry of Infrastructure. This was announced by the acting CEO of the company, Dmitry Moskalenko, on Facebook (Meta, the owner of the social network, was recognized as extremist and banned in Russia).

The acting head of the UDP explained that before the motor ships and tugboats, as a rule, were named in Russian in honor of the cities of the USSR, after political figures and heroes of the country. After the entry of Russian troops into Ukraine, he raised the issue of renaming the fleet. According to him, more than 100 ships in the company have their own names, they will receive new “Ukrainian names”.

“No more mention of the cities <…> Russian Federation, no Komsomol members, red partisans, etc.»,— emphasized Moskalenko.

Renaming ships due to the re-registration procedure is quite difficult and costly, he noted, pointing out that, nevertheless, “they are starting this process.” Moskalenko urged to propose new names for the courts of the UDP.

The company's website states that UDP is one of the largest shipping companies in Ukraine and in the Danube region as a whole. The owner of the company is the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine. Among the river fleet, the company's website mentions the vessels Kapitan Antipov, Kapitan Shirkov, Brest, Sergey Avdeenkov, Riga/Ivanovo.

Initiatives to rename “Russian” names of toponyms and other objects, the dismantling of monuments after the entry of Russian troops at the end of February. This process is supported by the authorities of the country, the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture initiated the creation of a special Council on De-Russification, Decommunization and Decolonization, which will coordinate the “dismantling or transfer of monuments and other objects of the Soviet past.”

Read on RBC Pro Pro The main thing is not to reach Abibas: what should an import-substituting brand be? Which one is right for you Pro instructions Do not come with a cappuccino and without a resume: rules for a successful interview Pro instructions “We just got canceled”: how Russian companies are canceled in the West companies – a risky or cautious manager prepared a list of streets recommended for renaming. It has 58 streets, which, in particular, are named after writers Anton Chekhov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, composers Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Mikhail Glinka, scientists Kliment Timiryazev and Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. It is also proposed to rename Yuri Gagarin Street and Alexander Pushkin Square.

Authors Tags How does this concern you?

Explained in the evening newsletter

$99 per month

Источник rbc.ru

Canada will give Ukraine a loan of almost $ 350 million for the purchase of fuel

After that, the total amount of loans provided by Ottawa to Ukraine will reach $1.5 billion. According to the Rada, the loan is designed for ten years at 1.6%

Kyiv, archive photo

Canada will provide a 450 million Canadian dollar ($348.6 million) loan to Ukraine to buy fuel ahead of the winter season, according to the Canadian government website.

“Given today's $450 million loan that will help Ukraine to buy fuel for heating before the winter season, we have fulfilled all our loan obligations assumed by today,— quoted in the message were the words of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland.

Together with the amount announced today, the total volume of loans allocated to Kyiv since the beginning of the year will reach 1.95 billion Canadian dollars ($1.51 billion). In total, Canada provided assistance to Ukraine for 3.4 billion Canadian dollars ($2.63 billion).

The fact that Ukraine plans to take a loan of UAH 12.7 billion ($350 million) from Canada for the purchase of gas ” Naftogaz, Rada deputy Yaroslav Zheleznyak reported last week. According to him, the loan is designed for ten years at 1.6%.

In early March, against the backdrop of a Russian military operation, Ukraine banned the export of gas from its territory, including gas stored in underground gas storage facilities.

In mid-June, Ukraine's Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov pointed to disruptions in fuel supply chains and stressed that Kyiv was forced to buy it “wherever you can get it.” Kubrakov explained that earlier the country used the nearest states and ports (Poland and Romania) for these purposes, but now the fuel comes from Belgium and the Netherlands.

Read on RBC Pro Pro Russian management is dominated by a “culture of orders”. How it works Instructions Pro Five exercises for a beautiful posture Instructions Pro Due to work, there is not enough time for sports. How to fit it into your life How-tos Pro How to return money or goods that are stuck in Europe How-tos Pro How to rest properly so that you have time to recuperate over the weekend How-tos Pro Why selling Netflix is ​​only a matter of time Articles Pro How much to pay an IT specialist and which specialists to collect a basic team Instructions Pro Brain drain in the IT sector can turn into a serious problem for Russia Forecasts

General Director of the GTS Operator Sergey Makogon in early July claimed that the upcoming heating season would be the most difficult in Ukrainian history. At that time, underground storage facilities housed 11 billion cubic meters. m of gas, by winter these volumes are planned to be increased to 19 billion cubic meters. m, he noted. This is enough to get through the heating season, Makogon explained.

In early August, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal reported that the country was ready for the heating season by an average of 60%, and coal and gas storage facilities were replenished according to graphics.

Authors Tags How does it concern you?

Explained in the evening newsletter

$99 per month

Источник rbc.ru

Three ships with food left the ports of Ukraine

They transported corn, sunflower oil and sunflower meal to the ports of Turkey and the Netherlands as part of a grain deal concluded in July. center (SKC).

So, the Petrel ship left Chernomorsk, on board 18.5 thousand tons of sunflower meal, the final destination— Amsterdam. Two ships left the port of Odessa: Sara (on board 8 thousand tons of corn, destination Istanbul) and Efe (on board 7.25 thousand tons of sunflower oil, destination Gubre (Turkey)).

On the eve of the Ukrainian ports left five ships. Three ships left Chernomorsk. Two with a cargo of wheat went to the Romanian port of Constanta and the Turkish Karasu, one loaded with corn,— in Turkish Iskenderun. Two ships left the Yuzhny: one with a cargo of wheat followed in Djibouti, the second— with a load of corn— to South Korean Incheon.

At the same time, the ship bound for East Africa, & mdash; Brave Commander— became the first to carry grain under the World Food Program (WFP). The UN noted that the grain is intended for residents of the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti), as they face full-scale famine due to drought and high food prices.

According to the UN, the number severely food insecure reached a record 345 million in 82 countries. Of these, about 50 million are on the verge of a full-scale famine and could die without humanitarian assistance.

The grain deal, which made it possible to start exporting grain blocked in Ukrainian ports, was concluded in July. The respective agreements were signed separately by Russia and Ukraine with Turkey under the UN certificate. As part of the deal, a safe corridor was opened for the passage of ships with grain, they are also inspected to exclude the transport of weapons and other prohibited cargo.

Read on RBC Pro Pro The main thing is not to reach Abibas: what should be the import-substituting brand market. What to Expect from Social Media Promotions Pro Articles What Not to Tell About Your Kids at Job Interviews Pro Instructions Why Europe Doesn't Have Big Logos Like Coca-Cola Pro Articles Calorie Counting Doesn't Help You Maintain Weight. What to do instead Articles Pro Russian maybe: how the risk management of the largest companies in Russia has changed left the port of Odessa on August 1, it will deliver a cargo of corn to Lebanon.

Authors Tags Subscribe to Telegram

Источник rbc.ru

US and EU countries request UN Security Council meeting over Ukraine

The US and EU countries requested a meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in Ukraine They asked to hold it on August 24th. Among other issues, members of the Security Council can discuss the results of António Guterres' visit to Ukraine

The United States and several European countries sent a request for a meeting of the UN Security Council in connection with the situation in Ukraine, TASS and RIA Novosti report citing sources in the UN.

According to RIA Novosti, the request, in addition to the United States, was joined by France, Great Britain (they have the status of permanent members of the Security Council), as well as Ireland, Norway, Albania (they have the status non-permanent members). Meeting requested for 24 August.

The interlocutor of TASS specified that, among other issues, the results of the visit to Ukraine of UN Secretary General António Guterres will be discussed. He arrived in Lviv on Wednesday. Guterres is scheduled to have trilateral talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In addition, the Secretary General plans to visit one of the three ports involved in the grain deal.

After the start of the Russian operation in Ukraine, the UN Security Council repeatedly held meetings both at the request of Western countries and Russia. At the end of June, at one of the meetings, Zelensky said that Russia has no right to continue to remain a member of the Security Council (the country has the status of a permanent member), and called for depriving the Russian delegation of powers in the UN General Assembly. At the same time, the charter of the organization does not provide for the procedure for expelling a permanent member from the Security Council.

After that, the representative of the chairman of the 67th session of the General Assembly, Polina Kubiak, recalled that the decision to expel a country from the assembly is made only by the UN Security Council.

On August 10, Russia demanded to convene a meeting of the Security Council because of the shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. During a session held on August 11, Russia's permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, said that the accusations of the Russian military in attacks on nuclear power plants are absurd.

Read on RBC Pro Pro

You are selling an apartment in Russia while abroad: what you should be afraid of Instructions Pro In Russian management, there is a “culture of order”. What It Leads to How To Pro Thoughts at sea, body in the office: how to get back in shape after a vacation help you be more productive Pro Articles Consumers are cutting costs. In what niches does it make sense to open a business Instructions Pro “We were just canceled”: how Russian companies are canceled in the West actions taken in relation to nuclear power plants can at any time lead to a nuclear catastrophe. He called this situation extremely disturbing.

Authors Tags RBC Comfort

Newsletter with news that

affects the quality of your life

Источник rbc.ru

Khodakovsky explained the heavy losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Ugledar

Alexander Khodakovsky. Photo: Frame from video.

Commander of the Vostok brigade Alexander Khodakovsky explained the heavy losses of Ukrainian troops near Ugledar in the DPR. Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that more than 260 Ukrainian military personnel were destroyed in the areas of the settlements of Vuhledar, Vodyanoe and Dobrovolye.

Khodakovsky noted that now there is a high degree of active fighting in this area and Ukraine is suffering serious losses.

“Kyiv is now literally expelling people recruited by mobilization to the front,” he said in an interview with Vzglyad, adding that these Ukrainian servicemen have a very low degree of qualification.

He said that two days ago, five Ukrainian soldiers entered the positions of the DPR fighters and were taken prisoner. Later it turned out that they simply mixed up the location of their units and the units of the DPR.

“And these fighters, who do not have immunity to war, are sent to the front,” Khodakovsky stated.

According to him According to him, the tactics of suppressing Ukrainian troops with the help of mechanical means are now being used. “Here, not even a minute interval passes so that nothing explodes or flies by,” Khodakovsky emphasized, noting that this gives the allied forces an advantage.

He also stressed that the Armed Forces of Ukraine cannot close the entire line of contact Western weapons, and as for the Soviet types of weapons, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are already beginning to experience a shortage, especially in the issue of shells.

Источник www.mk.ru

Ukrainian Telegraf announced a possible change of commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Telegraf reported on the possible transfer of Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Zaluzhny to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/673xH/media/img/1/36/756607409632361.png 673w” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), ( max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

Valery Zaluzhny

Ukrainian authorities are considering the possibility of dismissing Major General Valery Zaluzhny from the post of Commander-in-Chief of the country's armed forces and appointing him Minister of Defense, the Ukrainian edition of Telegraf reports, citing sources.

According to him, instead of the Zaluzhny Armed Forces, Alexander Sirsky, the commander of the ground forces of the armed forces, may head. Sirsky has been in this position since August 2019. Previously, he headed the Joint Operational Headquarters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which coordinated the operational actions of the Ukrainian military in the Donbass, in 2017 he was the commander of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO; this is how Kyiv called the actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the territory of Donbass).

According to Telegraf, Zaluzhny is “not too happy” the prospect of moving to the Ministry of Defense, in addition, it is not clear what will happen to Alexei Reznikov, head of the ministry, in this case. According to the source of the publication, the authorities considered the option of appointing the latter to the post of Prime Minister of Ukraine (since 2020, the government has been headed by Denys Shmyhal).

The possibility of Zaluzhny's transfer to the Ministry of Defense was previously allowed by MP, Secretary of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security Roman Kostenko. August 15 in an interview with Radio Novoye Vremya he said that preparations could be underway to change the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, stressing that the information was not confirmed. According to Kostenko, Zaluzhny had “some misunderstandings”; with the president's office.

Zaluzhny became head of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in June 2021, before that he had been commander of the Sever operational command for two years. He graduated from the National Defense Academy of Ukraine, and in August 2017 he was promoted to major general, ranking among the best officers in the country's armed forces.

In July, President Volodymyr Zelensky fired Ukrainian Security Service chief Ivan Bakanov and Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova, citing “very serious issues” as the reason for the decision. to them because of the connection of employees of departments with Russia. Vasily Malyuk, Bakanov's first deputy, was appointed acting head of the SBU. The duties of the Prosecutor General were assigned to Deputy Venediktova Alexei Simonenko; Venediktova was appointed Ambassador of Ukraine to Switzerland.

Read on RBC Pro Pro Russian maybe: how the risk management of the largest companies in Russia has changed He left the company – it means a traitor: what is it like to work in Chinese companies Pro Articles Counting calories does not help you maintain weight. What to do instead Articles

Zelensky also announced a personnel audit in the SBU and fired several heads of the department's regional departments. Prior to this, Zelensky said that an inspection of the activities of the security forces was taking place in the country, “because on the 24th [of February, the first day of the Russian military operation], some representatives of various law enforcement agencies disappeared somewhere, instead of protecting their people.”

Authors Tags Subscribe to Telegram RBC Stay up to date with the latest news even in conditions of blocking

Источник rbc.ru

Trophies taken from the Armed Forces of Ukraine were shown in Patriot Park

From boats and armored vehicles to mines and pistols

Perhaps the most interesting exposition of 2022 has opened in Patriot Park near Moscow. This is an exhibition of weapons and military equipment of the Ukrainian army, which were taken as trophies by Russian troops and forces of the DPR and LPR.

Actually, Ukrainian weapons in the exposition — times two and miscalculated. Basically, for everyone to see, Western equipment is exhibited, with which NATO countries have generously supplied Ukrainian troops. NATO, especially at the beginning of our special operation, delivered various weapons to Poland and Romania by dozens of transport aircraft, and from there they went to Ukraine in trains. Now the flow has become smaller, but still it is not interrupted.

Most of all trophies at the exhibition in Patriot Park labeled “made in USA”. These are Javelin anti-tank missile systems, Stinger portable anti-aircraft missile systems, Humvee military all-terrain vehicles, the M777 howitzer, or, as it is also called, the Three Axes.

Western artillery of NATO caliber 155 is used by artillerymen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to shell civilians. Every day these shellings claim the lives of people.

Some samples of armored vehicles — burned, were hit by our fire in battle, some were “trophied”; in working order. Some of the weapons were handed over by captured Ukrainian soldiers. Today, more than ten thousand former militants of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the national battalions are already in captivity.

Here you can also see the Turkish attack drone “Bayraktar”. There are even boats of the Marine Guard of Ukraine: boats BG-23 from Mariupol and BG-24 from Berdyansk.

The exposition also presents anti-personnel mines “petal”, with which the Armed Forces of Ukraine cripple and kill civilians in Donbass, throwing “petals” at them. residential areas and streets. They are practically invisible in the grass, but if you step on such a mine, the explosion easily tears off your foot. Mines are banned by international agreements, but Ukrainian militants don't care about that.

Large exposition section — foreign small arms of the Ukrainian army and foreign military mercenaries fighting in Ukraine. As the Russian officer responsible for this section of the exposition said, the United States supplies Ukraine with the most small arms.

– Sometimes they are not modern at all, the guide said. – There are also machine guns, machine guns, pistols from NATO countries, for example, Belgian production. There are Israeli rifles,  submachine guns. Sometimes  Ukrainian rifles and machine guns fall into the hands of our soldiers, & nbsp; made under American licenses since 2014 or made like American designs.

Single-shot grenade launchers are widely represented among the trophies. Among the suppliers – Spain, France, Israel, Czech Republic,  Belgium,  USA. They are actively supplying Ukraine with hand grenade launchers and mortars.

Thousands of American Javelin anti-tank missile systems and Swedish-British NLAW were delivered to Ukraine. As the specialist at the stand said, “Javelin” – not such a perfect weapon as it is presented in the Western and Ukrainian media.

“Not everyone can fire a Javelin,” said the officer. – We need preparation. After all, it is one thing to shoot, and another — hit the target exactly. “Javelin” cannot boast of good aiming at the target. Rain,  fog or thunderstorms can interfere with aiming. The complex itself is of hinged action, & nbsp; that is, it flies from above and hits the target in places of weak armor. Unlike its American counterpart, NLAW has improved aiming, focuses not only on thermal radiation, & nbsp; like a javelin.

All these Western military weapons did not help the Ukrainian militants win and are now brought to the suburbs, to the Patriot park. For edification, as they say.

Trophies of the special operation: from boats and armored vehicles to machine guns and pistols

See related photo gallery

Источник www.mk.ru