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%

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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.

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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.

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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)).

< p>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.

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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.

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DPR units learned to counter Ukrainian UAVs

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According to the commander of the Sparta battalion Artyom Zhoga, the servicemen of the Donetsk People's Republic learned how to resist the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which use various unmanned aerial vehicles for reconnaissance and strikes. He noted that the unmanned aviation center created in the republic contributed to this.

“The enemy is technically savvy. The Ukrainian military uses special guns that block the communication channel, GPS. They also use aeroscopes to determine the take-off place, take-off point” , – Zhoga noted.

He explained that Ukrainian operators are working together with artillery units to locate the take-off point and inflict fire damage. “Our units have learned how to deal with this, there are different options, different drone firmware is used, which excludes the detection of a take-off point. This center was created for this, in order to gather instructors who can transfer their technical knowledge,” the commander added.


Zelensky said that embassies of 55 countries resumed work in Kyiv

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President Volodymyr Zelensky, in his video message published on Telegram, named the number of diplomatic missions of other countries that have resumed their work in Kyiv.

“Already 55 diplomatic missions have resumed work,” the Ukrainian leader said.

Recall that on August 17, the President of Ukraine received credentials from the ambassadors of Belgium, Spain, Kyrgyzstan and Romania.



Estonia banned the entry of Russians with issued Schengen visas


Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas announced the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers to stop Russians from entering the country with Schengen visas issued by Estonian consular offices.

She clarified that this ban, approved by the Estonian government on August 11, comes into force from 00:00 on August 18.

“Admission to the European Union is not a matter of human rights and freedom of movement, but a privilege for those who are ready to receive as a guest or business partner,” the prime minister explained this decision.


Competition of pontoon crossing units “Open Water-2022” is held in Murom

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In the city of Murom, Vladimir Region, at the Vantovy training ground, a solemn opening ceremony and a water parade of the international competition of pontoon crossing units “Open Water”, held as part of the International Army Games 2022 (ArMI-2022), were held. Teams from Russia and Belarus will compete for victory in the final relay.

Army International Games — These are complex international competitions between units of the Armed Forces of different states. Competitions have been held since 2015 and include such competitions as “Tank Biathlon”, “Sea Cup”, “Master Gunsmith”; and others. In 2021, 34 different competitions were held, of which Russia participated in 16, 95 countries were invited to participate.

During the competition, a modern pontoon-bridge fleet PP-2005M, floating conveyors PTS-2, ferry-bridge vehicles PMM-2M, special inflatable boats SNL-8, BAT-2 track-laying devices, towing motor boats BMK are used. The participants of the competition are equipped with the latest pontoon suits.

Regular platoons of more than 60 people participate in the competition, the Oka River acts as a natural water barrier – near Murom its width reaches 300 meters.

In The complex of the final relay race included seven different tasks (exercises): engineering reconnaissance of a water barrier, arrangement of entrances to a water barrier, landing on floating conveyors, organization of a ferry crossing on ferry-bridge vehicles and on platoon and company ferries from the PP-2005M fleet.< /p>

On Wednesday, August 17, it was reported that the second qualifying races of crews of engineering weapons vehicles took place at the Volzhsky training ground in the Volgograd Region as part of the international stage of the Engineering Formula 2022 competition. The crews of the GMZ-3 caterpillar minelayer, the UR-77 demining unit, and the PTS-2 floating medium transporter took part in the races.


Zelensky: Kyiv is ready to miss the IAEA mission at the ZNPP


According to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, Kyiv continues to maintain constant contact with the IAEA, and the authorities countries are ready to let the organization's mission to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant pass.

“Our diplomats and Ukrainian nuclear scientists are in constant contact with the IAEA. Now they are working on sending the IAEA mission to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant,” Zelensky explained in a video message.


The President of Ukraine claims that “Kyiv is ready to provide proper control”, and the mission can be sent in a short time.

Recall that in early June, the Russian side and the IAEA Secretariat agreed on the route and schedule of the international agency missions at nuclear power plants. The mission included experts from different countries. However, this trip was canceled at the last moment, this decision was made in the Security Department of the UN Secretariat. On August 11, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for the demilitarization of the station.


Ukrainian Defense Minister denies destruction of HIMARS installations

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Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov denies that during the special operation several HIMARS MLRS units transferred to Kyiv by the West were destroyed.

“I can say with absolute responsibility that not a single HIMARS was lost,” he said in an interview with Ukrainian bureau of the Voice of America (recognized as a foreign agent in Russia).

Reznikov believes that such reports are “propaganda”.

It should be noted that the Russian Ministry of Defense has repeatedly reported in the official a summary of the progress of the special operation to destroy the HIMARS installations. So, for example, on August 6, it was noted that as a result of a counter-battery fight, a Ukrainian platoon of Alder multiple launch rocket systems and American HIMARS were destroyed in the area of ​​u200bu200bthe settlement of Pyatigorskoye in the Kharkov region. On August 9, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that more than three hundred rockets for HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems were destroyed by high-precision missiles in a warehouse near the village of Uman, Cherkasy region. And on August 13, the report said that the HIMARS launcher and ammunition were destroyed in the Kramatorsk region in the DPR.


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

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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.


Named the reason for the impossibility of full-scale Chinese sanctions against Taiwan

Taiwan Chip Restrictions and Military Action Unlikely

Beijing's retaliatory measures against Taiwan following Nancy Pelosi's visit have caused worldwide alarm. The discussion of how much the island will suffer from Chinese sanctions puts China's dependence on Taiwan on the back burner. And it looks like China is afraid of hurting itself.

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China's military exercises around Taiwan after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit have sparked alarm in the region. However, Beijing's retaliation against Taipei has had little to no impact, mainly because China does not want to hurt itself.

According to Bloomberg economists, the cost of trade subject to China's sanctions is tiny. amount (less than 1%) of Taiwan's GDP. Beijing could step up its action by targeting food, timber or minerals.

Restrictions on any high-value goods that could actually harm Taipei (this includes semiconductors) are unlikely and almost unthinkable, since Beijing itself is very dependent on advanced technologies on the island.

DBS Group Holdings Economist Ltd. Ma Tiing argues that “the likelihood of China targeting Taiwanese technology remains relatively low. If you look at the role of Taiwan in the global supply of semiconductors, you can see its dominant position. It will be difficult for China to find an alternative source if it bans Taiwanese-made semiconductors.”

However, Beijing still has several tools to increase pressure on Taipei. According to Bloomberg, China and Hong Kong account for about 40% of all Taiwanese exports. Although Taipei has made efforts in the past few years to reduce economic dependence on China, additional restrictions could still add headaches to the island.

Thus, Taiwan is already struggling with a slowdown in global electronics demand and high inflation , which significantly worsens its growth prospects.

The publication cites several areas where Chinese influence is already being felt:

Trade Sanctions

This area will have little impact on Taipei. Food accounts for just 0.4% of trade across the Taiwan Strait, economists at Goldman Sachs Group Inc write. in your research. In general, bilateral trade reached $328.3 billion last year.

Economists say recent restrictions affecting the export of citrus fruits and certain types of fish could impact Taiwan's GDP by less than 0.1%.

If China has a goal of mitigating the effects of sanctions on its economy, then it may well target Taiwanese timber, minerals, shoes or hats. The researchers single out these goods because, according to DBS, Taiwan's trade is much more dependent on getting these goods to China than China is on getting them from the island. This option is also beneficial to Beijing itself, since it will be easier to find alternative sources of these products.

China may also reduce its own exports to Taiwan, economists continue. Such a case has already been in the history of natural sand. However, the suspension of exports of sand by Beijing in 2007 for about a year allowed Taipei to take advantage of the situation and reduce its dependence on China in this area. JPMorgan Chase&CO called these restrictions “mostly symbolic.”


High-tech products account for almost 70% of all Taiwanese exports to China. In the first half of 2022, Beijing imported $79.4 billion worth of integrated circuits from Taiwan. This is 15% more than last year. In general, this amounted to almost 38% of the total volume of such imports.

Taiwan is known worldwide as a leading supplier of semiconductors. About half of the foundry market is accounted for by the Taiwanese company. For China, a ban on importing chips from Taiwan is extremely disadvantageous, since finding an alternative supplier is fraught with many difficulties.

Bloomberg gives the example of a Chinese chip company that is facing US sanctions and tightening export restrictions. Although domestic Chinese firms have made significant strides in the production of advanced chips, industry experts are confident that the Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturing firm (TSMC) remains a key resource for Beijing.


Many of Taiwan's largest electronics firms have manufacturing bases in China, including the main iPhone assembler. Don't forget about the Taiwanese company Foxconn, known as the largest private employer in China. Over 200 thousand people work at the company's plant. This fact may make it difficult for Beijing to crack down on Taiwanese firms without hurting its own economy.

Also, foreign experts highlight such areas as tourism and supply chains.

If measures in the first area may be limited, since Taipei encourages tourism to the island from other regions, including Southeast Asia, then the disruption of supply chains may have a painful effect on China itself.

The Taiwan Strait is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. According to Bloomberg, this year, almost half of the world's containers and 88% of the largest ships in terms of tonnage passed through this waterway.

Moreover, Beijing's more aggressive actions at sea can hit its own ports to a greater extent, than through the ports of Taiwan. This is due to the fact, emphasizes Linerlytica consultant Tan Hua Ju, that access to Taiwanese ports often does not depend on passage through the strait.

“If there were full-scale military operations, then this is a completely different story,” the expert emphasizes. . “But given the experience of the past two weeks, I think it is quite clear that China is not going to block trade routes, because its own trade volumes will also suffer if there are any restrictions on the transit of ships.”

Economists We are also convinced that the growing tension between China and Taiwan will not disappear anytime soon. Xi Jinping may want to solidify his grip on power ahead of the Communist Party Congress at the end of the year. In this regard, experts predict the expansion of measures to restrict trade in the coming months by the PRC.


In Ukraine, the fraudulent scheme of taking away apartments from dead soldiers was legalized

Commanders were allowed to certify the wills of servicemen

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine decided that under martial law, not only notaries, but also the commanders of their units will be able to certify the wills of servicemen. According to the MK expert, lawyer Dmitry Agranovsky, with the introduction of the new norm, “an enormous scope for abuse” opens up, up to the alienation of the property of the dead to strangers.

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“The Decree provides that under martial law not only notaries will be able to certify the wills of military personnel (…). The commanders (chiefs) of these formations (bodies) and other persons authorized by such a commander (chief) also received such a right, ”the UNN edition quotes the text of the message from the Cabinet of Ministers.

After that, the newspaper writes, the relevant authorized persons must send the will through the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defense to the Ministry of Justice or its territorial body for its registration by notaries in the Hereditary Register.

According to lawyer Dmitry Agranovsky, in the current situation in Ukraine, there is room for all sorts of fraud:

– On the one hand, given the level of losses that the Armed Forces of Ukraine now have, this measure is necessary and justified. In general, everything that helps servicemen to fix their last will, settle their affairs, all this is justified, because the probability of being killed is very high. On the other hand, it opens up a lot of room for fraud. Firstly, the military themselves may be inadequate, because military operations are always a traumatic situation. And, for sure, such a will may arise “I will bequeath all my movable and immovable property to a major or the commander of such and such a company …” this can also be easily. And no one will be able to check whether the last will of the deceased was expressed adequately, voluntarily.

The lawyer is sure that rampant fraud is likely, among other things, due to the fact that ordinary servicemen in the Ukrainian army are treated as “ to the consumable”:

– During the Great Patriotic War there was a high moral and political spirit and our commanders were honest people and the last will, if it had to be expressed somehow, they would have recorded. The German army was also built on ideological principles. And in our time in the Armed Forces of Ukraine it is just a bunch of absolutely unprincipled people who were driven there by force, many of whom did not want to go there, and besides, some of them own some property. Therefore, the scope for abuse opens up simply colossal. For Ukraine, soldiers are expendable material that they do not spare and do not take them into account.

To protect their relatives, the lawyer is sure, Ukrainians can now only one way – prepare a will in advance:

– Of course, relatives may demand some kind of post-mortem psychiatric examination if it turns out that the soldier bequeathed serious property to the commander or some nationalist organization. But it will be very difficult to collect an evidence base when it happens on the front line. Ukrainians, of course, cannot listen to me. But I would advise them, when they go to the front for mobilization, to settle all their affairs, be sure to write a will and generally proceed from the fact that the probability of returning is less than the probability of staying there forever.


The winner of the “Battle of psychics” received three years in prison for fraud

The winner of the 22nd season of the show “Battle of Psychics” on TNT, Maxim Levin (real name – Nikolaev) was sentenced to three years in prison in a fraud case. About this in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda his lawyer Tatyana Galantseva told.

“In June he was sentenced to three years in prison”, – the lawyer shared.

It is clarified that the defense plans to appeal the court decision.

According to the publication, the man entered into contracts for the purchase of souvenirs with businessmen from China, but he did not fulfill the terms of the agreements , and appropriated the funds received. At the time of participation in the TV show, Nikolaev was already on the federal wanted list, in January 2022 the person involved was arrested. 

Nikolaev himself pleaded not guilty. 

Earlier, the Tambov security forces opened a case of embezzlement 200 million rubles from the budget, which were intended for the construction of boiler houses in the city of Kotovsk.

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In Moscow extended the “orange” level of weather danger

The hydrometeorological center of the Russian Federation extended the “orange” the level of weather danger in the Russian capital until 18:00 on August 18, according to the agency's website.

“In the daytime, in some places, strong heat + 30 … 31” degrees, – the message says.

Head of the Hydrometeorological Center of the Russian Federation Roman Vilfand said that on Friday the air temperature in Moscow will drop slightly. He noted that a slight cooling will not last long.

Earlier it was reported that British supermarkets limited the sale of drinking water due to drought.

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Russian engineers have created a space engine out of ceramics

Engineers from the Russian company “Ekipo” created a ceramic engine that will reduce the mass of spacecraft, Izvestia writes.

It is specified that thanks to this development it will be possible not only to save on fuel, but also to lift more cargo into orbit. < /p>

One of the main characteristics of the engine is the so-called coefficient of performance (COP), showing the efficiency of the system in terms of energy conversion, and the higher it is, the more economical the fuel is consumed.

Formerly it was believed that that it is impossible to “glue” ceramic elements so that they are a monolithic sample, since the resulting structure will be very fragile and will not withstand any loads.

To solve this problem, engineers have developed a special technology for splicing ceramic parts: the seams are smeared with nanopastes and the parts are joined under certain temperature regimes that take into account phase transitions during the heating process.

Earlier, it became known about the plans of Russian scientists to create a new system for monitoring the space around the Earth, which will allow tracking the risks of collisions in orbit, monitoring the approach of dangerous asteroids and comets, and will also record changes in space weather.

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Analysts from Germany said that the EU for the first time did not give military promises to Kyiv

Politico: in July, six European countries for the first time since the beginning of the NWO did not make military promises to Ukraine Experts from the Kiel Institute for World Economics from Germany note that a downward trend in the number of promises from Europe has been observed since April The leader in terms of military aid, according to the Institute, is the United States max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

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German self-propelled guns PzH 2000— part of military aid to Ukraine

In July, six major European countries for the first time did not make any new bilateral military promises to Ukraine, writes Politico, citing data from the Kiel Institute for World Economics (Germany).

Christophe Trebesh, head of the team that collects data on aid to Kyiv with the beginning of the special operation, noted that the downward trend in Europe's promises has been observed since the end of April.

“Despite the fact that [the special operation] is entering a critical phase, new initiatives to provide assistance have dried up”, — he stated.

On August 12, the Western allies agreed to allocate about «1.5 billion to Ukraine for military purposes, but Trebesh called this amount «minor» compared to previous promises. In his opinion, hundreds of billions should be sent to help Kyiv.

Trebesh indicated that the EU allocated €800 billion to the fund for recovery after the pandemic, and assistance to Ukraine should be comparable to this amount, but in reality Kyiv received “tiny” amount compared to this.

In July-August, several states made statements about the supply of weapons to Kyiv. In addition to the promise of 26 European countries, given on August 12, in July the European Union agreed on a tranche in the amount of €500 million. The United States also announced further military assistance to Ukraine. We are talking about at least four packages worth from $400 million to $1 billion (the amounts in euros are approximately equivalent).

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According to the Kiel Institute, Washington is the leader in the supply of weapons to Ukraine, from January 24 to August 3 of this year, the amount of tranches of military assistance amounted to €25 billion (it is important that the last tranche of $1 billion was allocated on August 8). Military assistance from EU institutions in the same period amounted to ten times less, namely €2.5 billion.

Among the EU member states, Poland provided the most support (€1 .8 billion), followed by Germany (€1.2 billion). Assistance from other countries is less than one billion. Among other states, the United Kingdom (€4 billion) and Canada (about €1 billion) provided significant support.

In July, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that as the West pumps more and more long-range weapons into Ukraine, the geographic objectives of the special operation will move even further from the current line (includes Donbass and southern Ukraine).

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Reuters called a way for Kyiv to harm Russia at the UN

The agency writes that Ukraine was unable to implement the most radical option – the exclusion of Russia from the UN Security Council, but it remains possible to withdraw credentials from the country's permanent representatives to the organization

Ukraine may try to revoke credentials from Russian representatives to the UN, writes Reuters.

The publication indicates that Kyiv has previously called for Russia to be excluded from the membership of the UN Security Council. However, this is impossible due to the fact that Russia, as a permanent member of the Security Council, has a veto on such a decision, the agency adds.

at least majority support in the General Assembly, — writes the publication.

Earlier, most of the countries that are members of the General Assembly condemned the conduct of a special operation in Ukraine. However, a Reuters source, an Asian diplomat, predicted a decline in support for Kyiv unless Moscow “crosses red lines.” They mean a chemical or nuclear attack, mass casualties among the civilian population or the annexation of the territory of Ukraine.

Since the beginning of the Russian special operation, the UN has held several meetings related to the events in Ukraine, where certain documents or decisions regarding Russia were adopted.

Two days after the start of hostilities, Moscow vetoed a draft resolution of the UN Security Council calling stop the operation. 11 countries voted for this resolution— members of the Security Council, three more countries, including China, abstained from voting.

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In early March, at a meeting of the UN General Assembly, a resolution was adopted demanding that Russia immediately stop the “use of force against Ukraine”; and completely withdraw the armed forces from its territory. 141 delegations voted for the resolution, against— five (Belarus, North Korea, Eritrea, Russia and Syria), abstained 35.

A month after the start of the CSO, the General Assembly adopted another resolution— about the humanitarian situation in Ukraine. 140 delegations voted for its provisions, against— five, abstained 38.

In early April, the General Assembly suspended Russia's participation in the UN Human Rights Council. This measure was supported by 93 states, against— 24 (except for the previous five, this number included Algeria, China, Kazakhstan, Iran, Nicaragua, etc.), another 58 abstained. Moscow has announced that it will leave the council ahead of schedule.

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The commander of “Troy” announced the recruitment of volunteers for the liberation of Zaporozhye

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Troy detachment commander Vladimir Novikov announced the formation of a volunteer army to liberate Zaporozhye from Ukrainian nationalists.< /p>

According to one of the heads of the militia of the region, a volunteer army is currently being formed to liberate the Zaporozhye Territory.

The ranks of volunteers are recruited “spiritually” men with a clear understanding of “fascism”, Novikov shared the details .


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.


The United States was outraged by India’s “strange respect” for Russia

The Indian authorities did not condemn the Russian special operation in Ukraine because of the “strange respect” for Russia. The American columnist Tom Rogan reproached the Indian authorities for this in an article for the Washington Examiner (WE).

New Delhi, as the journalist noted, takes a position independent of Western countries in relation to Russia. He believes that the Indian side continues to provide our country with foreign capital, as well as prestige.

“The government of Narendra Modi continues to give a warm welcome to high-ranking representatives of the Russian intelligence services,” said Rogan, who writes that India has gone “contrary to most democracies by refusing to even condemn the Russian special operation.”

Prime Minister Modi's actions, he says, undermine US national interests in foreign policy. And the friendly relations between the two countries affect the international situation.

Indian companies that buy coal in Russia, as previously reported, began to refuse to pay from US dollars, using mainly yuan and dirhams for settlements with their suppliers.< /p>


Lukashenko noted a breakthrough in the formation of the Union State with the Russian Federation

Photo: Lilia Sharlovskaya

The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, while congratulating the Secretary of State of the Union State Dmitry Mezentsev on his birthday, emphasized, that a breakthrough has been made in the construction of the Belarusian-Russian union, and the integration interaction has been filled with new content.

The congratulation of the head of state notes that thanks to the personal contribution of Mezentsev, the countries have made “an indisputable breakthrough in the construction of the Union State.”< /p>

According to Lukashenka, Mezentsev’s active work and high efficiency will continue to be aimed at expanding bilateral contacts and assisting in the implementation of mutually beneficial projects.

Recall that in November 2021, a videoconference was held meeting of the Supreme Council of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, a decree was concluded on the main directions for the implementation of the provisions of the agreement on the formation of an interstate organization for 2021-2023. The document fixes 28 union programs to deepen the economic integration of the two states.


The Russian Foreign Ministry does not consider it necessary to involve third countries to accompany Ukrainian grain

Photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

Russia does not consider it necessary to attract other countries that could escort vessels with grain from the ports of Ukraine. Petr Ilyichev, director of international organizations of the Russian Foreign Ministry, told RIA Novosti about this.

“Given that the Kyiv authorities managed to ensure the safety of routes within their territorial waters, we see no need to involve third countries to escort ships,” – said Ilyichev.

At the same time, it is worth noting that UN Secretary General António Guterres recently arrived in Ukraine. On Friday, August 19, he plans to arrive in Odessa, and the next day he will visit the Joint Coordination Center (JCC) in Istanbul as part of a product deal.

Diplomat Ilichev stressed that representatives of Turkey work in the JCC, Ukraine, Russia and the UN. He also commented on how the center itself works: the mechanism monitors the movement of goods, and also coordinates the inspection of ships.


German Chancellor: Putin must know what we demand of him

But direct dialogue with the Russian Federation implies many conditions

According to the Dagens Nyheter newspaper, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in an interview with journalists, stated the need for “specific messages” Russia and President Vladimir Putin.


"I want our messages to reach the President of Russia directly. My clear message is that his strategy towards Ukraine will not work,” the head of state said.

Scholz also added that no normalization of relations with the Russian Federation could be discussed until Moscow made peace with Kyiv “on reasonable terms”.


AT: Ukraine ignores the lesson of the Battle of Kursk

Columnist William Lind in the American Conservative stated that Ukraine is now in its third month of trumpeting a counteroffensive in the south.


Columnist William Lind in the American Conservative magazine said that at the moment Ukraine has been trumpeting a counter-offensive in the south for the third month. At the same time, representatives of Kyiv ignore the lesson of the Battle of Kursk.

He clarified that the Kyiv authorities in vain told the whole world about their plans. By these actions, they significantly reduced the chances of the success of the operation.

“Ukraine has been announcing a major counteroffensive for the past three months. They ignore the lesson of the Battle of Kursk, namely the fact that if the enemy knows where you plan to attack, then you need to attack elsewhere,” Lind added.


Greece lifted fighters into the air to intercept a passenger liner

Two F-16s were scrambled after a Middle East Airlines flight from Madrid to Beirut with 145 passengers on board The plane did not respond to radio messages, the aircraft-tracking website IntelSky said on Monday.

“There were reportedly several attempts to contact the aircraft, but no response was received via radio, which is particularly alarming,” it said. in a series of IntelSky tweets about the August 10 incident.

As a result, the NATO air traffic control center in Spain sent an alert to the Greek authorities. According to media reports, a “Renegade Code” was issued, which is a distress signal, usually used to indicate that an aircraft has been hijacked.

Greek authorities sent two F-16 fighters to intercept and check the aircraft. They did so and decided that there were no problems to worry about.

IntelSky said it is believed that pilot Abed Al-Hout, the son of Middle East Airlines chairman Mohammed Al-Hout, forgot to set the cockpit instruments to the correct frequency, which is why he did not respond to greetings. The incident did not go unnoticed by residents of the Greek region of Argos, some of whom reported strange sounds to the fire department that sounded like explosions, but they were fighter jets


Zelensky announced where the heaviest battles are taking place


According to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, at the moment the heaviest battles are taking place in several directions at once . He named the Bakhmut district, Avdiivka, as well as certain districts of the Kharkiv region.

“The Avdiivka direction, Bakhmutskoe, Kharkiv region, and some other directions – there are now the heaviest hostilities,” Zelensky said during a video message.< /p>

He also noted that Russian troops are trying to improve their strategic position in the Zaporozhye region and other areas in southern Ukraine.

Earlier, the military-civilian administration of the Zaporozhye region reported that the armed formations of Ukraine, using Western artillery systems, they again launched a massive attack on the city of Energodar in the Zaporozhye region. The Zaporozhye NPP itself was not affected.


The head of Krasnodar may head the government of the Kharkiv region

Photo: Press Service of the Administration of Krasnodar

The head of the municipal formation of the city of Krasnodar, Andrei Alekseenko, may soon move to the Kharkov region, where he will head a new government formed in the territory controlled by the Russian military. This is reported by “Kommersant” with reference to sources close to the administration of the President of the Russian Federation.

As specified, the administration of Krasnodar does not comment on this information, however, it is known that Alekseenko has already visited the Kharkiv region twice this summer under the patronage program Krasnodar over the territories of Ukraine, which are controlled by the Russian military.

It is known from open sources that Alekseenko was born in the Kuban. Graduated from the Kuban State Agrarian University with a degree in Industrial and Civil Engineering, Finance and Credit. Candidate of Economic Sciences. He went from a foreman, an engineer for the technical supervision of facilities at enterprises in the road industry and industry – to the first deputy head of the administration (governor) of the Krasnodar Territory.


The leader of the Zaporozhye militia: Kyiv significantly understates its losses

The leader of the militia in the Zaporozhye region of Ukraine, the commander of the “Troy” detachment Vladimir Novikov (call sign “Alabai”), in an interview with RIA Novosti reporters, spoke about what the Ukrainian authorities prefer to keep silent about.

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According to Novikov, official Kyiv significantly underestimates the number of dead and wounded on the Ukrainian side. In fact, we are talking about hundreds of thousands, the Troy commander shared his data.

“My personal opinion is about 200,000 dead and more than 300,000 wounded who will not return to duty,” the militiaman specified .

The Troy commander added that he bases his opinion on “a body of information”.


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.


Political scientist Kochetkov assessed the candidacy of a possible successor to Zelensky

The current Ukrainian president may become a scapegoat

The leading Western media earlier began to publish critical articles about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his actions, and in Ukraine, in turn, the media reported that the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny could become the successor to the incumbent president. Political scientist, President of the People's Diplomacy Foundation Alexei Kochetkov believes that Zaluzhny's candidacy is quite suitable for this role.

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In an interview with, Kochetkov noted that Zelensky's actions are currently irritating Washington more and more. That is why, according to the political scientist, the Americans can organize a replacement for the incumbent president, which may turn out to be Zaluzhny.

The expert believes that in this case, all the mistakes and failures that accompanied the Kyiv regime could be attributed to Zelensky, and continue military operations against Russia.

According to Kochetkov, Zaluzhny “has epaulettes”, and there are soldiers or some kind of armed formations behind him. The political scientist concluded that now the time has come for small battalions that will “make history” in separate areas.

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