The hostages of “Azot” spoke about the months of horror in the dungeons: “I buried my son here”

MK Special Correspondent reports from the LPR

The forces of the People's Militia of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), with the support of Russian troops, completely liberated Severodonetsk and the Azot plant. This was stated by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov. On the second day, civilians are being evacuated from the territory of the plant, who have been in Azot shelters for the past weeks. The MK correspondent visited the scene and found out in what conditions civilians had to survive.

Photo: Lina Korsak < p>It is unusually quiet in Severodonetsk. The sounds of war are heard only in the distance, from Lysichansk. However, this, of course, is no reason to relax. The enemy, as the military say, although driven out of the city, is still trying to “snarl” at a distance.

People are crowding near the entrance to the shelter. Some, waiting for the bus, which is supposed to take people from the industrial zone to the city, are already sitting “on their suitcases” in full readiness. Others fussily carry their meager, miraculously surviving belongings out of the dungeons into the street. Despite the haggard look, people smile and even try to joke with each other and with the military.

I'm going down. The dungeon is dark and a little stuffy. After the exit is opened, the air enters there only naturally. There is no longer any need to force it manually.

Photo: Lina Korsak- Do not shine in the eyes, we have already lost the habit of bright light, – a hunched old woman asks to turn off the camera flashes.

People hastily pack their things between the densely set bunk beds.

– Where is my cat? – cries a girl of eight years old, smearing tears over her dirty face. – I won’t go without a cat.

The mother tries to calm the child, assuring that the tailed one, most likely, frightened by the fuss that began, hid, but will definitely return soon.

– There were sleeping places or did you set everything up yourself? – interested in a middle-aged woman.

– Sami. They brought something from the house when they ran here, something was already found here.

The beds are separated from each other by rags or cellophane. Not God knows what, but still personal space.

Photo: Lina Korsak

It becomes harder to breathe in the depths of the basement . The smell of dampness and unwashed bodies hits the nose.

– Do you want to see how we took water all this time? – a middle-aged man in a work jacket with an “Nitrogen” patch on the sleeve calls out to me. As the interlocutor later said, he is an employee of the plant. During heavy shelling in March, he hid in a shelter with everyone. Then he simply could not leave, the Ukrainian military stopped letting people out.

Together with the escort, we go into the room with the inscription “Well”. There is a gaping hole in the middle of the floor, next to it is a metal, cylinder-like bucket with a thick rope tied.

“There used to be a pump here,” the man explains. – I had to dismantle it because there is no electricity. Look in the middle of the bucket, there is a sledgehammer. We did this ourselves to make it heavier.

– What is the depth here? – I'm interested, leaning over the well.

– 12-15 meters. There was no other option to get water.

Photo: Lina Korsak

A commanding male voice asks the rest to pack up quickly. This is one of the soldiers providing evacuation. His request brings revival.

– How long have you been here? – I ask a middle-aged woman standing nearby.

– Since March 27. I don’t even know what date it is today, – the interlocutor smiles sadly, trying not to show excitement.

According to Natalya, she came to the shelter on her own, together with her neighbors. The house where they hid earlier was bombed, and people had no choice but to look for a new shelter. We thought the plant would be quieter. We made a mistake.

– How did the Ukrainian military treat you?

– They didn't really come down here to see us. Once they came with a proposal to evacuate to the side of Ukraine, they even made a list of some kind. But so no one came for the people. Someone said that it's already too late. The second time they came just to count us.

According to the woman, no one told people that a “green” corridor was organized on the side of the LPR, which the Ukrainian side disrupted.

Together with Natalia, we rise to the surface.

Photo: Lina Korsak

Military men help those gathered to load things into the Ural. After that, everyone is asked to get on the bus.

– Do you have any water? – an elderly woman asks, clutching a large plastic bag to her chest.

I bring a bottle of water from the car.

– Do you need to give it back? – as if hoping for a negative answer, the woman asks.

– No, leave it to yourself.

– I buried my son Vitalka here, – she shares with tears in her eyes. . I have him, you know what a handsome man he was. And what a good one! Didn't leave me anywhere. We changed three shelters.

Photo: Lina Korsak

A woman wipes her tears with the sleeve of a jacket thrown over her shoulders.

– We all cried, – a pensioner standing nearby intervenes in the conversation. – 39 years in total. They could not do anything, he bled out.

The heartbroken mother said that one day Vitaly, along with other men, went out of the shelter to the surface just to breathe. Then even the Ukrainian military allowed people to rise from the dungeon at least for a short time. After a while there were explosions. The man was already brought down with multiple wounds.

– Some of the guys ran to the military for help, – the woman cries. – They came, looked, said that now they would return with a doctor and be taken to the hospital. So no one else came. He was conscious until the very end. Here they were buried. And now how to find. Not even a mound. When will I find him? Dear son…

Lugansk, LPR.

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In Ulyanovsk among drivers there were competitions in “tram bowling”

In Ulyanovsk, the drivers competed in the “tram bowling”, according to the publication Podyom on its Telegram channel.

This game completed the competition of professional skills, which is held in the city Every year. According to the deputy director of MUE “Ulyanovskelectrotrans” Victor Trepalin, first the drivers passed the theory, and then took part in a series of creative tests.

In total, 12 people took part in the competition, which consisted of four stages. During the last stage, the tram drivers had to pick up speed of 30 km/h and stop in front of a big ball so that it rolled and knocked down the skittles. 

The winners of the competition were given prizes, in addition, the participants who took the first six places , increased the class of competence.

Formerly, the head of Roskosmos; Dmitry Rogozin spoke about the new Russian “missile” tram without foreign components, created by a state corporation.

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Why was a criminal case opened against the ambulance doctors who saved Shatunov?

A criminal case was opened against the ambulance doctors who transported Yuri Shatunov from the hospital in the village of Rastunovo to the Domodedovo hospital. representative of the singer Arkady Kudryashov.

“Now a criminal case has been opened against the ambulance doctors. Therefore, at first we were not allowed to bury Yura, we were not given the body. Well & nbsp; let them check, though Shatunov will no longer be returned & nbsp; & nbsp; & mdash; cites the words of Kudryashov «Komsomolskaya Pravda».

Shatunov died on the night of 23 June in 49th year of his life. Death occurred as a result of acute heart failure caused by a massive myocardial infarction, said Andrei Osipov, head physician of the Domodedovo Central City Hospital, to RIA Novosti.

What are the claims against doctors?

According to Kudryashov, Shatunov became ill at the table: suddenly he grabbed his chest and it became difficult for him to breathe. The artist's comrades, who were vacationing with him in the Moscow region, called an ambulance. As the representative of the singer notes, the dispatcher said that the ambulance would have to wait a long time and they advised to bring Shatunov to the hospital on their own. Friends took the performer to the nearest emergency room, the doctors examined Shatunov and came to the conclusion that the case was serious and it was necessary to take him to the hospital. For this, an ambulance brigade was assigned, “just some kind of ancient gazelle without equipment,” Kudryashov noted.

In the end, Shatunov died along the way. In & nbsp; the hospital tried to “start” him, but it didn't work out, the representative of the artist added. He  believes that the singer could no longer be saved, since his “heart swelled and broke”. At the same time, as Kudryashov notes, Shatunov suffered for about forty minutes before his death, “couldn't stand on his feet.”stated that Shatunov was brought in in a serious condition. According to him, the ambulance team that delivered the artist from the village of Rastunovo reacted quickly, there are no complaints against her. But on the road Shatunov became «very ill», a heart attack caused a heart rhythm disturbance, and  the process spread to the entire heart muscle, the head physician noted.

Also, earlier, the Moscow Regional Ambulance Station denied reports from some media and Telegram channels that the ambulance dispatcher refused to send a brigade to Shatunov. The medical institution told Life.ru that the administration of the organization listened to the records of calls received at the ambulance console during the period when Shatunov's comrades turned there. It turned out that the caller specified the location of the nearest hospital. The dispatcher provided an exhaustive answer and offered to issue a call. But the caller refused and stated that he would take the patient to the medical facility, the regional ambulance station noted.

The institution also reported that at 23:46 an ambulance was called to the Rastunov hospital for medical evacuation of the patient to the regional vascular center.

“Three minutes later, the ambulance was on the  ;place and immediately started providing emergency assistance and medevacuation», — told the publication.

According to the representative of the medical institution, the ambulance arrived was fully equipped with medical equipment in accordance with the regulations. It included a resuscitation kit, ventilators, ECG and defibrillators.

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In Crimea, they announced a new shelling of the Chornomorneftegaz platform

No one was hurt, according to emergency services. As a result of the previous strike of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the drilling rigs of the company in the Black Sea, three people were injured and burned, seven more were missing

Chernomorneftegaz platform in the Black Sea came under fire, a spokesman for emergency services confirmed to TASS. According to him, no one was hurt.

RBC sent a request to the press services of the Ministry of Defense and the Main Directorate of the Russian Emergencies Ministry for the Republic of Crimea.

Earlier, about the shelling of the Chernomorneftegaz tower, Telegram-channel Baza reported. According to him, the blow was delivered at night on the Tavrida self-elevating drilling rig. (presumably by a rocket), the projectile hit the helipad and left a hole with a diameter of almost 5m.

On June 20, the Crimean authorities reported that three towers of Chornomorneftegaz were hit by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. at the Odessa deposit, 71 km from Odessa. As a result, a fire started. There were 109 people on the platforms, three were injured, seven were missing. Senator Olga Kovitidi said that the workers managed to “turn off the gas” before the impact — otherwise, a large-scale explosion would have occurred, in which Odessa could have suffered.

The families of the missing were promised to pay compensation— 6.5 million rubles

«Chernomorneftegaz»— one of the Ukrainian companies that the authorities nationalized after the annexation of Crimea to Russia in 2014. The enterprise is managed by the Crimean Ministry of Fuel and Energy. In 2014, the company produced 2 billion cubic meters. m of gas, in 2020— about 1 billion.

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Blinken estimated the damage to Russia from the G7 ban on gold imports

Blinken: Russia will lose about $19 billion annually from the G7 ban on gold imports The US Secretary of State stressed that the sanctions already imposed on Russia are seriously affecting its economy. Following the summit in Germany, the G7 plans to announce a ban on Russian gold imports were announced by American leader Joe Biden

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The losses of the Russian economy from the ban on Russian gold imports by the G7 countries will amount to about $19 billion a year, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in an interview with CNN. “This is the second most profitable export item after energy resources,” — he said.

Russia— one of the world's largest exporters of gold. According to the Ministry of Finance, in 2021, Russian gold mining companies produced 346.4 tons of gold. Of these, 302.2 tons were exported and, according to FCS statistics, brought Moscow $17.4 billion.

The head of the State Department called the effect of the sanctions already imposed against Russia because of the special operation in Ukraine “colossal”. “What we have been doing since the beginning, these unprecedented sanctions and export restrictions are having a significant impact on Russia even with oil revenues amid rising prices. She can't spend this money because of export restrictions,” — Blinken explained. According to him, as a result, over time, Moscow will lose the tools for mobilizing the defense sector, technology and resource extraction. noted the Secretary of State.

On June 25, US President Joe Biden announced that the G7 countries (USA, UK, Germany, Canada, France, Italy and Japan) would announce a ban on Russian gold imports. G7 Summit takes place from 26 to 28 June in Germany. The UK government has indicated that the value of gold for Russian elites has grown in recent months due to demand from big businessmen who are trying to avoid the financial consequences of international sanctions.

The EU said it was ready to consider joining the G7 in ban on the import of Russian gold. The head of the European Council, Charles Michel, stressed that the restrictions should be studied for damage to the EU economy.

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The Russian authorities have repeatedly called the sanctions imposed because of the special operation illegitimate and emphasized the harm of restrictions for those states that impose them.

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Bloomberg learned about the decision of the G7 to provide military assistance to Ukraine indefinitely

Against the backdrop of statements about the possibility of a protracted conflict in Ukraine, the leaders of the Seven, following the summit in Germany, plan to announce their intention to help Kyiv “as much as it takes”

G7 countries (Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, USA, France and Japan) in a statement following the summit that began on June 26 in Germany, they will announce their intention to provide unlimited support to Ukraine, writes Bloomberg with reference to the draft document.

“We will continue to provide financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support and be with Ukraine for as long as necessary,” says the text.

According to the agency, the G7 states are also considering using customs revenues to help Ukraine.

Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. Its goal is called “demilitarization and denazification” by the authorities; neighboring state, as well as the protection of the DNR and LNR. Moscow emphasizes that the special operation will end when its goals are achieved.

On June 19, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg admitted that the conflict could drag on for years, and stressed that the alliance should be is ready to assist Kyiv in the conditions of protracted hostilities. Similar forecasts were voiced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The Washington Post, citing sources, reported that the United States and its allies were preparing for a protracted scenario. The Kremlin also agreed with this assessment.

An attempt by Western leaders to resolve the conflict now will give Russia the opportunity to manipulate “sovereign countries and international markets,” Johnson warned French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G7 summit. Macron, after the outbreak of hostilities, often called up Russian President Vladimir Putin and in early June said that he had talked with his Russian colleague about Ukraine for “a hundred hours.” At the talks, Johnson and Macron agreed that in order to change the course of the conflict, it is necessary to continue to help Kyiv to strengthen its negotiating and military position.

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The Russian leadership accuses Western countries of trying to prolong the hostilities by supplying Ukraine with military aid. At the same time, the Kremlin emphasizes that the tasks of the special operation will be completed, despite the “pumping” Kyiv with Western weapons.

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G7 to launch competitor to China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ project

The G7 Global Infrastructure Partnership will implement “groundbreaking projects” in developing countries. The US will send $200 billion to the project; the total investment of the G7 countries will amount to $600 billion by 2027 =”G7 will launch a competitor to China's 'One Belt, One Road' project” />

G7 leaders at the summit at Elmau Castle in Bavaria, Germany

G7 countries (G7, uniting the UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, France, Japan and the US) are launching the Partnership for Global Infrastructure (PGII), the White House said. According to Reuters, it should become a competitor to China's “One Belt, One Road” initiative.

The partnership will implement “groundbreaking projects” that will address infrastructure gaps in developing countries, strengthen the global economy and supply chains, and advance US national security interests. Its launch will be officially announced at the G7 summit, which takes place in the Elmau castle in the south of Bavaria from June 26 to 28.

The White House said the US will allocate $200 billion over the next five years to fund the necessary infrastructure in developing countries as part of the project. Funds are planned to be raised through grants, federal funding and private investment. In total, the G7 countries are expected to contribute $600 billion to the initiative by 2027.

PGII will focus on four priorities:

  • fighting change climate;
  • development of digital infrastructure;
  • promoting gender equality and equity;
  • development and modernization of health systems.

Biden will present several specific projects at the summit along with the leaders of the UK, Japan, Canada and the EU. According to Reuters, French President Emmanuel Macron will not join them, as he previously supported China's One Belt, One Road program. In 2019, Xinhua reported that Macron pledged to help align China's initiative with the EU's Europe-Asia connectivity strategy, and to promote green energy. development of the Belt and Road.

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Reuters, citing officials in the White House, writes that Xi Jinping's initiative has brought “little tangible benefits” many developing countries. According to them, within the framework of the project, the main jobs go to employees from China, at the same time, they say, cases of forced labor are growing.

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Johnson announced the end of the “party” for Russian energy carriers

The Prime Minister of Great Britain, in particular, counts on the help of the OPEC countries with the supply of energy resources instead of Russian

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G7 countries realize that the “party” for Russian hydrocarbons has come to an end, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in an interview with CNN.

“I think here at the G7 [summit] we all realize that the party is over for Russian hydrocarbons. Everyone is trying to find ways to adapt, — Johnson said.

In the short term, countries need to find hydrocarbons “somewhere else,” he said. At the same time, the British Prime Minister pointed to the heroic efforts of some states in the current situation. “However, in the long term, we need to work together on green solutions we all believe in,— he added.

Johnson is counting on help with energy supplies from other sources, including OPEC countries.

In early March, the UK and the US announced their decision to stop importing Russian oil (both countries are less depended on Russian supplies, unlike Europe).

The EU decided to impose a partial embargo on Russian oil only at the beginning of June. The ban will affect only maritime shipments. The European Union has not yet begun to restrict imports through the Druzhba oil pipeline, on which Hungary depends. Brussels for a long time could not agree on a ban on oil imports from Russia because of the position of Budapest.

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Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak warned at the end of March that “without Russian hydrocarbons, the gas and oil markets would collapse” ;. Russia has already begun to increase supplies to other markets.

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The Times has learned that Prince Charles received from the Prime Minister of Qatar € 3 million in bags

Between 2011 and 2015, Prince Charles personally accepted donations to the charitable foundation from the Qatari sheikh. Their total amount was €3 million, cash was packed into bags and a suitcase .jpg” alt=”The Times has learned that Prince Charles received €3 million in bags from the Prime Minister of Qatar” />

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Prince Charles of Wales, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, personally received € 3 million in cash as a donation to his charitable foundation from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, who was Prime Minister of Qatar in 2007-2013. This is reported by The Sunday Times.

According to the newspaper, the money was donated between 2011 and 2015, with Charles accepting donations three times. In one case €1 million cash was packed in a travel bag, in another — in bags from the elite British department store Fortnum & Mason.

In addition, the Qatari sheikh gave the British prince a suitcase with €1 million during a personal meeting at the Westminster residence of members of the British royal family, Clarence House. There were banknotes of €500; bills are called “Osama bin Laden's money” (the leader of the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda, banned in Russia, who was liquidated in 2011), as they are believed to be most often used in the financing of terrorism, the newspaper notes. The issue of banknotes was stopped in 2014.

The money went to the accounts of the Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation (PWCF), which provides grants and scholarships to hundreds of people and organizations. According to the Times, “there is no suggestion that the payments were illegal.” A spokesman for Clarence House confirmed to the publication that the donations “were immediately handed over to one of the Prince's charities, which <…> assured us that all due process had been followed.

At the same time, the newspaper notes that according to the policy of members of the royal family regarding gifts, they can accept a “check” from donors, and nothing is said about cash.

One of Charles's former advisers, who handled the Qatari sheikh's money, told the newspaper that “everyone felt very uncomfortable about this situation.” But, in his words, “the only thing we could do” it is to count the money and report on their actions.

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In February 2022, Scotland Yard launched an investigation into the foundation following reports that the organization had offered assistance to a Saudi citizen in obtaining British citizenship. The Foundation emphasized that the Prince of Wales has nothing to do with the situation.

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Johnson invited G7 leaders to show in the photo that they are “cooler” than Putin

The Prime Minister of Britain jokingly suggested that his colleagues undress to show that they are “cooler” than the President of Russia. “We will demonstrate bare-chested riding,” said the Prime Minister of Canada. Putin has been photographed more than once with a naked torso on vacation

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson jokingly suggested that colleagues from the G7, who had gathered at Elmau Castle in Germany, undress for a photo, The Washington Post writes, accompanying the publication of a video before their lunch meeting.

< p>“In jackets? No jackets? Let's undress?»— Johnson joked as he sat down at the table. “We all have to show that we are cooler than [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,” — he added.

“We will demonstrate bare-chested riding,” — said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“Here! Here! We have to show them our chest muscles!"— supported by the British Prime Minister.

In August 2009, President Vladimir Putin was vacationing in Tuva. Then photos appeared in the media, in which, in particular, he rides naked to the waist.

Putin was next seen bare-chested fishing in Tuva with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in August 2017. In one of the photographs, the president, bare-chested and wearing dark glasses, is sitting sprawled on a chair, along with Shoigu, in another— posing with a caught fish.

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The journalist clarified with Putin: “ Are you saying that people like it when you are photographed without a shirt?"

To this he replied:"You know, I saw pictures of myself when I ride a bear. But I haven’t ridden a bear yet, but there are such photos.

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Matvienko announced Russia’s unwillingness to “engage in boltology” with Ukraine

According to the speaker of the Federation Council, Moscow is ready to negotiate with Kyiv “on realistic terms”, which are known. “Clearly and clearly stated our conditions must be accepted,” she said

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Russia is ready to negotiate with Ukraine “on realistic terms”, said Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko in an interview Belarusian TV channel STV.

“They [the conditions] are known. We also announced them publicly. These are the conditions that have been declared for the purpose of a special military operation, and, of course, Russia will not negotiate under any other conditions, because it is Ukraine that has crossed the red line, — Matviyenko said when asked what conditions are needed to resume the negotiation process.

According to her, Western countries, if they wish, could “seat Kyiv at the negotiating table and force them to reach peace agreements”, but they had “completely different goals, different tasks.” Nevertheless, Moscow did not shy away from negotiations with Kyiv, the speaker noted.

She is convinced that “not Russia is at war”, but the West and NATO “at the hands of Ukrainians are at war with Russia”. Moscow had to do everything to defend itself.

Returning to the negotiations, the chairman of the Federation Council stressed that Russia was not ready to “engage in boltology”. Negotiations should not be “declarative”. “Clearly and distinctly stated our conditions must be accepted. And this will become the basis for negotiations, during which the nuances and so on can be clarified, — she added.

Matvienko called the President of Ukraine “a puppet in the hands of the United States”, who is not allowed to negotiate, but “ordered to fight”.

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“This is not a pro-Ukrainian president, that this is a president who does not think about the fate of his country, which is already destroyed and continues to crumble. <…> In order to preserve peace, tranquility, the lives of his citizens, he was obliged to sit down at the negotiating table and look for mutually acceptable solutions, taking into account the already existing realities, — concluded the speaker.

The Russian side had previously insisted on the demilitarization and denazification of the neighboring country, as well as on its non-bloc and non-nuclear status. The parties suspended negotiations in May. The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergey Lavrov, blamed Kyiv for this, which, in his words, “was poked by the Americans, the British primarily, because it is the Anglo-Saxons who are now in charge.” there. He doubts that Ukraine will return to the negotiation process in the near future. Kyiv at the same time allowed the resumption of negotiations with Russia in August. According to the head of the Ukrainian delegation, David Arakhamia, Ukraine is preparing a counteroffensive, which will strengthen its position in the negotiations. He ruled out resuming the dialogue in the current situation.

Matvienko, speaking about the sanctions, said that “this is a serious attempt to maintain the hegemony of the United States, an attempt by the countries of the West, this is a struggle for this hegemony, which means that the collective West should decide how to develop, in which direction to move.” So, “without trial, without investigation” part of the currency reserves of the Bank of Russia was frozen, the accounts of Russians and Belarusians are being blocked “on an ethnic basis”. “This is discrimination, this is genocide,” — she thinks.

According to her, “discredit” dollar and euro forces Russia to get rid of “unreliable currencies”, switching to settlements in national currencies. “And in general, today the Russian Federation, both with Belarus and with other states, is increasingly switching to payment in national currencies. But this movement must be phased, smooth, gradual, so as not to harm, so that there is a return from such a transition, — added the speaker of the Federation Council.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, commenting on the freezing of part of the Russian reserves, stated that “illegitimate actions” West “draw a line under the reliability of the so-called first-class assets.” In his opinion, by their actions, the US and the EU have actually declared “a real default on their obligations to Russia.” “Now everyone knows that financial reserves can simply be stolen,” — Putin spoke.

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Swiss customs reveals 18 violations of sanctions against Russia

The Swiss authorities have identified 18 cases of violation of the sanctions imposed against Russia because of the military operation in Ukraine. It is reported by Bloomberg with reference to the Federal Office for Customs and Border Security. The department did not give details.

The country, despite its neutral status, decided to join the restrictive measures that the European Union introduced against Russia. On June 10, Switzerland supported the sixth EU sanctions package, which includes a partial embargo of Russian oil, as well as imposing financial restrictions and banning 100 people from entering. Among them are citizens of Russia and Belarus — military personnel, politicians, businessmen, “persons involved in the dissemination of disinformation.”

Now the European Union is preparing the sixth package of sanctions. According to Reuters, Russian gold may be included in it.

On June 21, Bloomberg, citing Swiss customs data, reported that Switzerland had imported Russian gold for the first time since the beginning of the Russian military operation. About 3 tons of metal were imported into the country from Russia, which accounted for 2% of all gold imports. The agency noted that most enterprises refused to accept Russian metals after the London Bullion Market Association deprived six Russian plants of the status of suppliers of gold and silver.

The Swiss Federal Office for Customs and Border Protection later clarified that the gold of Russian origin arrived in the country from the UK. The agency did not disclose data on importers for legal reasons, but announced a check for compliance with existing sanctions.

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Turkey vows not to join sanctions against Russia

Erdogan's representative Kalin: Turkey does not intend to join sanctions against Russia According to Erdogan's representative, Turkey periodically receives Western requests for anti-Russian sanctions, but Ankara protects its interests and does not intend to impose sanctions against Russia

Turkey does not intend to join the sanctions that the West has imposed on Russia, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on the air of the Haberturk TV channel.

According to him, Turkey periodically receives requests from the West regarding the need for sanctions against Russia, however, Ankara “adheres to a policy of balance.”

“We do not impose sanctions [against Moscow] and will not be connected to them. We must protect our interests. If everyone destroys the bridges, who will end up talking to Russia? Our economic relations with Russia are of such a nature that the imposition of sanctions will cause more damage to the Turkish economy than to Russia. We have taken a clear position [on the issue of sanctions]. In the West, it was accepted, & mdash; Erdogan's spokesman said.

Besides, Kalyn continued, Western sanctions have not pushed Russia to the negotiating table, on the contrary: “[Russian President Vladimir] Putin has further strengthened his position inside, and the ruble has recovered economically.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special military operation in Ukraine on the morning of February 24. According to him, the purpose of the operation — “demilitarization and denazification” Ukraine, as well as protecting the population from “genocide” in Donbass. Ukraine, in response, introduced martial law and announced mobilization.

Since the beginning of the conflict, the Turkish authorities have called on the parties to peace talks. So, at the end of March, the last face-to-face meeting of the Russian and Ukrainian delegations took place in Istanbul, where the parties agreed on the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Kyiv and Chernihiv directions, as well as the organization of gum corridors. However, later the parties announced the termination of negotiations.

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Ankara also acts as an intermediary in negotiations on the export of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea ports. The Milliyet newspaper reported on June 20 that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the creation of a “grain corridor” with UN Secretary General António Guterres. According to the publication, this mechanism assumes that ships within a month will begin to export grain from the ports of Ukraine through the Dardanelles and Bosporus. The parties intend to export up to 40 million tons of grain within 6-8 months, the newspaper noted. Quadripartite meeting on the “grain problem” with the participation of Kyiv, Ankara, Moscow and the UN is planned in Turkey “in the coming weeks”.

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Turkey announces new NATO summit with Finland and Sweden

The summit with the participation of the first persons of Turkey, NATO, Sweden and Finland will take place on June 28. Ankara will push for amendments to Finnish and Swedish laws to fight “PKK terrorists,” Erdogan's spokesman clarified

Turkey will hold a new round of negotiations with Finland and Sweden on NATO membership before alliance summit in Madrid, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Haberturk TV channel.

“On Tuesday [June 28], at the request of NATO Secretary General [Jens Stoltenberg], a summit of Turkey, NATO, Sweden and Finland will be held with the participation of our President [Recep Tayyip Erdogan]. It will be a summit before the NATO summit, — said Kalyn.

At the same time, according to the representative of Erdogan, Turkey's participation in the summit does not mean that it will “retreat from its positions.” He recalled the need to amend Finnish and Swedish laws to combat “PKK terrorists”; (The Kurdistan Workers Party— has been designated a terrorist movement in Turkey.)

Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO on May 18, explaining their decision by changes in the security sphere after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. Stockholm and Helsinki stressed that such a move is not directed against Moscow. To join NATO, applications from Sweden and Finland must be considered and approved by all 30 countries — alliance members.

Turkey refuses to support the applications of Sweden and Finland to join NATO and demands that these countries extradite members of the PKK to Ankara, close all organizations associated with structures that Turkey considers terrorist, and provide the Turkish side with appropriate guarantees.

On May 25, Turkish, Finnish and Swedish representatives held talks in Ankara. After that, sources told Reuters that the meeting was not easy, and its participants made “little progress”; and did not achieve clear results. The Turkish President said at the time that he was not satisfied with the outcome of the talks.

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

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In turn, Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that the intention of Sweden and Finland to join in NATO could exacerbate “an already difficult international security environment.” NATO expansion at the expense of these countries will not create an “immediate threat”; for Russia, but Moscow will respond if additional military infrastructure appears on their territories, Putin emphasized.

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Kaliningrad governor said that the EC “screwed up” in the issue of transit

According to Anton Alikhanov, the EC itself got confused in its sanctions: “they quietly allowed to pay for gas in rubles, but they didn’t issue a paper on Kaliningrad.” There are “more bureaucrats than in the nightmares of Franz Kafka,” he noted ” alt=”The Kaliningrad governor said that the EC “screwed up” in the issue of transit” />

The EC itself got confused in its sanctions and “screwed up”, says the Governor of the Kaliningrad region Anton Alikhanov.

“Okay. We pay for Kaliningrad transit, there are no military cargoes, there is nothing dual-purpose. The European Commission is just confused, — Alikhanov wrote in Telegram.

As an example, he cited Russia's demand to pay for gas in rubles, that “they quietly <…> allowed, but they didn’t issue a paper on Kaliningrad.

According to the governor, there are more bureaucrats in the European Commission than in the nightmares of Franz Kafka.

Alikhanov assured of an excess of maritime capacity in the Baltic: to deliver goods by sea “there is something.” “Yes, we will need to subsidize the sea tariff, but this is a technique. Our country will allow itself this, and will allow itself programs for the development of the region. We are a very strong country»,— he is convinced.

Earlier, the Kaliningrad governor stated that in the EU, approving the sanctions, “they forgot and had nothing in mind from the very beginning regarding Kaliningrad.” Following reminders, Brussels provided for a transit clause. “And then the European Commission gave Lithuania clarifications regarding the first four packages. But it is vague and can be interpreted in different ways, — he said.

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Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said that the EC would provide clarifications on how to apply restrictions on the transit of sanctioned goods.

On June 18, Lithuania stopped transit supplies to the Kaliningrad region for a large list of goods, explaining this measure by the implementation of European sanctions that have entered into force June 17.

The Kremlin called the decision of the Lithuanian side illegal and “violation of everything and everything”. Moscow is considering various options for measures, they said. Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev threatened that they would have a serious impact on the population of Lithuania.

By banning land transit between the Kaliningrad region and the rest of Russia, Lithuania was guided by EU sanctions, there was no talk of a blockade of the region, he assured, in his in turn, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell.

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Kadyrov announced the formation of four Chechen battalions “Akhmat”

According to the head of Chechnya, the desire to form new battalions is caused by “an extremely patriotic mood among the youth of the region”

Four military battalions will soon be formed in the Chechen Republic, the contingent of which will include exclusively Chechens. The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, announced this in his Telegram.

“Friends, very soon 4 military battalions “North-Akhmat”, “South-Akhmat”, “West-Akhmat” will be formed in the Chechen Republic; and “Vostok-Akhmat” with an impressive number of personnel. The military contingent will include only Chechen guys. They will replenish the composition of the troops of the Russian Ministry of Defense,», — he wrote.

Battalion— the main tactical unit in the ground forces, airborne troops and parts of the marine corps. The battalion consists of several companies and separate platoons and can include from 145 to 500 people.

According to the head of Chechnya, the desire to form new battalions is caused by “an extremely patriotic mood among the youth of the region.” “Together with the Chairman of the Parliament of the Chechen Republic, Magomed Daudov, I visited the inner-city settlement of Khankala to inspect a potential building to be converted to the needs of two emerging battalions. For the first two groups, the proposed location has already been selected. In the interests of the military personnel, all conveniences will be provided here, & mdash; Kadyrov said.

The head of the republic instructed members of the government to prepare design estimates, install the necessary communications and start asphalting the roadway leading to the site.

Servicemen from the Chechen Republic have been taking part in a special military operation since the end of February. Kadyrov said that they are involved in the most hot spots of the operation. In mid-March, he said, 1,000 volunteers went to Ukraine. In early April, he again announced the dispatch of another 1 thousand people, and in May he spoke about another 600 volunteers.

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Earlier, the head of Chechnya said that volunteers who returned from a special operation in Ukraine seek to go there again and take part in hostilities, in order to “put an end to the situation with the underdogs polluting the earth's firmament.”

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Zakharova advised London to ask about the number of mercenaries

The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responding to the remark about the “hysteria” of London because of the death sentence passed in the DPR on two Britons, suggested asking the embassy about the number of British mercenaries before making statements

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova advised the UK to ask the Ukrainian embassy in the kingdom by the number of British mercenaries in Ukraine before making any statements. She stated this on the air of the Sunday Evening program. with Vladimir Solovyov.

“And they wondered how many applications the Ukrainian Embassy in London received to recruit mercenaries from the so-called British volunteers? Maybe they would ask how many subjects they registered there? No, not interested? And let them take an interest»,— suggested Zakharova in response to the journalist's remark about the “hysteria” London because of the death sentence passed in the Donetsk People's Republic on two Britons.

In early June, the DPR Supreme Court sentenced Britons Sean Pinner and Aiden Aslin to death, as well as Moroccan Saadoun Brahim. They were charged under Part 2 of Art. 34 (commission of crimes by a group of persons), art. 323 (forcible seizure of power or forcible retention of power) and Art. 430 (mercenarism) of the Criminal Code of the republic.

In the DPR, the death penalty is provided for these crimes in wartime conditions, which is de facto allowed: there is no moratorium on this type of punishment.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss condemned the death sentence, calling those convicted prisoners of war. According to her, the DPR Supreme Court issued a “fictitious judgment that has absolutely no legitimacy.”

Zakharova, in turn, said that London's reaction to the verdict was hysterical, although the British side had not previously appealed to the DPR about its citizens, from which we can conclude that until now their fate has not “essentially interested” anyone.

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Chomsky called the ultimate goal of the US “game” against Russia

American political publicist and philosopher Noam Chomsky believes that Washington will continue to harm Russia.

In an interview He reminded The Nation that the White House and NATO have been arming Ukraine since 2014. At that time, joint military exercises with the alliance began to be actively conducted, and steps were also taken to integrate the country into a military bloc. “Of course, all this was done deliberately for the purpose of provocation,” Chomsky is sure.

These processes accelerated when Joe Biden became president of the United States. The expert referred to the State Department, which acknowledged that prior to the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, the US authorities refused to discuss any concerns of Moscow about security issues.

“The US continues to play a game where the lives of Ukrainians are at stake, as well as the very existence of civilization in order to weaken Russia and make sure that she suffered enough. There is no moral basis for this,” Chomsky emphasized.

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Several shelters with people still remain at the Azot chemical plant

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The commandant's office in Severodonetsk stated that several shelters with peaceful residents.

They clarified that evacuation is now difficult, since shelling is taking place from the Ukrainian military.

“The territory has not been cleared, until the exact number of people who live on the territory of the plant is unknown”, – the department added.

Earlier, an officer of the People's Militia of the LPR, Kirill Genser, said that about 500 people remained in the bomb shelters of the Azot plant.

The day before, the Ambassador of the LPR in Russia, Rodion Miroshnik, said that the troops of the republic announced the evacuation of 200 people from the territory of the plant, and then another 250 people.

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Iran successfully launches Zuljanakh launch vehicle

Tehran has successfully conducted the second test of its Zuljanakh launch vehicle, the Iranian Tasnim agency reports.

The country's Defense Ministry stressed that the launch of the rocket was carried out for scientific purposes.

According to the defense department, the rocket has three stages, including two for solid fuel and one for liquid. It is planned that the data obtained during the tests will be used for the subsequent launch of the satellite into Earth orbit.

It was previously reported that the rocket of the American private company Astra was unable to launch two meteorological satellites into orbit.

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The head of the EC refused to boycott the G20 summit if Putin participates in it

According to von der Leyen, the G20 institution is “too important to let Putin destroy it,” and the presence of the Russian leader will allow him to better understand the position of the West

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will not boycott the autumn G20 summit; (G20) if Russian President Vladimir Putin participates in it. She stated this in an interview with the German TV channel ZDF.

“We must think very carefully about whether we will paralyze the entire G20, so I do not support this [boycott of the summit] <…> I think it will be better if he [Putin] comes, then we can tell him to his face what we think, — von der Leyen noted.

According to her, the G20 institution is “too important to let Putin destroy it,” and the presence of the Russian leader will allow him to better understand the position of the West.

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Summit of Heads of State— G20 participants will be held November 15 & 16 in Bali. Russian President Vladimir Putin has already received an invitation to participate in the event, but the Kremlin has not yet made a decision. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was also invited to the summit, although the country is not a member of the organization.

Bloomberg, citing sources, reported that some members of the G20, including the United States, tried to persuade Indonesia to refuse Putin's invitation to the summit in the country . According to the agency, Jakarta was required to “at least condemn” Russia's actions in Ukraine. US officials have also discussed whether President Joe Biden should skip the summit if Putin visits, but Biden is likely to attend, according to sources.

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CNN announced the imminent transfer of American long-range missile defense systems to Kyiv

CNN: US to give Ukraine medium-range and long-range missile defense systems According to the channel, the US will announce the delivery of advanced missile defense systems, artillery ammunition and counter-battery radars to Kyiv this week

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The United States plans to announce the transfer of advanced medium and long-range missile defense systems to Kiev this week, CNN reports, citing sources.

According to the channel's interlocutors, the assistance will be transferred in response to relevant requests from Ukraine. In addition, other military assistance is likely to be announced, which includes additional artillery ammunition and counter-battery radars, the sources added.

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CNN clarifies that Kyiv had previously requested Norwegian NASAMS missile defense systems, which are capable of hitting targets at a distance of 160 km. At the same time, the channel indicates that this sophisticated equipment and the Ukrainian military should be trained to operate it.

Western countries began to increase arms supplies to Ukraine against the backdrop of the Russian military operation that began on February 24. Since then, they have supplied or pledged to supply Kyiv with weapons, military equipment and funds for military purposes totaling approximately $38.5 billion.

Washington, in particular, has sent $6.1 billion in military aid to Kyiv since late February. On June 23, White House National Security Council (NSC) strategic communications coordinator John Kirby announced an additional $450 million package that included military equipment and ammunition. On June 25, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny announced that the HIMARS MLRS supplied were already fighting in the territory not controlled by Ukraine.

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Russia has repeatedly accused Western countries of “pumping” Ukraine with weapons and warned that convoys with foreign weapons would become “legitimate targets” Russian army. Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said that if long-range shells were supplied to Ukraine, there would be a risk of strikes against Russian cities. Both Washington and Kyiv ruled out such a scenario.

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Japan will expand sanctions on 160 organizations and individuals from Russia

According to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the sanctions are directed against individuals and organizations associated with the Russian defense industry. Their accounts in Japan will be frozen

Japan will expand anti-Russian sanctions to 70 individuals and 90 legal entities, as well as impose a ban on the import of gold and the provision of a number of services. This was reported by the NHK TV channel with reference to the statement of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the G7 summit.

According to the prime minister, the sanctions will affect individuals and organizations mainly associated with the Russian defense industry. Their accounts in Japan will be frozen.

“We reject a world in which unilateral changes in the status quo, such as Russia's invasion of Ukraine, are ubiquitous, and we will strengthen the international order based on the rule of law,” — emphasized Kishida.

Since the end of February, the Japanese government has approved several packages of restrictive measures against Russia, imposed sanctions against companies and individuals, banned investments in the country, restricted exports and revoked preferential treatment in trade. In particular, in early June, Tokyo decided to ban the export to Russia of products that “help strengthen the industrial infrastructure”: steel tanks, conveyors, dump trucks, bulldozers, looms, and more.

NHK previously reported that sanctions against Russia caused the loss of more than $2.7 billion by the largest Japanese banks Mitsubishi UFJ, Sumitomo Mitsui and Mizuho. Most of the losses are caused by the fact that bank customers cannot repay loans issued to them under the influence of sanctions restrictions.

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Russia has taken measures in response to the sanctions: it has banned the entry of 63 citizens of Japan. The restrictions included Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Cabinet Secretary General Hirokazu Matsuno, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, Finance Minister Shun'ichi Suzuki, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa, as well as members of both houses of the Japanese parliament. Before that, back in March, Moscow refused to negotiate a peace agreement with Tokyo.

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Bloomberg reported that Russia defaulted for the first time since 1918

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On the night of June 27, for the first time since 1918, Russia defaulted on sovereign debt in foreign currency, writes Bloomberg.

Default— is the default of the debtor to pay the debt. The announcement of default by the state lowers its credit ratings— it becomes difficult or impossible for the country to attract new loans, as a result, the limited infusion of external capital hinders the development of the economy.

The grace period for about $100 million in late payments on government bonds expired on Sunday, according to the agency, and in the event of default, the deadline is considered a default event. At the same time, Bloomberg points out that “the default is mostly symbolic and means little to Russians.”

RBC turned to the Russian Ministry of Finance for comment.

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We are talking about dollar bonds of the Ministry of Finance, the balance of which for $552 million Russia was supposed to pay off on April 4. However, at that time, the United States blocked Russia's ability to pay its debts from frozen reserves, and the Ministry of Finance initiated the fulfillment of the obligation in rubles. Western market participants prepared to default on these bonds, citing an uncoordinated change in the currency of payment, but the Ministry of Finance at the end of April still managed to bring funds in dollars to foreign investors (according to Bloomberg, for this, free from encumbrance dollar accounts of the Mortgage Corporation &laquo ;Dom.RF»).

On May 11, the former holders of these bonds, who had received the principal payment by May 2, filed a notice of Russian default with the Euroclear clearing system, citing the fact that they did not receive additional interest accrued from April 4 to the date of the actual bond redemption. Russia, when paying the principal at the end of April, did not include this additional interest in its payment, they argue. “Following the demand of the holders of securities, Russia never paid this interest,” — creditors indicated.

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In the Kremlin, after the sanctions against the national depository, they announced attempts by Brussels to push Russia into an “artificial default”. Siluanov called the creation of artificial barriers to service Russia's public debt a farce. “You can declare anything and try to hang a label. But everyone who understands understands that this is not a default, — the minister emphasized. In his opinion, it would be appropriate to call a default in this situation the refusal of foreign financial intermediaries to fulfill their obligations, since this “damages the business reputation of Western financial institutions.”

On June 22, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the payment currency debt in rubles. To do this, all foreign investors were opened ruble accounts of the “I” type without their personal presence. The next day, the Ministry of Finance paid off its Eurobonds in rubles for the first time under the new scheme.

At the end of 2021, Russia's public debt amounted to ₽20.9 trillion— 18.1% of the country's GDP, according to the Accounts Chamber. Domestic debt amounted to ₽16.5 trillion. External debt in foreign currency reached $59.7 billion

According to the Bank of Russia, as of January 1, 2022, the external debt of the Russian Federation amounted to $478.2 billion. the amount takes into account not only the debts of the public sector, but also private companies that borrow funds in foreign markets.

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The UN Secretary General said that the world cannot do without Russian grain and fertilizers

UN Secretary-General António Guterres reported “intense contacts” with Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, the EU and the USA on the export of Ukrainian products across the Black Sea, as well as on the export of Russian grains and fertilizers, without which “the world cannot do”. His words are available on the UN website.

“There were intensive contacts both with Ukrainians and with Russians and Turks, and on the other hand with the US and the EU to promote the safe and reliable export of Ukrainian food products in the Black Sea and, at the same time, the export of Russian grains and fertilizers, which the world cannot do without.” ;,— Guterres said.

Guterres has repeatedly urged Russia and Ukraine to find a way to resume grain exports in order to resolve the food crisis. According to the data referred to by the Secretary General, the combined share of Russia and Ukraine in world wheat exports reached approximately 29%.

In turn, Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated that Moscow was ready to help resolve the global food crisis, and offered to increase the export of fertilizers and agricultural products in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. According to Putin, the current situation in the food market was provoked by “erroneous economic and financial policies”; Western countries and their sanctions against Russia.

Against the background of the Russian special operation, ships with grain for export stopped leaving Ukrainian ports. Kyiv accused Moscow of blocking the ports and called on the international community to take part in resolving the situation.

The Russian authorities have stated that they do not interfere with exports by sea and that for the safe exit of the ships, the Ukrainian side must clear the ports. Moscow also linked the global food crisis to the sanctions imposed by Western countries against Russia.

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Colombian president calls for bullfighting ban after grandstand collapse

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Colombian president-elect Gustavo Petro called on local authorities to ban bullfighting after another show in the town of Espinal, a grandstand collapsed and people were killed.

“We have already seen this in Sinselejo. I ask the leadership of the municipalities not to allow events that are accompanied by the death of people and animals,»,— he wrote on his Twitter.

The day before, in the Colombian city of Espinal, a tribune with spectators collapsed during a bull run. Authorities reported 200 injured and four dead, including — a three-year-old child.

Later, Major Luis Fernando Vélez, director of civil defense of the province, confirmed the information about the fifth death to local television and said that about 70 people were seriously injured. According to him, no one was left under the rubble, several people who were considered missing were found.

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LPR authorities reported that there were still shelters with people at the Azot plant

At the Severodonetsk chemical plant “Azot” there are still a few shelters with civilians. About this “RIA Novosti” representatives of the commandant's office of the city said.

“The evacuation is still difficult due to shelling by the Ukrainian military or because the territory has not been cleared. The exact number of people who live there is unknown,— representatives of the LPR authorities told.

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

On June 25, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that Severodonetsk was under the complete control of the Russian Armed Forces, and the last stronghold of resistance of the Ukrainian troops— Azot plant,— completely cleared.

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said earlier that from the territory of the Azot plant 800 civilians were released, later he specified that all civilians were taken out of the basements of the plant.

Plant «Azot»— the largest chemical production in Ukraine and throughout Europe. He produced acetic acid, methanol, nitrogen fertilizers, polymers. Before the start of the Russian military operation, the enterprise was the largest employer in the region, employing 6.7 thousand people.

Judging by satellite images, the territory of “Azot” occupies almost half of the city. Due to the fact that the plant was built during the Soviet era, it has large underground workshops and bunkers in case of technical disasters or nuclear war, which can withstand powerful air strikes, the editor-in-chief of Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine told RBC. Retired Colonel Viktor Murakhovsky.

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The Kremlin called the timing of Russia’s achievement of technological sovereignty

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Special Presidential Envoy for Digitalization Dmitry Peskov

Russia can achieve technological sovereignty in 10-20 years, for this it is necessary to create a conditional “Diamond Fund” from dozens of own developments. About this in an interview with RIA Novosti said Dmitry Peskov, special presidential envoy for digitalization.

“If we talk about the realistic task of technological sovereignty, it looks like this: in 10-20 years, you can create 30-50 own lines of advanced developments that will become exhibits of our “Diamond Fund of Technologies” and will be able to provide food, security, medicine and connectivity in the country in case of any cataclysms,— said Peskov.

According to him, “the question is to have your own“ Diamond Fund ” technological developments that either only you have, that is, this technological superiority, or three to five other countries in the world have— i.e. technological parity. The representative of the president noted that, unlike the usual “Diamond Fund” — technologies are depreciating and need to be “constantly replenished.”

After the start of the military operation in Ukraine, Western and Asian countries imposed sanctions against Russia. In particular, the United States announced restrictions on high-tech exports, due to which, for example, processor manufacturers stopped supplying them to Russia. US sanctions did not affect consumer appliances and electronics, but many foreign companies independently suspended or completely stopped the supply of their products to Russia, including Apple, Samsung, Dell, etc. The EU, in turn, imposed restrictions on the supply of electronic goods for home use more expensive than €750, as well as electronic devices for recording video and sound costing more than €1 thousand. Several large software developers have also left the Russian market, including SAP, Oracle, etc.

In early June, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin ordered the creation of industrial competence centers for import substitution in key sectors of the economy. He also invited the government commission to consider proposals to replace industry and system-wide foreign solutions with Russian software products and software and hardware systems.

In turn, the Special Representative of the Russian President for Digital and Technological Development Dmitry Peskov proposed a “technological island” strategy, by which he means the achievement of full technological sovereignty. For this, according to him, it is necessary to work out the “green” agenda, create our own techno-economic block, an export package of agricultural products, a new generation of transport logistics corridors between Russia and Asian countries, etc.

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Turkey linked Russia’s military operation in Ukraine with the actions of the West

According to Erdogan's representative, Moscow's decision to conduct a special operation in Ukraine could be related to the actions of the West over the past 30 years

Representative of the Turkish President Ibrahim Kalin

Turkey condemns Russia's military operation in Ukraine, but admits that Moscow's decision could be related to the actions of the West for 30 years, including the expansion of NATO. This was stated by the representative of the President of Turkey, Ibrahim Kalin, on the air of the Haberturk TV channel.

“This does not justify Russia's invasion of Ukraine. But when you look at what has happened over the past 30 years, you have to consider the causal relationship, this is the actions of the West, and the expansion of NATO. We also object to this wrong world order,»— he said.

The representative of the Turkish president believes that “in the new order, at the top of the pyramid is a superpower”, and below it are five or six “great powers”: Russia, China, Great Britain, France and Germany. “Russia began to doubt the pyramid in geostrategic and military terms, proposed to revise the terms and sign a new balance agreement in 30 years. Those who wanted to suppress those trying to get out from below said: let's go the way of conflict, — added Kalyn.

Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24th. President Vladimir Putin called its main goals the protection of the population of Donbass from “genocide”, as well as “demilitarization and denazification” neighboring state.

Subsequently, he stated that the special operation in Ukraine was the only way for Russia to forestall aggression against its own territory. “Everything indicated that a clash with neo-Nazis, Bandera, on whom the United States and its junior partners staked, would be inevitable. We saw the military infrastructure unfolding, how hundreds of foreign advisers began to work, there were regular deliveries of the most modern weapons from NATO countries, — Putin said.

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At the end of last year, Putin proposed to start substantive negotiations on achieving legal guarantees of NATO's non-expansion to the east. The President stressed that Russia needed legal guarantees, because the Western countries had not fulfilled their oral obligations. “Everyone is aware of the verbal assurances given that NATO will not expand eastwards,” — Putin noted, but, according to him, everything was done exactly the opposite. The President emphasized that “legitimate Russian security concerns” were ignored and are still being ignored.

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Sofya Sapieha asked Lukashenka for pardon

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Sofya Sapega

Russian woman Sofya Sapega submitted a petition for clemency to the administration of the colony IK-4 in Gomel, her family's lawyer Anton told the BBC Gashinsky. In an appeal to the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko (the text is available from the BBC), Sapieha asks to release her from serving a six-year sentence or to replace it with a milder punishment.

“I just want to be close to my family. <…> I want to breathe freely,— the prisoner writes.

Sapega was detained together with the former editor-in-chief of the opposition Telegram channel Nexta (recognized as extremist in Belarus) Roman Protasevich in May last year after the forced landing of a Ryanair passenger plane in Minsk. She was accused of administering the Black Book of Belarus Telegram channel. (also recognized as extremist in the republic), who published the personal data of security officials who ill-treated participants in mass protests after the presidential elections in 2020.

After the arrest, Sapieha cooperated with the investigation and in December 2021 she already wrote a petition for pardon for the name of Lukashenka. Her stepfather Sergei Dudich then specified that a decision could be expected after the court's decision.

In May of this year, the court found the Russian woman guilty under two articles: on inciting social hatred and on the illegal collection and dissemination of data on private life. Sapega was sentenced to six years in a penal colony. She was ordered to compensate the victims for moral damage— 167,500 Belarusian rubles (more than 2.5 million Russian rubles at the current exchange rate)— and a court fee in the amount of 7,488 Belarusian rubles (more than 100,000 Russian rubles). The verdict was not appealed and entered into force at the end of the month.

The Kremlin promised to protect the interests of the Russian woman, but did not assess the fairness of the verdict.

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In early June, Lukashenka allowed the transfer of Sapieha to Russia. “Let her serve time there. Or they do whatever they want there, — said the President of Belarus, adding that he “feel sorry for the girl.”

On June 16, the Russian Foreign Ministry reminded that Sapieha, in accordance with Belarusian law, could apply for pardon to Lukashenka.

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